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    David Kernot is an Australian author living in the Mid North of South Australia and when he's not writing, he's riding his Harley Davidson through the wheat, wine, and wool farming lands. He writes contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and is the author of over fifty short stories in a variety of anthologies in Australia, the US, and canada, including the Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, and Award Winning Australian Writing. David is currently working on his novel Seventeen Souls. More information can be found at http://www.davidkernot.com/?page_id=6

Six Years at ASIM has been fun

In October 2008 I joined the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM). I’ve served on the good ship for almost 6 years (as the swabbie – cleaning space barnacles off Andromeda’s hull, emptying sick bags, and the like) and along the way I’ve done a number of things: read slush, proof reading, stepped up to help others when their issue turned pair-shape, award nominations, database management for subscribers and the cooperative, eSubs delivery, web site management, and contracts. I’ve also edited three of my own issues (Issue 43/52/59) and been assistant editor for two others (The ASIM Hivemind Issue 50, The ASIM Hivemind Ten Year Issue 56). It’s been a blast! It’s been hard work too. Hard at times. Fun.

Funny that some people think it’s my real job, and not something I do to promote short stories. I’m sure that people would be surprised to find that to be part of ASIM, if selected worthy, there is a mandatory annual fee to help keep the magazine alive and contribute to author story payments. So not only do the team work their guts out for free… they pay to do it! Only in Australia ☺ But it works! The ASIM team is relentless… selfless!

If your name is here, then thank you for gracing one of my issues with your story, and also I am pleased to have played a part of your journey as a writer or poet and hope that I helped in some small way with your journey.

Check out the list: 46 or so stories by 44 authors, and 8 poems from 7 poets.

Illegal by Pete Aldin. Midnight Rhino by Brenda Anderson. That Which We Believe by Steve Cameron. The Real Deal by Gitte Christensen. The Unseen Truths by Liz Colter. Emergency Rebuild by David Conyers. The Masked Messenger by David Conyers. Zombie Dreams by Peter Cooper. Thief of Tears by Jason Crowe. Long Hot Wait by Laura DeHaan. Salvage Yard by Preston Dennett. Enter a Human by Preston Dennett. When It Was Ripe by Evan Dicken. From Little Things by Felicity Dowker. The Undying Fans of an Unknown Cover Band by Nicky Drayden. The Masked Messenger by John Goodrich. Debtors by Sharon J Gochenour. The Prize by Carine Heidmann. Illegal by Kevin Ikenberry. Wonder in Alice Land by Linda Jenner. Undine Love by Kathleen Jennings. Love As You Find It by Margaret Karmazin. The Sylvian Gambit by Barry Kirawan. First, Do No Harm (Unless They’re Zombies) by Rachel Kolar. Golden Years in the Paleozoic by Ken Liu. Fairy Gothic by Tracie McBride. Speed of Darkness by GR McLeod. Endless Summer by Jessica Meadows. I am Nano by Sean Monaghan. Blue ICE by Charlotte Nash. Vivienne by Natalie Nikolovski. What if the Aliens are Tasty? by Nicholas P Oakley. Ronnie Linton, High School Flame by Dominik J Parisien. Taking Over by Felicity Pilman. The Last Resort by LK Pinaire. Instructions for Lighting Candles by Martin A. Reed. Across the Fourth Sea by JJ Roth. By the Banks of the Nabarra by Daniel I. Russell. Nobody Messes With Venus by Daniel I Russell. Alecia in the Mechwurn by Michael Shone. Star by Aimee Smith. Unravelling by David Steffen. A Routine Diplomatic Incident by Ray Tabler. The Painted City by David Tallerman. A Twist Too Far by David Tallerman. Eternal Youth by Melanie Typaldos. Scars that Let the Light Shine Through by Victorya. Taking Care by Pam Wallace.

Ever See a Movie You Just Can’t Get Enough Of? by Tom Byers. The Zombie Haiku by Caitlene Cooke. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Singer by Jack Horne. My Naked Hand by Helen Patrice. Annihilation by James Frederick William Rowe. City of Clay by Alexandra Seidel. Broken Towers by Alexandra Seidel. Higg’s Boson by Don Webb.

