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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Ant King, Up From the Depths with a Giant Cockroach Loaded Down With Riches (Links, Free Downloads, and a Contest)


  • theantking.com should now take you to my publisher's site for The Ant King and Other Stories. Yay!
  • The entire collection is now under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license and you can download it here in a variety of formats.
  • If you produce any new formats, let me know and I'll try and have Small Beer post them on that page.
  • You can remix it, and create derivative works. In fact let us have a little contest:
    Contest Rules
    1. Create a derivative work of any story in The Ant King and Other Stories
    2. Place it under the same license (you do this just by including a declaration to that effect on the work in its published form)
    3. Post a link to the work (or some kind of recording or representation of the work, like a youtube video if it's a live performance, or a picture of it if it's, like, a vase or something) in the comments to this blog entry.
    4. Derivative works can be translations, plays, movies, radio plays, audiobooks, flashmob happenings, horticultural installations, visual artworks, slash fanfic epics, robot operas, sequels, webcomics, ASCII art, text adventure games, roleplaying campaigns, knitting projects, handmade shoes, or anything else you feel like.
    5. On March 3, 2009 (that gives you six months), I will send signed (and extensively doodled-upon) hardcover copies of The Ant King and Other Stories to the creators of the three derivative works that I like the best.
    6. Obviously, other than what's covered in the CC license, you retain all rights to your works, so if you've made, you know, House-Beyond-Your-Sky-themed coasters, you get to sell them or put drinks on them to keep rings off your coffee table or whatever. And if you want to actually sell the rights to reproduce the derivative work commercially, I will in all probability tell you that you can, unless you're, like, a Hollywood studio. :-)
    Sound good?

  • At some point I'll do something a little fancier with the URL theantking.com, but I don't want to get too distracted from Resilience at the moment... I'm having a return to productivity since Worldcon (thanks to all the stimulating conversations I had with all the wonderful people whom I have as usual completely failed to acknowledge in any kind of con report), and I don't want to get derailed...!

Posted by benrosen at September 3, 2008 08:49 PM | Up to blog


I created a Mobipocket/Kindle version of The Ant King and posted it on my website. There are also a variety of screenshots of it from my Kindle.

Posted by: Arachne Jericho at September 4, 2008 05:17 PM

Hey Ben,

Just a heads up to your story Ant King. It's now live on the StarShipSofa. Show No 42 It's a fine narration, if I do say so myself. If there is a chance you can plug it any where... that would be way cool.

The Audio Science Fiction Magazine

Posted by: StarShipSofa at September 17, 2008 02:49 PM


Benjamin Rosenbanum allowed, nay, begged us to remix the Ant King.

So here you go: one remix coming up.

Basis: 'Biographical Notes to "A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes" by Benjamin Rosenbaum'. Reason: Springing from a need to highlight the places, where the teller ponders the tale, he will tell - and the tale, that tells him.


(Will come alive in a few hours.)

Posted by: Lise Andreasen at October 9, 2008 05:44 PM


Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at October 11, 2008 01:14 PM


You don't know me at all, but I read about your contest at Tor.com, and I've enjoyed many of your stories.

Here's a short piece of electronic dance music, inspired by "The Orange."


Posted by: Laurel Amberdine at October 17, 2008 08:06 AM

Hey, fun, thanks!

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at October 17, 2008 08:15 AM

I did a Bulgarian translation of "Falling." Here it is:


Always a delight working on your stories.

Posted by: Petar Toushkov at November 1, 2008 02:38 AM

Thanks Petar!

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at November 11, 2008 10:09 AM


I made a few recordings of myself singing and playing guitar, I really liked the story and the name of A Siege Of Cranes so I named the "band" after it. You can listen here at:


Posted by: david at December 26, 2008 05:08 AM


Ran up a Myspace page to publish a piece of literary criticism (actually, more fairly called literary interpretation)in narrative form of "A Siege of Cranes."


Not knowing any better I just slapped it into the blog page.

Stephen Plotkin

Posted by: Stephen Plotkin at January 1, 2009 09:51 PM

Just letting you know i'm doing some book-cover-style illustrations, and did one of the Ant King, posted to torncanvas.net

Posted by: Sharon Rosa at January 21, 2009 03:41 PM

I liked the "Other Cities" so much when I saw them on Strange Horizons that I wrote one myself; it's here https://aarondamommio.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-other-city-quall.html

Thanks for letting me know about the contest.

Posted by: Aaron DaMommio at January 30, 2009 11:11 PM

David, Stephen, Sharon & Aaron, thanks, that's awesome!

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at January 31, 2009 09:17 AM

My free-to-reproduce contribution is a derivative joke, I'm not web savvy so I'll place it here.

The author-surrealist Benjamin Rosenbaum, struggling to come up with a devilishly dramatic denouement to his latest book, 'The Riddle of the Ant King', hits upon a novel idea: let the readership write the last chapter, the best effort to win a prize -- a signed copy of the completed second edition.
The book's publisher, Small Beer Press, in spite of their reservations, goes along with the scheme.
A week after publication Rosenbaum, off piste, receives a transatlantic phonecall. 'This is awfull!' decries the head honcho at Small Beer, 'We've had over 200 e-complaints, saying it's outrageous that 'The Riddle of the Ant King' has no ending. They are demanding their money back.'
'And how many e-submissions did we get?'
'About the same number'
'Well then,' says Rosenbaum cheerfully, 'delete the names and addresses and e-mail those endings to the complainers!'

Posted by: E at February 12, 2009 06:32 AM

This is typical, I find out about The Ant King contest on the day the bally thing ends. Do I get 'till midnight tonight, or what?

Posted by: Pablo at March 3, 2009 01:19 AM

This is in regard to the derivative work on the Ant King contest. I've been thinking of it for a long time, but it hasn't fully materialized; so I thought an blog post would be better than nothing at all.

I was putting together plans for an Ant King Tarot -- the suits would be gumballs, blimps... I haven't sorted the other two (Wisdom Ants, perhaps?). Some of the Major Arcana are pleasantly obvious: The Ant King as the Hierophant; Matthias as The Hermit; the Orange as The World, The White Witch's Chariot. And even "Benjamin Rosenbaum", the plausible-fabulist, as the Fool.

My artistic skills are not up to the task of designing such a deck. As well, perhaps fully filling in the slots of the deck from the images of B. Rosenbaum's imagined worlds is too much, and it's better to let this remain a dream of possibility, a fabulous and non-existent thing.

Posted by: Zvi at March 4, 2009 11:38 PM
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