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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Do You Know Dean Wesley Smith?

It's possible some of you know he was a pro golfer, oh, maybe 30 years ago. Dean still loves golf, but he decided that the pro route wasn't for him.

It's more likely that you know him as a science fiction writer, although he writes other kinds of fiction under different pen names. He's probably best known for his Star Trek novels and for movie novelizations like The Core and X-Men. You may also know him for his collaborations with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch, like The 10th Kingdom series. (She was also editor at The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for six years, as well as being a well-known author on her own, most notably for the Fey series.) Both of them do a lot to help other writers, and I have links to both of their blogs in my sidebar.

Today Dean's blog had a post called New Challenge and since we never want to forget that there's more to life than golf, I thought I'd call it to your attention -- at least, the attention of you fiction readers out there.

You can get all the details from Dean's post, but here's the gist of it:

Dean's undertaking a writing challenge to write at least 100 stories over the next 12 months. (Yeah, he's nuts. But it helps when your wife is an award-winning editor.) He tried this last year but the plan got derailed when a close friend died and left him the very messy job of being executor of his estate. He's ready to start again, but he's going to make this challenge more involved. Apparently he wants extra motivation, so he's offering a subscription service to this challenge:
  • Each month you'll get at least 6 different stories in autographed paperback editions, plus a code to download a free electronic version of the story.
  • Each of those paperbacks will be from 30 to 100 pages long, so we're talking about some substantial reading here.
  • As the number of stories increases, he'll be releasing them in collections. You won't get paperbacks of the collections, but you will get free electronic versions if you want them.
  • If for some reason he doesn't make the 6 story monthly quota, he will include a free autographed novel or other short story collection to make up the difference. In other words, you'll get 6 autographed books each month no matter what happens.
  • The subscription price is $25 a month, and you can start or stop whenever you like. If you sign up in the middle of the month, you get that entire month's haul.
  • And Dean will be posting each story on his blog for free when he writes it, then replacing it with the next story when that's finished. That means if you've never read any of his stuff, you can "test drive" his work before you commit to a subscription.
If you like to read science fiction and fantasy, it's a pretty sweet deal. I wanted to pass it on to you because it's an unusual offer from a good writer who just loves to write. You can keep up with the releases by just clicking the WRITING: Dean Wesley Smith's blog link in the My Other Blog List gadget in the sidebar.


  1. Thanks, Mike, for the link to my crazy writing challenge. As far as golf, I became a PGA Professional in November, 1972, forty years ago this year. I first worked in the Palm Springs area for the great Zell Eaton, who spent many a night on the range teaching me how to really hit a golf ball.

    I jumped on and off playing professionally and working at courses for the next few years. (In those days they called those of us who went to tournaments to try to qualify on Monday "trunk slammers." There was no qualifying school.) I became the head professional of a course in Palm Springs in 1974 and then ten months later decided to head back to college. (Drinking too much, not reading enough.)

    I kept my professional standing and worked at the golf courses around the university, teaching and playing in some local professional tournaments while in school, finally ending my professional standing in 1978 when I graduated with a degree in architecture. I got my amateur standing back in 1980 or 1981. Can't remember now.

    Tried to get my game in shape for a Senior's Tour run in 1998 and 1999 but failed completely. Nerves are gone in my hands, thus putting gone. Now I only play for fun and enjoy the game more than I ever did.

    Thanks again for the nice comments.

  2. You're welcome, Dean. You and Kris have helped me and so many other writers with your blogs, I figured it was one way to say "thank you." You write, let the rest of us promote your books. ;-)

    And thanks for the rundown on your golf career. I'm just glad you're still writing.