Saturday, April 4, 2009

InterstellarNet redux

I haven't had much to say in this venue about my short fiction. However ...

I've set several stories in an alternate/future history that splits off from our familiar timeline in 2002. The triggering event: receipt of a radio signal from another solar system.

In episodes spanning more than a century, the InterstellarNet stories chronicle humanity’s discovery of its interstellar neighbors, the formation and evolution of a radio-based interstellar trading community, and the long-distance jockeying among species for advantage.

So: SETI, alternate and future history, aliens .... If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll understand that these stories reflect big interests of mine.

Over the years these stories have generated lots of reader mail (thanks!) and inquiries about further installments. One episode, "Creative Destruction," was in a year's-best anthology. So I'd like to use this space to announce the latest InterstellarNet installment, the novella "Calculating Minds."

It's currently (April/May issue) running in Jim Baen's Universe. And even if you don't subscribe, you can see the first half of the story here.

(April 7, 2013 update) I should have updated this page long ago. There are now two InterstellarNet novels (with "Calculating Minds," updated, become part of the first). As for the original, short-fiction forms, here is the up-to-date InterstellarNet story listing.


Nathan Fowkes said...

After reading your extraordinary work with Larry Niven I'm excited to get a hold of these.
Any chance of them being put together in book form?

Very best,


Edward M. Lerner said...

Thanks for your kind words about the Worlds collaborations, Nathan.

Someday seeing the InterstellarNet stories in book form is on my radar. That said, there's nothing yet on that front to report.

- Ed

Edward M. Lerner said...

Hmm ... I should have added a new comment months ago.

Earlier this year, the novelization (with updates and expansion) of five InterstellarNet stories came out as InterstellarNet: Origins. It was followed by the novel InterstellarNet: New Order

For more information, click the paired InterstellarNet covers in the right-hand column.

- Ed