Thank you again, I’ve loved every one of your stories, or I can say without any claim that I would not have picked it! Thank you for making my 6 year journey wonderful… but now I’ve got stories of my own to tell…

FREE Beam Riders story eBook

My Beam Riders story is FREE for 3 days on Amazon!!! I was hoping people could share this post. I was hoping that people could download the story and read it. What better gift than to read something FREE and spread the word? Go on, I DARE you… SHARE!


I’ve copied the summary (yes I was aiming at the romantic in us all) Down on his luck an adventurous young man, Steve Hayshot, has nothing to lose by answering a call to become a Beam Rider. But he had no idea where the journey would take him, and how his beliefs would be tested. His reward is to find love in the strangest of places.

April Moon Books nod is my first Canadian Acceptance

If you haven’t heard of them, I’m guessing you will. They are an up and coming power house of publishing in Canada. I recently received notification that my second story in my Colonel Andrew Stone, Sergeant Emerson Ash, and awesome Major Harrison Peel world (refer David Conyers for Major Peel), that I received the nod on the second in the series. The first received an Honorable Mention last week, from the Writers of the Future competition, the second is the official yes from April Moon Books, and the third is about to be published in Lovecraft eZine… not a bad innings so far. The fifth story has been accepted in the Dark Press Magazine in an anthology and was illustrated yesterday, and it looks awesome after a character mix-up where Peel was not illustrated and instead Ash was. How can I go wrong? Eight interconnected stories. A chaotic world. Monsters. Warfare. But isn’t it?

On my eBook collection front, I’ve got an awesome illustrator to commission a front cover … there will be an eBook available at some point and you are going to be quivering in your chair when you read all of them (that’s my marketing guru coming out now :). I’ve got a top collection name. For me, I’ve just had a fantastic time putting these stories together.:)

On another front, I’m hanging out for one of my science fiction stories to be released so I can let go of my latest Science Fiction Collection: Future Worlds. If the story gets accepted, I’m in a deal of hurt:(But also, it would be awesome news:)… more on that front later.

And then there’s my fantasy stuff…

Dark Region Press Publication

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So, somehow I managed to get involved in writing a story with David Conyers in our Harrison Peel, Emerson Ash, Andrew Stone series of works. This one is another Peel and Ash story (the other is appearing on Lovecraft eZine soon I believe), and it marks my 4th story collaboration with David. Although, as I write this we are penning another in the same dark Military Science Fiction genre that for me will see as the eighth in a collaborative collection. I am producing. More news on pending publication acceptances here in the same genre:)
I’m thrilled to have done another story with David, and to have been accepted by two great editors, Brian Sammons and Glynn Barass, for inclusion in the Dark Regions Press collection that has some of the top contemporary mythos writers in it!

I’ll keep you posted on publication dates.

New acceptance from AntipodeanSF

I’ve got a publication coming out next month – it’s 500 words which is the normal size for Australia’s GREAT little eZine AnitipodeanSF. I like submitting short stories there because writing short is harder than you might think and it’s good for the brain, and I ALWAYS write weird science – stuff that you need to research on the web to get the whole picture (unless of course you’re one of THOSE people we don’t like to speak about). Anyway, the GREAT thing about AntipodeanSF is that it stores that and every month’s stories on a government server for eternity as you are contributing to the cultural aspects of Australia, but better still is that they ALWAYS do an audio version for those folk who have problems reading (or like to listen while they drive). I’ve done a few recordings, but I have to say I cringe at the sound of my own voice.

NEWS: I just got another acceptance with them: but this is a little different. I asked if I could submit a 2,000 word story, and was given approval for it to be considered… well, you guessed it, today I found that I am IN! This March for Issue 189 I have a Space Opera piece that is ‘riddled’ with ripping science. Got to love Nuke for his support and for putting out an awesome eZine!

So how is that? 22 days into 2014 and I already have 3 publications. That’s ONE short of 50 since I decided to write shorts, but who’s counting.

Getting up at 5, or 6 AM this week to write before work to progress the fantasy novel edits. The novel is coming on great and I am really enjoying reading and editing something I wrote 10 years ago when I did not have a clue how to write. It’s RAW, but good in ways I hadn’t imagined.

Keep writing, I am!