One good thing about staying home…another sale!

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

It was quite a change for me to have to cancel travel plans, to have my choral groups discontinued, to not even get out to church, etc., etc.  Most of you are in the same boat.  So eventually I had no excuse not to sit down and work on a novella that had been sitting untouched for about a year.  And guess what?  I not only finished it, I sold it.  No, I don’t know yet when it will run–probably spring or summer 2021–but Analog is sending me a contract for “Invasive Species.”

The story is set on Parsa where the natives have leased a tract of land to a Terran mining company.  Once enslaved by another race, the Parsans remain almost obsequious in their dealings with humans.  Able to manipulate their physical form, they can closely mimic humans–in fact, they can hardly refrain from this inborn defense mechanism–and many of them work for the humans in menial positions.

Strict regulations that protect native cultures have forbidden humans from stepping outside the Terran Zone on Parsa.  But when Rath van Dorn’s wife disappears, leaving their infant daughter behind, Rath knows the only place she can be is beyond the boundaries of the Zone. He ventures out in search of kidnappers, only to find more duplicity and conspiracy than he ever imagined.

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

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

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.

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After 30 years…”The Quality of Mercy”

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

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.

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It’s time for TusCon again!

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Speculative Fiction, TusCon, Writing and Publishing | Comments: 0

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!

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“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.

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I’m in the SFWA Story Bundle!

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 0

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.

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Time Travel Tales available on amazon

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

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.

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“Wastelands” on sale for $1.99

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

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!

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Another sale

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

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…)

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“Builders of Leaf Houses” wins Analog’s Readers’ Choice Award

Written By: catherinewells | Categorized In: Book news, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction | Comments: 2

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.

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