Tain held a pistol toward me. The black gel of the handle pulsed, waiting to be gripped.
“Better take this,” she said.
I shook my head. “I never use them.”
We sat in an unmarked police cruiser, the steering wheel packed away in the dashboard. Tain’s face was a pale shimmer in the cool blue light of the car’s entertainment system.
“Your file says you are weapons trained.”
“Yeah,” I said, “I got one of those cannons at home, locked in my kitchen drawer.”
My story “RedKing” is in this month’s issue of Lightspeed Magazine. It will be free after March 15, but you can also get the magazine dirt cheap for $2.99.
Lightspeed is one of our best SF magazines. You’d love a subscription. You can subscribe in many different formats.
UPDATE: Live today!
Hayden Trenholm told me about this favorable review in Quill & Quire, by Corey Redekop, of the collection Strange Bedfellows.
The book closes on two high points. Nebula Award–winning author Katherine Sparrow’s “Why Lily Left” is a melancholy, horrifying glimpse into an anti-civilization mindset. “Amateur Night at the Global Mart,” Craig DeLancey’s technobabble-laden entry (“genemod symbiot lichen” being a prime example), is activist-oriented speculative fiction as strong as anything Cory Doctorow has produced.
Of course I appreciate the praise and the comparison to the very talented Cory Doctorow, but the thing that amuses me is, I thought “genemod symbiot lichen” sounded like clear, workaday speech! Is that a sign of SF-induced conceptual corruption?
Bundoran Press is an interesting indy publisher producing interesting books. Their new project, Second Contacts, is seeking support:
Second Contacts will seek stories, from the best writers in the field, which explore the consequences of first contact, for us, for them, for our shared future. The possibilities are endless — conquest, collaboration, assimilation, or separation. On earth, in space, or on alien planets, what will happen to individuals and societies after two generations or more of staring into alien eyes?
If you want to help, visit their Indiegogo site: http://igg.me/p/765034/x.
From 4/19 till 5/5, Amazon Local is offering Gods of Earth for $0.99. You need the Amazon Local App, or maybe just to be signed up with Amazon Local, to get the offer. Check out:
and if you’re from Rochester, see:
A trivia fact: In Gods of Earth, Rochester is called “The City by the Freshsea.”
What else you gonna do with them?
Evolution Commandos: Well of Furies and The Dark Forward are both now available, in their ePub versions, for purchase with Bitcoins. This might be temporary, since the digital content provider has a time clock on the rate of sales. So buy now, before your Bitcoins turn into Beenie Babies.
It took 9 months longer than I planned, but I finished Evolution Commandos: World Hammer. This is the second of my Tarkos and Bria books, and I intend to write at least 7 more of them. They are quite different from Gods of Earth (which is more broodingly numinous) or my short stories (which are mostly near future hard SF). These books (which I call the Predator Space Chronicles) are optimistic, straight up, unabashed space opera, but with a green theme: the protagonists belong to a special elite force that protects ecosystems.
The books are available on Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. A paperback version will be available this summer, when the three Evolution Commandos books will be combined into one huge novel.
I tell people considering buying one of the PSC books to start by listening to “Asteroid Monte,” on Escape Pod. It gives a sense of the world and protagonists.
A story I’ve sat on, revising slowly slowly, for a long while. One of my strangest. Appearing in one of the newest, most refreshing mags out there.
The Sadly Short Human Lifespan of the Eternal Primeval Fish
I have a story in the forthcoming collection, STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. I just saw the cover, which I think is great, don’t you?
And with a blurb from the great David Brin! It doesn’t get much better than that.
Hayden is a talented editor. I appreciated his help, and you’ll appreciate his selections. I’m confident anyone interested in SF or politics (and who isn’t interested in one or the other?) will love these stories. Not to mention, Bundoran is a small press that is keeping SF vibrant.
I’ve been a member of Audible for years, so I’m delighted that Gods of Earth is finally available as an Audible download here. It’s a great pleasure to see my novel there in what I consider one of my favorite bookstores.
Amazon is having a promotion of twenty ebooks available for just $2.00, good till the end of November. Gods of Earth is one of the twenty. See:
20 Kindle Books for $2 each
That’s cheaper than two donuts, or a comic, or most packs of gum nowadays. The siren call of literature, nearly free!