I spent the day working on the novel and got three pages done -- not bad for me. In fact, since I still have to go to China to research the novel, it's amazing I'm as far into as I am. So I don't have a lot to report, other than that the mail came today.
But what good mail! I got my contributor's copy of StarShipSofa Tales Volume 3 -- and a very odd enterprise it is too. I contributed "Cold Reading" to it, and this is probably going to be its only appearance in physical print. (It was originally published online.) Here's the table of contents:
“Electric Ladyland” by Matthew Sanborn Smith (Illustrated by Daniel Tozer)
“That Blissful Height” by Gregory Frost (Illustrated by Simon Watkins)
“Feedback” by Joe Haldeman (Illustrated by Jack Calverley)
“In The Harsh Glow of Its Incandescent Beauty” by Mercurio D. Rivera (Illustrated by Timothy Booth)
“Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese” by Nicola Griffith (Illustrated by Jerel Dye)
“Nimbus” by Peter Watts (Illustrated by Evan Forsch)
“Luck” by James Patrick Kelly (Illustrated by Patrick McEvoy)
“Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed (Illustrated by Ben Greene)
“Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time” by Catherynne M. Valente (Illustrated by Mike Dubisch)
“The Occurrence at Slocombe Priory” by Paul Cornell (Illustrated by Thomas Crielly)
“Sunsets and Hamburgers by Gareth L. Powell (Illustrated by Bradley W. Schenck)
“Martyrs of The Upshot Knothole” by James Morrow (Illustrated by Brian Thomas Woods)
“Newts” by Kevin J. Anderson (Illustrated by Richard Case)
“Cold Reading” by Michael Swanwick (Illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg)
“Drink For The Thirst To Come” by Lawrence Santoro (Illustrated by Daniele Serra)
“In Pacmandu” by Lavie Tidhar (Illustrated by Graeme Neil Reid)
“Age of Miracles, Age of Wonders” by Aliette de Bodard (Illustrated by Mark Zug)
“World Without End, Amen” by Allen Steele (Illustrated by Brent Holmes)
“The Happiest Dead Boy In The World” by Tad Williams (Illustrated by Ben Wootten)
“Nothing Ever Happens In Rock City” by Jack McDevitt (Illustrated by Dave Krummenacher)
“Halfway People” by Karen Joy Fowler (Illustrated by Patrick McEvoy)
“Friction” by Will McIntosh (Illustrated by Jouni Koponen)
“Just A Couple of Subversive Alien Warmongers Floating All Alone in the Night” by Adam Troy Castro (Illustrated by Doug Holverson)
“News From 2025″ by David Brin (Illustrated by Bradley W. Schench)
Joy of The Flicks by Dennis M. Lane
Top Ten “Must Read” