The title pretty much says it all. Next Saturday Who Else! Books, part of the Broadway Book Mall, is hosting a book signing for four Colorado SF authors, including yours truly. The others are Robin D. Owens (Hearts and Swords), Courtney Schafer (The Whitefire Crossing), and Rob Ziegler (Seed). Of course I’ll be signing copies of my The Chara Talisman as well as Space Horrors and/or Footprints.
That’s the Broadway Book Mall, 200 S. Broadway (in Denver, just north of I-25) at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 11. Come on out!
Some of you will have already heard by now that I sold another story to Analog magazine. I’m pleased to say that I had help with this one, my friend and now collaborator Brad Torgersen. The story, “Strobe Effect,” will have both of us on the by-line, and I can honestly say that I couldn’t have done it without him. I know, because with this particular story I tried, and while Dr. Schmidt (the editor) liked my earlier solo version of several years ago personally, it was a little too technically focused even for Analog readers. Brad has admitted that he couldn’t have written this story alone either. Brad — who won the AnLab readers’ poll for his first Analog appearance and scored the cover with his most recent — took the core story, gave it the Torgersen touch (and a few thousand more words), and then both of us did some final polishing. I think both my fans and Brad’s will enjoy the result. It would seem Stan Schmidt thinks so too.
This is a buzz for both of us. Back in 2009 Brad and I met in person for the first time at one of Kris and Dean’s workshops on the Oregon coast (we’d met online already, in the Writers of the Future forums). Neither of us had published any fiction at that point (I’d just sold my first story, but it wasn’t in print yet), yet we joked about both being in the same issue of Analog some day. Well, that day came with last October’s issue. Now we’re sharing a byline. Coincidentally, this is also the fifth sale to Analog for each of us, but the first collaboration*. We both hope it’s not the last. (Indeed, we already have a few possibilities in the works.)
(*First collaboration with each other. Brad has also written stories with such illustrious authors as Mike Resnick. Technically I’ve collaborated on non-fiction with the likes of Poul Anderson, Jerry Pournelle and a host of others in preparing reports from the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, back in the day. But that’s not the same at all.)