And just as my short story “Eii’s Coming” appears in the March/April issue of Analog, I received a contract offer this morning for my novella “Native Seeds” from the same delightful (and may I say insightful!) folks. Yay! “Native Seeds” is a prequel to my Coconino series, originally published by Del Rey in 1991, 1992, and 1993, and now available from Phoenix Pick. (Check your favorite online bookseller.)
It’s the story of the Survivors, the band of young people who, without the guidance of elders, have re-create a civilization in harmony with the Mother Earth. Though they have overcome many obstacles, a new one lurks that stymies their leader. Then they encounter another band of survivors, one that has preserved more technology. Will it be their salvation–or their doom?
I had an email this morning from editor Zach Chapman that this anthology is now up on amazon, just in time for holiday gifting! My story “Into the Desolation” is in it, so if you missed that when it ran in OSC’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, you can catch it here.
Of course, all my other books are also available in either print or electronic format, so give the gift of imagination this year! And yes, you can gift an ebook. I just can’t autograph it for you.
I see that the Kindle version of “Wastelands” is on sale right now for $1.99. You’ll find my short story “Artie’s Angels” inside, along with stories by Steven King, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card and others.
And this is an excellent opportunity to remind you the season of gift giving is upon us, and all my books are now back in print and make wonderful gifts!
Got an email this week that my short story “Eli’s Coming” has been accepted for publication in Analog. Yay! I don’t have a pub date yet, but I’ll post that when I do.
In other news, my editor at Desert Moon Press, who has been ailing for some time, has recovered enough to resume work on “The Aztec Eagle” (formerly “The Crystal Desert”). We may actually get the book out this year. Speaking of which, I should get to work on the latest files she sent me.
Diving back in. (Glug, glug, glug…)
Just completed my participant survey for TusCon 43, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Tucson Airport, 4550 S Palo Verde Rd. in Tucson. Good Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise, I will be there this year. (Had to cancel last year. Boo.) GOH is George R.R. Martin, so if you don’t come to see me, come to see him!
Woo-hoo! Just heard from the editor at Analog that “Builders of Leaf Houses,” which ran in their December 2015 issue, won the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Novella. You can probably hear me crowing all the way to Mexico!
This novella was initially supposed to be a second novel with the characters from “Beyond the Gates,” but when the publisher dropped me, I scaled the idea back to novella length. It’s been kicking around in my files file for more than ten years, and I finally polished it up and sent it off. I’m so grateful to the good folks at Analog for giving me the opportunity to share the story of Motherlove and her tribe of Thinking Ones. Wish I could go to the Nebulas to accept the award in person, but I don’t think that’s in the cards.
Woo-hoo! Just sold the reprint of “Into the Desolation” to Chappy Fiction for their time travel anthology, due out in December. I’ll have income again in 2016! (For those of you who have never filled out a Schedule C for the IRS, if you don’t show income in at least two out of five years, they consider your “business” a hobby. I’ve managed to stay in the pro category now for 26 years.)
“Into the Desolation” originally ran in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2014. If you didn’t catch it there, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this anthology when it comes out. Okay, you’ll want to pick up a copy anyway. It really is one of my better pieces. I’ll keep you posted when it becomes available.
Just got back from vacation to find my author’s copies of the December 2015 issue of “Analog.” Guess whose name is first on the cover! Woo-hoo! “Builders of Leaf Houses” is the first story in the issue, with a two-page spread of artwork. I’m dancing!
While this novella is a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” you can enjoy it even without having read the novel. And then, if you like the characters of Marta and Shipner, you can always go back and read the book. It’s available in ebook and paper through amazon and B&N. “Analog” is also available in both formats.
What’s it about? It’s a “first contact” story between humans and Thinking Ones, a sentient species resembling evolved dinosaurs. Their leader Motherlove is beset with problems–choosing a successor, relocating her village, children born without inherited memories–when the humans show up to complicate her life.
I just learned that the article I wrote on the historical High King Macbeth is running again today in The Independent, a British publication. Apparently there is a new movie of Macbeth debuting in London.
I spent much of this summer traveling, first to the East Coast to visit family–oh, and take a cruise to Bermuda out of Boston–and then to cooler climates in Arizona to escape the heat. Yes, there are places in Arizona that are balmy during the summer months, such as Payson (tucked under the Mogollon Rim), Prescott (The Mile High City), Flagstaff (7000 ft.) and even Sedona (where Oak Creek Canyon provides shade). We visited a number of local breweries and wineries along our way, hiked and exercised enthusiastically, and I’m finishing up the season only a couple of pounds heavier.
I regret to report that I will not be at TusCon this year, as I have a conflict. But I’ll be thinking of my fans when Halloween rolls around–no one does costumes like the folks at TusCon! I hope to be back in 2016. I also regret that the re-issue of “The Aztec Eagle” (parts 1 & 2) has been delayed. We hoped it would be available this fall, but it looks like early 2016 for that.
Still waiting to hear when “Builders of Leaf Houses” will run in Analog. I’ll be sure to post when I know.