Monday, December 26, 2016

The arrival of "Dinah Shore"


Gallery of Curiosities went live a couple of days earlier than anticipated.

The double bill features my story "If You Were a Dinah Shore, My Love". This is my 104th short story published since I started in 2003 and my ninth in 2016. This my first story ever published via podcast.

I think both stories are great - and Gallery did a fantastic job with the recordings - but if you want to go straight to "Dinah Shore", it starts at 19:30. Here is the link:

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and is recovering nicely!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"If You Were a Dinah Shore, My Love"

Looks like I will have one last publication before the end of the year. Gallery of Curiosities is slated to podcast my story "If You Were a Dinah Shore, My Love" as part of a double bill on Dec. 28. Mark your calendars!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"For Duty and Humanity!"


Last night Turner Classic Movies played the 1934 hospital drama, "Men in White", which starred Clark Gable and Myrna Loy.

I pointed out to my wife that The Three Stooges parody , "Men in Black", is much better remembered than the film itself.

'Calling Dr. Howard Dr. Fine Dr. Howard" is one of the Stooges' best known catch phrases, and the ending - when they tear up the intercom and finally silence it by pulling out revolvers and shooting the vacuum tube that is still chattering ("Oy, they got me!") is a trope of striking back at technology.
"Men in Black" was the third short made by the Stooges for Columbia and introduced a lot of the business they used in the 187 other films they later made, until 1959.

Ironically, "Men in Black" received an Academy Award nomination, in the Best Short Subject category. while the film it parodied didn't received any nominations - although it was very commercially successful.

Years later, the title "Men in Black" was co-opted by a totally different series of films.

The final irony? In 1998 National Lampoon made a straight-to-television parody of the Will Smith vehicle, and called it "Men in White".

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Not a bad year

I've had eight short stories published this year - which might seem like a lot, but I also had eight published in 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2014.

I had 14 in 2012, eleven in 2011, and ten in 2005.

I only had two stories in 2008, but one of them was "The Witch of Waxahachie" in Jim Baen's Universe.

I've had a story listed in the Honorable Mentions in the back of Gardner Dozois' annual "Best of" collection eleven times.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Updated bio

In anticipation of the upcoming publication of my debut novel from WordFire Press, "Another Girl, Another Planet", I had to update my biography, so if anyone is interested, here it is (I have also posted my officious mug shot):

Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 103 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India and Portugal in venues such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and Omni Reboot, among many others.

His first professional science fiction short story, “A Rocket for the Republic” (Asimov’s Science Fiction Sept. 2005) was the last story accepted by Editor Gardner Dozois before he retired after 19 years.

His 100th published short story “The Yellow Flag” (Sci-Phi Journal Aug. 2016) has the record for fastest acceptance in genre fiction. It was written, submitted and accepted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 6, 2015

His story “Great White Ship”, originally published in Daily Science Fiction, was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history. His short story “On a Spiritual Plain”, originally published in Sci Phi Journal, was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2015.

His collections include “Fantastic Texas” published in 2009; “Texas & Other Planets” published in 2010; and “The Clock Struck None” and “Letters from Gardner”, both published in 2014.

A Massachusetts native, Antonelli moved to Texas in 1985 and is married to Dallas native Patricia (Randolph) Antonelli. They have three adopted furbaby children, Millie, Sugar and Peltro Antonelli..

He is Managing Editor of The Clarksville (Tx.) Times.

Latest reviews

"It’s possible that you haven’t run into the stories of Lou Antonelli. Since 2003, he’s been publishing delightful short tales of alternate history all over the nooks and crannies of the SF world. Thanks to Fantastic Books, we now have 28 of these little gems in one place. "Many of Antonelli’s stories have an unexpected twist ending. And many of them are what he calls “secret history” stories, which aren’t exactly alternate history—they’re set in our familiar history, but there’s always some element that contemporary observers missed. " -

- Don Sakers, The Reference Library, Analog July-Aug. 2014

A better path develops for a distraught man in “Double Exposure” by Lou Antonelli (debut 6/11 and reviewed by Frank D). Jake is about to end it all. He has been trying to keep his high maintenance wife happy for decades and has needed to embezzle to satisfy her spending habits. Now, on the verge of indictment and abandoned by his spouse, he buys a gun. Before he pulls the trigger, he spies a Kodak one-day photo hut. Curious, he pulls up to the window. They are holding pictures of him and his last girlfriend from 30 years before. The package is a lot thicker than it should be. Double Exposure” is listed as an Alternative History story but I would classify it as a Magical Realism tale. It is set as a second chance tale, a look into a life that should have been. The author is inspired by his memories of the old photo huts (I remember them) and of their disappearance. A cool idea (photos of another life), one that I could imagine would make for a great anthology.

- Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots

“Great White Ship”: A traveler stuck waiting for a flight strikes up a conversation with an old airline employee. The Old Timer tells him a story of a Great White Airship that arrives from a most unusual destination. The story of a craft from an alternate reality and how it got there is only the precursor to the final act. This is one of my favorite stories from this site. I have a great passion for lighter-than-air craft and their potential as a future means of transport, which opens the story. The author uses this speculation to launch into an engaging tale. As fascinating as the main story line is, the alternate history premise that accompanies it is just as worthwhile. This story was well written and very well thought out. It is well worth the read. Recommended.

- James Hanzelka, Diabolical Plots

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