A new interplanetary science fiction short story is available today. Sputniki Yupitera (Russian for “the moons of Jupiter”) is available in ebook everywhere, print single at Amazon (or use ISBN 9798877315204), and digitally-narrated audio (at play.google.com). There’s an anecdote attributed to American science fiction writer Ray Bradbury that came to mind as I wrote this […]
No matter how good your day is, getting contributor copies from Analog magazine only make it better. My story “Paytron of the Arts” is in the January/February 2024 issue, on newsstands now. You should be able to find it at the Barnes & Noble on Glenstone in Springfield, MO; the one on Veterans Parkway in
After a long and winding discussion of the Fermi Paradox, we concluded there are 0.5 high tech civilizations in the galaxy today. (For the sake of human ego, we’ll round that up to 1). In other words, we’re alone in the galaxy. Oh, there are plenty of life-bearing planets out there. There might be millions
In a blog post from a few years back, speculating about the Fermi Paradox, I discussed why the percentage of intelligent life-forms that develop high-tech civilization you can see across interstellar distances might be very low. (There’s a whole series of posts on this topic, starting here). That old blog post series came back to
Questions of meaning and purpose, for societies and individuals, abound in my latest published story. Iphigenia of Khufu is available now in ebook (only 99c) and print single ($7.99, ISBN 979-8856743158). The colonists of the asteroid Khufu, and colonists with similar cultures on two other asteroids, have figured out a solution for the damage the
Musician and businessman Jimmy Buffet died the other day, aged 76. Beneath the beach-bum vibe there’s a lot to learn from his life and work. “Margaritaville,” of course Start with his most famous song. “Margaritaville” is a great piece of lyric writing. One of the points Brandilyn Collins makes in Getting into Character: Seven Secrets
You might have read some of my science fiction sports stories, either as standalone short stories or collected in Galactic Olympics. One of the themes that my sports stories explore is the tension between love of the game and love of money. College football used to be about love of the game. That’s where all
A nice little ego boost came my way this week. In the May 2023 issue of Locus, short fiction reviewer Karen Bunham called my story “Aalund’s Final Mission” in the March/April Analog “a solid entry” and “the climax is well done.” Only two stories from that issue made Ms. Bunham’s Recommended Reading list this month.
My wife recently listened to a podcast that talked about dimensions of the human psyche. That sounds heavy, I know, but it’s lighter than it sounds. One of the dimensions it talked about was whether people view the world as an interesting place or a dull one. Interesting, meaning full of curiosities and new things.
Analog is the highest-circulation and longest-lived science fiction magazine on the market today. Its first editor of note, John W. Campbell, channelized much of what we think of as traditional science fiction, publishing authors like Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. (He also believed L. Ron Hubbard was onto something with Dianetics). Campbell’s successor, Ben Bova,