Coffee in End Times appears in this week’s issue of Nature. It’s a collaboration between Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and myself. It also happens to be the first time I’ve ever co-written a story with someone else (but hopefully not the last!)
Collaborating with another author seems to produce unique writing that isn’t quite similar to either individual’s style. It’s even easier to do on such a short piece, where we can literally deconstruct the story line by line and figure out the exact phrasing that would work for both of us. We thought the outcome might be a good fit for Nature’s Futures. We sent the story there first, and were very pleased that it found a home there.
You can read the story online for free, or pick up this week’s issue.
There are also two upcoming publications I would like to mention (I was so busy with the UFO3 Kickstarter that I haven’t posted about them yet.)
Dominoes Falling is a 5700-word story set in the world of the Dark Expanse video game. In this one I employ my usual mix of space opera, politics, and intrigue to tell the tale of planets and people in the first year after the Collapse, coping with the new realities of life without their Zyxlar overlords. But where have the Zyxlar actually disappeared to? One security operative goes to great lengths to find out.
It will appear in the forthcoming Dark Expanse anthology and they may or may not post it online as well — if they do, I will link to it. Otherwise, you’ll just have to buy the book 🙂 It will be coming out very soon.
The other story isn’t actually by me. It’s a dark fantasy/horror tale by Belorussian author Siarhey Bulyha, which I translated from Russian. “The Ferryman” will appear in an upcoming volume of “Spark: A Creative Anthology.”