This is mostly for local folks in the Arlington/Northern Virginia area who happen to be science fiction fans and/or interested in hearing a reading. I will be reading at the Washington Science Fiction Association meeting this Friday, December 6 at 9:45 pm.
The meeting is held in Arlington, Virginia. Full details are available on the WSFA website. I’ll most likely be reading my story, “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon” which I recently sold and will be appearing sometime in 2014.
For those who might be interested, my article on my experience at the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop this summer, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation,” is now online in the November issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.
You can read the article for free at their website, along with some great science fiction and fantasy, including stories by Robert Reed, Joe Haldeman, and Maureen F. McHugh. And if you enjoy what you read, you should consider subscribing to this fantastic magazine.
I got back from a writing session at the Arlington Central Library (where I added 3,200 words to my WIP) to find this waiting at home for me. My copy of the Beyond the Sun anthology, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, in which my story, “Flipping the Switch” appears. For those who might be curious, here is the table of contents:
I am nested right there toward the top between Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and my friend Brad Torgersen. I’m still amazed looking through the table of contents and seeing just who I am in the company of. My friend Nancy Fulda is there. So are writers who I have been reading for a long, long time like Nancy Kress, and Robert Silverberg.
This is the first time a story of mine has appeared in an original anthology and it is very exciting to finally have a copy in my hands.
For my friends who prefer e-books over paper, the new anthology, Beyond the Sun, in which my story “Flipping the Switch” appears, is now available in e-book format over at Baen Books. If you were holding out for an e-book edition, the wait is over.
Of course, the book is also available in tradition paper from the publisher, Fairwood Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The premier issue of a new science fiction magazine, Blue Shift, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, is now available. I have a nonfiction column in the magazine, as do my friends Juliette Wade and John H. Stevens. The magazine is also packed with fiction. You can order print or electronic copies here.
Now that Mike Brotherton has made the official public announcement, I am so excited to announce that I’ve been selected as one of the attendees for the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. The workshop runs from July 14-21, which makes July a busy month for me. But I’m excited about it nevertheless. I’ve been interested in astronomy ever since I found The Nine Planets in my school library back when I was in kindergarten in Somerset, New Jersey. It is an interest that has never wavered.
It looks like an amazingly talented and diverse class this year. You can see the full list of attendees on Mike’s announcement post.
I‘ve had a long, wearying couple of days these last few days. I spent a lot of my weekend doing work related to my day-job. That work continued throughout today almost without a break, and will continue some more this evening. So I was delighted and pleased when I opened the mailbox today to find that my contributor copies of the July/August double-issue of Analog had arrived. This issue contained my story, “The Negative Impact of Climate Change on the Unusual Beasts of the World” as a Probability Zero piece.
July/August 2013 Analog. Cover art by Tomislav Tikulin.
The issue also contains stories by many Analog regulars, including my friends Brad Torgersen, and Bud Sparhawk. Bud is deceptive. If you read his blog, he writes glum posts on the difficult life of a short fiction writer, and yet always manages to overcome said difficulty to produce good yarns.
“The Negative Impact of Climate Change on the Unusual Beasts of the World” marks my third appearance in Analog, which is hard to believe even while looking at my name on the table of contents. Hopefully it is not my last.
And speaking of the contents page, here I am:
While I was away on my Internet vacation, I learned that pre-orders for the Beyond the Sun anthology, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, were available. My story, “Flipping the Switch” appears in this anthology, along with stories by friends like Nancy Fulda and Brad Torgersen. The anthology also contains stories by folks like Nancy Kress, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and many others. Pre-orders are available from Fairwood press. I think the book is scheduled to be released in July.
It would seem that the June issue of Analog is out in the wild. This is a milestone issue for me. The last time I had an item in Analog was two years ago, in the June 2011 issue. My story, “Take One for the Road” appeared in the issue. This time, I have the editorial in the issue. In my wildest imaginings when I started out writing (and I had some wild ones, believe me) did I think I’d have an editorial in Analog. I’ve read a good deal of the editorials that Stanley Schmidt wrote for the magazine. (I’ve read Trevor’s as well, but so far, he has one.) I’ve read some of Ben Bova’s editorials and I’ve read every editorial that John Campbell wrote between May 1939 and November 1942. It boggles my mind that I should have an editorial in the magazine. But I do.
