Another sale: “Respite”

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Just signed a contract with Analog for my short story “Respite.”  It supposes a future time when aging can be “turned off” in humans, and Rafe Cortez decides to visit a spacehab he designed hundreds of years earlier.  No one has heard from Respite since a war destroyed communication relays with that sector, and everyone assumes the spacehab failed and is now lifeless.  Everyone except its creator.

It’s here…! See July/August issue of Analog

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Greetings!  The July/August 2019 issue of Analog is now available online and in stores.  In fact, if you click on this link, you can actually read an excerpt of “The Quality of Mercy.”  Get a taste for it.  Yum.

Meanwhile, it looks like The Aztec Eagle is going to make it back into print later this year, with parts 1 and 2 combined into a single book  The second part (The Crystal Desert) was only up for a couple of days before the publisher shut down, withdrawing all files from the market.  Pretty sure Desert Moon Press will keep it available much longer than that.

“The Quality of Mercy” to run in July/August 2019 issue of Analog

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I just proofed the galleys for this short story, which features a researcher studying potentially sentient creatures, who is at odds with the military veteran helping her set up her base camp. It’s questionable which one has the worse temper.  The questions:  Are the beautiful, peaceful zohr really “people”?  And is something threatening them in their idyllic meadow?

After 30 years…”The Quality of Mercy”

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A long time ago, after the sale of my first novel, I tried to write a short story called “The Quality of Mercy,” about a researcher studying a proto-human species on a distant planet.  Her foil was a character who later became Soln Shipner in “Beyond the Gates.”  I don’t think I even sent it to my agent.  I may not have had an agent at the time.

Then during the years I was pitching to “Star Trek: TNG,” I wrote a spec script using the same story but integrating TNG characters.  Like my pitches, it went nowhere.

Last summer as I was cleaning out my files, I came across the script and thought, “I should do something with this.”  So I did.  Same basic plot, same theme, but with a new perspective (mine) and a new foil.  In the original version, it was the foil who learned something; in this one, it’s the protagonist.  Apparently I, too, have learned something in the intervening years, because Analog just offered to buy “The Quality of Mercy.”

I’ll pass along pub information when I have it.

“Native Seeds” in Lightspeed

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The issue of Lightspeed with a reprint of “Native Seeds” is now available online, for those of you who missed its premier in Analog.  The paper and ebook should be available through Amazon shortly.

Somehow I never had the opportunity in either venue to explain that this novella is a prequel to my Coconino trilogy, also available through online bookstores.  It’s set in southern and central Arizona after famine and other catastrophes have driven most of the population to colonial planets in distant solar systems.  Those who remain find themselves facing age-old questions about culture, survival, and self-determination.

Thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time”

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Re-posted from my Facebook page:

I went to see the movie yesterday, knowing a film version could never encompass all the novel has meant to me. The movie is well-done and captures much of the spirit of the novel, given its limitation to a 2-hr format. You should see it. The director had to make some hard choices about what to include and how to translate the material into a modern setting, and I mostly approve of her choices. (Although personally, I wish Calvin had remained a gawky 14-year-old outgrowing his clothes and wearing shabby shoes.)

But I was sorry the movie did not include what was to me, at age 12 when I read it the first time, the mind-blowing concept of a tesseract as mathematician Madeleine L’Engle explained it using a line, a square, and a cube. A line is one dimensional. The square of a line is a square (2 dimensions). The square of a square is a cube (3 dimension). The square of a cube is a tesseract. Holy moley. I was no star at math, but that idea just grabbed me. You can’t depict the square of a cube, you can only imagine it–but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

There are other things absent from the movie, and like the tesseract, they may be impossible to depict in three dimensions because they exist mostly in the reader’s mind. Much of what you take from the novel depends on what you bring to it. Which in the end is the difference between the book and the movie: The novel is a tesseract. The movie is just 3D.

Look whose name is on the front cover of Nov/Dec Analog!

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Yes indeed, there it is at the top of the list!  Look for “Native Seeds” inside, an origin story from the Coconino series.

http://www.analogsf.com/

And a lovely cover it is.  If you have a copy, bring it along to TusCon this weekend, and I’ll be happy to autograph it for you.

It’s time for TusCon again!

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If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy conventions, please stop by TusCon 2017, Nov. 10-12.  I understand the block of hotel rooms is sold out, so there should be a good crowd.  You can find more programming information here:  https://www.tusconscificon.com/index.shtml.  And of course, I’ll be there doing some panels.  My schedule is posted here:  https://goo.gl/mFS9fa#part/409

Hope to see you there!

“Native Seeds” is in Nov/Dec issue of Analog

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I just peeked at the upcoming issue information, and my novella “Native Seeds” will run in the next issue of Analog. This is a foundation story for The People who appear in the Coconino trilogy. I think you’ll enjoy meeting Alfonso and his friend Chico.

Quick! Only two days left…

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…to purchase the 2017 SFWA Story Bundle at http://www.storybundle.com.  Any donation of $5 or more gets you six ebooks by SF professionals; any donation of $15 or more gets you twelve!