Monday, March 1, 2021

A small change of pace

During the pandemic, I've mainly worked on fiction at length: a novel (Deja Doomed, coming your way -- if you are so inclined -- May 25), novellas, and novelettes. January 2021, for example, saw the third novelette published in the "Shoals of Space-Time" series about desperate, marooned aliens. But sometimes things far more whimsical insist on getting out ... 

And so, published today at The Grantville Gazette / Universe Annex, I have a bit of flash fiction: "Sock It to Me." If you happen to remember Laugh In from the Sixties? The new story is that irreverent (if not as slapstick). 

And two slightly longer shorts are newly seeking their homes :-)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Always a pleasure

 I've been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, aka IEEE(*), for (cough cough) years. Among my favorite perks of membership is the monthly magazine, IEEE Spectrum

(*) The world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology

There's some bonus satisfaction when an article or entire issue channels some aspect(s) of my own writing. As happened with the current month's issue ...

"How so?" you ask. (Go ahead. Ask. Humor me.) Well, see the zine cover's stylized neural net for the control of that prosthetic arm? The hero of my 2008 technothriller Fools' Experiments had just such a prosthetic. The underlying technology played a major role in the novel's plot. (As does AI, if not always in the sense of the Spectrum articles.)

IMO, the magazine's art would've worked better for the novel than the art of any of the editions to date. The latest novel cover is nearby. (Should you be curious about the title, it's from a Charles Darwin quote: "I love fools’ experiments.  I am always making them." A quote that's entirely germane ....)

As it happens, I also covered neural interfaces in Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction (2018). I really like that book's cover art.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A big step closer

 What UPS dropped off for me this afternoon :-)

Advance Reading Copy
Things are looking good (as the cover states) for May 25 ....

Friday, January 1, 2021

To a happier year

For a while now, admittedly, I've not been in a blogging sort of mood. 2020 was that kind of year. OTOH, it's now ... 2021. Here's hoping it's more upbeat for, well, everyone

As one small, personal bit of good cheer, I'll note that The Grantville Gazette (Universe Annex) just posted my latest novelette. "Adrift in Space-Time" is the third story in a series.

Let that be a (good) omen :-)