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Welcome one and all

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Tue, July 09, 2019 09:05:20

Not only am I a sci-fi stud who makes humans swoon, I'm also an assistant editor at ICC Magazine. In that role I've written several cover stories, which is cool, but I'm also the first line of defense when it comes to submissions. It was fulfilling that latter function that I finally lost my shit and went on an epic rant. The nice people over at Writers Co-Op offered me the opportunity to polish my rant and make it an article. So I did. Just CLICK HERE to read what makes any editor swill their morning vodka. "I so too saw this" is not a real phrase in English and never will be. That's just a glimpse.

Make sure you've steeled your nerves with copious amounts of coffee before you read it all.

More below.

For you newbies, thanks for jumping on the McSciFi train. As a welcoming gift, here's A LINK to a bunch of free stuff. You'll find short stories, comics, interviews, and more. All free to view online and some are free to download as well.

If you want to check out my nonfiction, head on over to the World News Center and have at it. There are nine years worth of articles stored up there and all of them are amazing. Or, allegedly legible. Some of the time. No matter what, there are nine years worth of articles there.

The most popular ones have been;

Thank God for Porn - a look at the history of literacy and digital technologies.

Thanks God for Men and Beer - a fun look at how cures for infectious diseases and the ability to keep milk fresh all exist due to dudes who drank beer. And ogled milkmaids.

6/28/69 - a look at the history of the gay rights movement.

The Real UFO Conspiracy (Redux) - a long look at the history of fake history and how the UFO hoax got started.

Another Birther Conspiracy - a look at the history of the Gospel of Luke, minus my usual snark.

There's plenty more for you to get lost in,

But, if you'd rather listen to me blather about these topics, you're in luck. I do a weekly guest appearance on Ryan Gatenby's The Big Wake Up Call every Friday at 9:10 AM (CDT) on WBIG. Just CLICK HERE to be immersed in the coo-coo coolness of my voice. You'll find me listed as Bill McCormick or World News Center. But the search engine is easy to use so you shouldn't have any problems.

More below.

#NerdanatixUltimateFanGiveAway

One Lucky Fan will receive a copy of every comic book currently contracted to Nerdanatix by the end of July 31st, 2019.

They are giving entries to every single person who tags them in a comment, likes one of their social media pages, or shares a post. In order to receive your entry you must follow and support them on their social media sites and tag them with the tag #NERDANATIXULTIMATEFANGIVEAWAY.

All participants must be over the age of 18 to participate.

That's kind of my fault. I write stories with hard science and boobs.

Contestants can only earn 1 entry per day, per social media outlet. A total of 3 points may be earned each day.

Contest Ends July 31st, 2019


Nerdanatix ​Social Media Links:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

In the meantime, now that they've worked out the details Nerdanatix is opening up brick and mortar distribution nationwide. If you, or someone you love, runs a comic book store and would like to carry some of the Nerdanatix titles (BUY MINE! BUY MINE!), just reach out to me and I'll put you in touch with the right people.Until then, you can read the first issue of everything I've done for free online. Downloading, or having it printed and delivered to your home, costs extra, but not too much.

Juggernaut - BRAND NEW!! Set in the distant future, Juggernaut is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its myriad forms, isn’t taboo but violence is. This group of aristocratic soldiers, who just happen to be related, must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. It really depends on their mood at the time.

Legends Parallel - For those who think quantum physics isn't violent or sexy enough. Five earths and one woman wants to rule them all. This is the story of the man, his mom, and her lover who have to stop that from happening.

Svarozic - A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Since they're all one person, she's got issues.

Jungle Grrl - In a distant future sex is encouraged, violence is frowned upon, and our hero, her bestie, and their dino clone, try to eke out a living in a sex park while figuring out the meaning of life.

Ruh Roh Rangers - This is the parody that'll ruin your childhood but make your day. Those four meddlesome kids are now four meddlesome adults.



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Cocaine and Cows

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Tue, June 25, 2019 07:28:42

As time has marched on I've gotten a little more comfortable with talking about my past. It tends to be a skosh more colorful than some people are comfortable with. But, if you're going to understand how I got where I'm at, and how I developed my point of view, then knowing the journey I took is kind of important.

Or, at least, useful.

The nice people over at Indie Sci Fi Fantasy didn't panic and let me answer questions more fully than I have in a while. The result is a fun interview, a preview of The Brittle Riders, and the first interview I've done since quitting smoking. So, there's no mention of me being a fan of nicotine.

Yes, I miss it. No, I'm not going back. Oh, if you read to the end of the newsletter you can win hundreds of dollars worth of cool shit. So keep reading.

Anyway, click THIS LINK to take a deep dive into my past.

More below.


In comic book news, Legends Parallel rocketed to the #1 position on the latest Nerdanatix charts. That tingly sound you hear is my black heart jangling in joy.

