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.

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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.

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“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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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“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!

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