On the first of this month, I got a email from WMG Publishing. My first published SF story in Fiction River 21, (Tavern Tales, not so far back) Closing the Big Bang, has been re-published (hurray for the reprints!) in Fiction River presents: Writers without Borders.
Then I looked at the cover… Houla!
What a wonderful surprise to have such wonderful writers as Jane Yolen and Mark Leslie as cover neighbors!
Each contributor from outside the USA got their first published story in this special edition. To find more about the book and all the contributors, go here. Kudos to the fine crew of WMG Publishing, especially Allyson, Dean and Kris!
Go grab the ebook on this universal link to all platforms!
My hard-SF short-story has just been published in Issue 7 of Compelling Science Fiction, edited by Joe Stech. I am grateful for the occasion as this is my third publication in the English SF market.
Compelling SF has a very accommodating subscription system, as you can give what you want to sustain the mag. All five stories are available, and you can purchase the back issus on the Kindle Store.
Cover of the Fiction River 21, this issue edited by Kerrie L. Hugues, with my funny SF story Closing the Big Bang. The Fiction River collection is directed by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Still basking in the thrill of reading my name on the cover and the warm and glowing introduction that Kristine wrote for the story.
Get your copy on Amazon.com, Amazon Canada or Kobo!
What is trendy today… will have cooled down tomorrow! Don’t lose time chasing the latest fads!
As for the publishing delays, the new realities of the writing world have reduced them. Nevertheless, that advice stays: better write/draw what you love!
The two events occurred… in separate instances. Even on vacation, the author tries to optimize her WiFi signal!
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I can’t resist the call of the garden…
There’s a spring rivality between the two activities. So the next novel will wait a little!
Are you nervous signing with a heavy block hanging over your table? I am!
But the worst situation was witnessed here, at the 2008 Paris bookfair. (Yes, it’s me under the triangular sign!)
The latest issue of Galaxies includes my SF short-story, La Cousine Entropie (A Cousin named Entropy).
This is my third publication in this French SF magazine, occurring shortly after my publication in Géante Rouge 23. La cousine Entropie is a long-winded, galaxy-spanning hard SF story, with some bits of humor. And there is more than one cousin…
The text was commissioned by Jean-Pierre Laigle, who sent me an extensive article on the topic of cosmanthropy (that you’ll find in this issue).
Imagine humans colonizing the entire volume of space, not only planet surfaces, without environmental suits. That trope is less often exploited in science fiction, because of the challenges. Three authors who addressed this topic are interviewed: Jorge Luiz Caliph (Contact diagrams), Laurent Genefort (Thick-skins) and Linda Nagata (The tides of Saturn, which is published in French in this issue).
I remember reading with pleasure Les Peaux Epaisses (Thick Skins) by Laurent Genefort, featuring gen-modified workers in order to survive in the vacuum (and shamefully exploited). I am reading Memory by Linda Nagata, a planet-opera.
Spider and Jeanne Robinson had created Star Dance, a title also mentioned in the article by Jean-Pierre. Star Dance chronicle the birth of Homo caelestis. Jeanne was an accomplished dancer and very Zen. She left us, regretfully in 2010, but the Star Dance project page is still there to make us dream.
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When I began my first science fiction series, the first novel of the space-opera was a self-contained story, quite straightforward to write. The second felt more difficult, and I thought the third would be the last, but the story arc spilled out and I wrote a fourth (and last!) of the Jules-Verne saga series.
It felt like my training running hills. The first time is easy, but by the fourth time, my legs were almost quitting under me! That fourth and last novel of the series was the most difficult to write, since I had to wrap up the leads to complete the neat story arc.
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