Now that they've worked out the details Nerdanatix is opening up brick and mortar distribution nationwide. If you, or someone you love, runs a comic book store and would like to carry some of the Nerdanatix titles (BUY MINE! BUY MINE!), just reach out to me and I'll put you in touch with the right people.In the meantime, you can read the first issue of everything I've done for free online. Downloading, or having it printed and delivered to your home, costs extra, but not too much.

Juggernaut - BRAND NEW!! Set in the distant future, Juggernaut is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its myriad forms, isn’t taboo but violence is. This group of aristocratic soldiers, who just happen to be related, must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. It really depends on their mood at the time.

Legends Parallel - For those who think quantum physics isn't violent or sexy enough. Five earths and one woman wants to rule them all. This is the story of the man, his mom, and her lover who have to stop that from happening.

Svarozic - A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Since they're all one person, she's got issues.

Jungle Grrl - In a distant future sex is encouraged, violence is frowned upon, and our hero, her bestie, and their dino clone, try to eke out a living in a sex park while figuring out the meaning of life.

Ruh Roh Rangers - This is the parody that'll ruin your childhood but make your day. Those four meddlesome kids are now four meddlesome adults.

More below.


In super-cool movie news, I'm halfway done with the Splice script. Truly one of the coolest things I've ever done. The lead character is a piece of work. I can't really divulge any details other than to say this is turning out to be one of the most twisted things I've ever done.

Sample line; "It's a long road from kitten videos to treason."

And, yes, it's a long, painful, road.

I'm really grateful Watch Dog Entertainment trusted me to do this.

More below.

#NerdanatixUltimateFanGiveAway

One Lucky Fan will receive a copy of every comic book currently contracted to Nerdanatix by the end of July 31st, 2019.

They are giving entries to every single person who tags them in a comment, likes one of their social media pages, or shares a post. In order to receive your entry you must follow and support them on their social media sites and tag them with the tag #NERDANATIXULTIMATEFANGIVEAWAY.

All participants must be over the age of 18 to participate.

That's kind of my fault. I write stories with hard science and boobs.

Contestants can only earn 1 entry per day, per social media outlet. A total of 3 points may be earned each day.

Contest Ends July 31st, 2019


​Social Media Links Below

http://​www.facebook.com/Nerdanatix

http://www.twitter.com/Nerdanatix

http://www.instagram.com/Nerdanatix




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Doing Good and Having Fun!

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Thu, June 20, 2019 08:31:01

On Monday, June 24, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, the South Chicago Public Library will be hosting a party for kids to encourage them to participate in the Summer Learning Challenge. This year's theme is Exploring as it relates to the world, the universe, and their selves. I will be there and we're asking anyone who can cosplay to show up in costume to help encourage the kids to read comics.

Not mine, of course, that would put them into therapy, but there are plenty of choices they can choose from.

More below.


On November 2, at the same library, I'm hosting a Local Lit Fest. If you are a Chicago based, or nearby, author who would like the opportunity to have your title entered into the library system for people to read and also be able to sell copies to the public at this event, then all you need do is send me a message at BillMcSciFi@gmail.com. Table space is going fast, but I have room for a couple more.

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Lastly, the wonderful humans who distribute comics I write have added a new ordering system. Now it's easier than ever for you to spend a week's pay or more in just a few minutes. So head on over to Nerdanatix and see all the amazing titles they have to offer. They have my stuff, children's comics, manga, and much more.

Plus, and this is cool as hell around my house, they are adding chains of comic book stores to carry their product. which means there are more stores carrying Bill McSciFi. A fact which makes the future Mrs. McSciFi very happy.

As always, if you own, or have a loved one who owns, a comic book store, or chain of them, hit me up and I'll get you in touch with all the right people so you can sell Nerdanatix titles too.

Just make sure some of them are mine. Don't be a cad.




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Drop By and Say Hi

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Tue, June 04, 2019 11:36:12

First off, big howdies to all the new people who joined my mailing list at the Kankakee Fantasy Con. I met some great people and had a blast reuniting with old fans. Next year's event promises to be even larger, so it may take you a couple of minutes to find me. Don't worry, I'll make it worth your effort.

I get so focused on keeping everyone up to date with what's happening in the McSciFi Multiverse I sometimes neglect the real world. And that's a shame, because my real life is fun too. One of the things I do is write a blog called World News Center. It's a fun look at hard science and soft culture, often contemporaneously. It's also, often enough to be kind of true, the source material for my weekly guest appearance on The Big Wake Up Call with Ryan Gatenby on WBIG-1280 AM. The live show airs at 9:10 AM (CDT) every Friday but you can listen to hours of great stuff, some of it mine, by clicking on The Big Wake Up Call's link.

More below.


