The Dark Forward

I’ve taken my first plunge into Kindlespace.  My Marrion stories, which appeared in Analog, have been collected into a novella available on Kindle, under the name The Dark Forward.  I’ve written an afterword, and also revised the third story in the trilogy after I decided the end could be improved.

Genetically engineered children is now a subgenre in SF.  But these stories are unique in developing the idea of an engineered trait with a moral aim.  The Marrion children are not engineered to be smarter or to be sleepless or to have any other trait of — shall we say — obvious commercial benefit. They are engineered to care more about the future.  My conceit is that this would be a very important, and perhaps even very dangerous, trait.

Asteroid Monte on Escape Pod

“Asteroid Monte,” which first appeared in Analog, and is soon appearing in Russian in the magazine Esli, is now available as a free podcast download at Escape Pod.  Reader Rajan Khanna did a fantastic job switching from Sussuratian to Irish to Aussie accents — and, heroically, pronouncing “Briaathursiasaliantiormethessess.”  Check it out at:

     http://escapepod.org/2012/02/23/ep333-asteroid-monte/

This is GOFSO (Good Old Fashioned Space Opera) with an ecological twist.  The world first appeared in a story in Analog called “Demand Ecology,” and reappeared in Analog in the story “The Cold Star Sky,” but “Asteroid Monte” is the first story with these two characters.  I have several other stories, and several novels, in the pipeline about these characters.  I refer to the world as Predator Space.