Lightspeed! RedKing!

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.”


DeLancey-208x160-1My 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.

th_a0580aaeccec739569f2502c0aa86498_lightspeed_70_march_201680Lightspeed is one of our best SF magazines.  You’d love a subscription.  You can subscribe in many different formats.

UPDATE:  Live today!

Seems like hows regularly folk talk

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?


An interesting indie project

Bundoran Press is an interesting indy publisher producing interesting books.  Their new project, Second Contacts, is seeking support:

20140424112210-Javenny-coverSecond 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:

Gods of Earth on sale, locally

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.”

Gods Of Earth (cover)


Wandering worlds finally arrive

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.

Evolution Commandos: World Hammer

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.