It is sad to learn that Gardner Dozois has left us. I did not know him personally; the sum of my interaction with him was the exchange of some emails when he took my story “RedKing” for one of his recent Year’s Best anthologies. But all my life his work in science fiction has been a powerful influence. I read Asimov’s when he edited the magazine (and after, of course), followed closely his many anthologies, and I admired his fiction. He worked ceaselessly to support science fiction as literature.
Given that it’s Earth Day, I’m going to spend the afternoon working on the next installment of my environmentalist space opera series, the Predator Space Chronicles.
The Predator Corp are pledged to defend and spread life throughout the Galaxy. Not all sentient beings agree with that mission. War is coming.
Volume 6 is called Question Zero. Out before the summer! Sign up for my email list if you want to receive the publication announcement.
Both volumes of Omega Threshold are now available!
They’re available at all your favorite ebookstores. Here are universal links to find them:
THE BOOKS IN THE PREDATOR SPACE CHRONICLES:
1. Well of Furies
2. World Hammer
3. Ice Sky Storm
Collected together in Evolution Commandos
Collected together in Omega Threshold
6. Question Zero
7. One Human
Collected together in World Scar
A shout out to Spectacle, an SF magazine that is launching now and includes my story “Ingredients” in Issue #1. I’ve always thought: we need an SF magazine that’s like Galaxy colliding with the Paris Review colliding with a pile of really good comics. And here someone has done it!
Support them! I’m sure you’ll love it, and get good SF and nonfic and art all in one place. You can subscribe at: https://spectacle.subsail.com/subscribe/
Update. I just learned Spectacle decided to put my story “Ingredients” up on the home page. You can read it for free here: https://spectacle.com/001/ingredients/
I learned just this minute that Ursula Le Guin has passed. Literature feels smaller now.
She was the best of us. She was everything I aspired to be as a writer. Her book The Dispossessed taught me that science fiction could be great and dangerous literature.
Orwell died this day, in 1950. I always aspire to learn from his penetrating, powerful honesty of thought.
Delayed post! Here is a philosophy-of-SF post for you to read in this month’s Clarkesworld. As usual, a beautiful cover from them:
Let me know what you think, either over at Clarkesworld or here.
Your patience appreciated….
I will be doing the 24 Hour Plays tomorrow. Wish me luck; it’s sort of an Iron Man for writers. Shows will be Monday 18 September at 7 and 9 pm at Writers & Books.