Benjamin Rosenbaum

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


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, 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

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

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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