I was lucky enough to place a story I’m inordinately fond of, called “Icky,” in George Donnelly’s liberty-themed anthology, VALIANT, HE ENDURED. The antho leans toward sci-fi, and so my little literary fiction story was fortunate to even be considered. Its placement in the book, perhaps, provides a cleansing of one’s skiffy palate to enable the reader to consume more of the skiffy goodness contained in the 16 other stories. Perhaps.

Anthologies are cool, though, because they enable a reader to sample a bunch of different writers in short doses in one book. Only a few years ago, you couldn’t really put one of these together without a tremendous amount of time and capital expended on the project. With the rise of e-books, however, publishers now can put these compilations together without a crap-ton of resources. Which, when you think about it, is quite a boon to fiction readers, who now have access to such a wider array of writers and writing styles compared to the “bad old days” when only giant publishing houses could afford to produce something like this. Hooray for technology!

In any event, if you like liberty-themed sci-fi, or are curious about the ongoing adventures of a conflicted college baseball pitcher named Enzo Prinziatta, you might want to throw down $2.99 for VALIANT, HE ENDURED. Here is the Amazon (affiliate) link:



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Frank Marcopolos founded "The Whirligig" literary magazine in 1999, which has been called "a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground." It has been said that "you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach." His long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as "thorough-goingly entertaining" and "highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed." A broadcasting-school graduate, his unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 "views" there.