“Wastelands” on sale for $1.99

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories | Comments: 0

For you last-minute shoppers, the ebook edition of “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse” is on sale for $1.99 until Dec. 30, 2014.  Learn more about the anthology and where you can purchase it here.  It features stories by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler, and of course, yours truly!

 

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“Wastelands” audiobook now available

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories | Comments: 0

Hi, gang!  Just heard from editor John Joseph Adams that the anthology “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse” is now available in several formats here.  It includes my short story “Artie’s Angels,” set in a dystopian future with young Arthurian characters on bicycles.  (No, no jousting, although I was sorely tempted.) And if audio isn’t your thing, the mass market paperback edition should be available in early 2015.

And speaking of 2015…someone just pointed out to me that” Back to the Future 2″ took place in 2015.  Yikes!

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Sperm cells from skin cells

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Short Stories, Writing and Publishing | Comments: 0

I was listening to NPR the other day–I forget which program–and they interviewed a researcher who has successfully taken skin cells, treated them to make them blank like T-cells, then injected them into sperm-bearing places in mice.  The result:  they became primitive sperm cells.  The idea, of course, is to help infertile couples conceive, but the ramifications are…interesting.  The article pointed out that some enterprising person might collect skin cells from famous people, or even dead people (provided the cells were still viable), and create offspring for that individual.  Even without the individual’s knowledge or consent.

Wow.  Now, there’s a–if you’ll pardon the pun–fertile idea for science fiction if I ever heard one.  Stories about cloning generally start with an egg and involve the participation of the donor, but this…  You could snatch a hair, and if it had a couple of skin cells attached, you’d have your material.  The NPR piece talked about possible legislation to forbid making someone a parent without his consent, but that would just force the practice into the black market.

Hm.  What kind of a sleazebag would steal skin cells, turn them into sperm, and sell them?  And what kind of desperate or obsessive people would buy them?  Definitely a story in there somewhere, if I can just find it…

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“Into the Desolation” in IGMS January issue

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Short Stories | Comments: 0

Whew!  Just got back from a cruise through the Panama Canal–more on that later–and guess what?  My short story “Into the Desolation” is out in the January issue of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show!  It’s an ezine, so don’t look for it in stores.  It’s here:  http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i37&article=_006

And you can read my comments on its creation  on their blog here:  http://sideshowfreaks.blogspot.com/2014/02/into-desolation-by-catherine-wells.html

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