In the McSciFi multiverse I'm making progress on the script for SPLICE, the feature film I'm writing for Watch Dog Entertainment. It's a new challenge for me since Splice, the lead character, isn't what anyone would call lovable. Fascinating as hell, yes, but not lovable. Not even likable. The villains I create have some semblance of humanity, some quality people can relate to, but not him.

How he got that way, and what that means to those around him, are making this story one of the best I've written. I can't wait to see it on the big screen.

More below.

In comic book news, there's a heap load of coo coo cool things going on. Now that they've worked out the details Nerdanatix is now opening up brick and mortar distribution nationwide. If you, or someone you love, runs a comic book store and would like to carry some of the Nerdanatix titles (BUY MINE! BUY MINE!), just reach out to me and I'll put you in touch with the right people.

In the meantime, you can read the first issue of everything I've done for free online. Downloading or printing cost extra, but not too much.

Legends Parallel - For those who think quantum physics isn't violent or sext enough. Five earths and one woman wants to rule them all. This is the story of the man, his mom, and her lover who have to stop that from happening.

Svarozic - A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Since they're all one person, she's got issues.

Jungle Grrl - In a distant future sex is encouraged, violence is frowned upon, and our hero, her bestie, and their dino clone, try to eke out a living in a sex park while figuring out the meaning of life.

Ruh Roh Rangers - This is the parody that'll ruin your childhood but make your day. Those four meddlesome kids are now four meddlesome adults.




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Come play with me!

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Tue, May 28, 2019 14:00:36

On June 1st I'll be at the Kankakee Public Library Fantasy Fest, at 201 East Merchant St. in Kankakee, IL. The doors will be open from 10 AM until 3 PM and admission is free. This will be my second appearance there and I'm really looking forward to it. They have stuff for little kids, teens, and people old enough to read my stuff.

This is the con where, last year, a woman was flabbergasted to discover I am not, nor will I ever be, a black lesbian. Who knows what this year will bring?

More below.


Hadithi Sambamba Comix is now being distributed in stores in Houston, Texas. What's fun about this is some stores are ordering the ten page teasers we were trying to give away. You can buy Legends Parallel, Jungle Grrl, and many more, while you pick up your ice cream delights. Yes, one of the stores, Rocket Fizz, also sells ice cream.

If you're in Houston I think I just planned your afternoon.

More below.


I jumped back into the Y/A market and am officially back working on Clarity Girl. The world's favorite Chibi warrior will once again be patrolling Smick City while commenting on pop culture, wishing she had tacos, and trying to find time to see her boyfriend.

More below.


The national rankings for Nerdanatix came out today and I have four titles in the top 10. Click on each title to read issue #1 for free online. If you want to keep it you can download each title for a small fee or you can order hard copies.

Shipping is free through May 31.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for your continued support.

Jungle Grrl


Legends Parallel


Ruh Roh Rangers


Svarozic




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Free Shit

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Wed, May 15, 2019 12:57:25

While this blog is festooned with links to free stuff it seems that it might be a touch easier for folks if I put them all in one place. So, here we go.

COMICS:

Juggernaut - BRAND NEW!! Set in the distant future, Juggernaut is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its myriad forms, isn’t taboo but violence is. This group of aristocratic soldiers, who just happen to be related, must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. It really depends on their mood at the time. Rated "M for Mature."

Legends Parallel - The perfect series for anyone who thought quantum physics wasn't violent, or sexy, enough. You can read issue #1 for free online, and the first 6 pages of every issue after that. There are fees if you wish to download or purchase print copies. Rated "M for Mature."

Jungle Grrl - A future Earth is a sex-park with dino clones. A 10 page character intro. You can read it for free online. There are fees if you wish to download or purchase print copies. Rated "M for Mature."

Ruh Roh Rangers - A group of meddlesome teens are now meddlesome adults. A bent look at a Saturday morning classic. It'll ruin your childhood and make your day. A 10 page character intro. You can read it for free online. There are fees if you wish to download or purchase print copies. Rated "M for Mature."

Savorzic - A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Since she's all one person, she has issues. An 8 page character intro. You can read it for free online. There are fees if you wish to download or purchase print copies. Rated "T for Teen."

SHORT STORIES:

A Letter from An Editor
- Winner of a 2013 Sci-Fi Editors' Choice award. A young, mentally challenged, man receives a rejection letter and ends up spawning an interplanetary war.

The Space Clowns of Zoimba Prime - What could possibly be happier than a space circus with nuclear warheads? A clown named Slappy McClownDick might be the answer.

Twerking for Jesus - She wanted to do something fun with her family. Instead she summoned Chtulhu. Features a mandatory appearance on the Ellen Show (not authorized by any breathing beings).

Fourteen Frogs - You're worried about the Illuminati. I'm worried about who runs the Illuminati.

