To Be or Not to Be–Arrogant

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

That’s the title of my post on Analog’s “The Astounding Analog Companion” blog.  It’s just a few thoughts on the possible effects of having human life extended by centuries.  Would we get wiser?  Or jaded?  Kinder?  Or more arrogant?  Have a look at the post, then read my short story “Respite” in the March/April issue of Analog, now available on their website.  How do you think the protagonist responded to such an extended life?

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“Respite” and the science of aging

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

This morning I was listening to my local NPR station, and what were they airing but a piece called “What if Aging Wasn’t Inevitable? the Quest to Slow or Even Reverse Aging.”  The timing of this piece was brilliant, because I just received my author copies of the March/April issue of Analog containing my story “Respite.”  In it, the main character is the beneficiary of such science and has lived nearly a thousand years.

The NPR piece suggests that delaying aging may be “closer to science than to science fiction.”  I didn’t get to hear the whole piece, but listener responses to the idea of extending human life by a hundred or more years were surprisingly negative.  I suggest you give the show a listen on YouTube, then read “Respite” and see how the character there feels about having lived so long in a body that has never aged past 40.  Are the concerns of NPR listeners reflected in him?

As of this writing, the March/April issue containing “Respite” isn’t on the website yet, but it should be there shortly.

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Another sale: “Respite”

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

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.

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

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

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?

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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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“Native Seeds” in Lightspeed

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

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.

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

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

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.

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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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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?

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