A little blatant self-promotion:  my self-published collection, The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories, has been shortlisted for the Endeavour Award.  The collection comprises seven short stories, all previously published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Postscripts, and the tribute anthology Forbidden Planets, and two novellas that were previously only available in limited collectors' editions from PS Publishing.

Here's the blurb:  In Old Earth’s penultimate age, the corpulent master criminal Luff Imbry moves through the halfworld like a full-fleshed shark. Thief, forger, confidence man, and sometimes go-between, he maps out his illicit operations with exquisite care then carries them out with courage and panache. But, often, things don’t go as Luff planned, and he must call upon a talent for improvisation and a ruthless will to survive.

Luff is an amoral antihero, but always true to his own standards.  I modeled him on the characters played by Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, with a dash of Peter Ustinov's amiable forger in We're No Angels.  The ebook (Kindle, epub, or pdf) goes for $3.99 and the POD paperback is $12.99.

Please tell your friends.