Very pleased that my story “RedKing” will appear in the 34th Annual Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology, edited by Gardner Dozois, and appearing summer 2017.
Here’s the TOC:
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL COLLECTION,
- TERMINAL, Lavie Tidhar
- TOURING WITH THE ALIEN, Carolyn Ives Gilman
- PATIENCE LAKE, Matthew Claxton
- JONAS AND THE FOX, Rich Larson
- PRODIGAL, Gord Sellar
- KIT: Some Assembly Required, Kathe Koja & Carter Scholz
- VORTEX, Gregory Benford
- ELVES OF ANTARCTICA, Paul McAuley
- THE BABY EATERS, Ian McHugh
- A SALVAGING OF GHOSTS, Aliette de Bodard
- THOSE SHADOWS LAUGH, Geoff Ryman
- RedKING, Craig DeLancey
- THINGS WITH BEARDS, Sam J. Miller
- FIELDWORK, Shariann Lewit
- THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF MR. COSTELLO, David Gerrold
- INNUMERABLE GLIMMERING LIGHTS, Rich Larson
- FIFTY SHADES OF GRAYS, Steven Barnes
- SIXTEEN QUESTIONS FOR KAMALA CHATTERJEE, Alastair Reynolds
- COLD COMFORT, Pat Murphy & Paul Dohert
- THE ART OF SPACE TRAVEL, Nina Allan
- FLIGHT FROM THE AGES, Derek Kusken
- MY GENERATIONS WILL PRAISE, Samantha Henderson
- MARS ABIDES, Stephen Baxter
- THE VISITOR FROM TAURED, Ian R. MacLeod
- WHEN THE STONE EAGLE FLIES, Bill Johnson
- THE VANISHING KIND, Lavie Tidhar
- ONE SISTER, TWO SISTERS, THREE, James Patrick Kelly
- DISPATCHES FROM THE CRADLE: THE HERMIT—FORTY-EIGHT HOURS IN THE SEA OF MASSACHUSETTS, Ken Liu
- CHECKERBOARD PLANET, Eleanor Arnsason
- THEY HAVE ALL ONE BREATH, Karl Bunker
- MIKA MODEL, Paolo Bacigalupi
- THAT GAME WE PLAYED DURING THE WAR, Carrie Vaughn
- BECAUSE CHANGE WAS THE OCEAN AND WE LIVED BY HER MERCY, Charlie Jane Anders
- THE ONE WHO ISN’T, Ted Kosmatka
- THOSE BRIGHTER STARS, Mercurio R. Rivera
- A TOWER FOR THE COMING WORLD, Maggie Clark
- FIRSTBORN, LASTBORN, Melissa Scott
- WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS, Ian McDonald
- THE IRON TACTICIAN, Alastair Reynolds
Very pleased that my story “RedKing,” which appeared in Lightspeed, will also appear in Rich Horton’s 2017 Best Science Fiction & Fantasy.
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!
“Racing the Tide” has been selected as a 2015 Notable story in the Best American Science Fiction anthology.
The easiest way to get a copy of the story is in the CliFi anthology, Loosed Upon the World.
I’m pleased to have a story (“Racing the Tide”) in the forthcoming CliFi anthology, Loosed Upon the World. The book will be out in August. Official announcements can be found at John Joseph Adam’s blog.
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.