“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

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: AZ, Book news, Coconino, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, Uncategorized | Comments: 0

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!

I’m in the SFWA Story Bundle!

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I’m pleased to announce that the SFWA Story Bundle is now available at http://www.storybundle.com featuring “Beyond the Gates” by Yours Truly.  If you are unfamiliar with the bundle, it contains six novels by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA), in several electronic formats, available for a price you select (minimum of $5.00).  If you choose to pay more than $15, you will get an additional six novels for a total of twelve.  You also get to choose what portion of your money goes to SFWA, the balance going to the authors.  Such a deal!

Here’s more information, courtesy of Cat Rambo:

The initial titles in the SFWA Science Fiction Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Saiensu Fikushon 2016 by TOBI Hirotaka, Toh Enjoe and Taiyo Fujii
  • Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson
  • The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore
  • Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  • Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm
  • Beyond the Gates by Catherine Wells

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all six of the regular titles, plus SIX more!

  • Unidentified Funny Objects by Alex Shvartsman
  • Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Strangers Among Us by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
  • Tech Heaven by Linda Nagata
  • The Burning Eye by John F. Carr
  • The Leaves of October by Don Sakers

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

New sale: Native Seeds

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

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?

Time Travel Tales available on amazon

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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.

“Wastelands” on sale for $1.99

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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!