It’s been a little while since my last post here. Travel and writing and whathaveyou slowed that all down a little. There are snippets of news about publications, some of which I may have mentioned before, but I’ll start with a a brand new one – Aelonee – a novella/long short story that’s out now.
I’m fascinated by hunter-gatherer culture and the missteps of farming and so on that have led us away from simplicity into the world we have now. I often wonder what it will be like for future interstellar explorers to encounter those kinds of societies, and the moral gray areas around all that.
I do not claim to be an expert on indigenous cultures, and the more I read, the more I discover holes in my knowledge, and the more I want to learn.
And all that said, I hope that Aelonee is an entertaining and engaging tale.
Simple. Surprising. Deceptive.
Cara Silmar’s lifelong obsession researching the indigenous culture of Aelonee’s people, the Saesse, leads her deeper and deeper into a world she still barely understands.
A new arrival and an old friend throw Cara’s work into disarray, forcing her to consider everything.
Or toss it all away.
A deep space adventure story with a heart.
Wonderful cover illustration by PlanetFelicity from Dreamstime.
Available now as a paperback, $9.99, and an ebook, $3.99. Link here.
If you like the idea, my story A Cultural Exchange deals with similar themes – human researchers struggling with indigenous culture.
Arriving in the deep alien forests of Corrul, Tim Maxter and his crew hardly expect instant hostility from the locals.
Sixty light years from Earth to find someone pounding on the spaceship’s door. Welcome to a planet filled with surprises.
Surprises that will cut Maxter to his core.
In other news, I have a story coming out in the July/August Asimov’s and a reprint in Allan Kaster’s The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 7 out in June.
More details to come. Thanks for reading.