Some free fiction! My story “Sojourner” is a finalist for the 2019 Analog Science Fiction Anlab award for short story. All finalist stories have been made freely available to the public. A link to “Sojourner” is https://www.analogsf.com/assets/6/6/Sojourner_DeLancey.pdf.
And, since “Sojourner” is a sequel to my story “RedKing,” here is a link to that story if you want to read them in order: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/redking/.
Quillette is doing a series on the question, what will the first Martian government be like? I offer my opinion in this piece:
I also have appearing this same day a piece, more pure philsophy, on atheism, Camus, and the New Atheists:
One hundred years ago today the New York Times published an editorial mocking American rocket pioneer, John Goddard. With a cheap ad hominem attack, they feigned incredulity that the Smithsonian would support Goddard’s research:
If they had called Einstein, he could have explained to them that F=ma.
The mockery continued and stretched to include Jules Verne:
All this strikes me as worth remembering because last year, on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the Times produced similarly dismal coverage of that sublime mission. They took one of our greatest accomplishments and portrayed it as a vast moral failing. It was like something out of Nietzsche’s Genealogy; in its way, it was a masterful inversion of values. Competency became bigotry, purpose became bias, accomplishment became failure. It is hopeful and healthy to remind ourselves that some day it will be obvious that this perspective was all oikophobia, or at best, ressentiment.
My piece on the Analog author blog:
Some of my thoughts about the current situation in SF, appearing in Quillette.
My science fiction series The Predator Space Chronicles is now complete. I sought to write optimistic science fiction that was biocentric without being dreary and defeatist. I defy dystopia.
I was sad to finish the seventh and last book, and say goodbye to Tarkos and Bria, but a new series (Predator Academy) is forthcoming.
The first of The Predator Space Chronicles is free:You can find the books at digital bookstores around the world. Here are a few of them:
My story “Ulissa” is up now at Escape Pod. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.