And The Beat Goes Phut - A DJ witnesses the apocalypse while sharing a drink with the terrorist who started it. The first story I ever had commercially published.

If Thou Art God - Tongei comes to Earth to be its god. That goes about as well you'd expect.

INTERVIEWS:

Indie Sci Fi Fantasy - Cocaine and cows.

Zeedub Bezzies - Chaos, cooking, and Iranian lesbians. This one covers some ground.

Genesis Science Fiction Radio (podcast)

Escape the Every Day (Cindy Tomamichael)

Angelic Musings (Aaron Michael Hall)

Galaxy of Authors (J. C. Steele)

Sland, from The Brittle Riders,
interviewed by The Knights of the Science Fiction Roundtable


Eric Klein (hard SF interview)


Science Fantasy Hub (Our Pigeon Overlords)

The 'bleak' quote is from a Catholic priest. It should give you an idea of what you're getting into.



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McFun McNews

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Tue, May 14, 2019 14:01:03

I just thought it might be fun to take a look back at the many iterations of me as I plunge forward into some cool stuff. First off, I'm thrilled poopless to announce that my collaboration with, Glyph Award nominee, Maku Tellez.is seeing the light of day. The short, called Ruh Roh Rangers, is an alternate universe look at four meddlesome kids who became four meddlesome adults. Click on the link to read it for free.

It'll ruin your childhood and make your day.

More below.


In other news, Hybrid Zero is chugging along nicely. As of right now there are three different universes that will, one day, cross. The first, Jungle Grrl, is out now and you can read it via the link. The second, Cassandra and the Changeling Sword, is well on its way to being on an internet near you and, the behemoth that inspired it all, Juggernaut, is completely scripted and in development. Basically, Cyril Brown, the creator of these universes, will be chained to a drawing table until Gabriel sounds the final trump. Which is fine with all of us.

You can join in the fun by subscribing to Cyril's Patreon page. Subscribers will get access to his eye popping NSFW art long before anyone else.

More below.


Last, but certainly not least, you can now buy McSciFi authored comics in stores, and the stores couldn't be happier. The first one, Rocket Fizz in Houston, has added the entire Nerdanatix line. The cool part for McSciFi fans, and that includes you, is that I have three titles in the top 5 and you can enjoy a gourmet soda while you're there. Seeing Legends Parallel #3 debut so high just reinforces the idea that we're all doing something right.

You can check each of them out by clicking their links below.

Legends Parallel

Jungle Grrl

Svarozic

Much more to come, but that's enough for now.





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McLessons McLearned

McSciFi OnlinePosted by Bill McCormick Wed, May 08, 2019 17:23:52


The Legends Parallel Kickstarter did not get fully funded. Which means no rewards were sent out, and the 4th issue didn't get paid for that way.


Okay, that's the bad news. Now for the good. People may not have wanted to fund our Kickstarter, but they did want the comics. Sales increased so dramatically that Issue #2 of Legends Parallel debuted at #2 on the weekly Nerdanatix sales chart. Issues #1 and #3 are still in the top 20. In fact, there's never been a week, since January 2017, that there hasn't been a Legends Parallel title in the top 10.

In short, people like the comic.

What they hated were the rewards. So, we'll head back to the drawing board, happily entertain any suggestions you might have, and give this another shot later. Right now we have to concentrate on getting that issue out to the public anyway.

Also, the first three issues are being compiled into a graphic novel as I type and Nerdanatix has started adding dedicated stores, the brick and mortar kind, to carry it. And all their other titles too.

So that's cool.

In other comic book news, you can read the character intros of Jungle Grrl and Svarozic for free just by clicking on their names. Both are in production to be full length releases later this year. Jungle Grrl is the fun story of a future fake Earth where public sex is okay but violence isn't. So, naturally, all the action happens in an amusement park. It'll all make sense when you read it. Svarozic is the story of a woman trapped inside a man and a god trapped inside a human. Since she's all one person, she has some issues. Apropos of nothing, it's set in a traveling gypsy circus.

In keeping with my carnival theme, you'll be thrilled to note that The Space Clowns of Zoimba Prime will be coming out on Land of LOL, a feature on Science Fantasy Hub. Due to the fact it has naughty words, and uses nuclear weapons like toys, it will be in their new adult oriented section called Salacious Science. Even so, it's funny as hell and will give you a new appreciation for clowns.

In non-circus related news, unless you count the side-show like atmosphere at Azoth Khem, the omnibus edition of The Brittle Riders is nearing release. The compendium of the entire trilogy cranks in at just under 1200 pages. Pre-orders from stores are already coming in so I'm guessing it will be used for more than a door stop. Also, the regular trilogy has been repackaged, and spiffed up mightily, for those people who might not want to make a lifetime commitment to reading one of my stories.

Until the omnibus comes out please allow me to tease you mercilessly with a peek at how cool it all is.



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