Alex Jablokov tells us his latest tale “started out as a story about urbanism and weather and grew a few extra body parts in the telling. This won’t be the last time you see Sere Glagolit, the main character, or Tempest, the city in which this tale takes place. Much thanks to both the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop and Rio Hondo for being patient enough to enable it to make some sense. And speaking of works you can’t escape, the last story I had in Asimov’s, ‘The Forgotten Taste of Honey’ (October/November 2016), has itself inspired a novel, Icecliff, currently in progress.”
Lisa Goldstein. Idealism has its costs, but in the upheaval of tumultuous and dark times, that commitment may provide a lifeline for . . .ANNABELLE, ANNIE
Cadwell Turnbull is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics. He was the winner of the 2014 NCSU Prize for Short Fiction for his story “Ears” and attended Clarion West 2016. Currently he is working on a novel set in near-future U.S. Virgin Islands after an alien colonization. He teaches ESL to adults in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Cadwell’s first story for Asimov’s is also his second sale. The tale offers us a bittersweet look at . . .OTHER WORLDS AND THIS ONE
Rich Larson’s latest news is that his is work being translated into Polish, Italian, and Chinese. The author, who is in Ottawa, Canada, pursuing graduate studies in translation, recently set up a Patreon Account. Readers can support him via patreon.com/richlarson. In the meantime, get prepared for a thrilling and suspenseful ride when you spend . . . AN EVENING WITH SEVERYN GRIMES
“Transcendental Mission: Riley’s Story” and “Weighty Matters: Tordor’s story” are new tales from SF Grandmaster James Gunn’s Transcendental series. Jim tells us that some reviewers have called him, “the last of the Golden Age authors.” He just got in under the wire, though, with two stories published in 1949. A third story sold to John Campbell in 1949, but it didn’t get published until 1950. The author’s latest tales have been informed by sixty-five additional years of experience and study. Transformation, the final novel in his Transcendental trilogy, will be out June from Tor Books. An updated edition of Jim’s nonfiction work Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, will be published soon in China, and a Russian publisher has just agreed to bring out a translation of The Immortals in a compendium edition with an essay about H.G. Wells as well as Jim’s collection The Witching Hour. The author’s memoir, Star-Begotten will be published in the fall by McFarland and Company.
Rudy Rucker & Marc Laidlaw. After twenty years in the game industry, working on blockbusters such as Half-Life and Dota 2, Marc Laidlaw recently retired and has returned to writing full time. His first short fiction collection, 400 Boys and 50 More, containing fifty-one stories written over four decades, appeared last year for Kindle. “@lantis” is Marc and Rudy Rucker’s sixth surfin’ SF tale featuring their transreal stand-ins Zep and Del, and inspired by Rudy’s visit to Marc on the north shore of Kauai in 2016. All the names have been changed, but none of this is true! Rudy recently published Transreal Cyberpunk, a collection of his stories written with Bruce Sterling.
David Gerrold’s novels and stories have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and his TV scripts are estimated to have reached more than a billion viewers. He has worked on a dozen different TV series, including Star Trek, Land of the Lost, Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5, and Sliders. His novels include The Man Who Folded Himself, When HARLIE Was One, A Matter For Men, and The Dingilliad young adult series. The author’s Star Wolf series of novels about the psychological nature of interstellar war are in development as a television series. David is a ten-time Hugo and Nebula award nominee who is also a recipient of the Skylark Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Forrest J. Ackerman lifetime achievement award. In 1985, his story The Martian Child won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Locus Poll. It was the basis for the 2007 film “Martian Child” starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. David’s latest tale for us reveals what it means to be . . . THE PATIENT DRAGON
Sheila Finch tells us that since retiring from full-time college teaching, she’s been spending a lot of hours volunteering with the homeless in Long Beach, California. This experience has given her much to think about. “So many touching stories here; ‘Pat’ is a part of many of them.” Sheila’s new book, A Villa Far From Rome, is a historical novel. It was recently published by Hadley Rille Books.
Last June Michael Bishop’s YA title, Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls, with black-and-white illustrations by Orion Zangara, was published under the Kudzu Planet Productions imprint at Patrick Swenson’s Fairwood Press. This June, the same publisher will release his mostly mainstream collection, Other Arms Reach Out to Me/Georgia Stories. The book’s fifteen tales close with his Nebula Award nominated “Rattlesnakes and Men” (Asimov’s, February 2015). In November, Kudzu Planet Productions will release a revision of his novel Transfigurations. This edition will boast a new introduction by Joe Sanders, who has contracted with McFarland & Company to write a book-length critical reading of Mike’s work, akin to the study of Robert A. Heinlein, The Heritage of Heinlein (2014), that Joe published in collaboration with the late Thomas D. Clareson. Right now, Mike is doing research for a WWII novel set in the Pacific that he hopes to begin soon. We’re pleased to be publishing his tale about “Gale Strang,” which may be told from the most unusual viewpoint ever to be encountered in the pages of this magazine.
We are so pleased to have a new story by R. Garcia y Robertson. Rod’s last tale for us, “Wife-Stealing Time,” appeared in our October/November 2009 issue. The author tells us his new story is one that he’s wanted to write for a long time. “It includes a number of real people from my life. The title comes from slave days. Slaves were considered to be property, so running away was actually considered ‘theft.’ The crime was called ‘Stealing Yourself.’” Luckily, you won’t have to wait too long for his next story. A tale that shares some of this story’s characters, but which isn’t exactly a sequel, will be appearing in our very next issue.