My World War One-era historical fantasy novel Twilight Patrol is now available from Alban Lake Publishing!
Purchase from IRB: https://www.irbstore.co/product-page/twilight-patrol-by-laurence-raphael-brothers
Purchase from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Twilight-Patrol-Laurence-Raphael-Brothers/dp/1951384024/
I’ll be in Dublin from August 15th through the 19th. I hope to see a lot of colleagues and friends there!
This is my panel schedule:
Why is it always raining in Gotham? Noir themes in SF
16 Aug 2019, Friday 21:00 - 21:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Noir tropes are hugely popular in science fictional settings, such as China Miéville’s The City and the City, or William Gibson’s Neuromancer. In what ways are noir tropes adapted or subverted within the genre? Is there a difference in the ways SF books, comics, and movies use elements of noir? The panel will discuss the uses of noir across SF genres and formats.
Space opera is for robots; soap opera is for people
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 10:00 - 10:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
Will humans ever live long-term in space, or is it easier to let our ‘mind children’ go to the stars, whether as uploaded minds or independent intelligences? If humans (or AI) leave for space, would we miss them?
I’ll also be staffing the SFWA desk from time to time as a volunteer. I’ll have postcard handouts for my upcoming novel Twilight Patrol and my novella The Demons of Wall Street, too!
I’m extremely pleased to report the sale of my WWI-era historical fantasy novel Twilight Patrol to Alban Lake Publishing! The novel will be released later in 2019. The S.E.5a on the banner of this website is flown by the protagonist.
In Cold Memories we have a traditional climate-disaster backstory. I feel this is something of an obligation for a science-fiction writer to put out at present, although I generally prefer to present more positive futures. I don’t expect the entire planet will be ruined as in the story, but I do believe greenhouse-gas emissions will continue unabated for far too long due to the intransigence of the major industrial and consumer nations. I imagine some kind of too-late technological intervention such as atmospheric particle release or catalytic carbon sequestration to be attempted eventually, with real effects. But because such interventions will probably be enormously expensive, I doubt they will occur in time to prevent hundreds of millions or even billions of deaths, upsetting the entire order of nature and horribly disrupting civilization and the survivors’ quality of life for many generations.
In this story I feel I’m being extremely optimistic about our space travel and planetary colonization capabilities. It’s been more than 60 years since the first Sputnik was launched with no great technological advances for getting off the ground since then, and for 45 years no human has travelled beyond low Earth orbit. And yet, in just over a century I’m suggesting viable asteroid colonies as far out as Neptune’s trojans. I should say that science fiction is in my view primarily the literature of optimism, and despite everything, I see this story as optimistic in its way. But, of course, I would happily trade a few million colonists on the Moon, Mars and in the asteroids for billions of lives on Earth, if only it was within my power to preserve our ecology.
Cold Memories (forthcoming): Read online in Nature Magazine.
Happy to be of Service (forthcoming): Listen to the Manawaker Studio podcast.
Not the Brightest of Timelines (forthcoming): Buy the Unrealpolitik anthology.
The Gaea Hypothesis (forthcoming): Listen to the Centropic Oracle reading on YouTube.
The Freighter (December 2018): Listen to the reading at Liars’ League NYC
An Infinite Series of Primes (September, 2018): Read at Apparition Lit.
I Awaken From a Dream of Flight (February, 2018): Purchase the Mind Candy anthology.
Of the three stories published so far this year, I’m fondest of I Awaken From a Dream of Flight, the story of an AI pilot on virtual compassionate leave. The “forthcoming” items should be out in 2019.
Some new publications to crow over:
Flash story at Apparition Lit: An Infinite Series of Primes. This is a bit of a homage to the great novel White Light by Rudy Rucker.
bees hum and frogs chirp
idyllic urban garden ...
ouch! something stung me!
red neon allure
tail lights gleam off wet pavement
steaming new york nights
It's very gratifying to be mentioned along with so many superb new writers in this article at tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2018/06/15/on-gardner-dozois-short-fiction-and-150-new-writers-for-your-consideration/
First poem publication! Yeah, not making a career of it.
is that a blue world
floating in the depths of space
or a dream of home?