I’ve already leapt around excited about these, but I want to toss it out there again. This week sees the publication of two of my stories in volumes I’m humbled to be associated with.
First the July/August issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction with my story “Bridges”. The cover story, and let me tell you, the art by Eldar Zakirov cuts to the heart of the story so well. I’m pretty amazed.
[as a side note, Eldar also drew the internal illustration for my story “Single Point Failure”, from Analog in 2022].
An excerpt from “Bridges” is available now on the Asimov’s site here.
There’s also an except from Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s novella “Death Hole Bunker” which is definitely worth a read. But I also note this because, after many many years of reading Kris’s amazing fiction and learning so much from her, this is the first time, as far as I can tell, that I’ve actually shared a table of contents in Asimov’s with her. She seems to have a tale in every second or third issue, and this is my tenth appearance, so I’m surprised it’s taken so long. That said, I’m hugely honored to be published alongside Kris… and various other luminaries there.
Available from booksellers and ebook retailers.
Second thing, also out this week, and available to preorder now, is The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories edited by Allan Kaster.
I’ve already mentioned this here, I think, but this is release week after all. The volume includes my story “Goldie”, which was published last year, also in Asimov’s. Goldie was a finalist in both the Asimov’s readers’ poll (category won by Kristine Kathryn Rusch), and New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards (category won by the remarkable Marie Cardno for “How to Get a Girlfriend (When You’re a Terrifying Monster)”), so the story is having something of a second life, which is nice.
Since I seem to jabber on about things, I’ll also mention that the cover art here is by none other than the remarkable Maurizio Manzieri, who some years ago produced the fabulous Asimov’s cover art for my story “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles”.
The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories releases on June 16th.