June 12, 2019
Issue 3 of Future Science Fiction Digest launches June 15. You can buy it now or read for free online.
“Cratered” by Karen Osborne
“Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” by Wulf Moon (reprint)
Going Boldly – An Interview with D.C. Fontana by Joshua Sky
“Astrobody for Sale or Rent” by Laura Resnick
“Americans on the Moon” by Oleg Divov, translated by Alex Shvartsman
“The Satellites of Damocles” by Edward M. Lerner
“Love, Death, and Printed Robots” by Amanda Helms
“Warden’s Dilemma” by Emily Randall
“Love in the Time of Con Crud” by Elena Pavlova, translated by Elena Pavlova and Kalin M. Nenov
“Foot Ball” by Will McIntosh
“Waking in the Cold and the Dark” by Lü Momo, translated by Nathan Faries
“Apologia” by Vajra Chandrasekera
June 11, 2019
We’re live on kickstarter! Please help me fund the production of this book and snag some awesome rewards in the process. Even if you’re not ready to pledge, head over to the campaign link to check out the full wraparound cover, listen to a teaser from the audio book version, and read a sample chapter!
June 5, 2019
Coming October 2019 from UFO Publishing
There will be a Kickstarter campaign launching in a few days. At that time the full wraparound cover drawn and designed by Tomasz Maronski will be revealed (the painting on the back is as awesome as the front cover!) You’ll also get to hear an audio book teaser, narrated by Nicola Seaton-Clark and read a sample chapter from the book!
May 23, 2019
I’ll be a guest at Balticon 53 this Memorial Day weekend. You can see the detailed schedule here.
Fri, 6pm – Room 6017 – Future SF pitch session
Sat, 11am – St. George – Reading (with Elektra Hammond and David Walton)
Sat, 3pm – Room 7029 – AMA: Editors and Publishers
Sat, 4pm – Room 6017 – Improving Your Pitch workshop
Sun, 3pm – Mt. Washington – Effective Marketing for a Self-Published Author (M)
Sun, 6pm – Watertable BC – Tales from the Slush Pile
May 23, 2019
On April 28 I wrote a blog post predicting how Game of Thrones would end. And I mostly got it right. (Spoilers below!)
I figured the Iron Throne would be destroyed, figuratively if not literally (check and check.) I also figured the nature of how the Seven Kingdoms are governed would have to fundamentally change, with some combination of the survivors (good guys and bad) ruling as a council. While I did not get that exactly right, nor did I predict Bran’s ascension to the Wheelchair Throne, I feel as though I came pretty close. The Westeros elite arrived at something like their version of the Magna Carta and the monarchy is no longer hereditary. I feel like the finale definitely implied the Small Council having more power than it did during the previous reigns. So, I’m pretty pleased with how close I came. After all, I did spend three years writing a novel in a grimdark medieval fantasy world recently (more on that very soon, I promise!) and that comes with some finely honed plot instincts. 🙂
There have been a lot of dissatisfaction with this past season and I do agree that many of the elements felt rushed and many of the plotlines were left unresolved, but it was still a great show to watch and then to discuss around the water cooler as well as on the blog and social media. I’m thankful to everyone who was involved in creating the show that I’ve enjoyed for the past eight years or so. Kudos!
May 9, 2019
I got to play in Charles E. Gannon’s sandbox. Chuck writes the Caine Riordan/Terran Republic series for Baen that is part space opera, part military SF with a very healthy dose of interstellar diplomacy thrown in, and it’s great stuff!
Chuck invited a number of authors to contribute to the anthology of short stories set in his Terran Republic universe, Lost Signals of the Terran Republic. My story, “Among the Blind” is about the plight of the defeated army of clones in Indonesia, where they were used by a coalition of bad guys that included an alien species and a bunch of corporate interests. While the main thrust of the story has moved on after their forces were defeated, it left me wondering: what happened to the poor clones, bred by the corps, who were now stuck in internment camps as prisoners of war? There was a meaty story there, even though it didn’t involve aliens and starships (my suspicion was that many other contributors would play with those shiny toys.) I’m quite pleased with how the story turned out.
May 3, 2019
Current issues of Analog and Galaxy’s Edge magazines contain my science fiction stories!
“Repairs at the Beijing West Space Elevator” was written for the Future Affairs Administration Lunar festival prompt in late 2017 and originally published in Chinese. Analog has the English language version out now.
“Royalty of Apartment Complex 417” is, at its heart, a YA story, but I think older readers will appreciate it as well. It’s free to read at the Galaxy’s Edge website.