New anthology on time travel from Chappy Books

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Woo-hoo! Just sold the reprint of “Into the Desolation” to Chappy Fiction for their time travel anthology, due out in December. I’ll have income again in 2016! (For those of you who have never filled out a Schedule C for the IRS, if you don’t show income in at least two out of five years, they consider your “business” a hobby. I’ve managed to stay in the pro category now for 26 years.)

“Into the Desolation” originally ran in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2014. If you didn’t catch it there, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this anthology when it comes out. Okay, you’ll want to pick up a copy anyway. It really is one of my better pieces. I’ll keep you posted when it becomes available.

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“Builders of Leaf Houses” in Dec. Analog

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Just got back from vacation to find my author’s copies of the December 2015 issue of “Analog.” Guess whose name is first on the cover! Woo-hoo! “Builders of Leaf Houses” is the first story in the issue, with a two-page spread of artwork. I’m dancing!

While this novella is a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” you can enjoy it even without having read the novel. And then, if you like the characters of Marta and Shipner, you can always go back and read the book. It’s available in ebook and paper through amazon and B&N. “Analog” is also available in both formats.

What’s it about? It’s a “first contact” story between humans and Thinking Ones, a sentient species resembling evolved dinosaurs. Their leader Motherlove is beset with problems–choosing a successor, relocating her village, children born without inherited memories–when the humans show up to complicate her life.

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Where the the summer go, eh?

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

I spent much of this summer traveling, first to the East Coast to visit family–oh, and take a cruise to Bermuda out of Boston–and then to cooler climates in Arizona to escape the heat. Yes, there are places in Arizona that are balmy during the summer months, such as Payson (tucked under the Mogollon Rim), Prescott (The Mile High City), Flagstaff (7000 ft.) and even Sedona (where Oak Creek Canyon provides shade). We visited a number of local breweries and wineries along our way, hiked and exercised enthusiastically, and I’m finishing up the season only a couple of pounds heavier.

I regret to report that I will not be at TusCon this year, as I have a conflict. But I’ll be thinking of my fans when Halloween rolls around–no one does costumes like the folks at TusCon! I hope to be back in 2016. I also regret that the re-issue of “The Aztec Eagle” (parts 1 & 2) has been delayed. We hoped it would be available this fall, but it looks like early 2016 for that.

Still waiting to hear when “Builders of Leaf Houses” will run in Analog. I’ll be sure to post when I know.

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It’s baaaaack…Beyond the Gates

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Coming on May 1, the reprint and ebook versions of “Beyond the Gates” from Desert Moon Press! Then watch for the sequel novella, “Builders of Leaf Houses,” to run in Analog later this year.

Cost is $3.99 for the ebook, $12.99 for trade paperback, but you can pre-order the ebook before May 1 for $2.99 at any of the following:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VZ06SFK
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-the-gates-catherine-wells/1003319322?ean=2940151846776
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/527937

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“Beyond the Gates” sequel

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For those of you who’ve been waiting (a decade and a half) for a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” I just received an offer from Analog for my novella “Builders of the Leaf Houses.”  (No pub date yet.)  It contains the further adventures of Marta and Shipner and a look at Drayan culture through the eyes of Motherlove.  I was so inspired by the offer, I’ve sent out two more short stories in the past two days!

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“Wastelands” on sale for $1.99

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For you last-minute shoppers, the ebook edition of “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse” is on sale for $1.99 until Dec. 30, 2014.  Learn more about the anthology and where you can purchase it here.  It features stories by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler, and of course, yours truly!

 

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“Wastelands” audiobook now available

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

Hi, gang!  Just heard from editor John Joseph Adams that the anthology “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse” is now available in several formats here.  It includes my short story “Artie’s Angels,” set in a dystopian future with young Arthurian characters on bicycles.  (No, no jousting, although I was sorely tempted.) And if audio isn’t your thing, the mass market paperback edition should be available in early 2015.

And speaking of 2015…someone just pointed out to me that” Back to the Future 2″ took place in 2015.  Yikes!

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Sperm cells from skin cells

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

I was listening to NPR the other day–I forget which program–and they interviewed a researcher who has successfully taken skin cells, treated them to make them blank like T-cells, then injected them into sperm-bearing places in mice.  The result:  they became primitive sperm cells.  The idea, of course, is to help infertile couples conceive, but the ramifications are…interesting.  The article pointed out that some enterprising person might collect skin cells from famous people, or even dead people (provided the cells were still viable), and create offspring for that individual.  Even without the individual’s knowledge or consent.

Wow.  Now, there’s a–if you’ll pardon the pun–fertile idea for science fiction if I ever heard one.  Stories about cloning generally start with an egg and involve the participation of the donor, but this…  You could snatch a hair, and if it had a couple of skin cells attached, you’d have your material.  The NPR piece talked about possible legislation to forbid making someone a parent without his consent, but that would just force the practice into the black market.

Hm.  What kind of a sleazebag would steal skin cells, turn them into sperm, and sell them?  And what kind of desperate or obsessive people would buy them?  Definitely a story in there somewhere, if I can just find it…

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“Into the Desolation” in IGMS January issue

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

Whew!  Just got back from a cruise through the Panama Canal–more on that later–and guess what?  My short story “Into the Desolation” is out in the January issue of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show!  It’s an ezine, so don’t look for it in stores.  It’s here:  http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i37&article=_006

And you can read my comments on its creation  on their blog here:  http://sideshowfreaks.blogspot.com/2014/02/into-desolation-by-catherine-wells.html

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