Cirsova made the official announcement today, so I can finally talk freely about my latest project.
This is a collection of my Science Fiction short stories. It includes work I’ve published over the last few years in a variety of markets, and several stories that have never been published anywhere before.
It’s been interesting working on both Endless Summer and Dark Fantasies this year. I still believe that the difference between Fantasy and Science Fiction is mostly stylistic, but…
Style counts. This collection has a very different feel than Dark Fantasies, and it’s goes deeper than the difference between rayguns and magic swords.
I have the standard SF tropes in the collection–Time Travel, Aliens, Androids, Biological Engineering, Interstellar Colonization. I have a couple of straight-line extrapolation stories showing the possible future use (and misuse) of existing emergent technologies. I expect that fans of Hard SF will accept most of these stories as being plausible.
There’s a certain… hardness to these stories that isn’t just the constraints of the genre, though. This isn’t a trip a Utopian future. I tried to imagine worlds that are consistent with what I see out my office window and read in the news. Frankly, neither of those vistas are consistently pretty pictures.
I don’t think it’s hopeless, and I avoid nihilism on deep philosophical grounds. Nonetheless, the future I see involves a lot of struggling to overcome problems that have been building for a long time.
Can we overcome them? I think so. I wouldn’t bother to get out of bed in the morning if I didn’t.
Will we? That remains to be seen. I hope so. I have faith in the human race in the abstract, even though I tend to be a grumpy old curmudgeon in the specific.
In any event, the very near future includes a project that I am very happy with.