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,” 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:
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.