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?
The Violet Hour is a silverlockian mashup of weird-western and ancient mythos, featuring the first woman in the US Marshal Service, Mrs. F.M. Miller. Her first name seems to have been lost to history but she is said to have been an expert horsewoman and a crack shot.
with no thought for tomorrow
time enough for love
in this sunlit eternity
which passes in an instant
In no particular order, four books I'm looking forward to reading in 2018:
Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly, the sequel to Amberlough.
Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker, the sequel to Borderline and Phantom Pains.
Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee, the sequel to Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem.
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers, the sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit.
All of these are sequels, which is why I'm looking forward to them. In my experience truly great books tend to be standalone. But of course as publishers and writers well know, trilogies and longer series are more reliable sellers because they establish expectations and create just the type of eagerness I feel for these sequels.
A reasonably productive year for me. Five stories published:
From Out a Full Orbed Moon (The NonBinary Review)
Shadow Stalker (Aquila Magazine)
Strange Stars (Third Flatiron's Cat's Breakfast anthology)
Drawing Dead (The Sockdolager)
Thirteen Bullets (PodCastle)
Other writing-related accomplishments:
- My 2016 story Houseproud was selected as an "Intelligence in Fiction" award winner by the Berkeley Machine Intelligence Research Institute. You can read it here on my website.
- I completed a novel, Evolutionary Intelligence Enkidu, currently being queried for agent representation. This is a near-future, military aviation, alien invasion, AI romance. Inspired by Naomi Novik's great Temeraire series and by Chōhei Kambayashi's Battle Fairy Yukikaze novel (and anime series).