At WorldCon, I met Trevor Quachri, who now edits Analog, in person for the first time. We chatted for quite a bit at one of the parties, possibly Stan’s retirement party. Not long after Worldcon was over, Trevor got in touch with me and asked if I’d consider writing an editorial for Analog. We discussed some possibilities and then I had to write it. Writing nonfiction is easier for me than writing fiction, but it was a daunting task nevertheless, mostly because I made it so. In my mind, I kept thinking that John W. Campbell wrote editorials for Analog. Stan Schmidt wrote editorials for Analog. But me?
I think it worked out, however. My editorial, “Gem Hunting,” discusses some of the rare gems I’ve found in the early Golden Age issues of the magazine (back when it was called Astounding) and the effect that some of these gems had on me. I see it as a celebration of science fiction and what it can do.
What’s more, I find that my editorial falls in the same issue as one of my science fiction heroes and idols, Jack McDevitt. Words can’t describe how pleased I am by that.
Oh, and by the way, if you just couldn’t get enough of me in the June Analog, well, I’ve got you covered. My story, “The Negative Impact of Climate Change on the Unusual Beasts of the World” will appear in the next issue, the July/August double-issue. How that young 20-year-old version of me would go utterly out of his mind if he knew this!
I just received the February issue of Lightspeed Magazine,which contains my article, “Hat Tip to the Masters: Homage in Science Fiction” as an e-book exclusive. This was a fun article to write and I’m grateful it was included in Lightspeed. And as I said in the article, Barry Malzberg, Paul Weimer, and Mark Stackpole all provided valued input to the piece.
I tried to provide plenty of examples of homage in science fiction and fantasy from across its history. The truth is, in the space I was given, I could have done nothing but list examples. There are so many of them. I had to pick and choose and I think I picked some good ones.
If you are interested, you can find the article in this months e-book edition of Lightspeed.
As I announced on Facebook yesterday, my story, “Situational Awareness” will appear in Issue #2 of Blue Shift magazine, a new magazine making its debut early in 2013. The magazine is edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and he announced the lineups for the first two issues (here and here) on Facebook yesterday. Those lineups look pretty darn good! Issue #2, with my story, will appear in November 2013, so you have a little bit of waiting to do. And it gives me time to make some revisions that Bryan requested.
If you read Bryan’s lineups, one thing you might note is that the magazine has several nonfiction columns. My friend Juliette Wade will be writing one of those columns. Another friend, Paul Weimer, will be contributing articles on gaming to the magazine. And I will also be writing a column for the magazine, with a focus on science fiction and technology.
And if all of this isn’t enough, I’m hoping to have some more news to announce in the not-too-distant future. So stay-tuned.
Yesterday, I signed the contracts on the two new Analog pieces I reported on last month. The first is a short story, “The Negative Impact of Climate Change On the Unusual Beasts of the World.” This is one of the stories that I read at Capclave in October. The second is a guest editorial that I was commissioned to write for the magazine. At this point, I have no idea when either will be appearing. Typically, their lead time is about 8-9 months, unless they are filling a spot. That would put my story in the July issue time-frame (which comes out in late April 2013), but this is just a guess on my part. When I have more information, I’ll let you know.
I still get goosebumps when I think that I’ve sold things to Analog. I can remember as if were yesterday, those days in my junior year in college when I first decided to be a science fiction writer, imagining what it might be like to sell a story to Analog. It was a thrill just to think about, on par with imagining what it would be like to solo in a plane. And now I’ve sold to them not once but three times. And I did end up soloing in a plane, too, back when I got my private pilot license. The day I got my license was a remarkable one, but the day I sold to Analog was better.
And for my paperless friends, I was asked to sign and return two copies of the contracts. When I sold my first story to Analog in 2010, I think I printed the contract, signed it, and put it in the mail. This time around, I inquired as to whether I could sign and email the contracts back, instead of printing them out and putting them in the mail. That was perfectly acceptable, which is what you might expect from a science fiction magazine. I really am trying to remain as paper-free as I can manage.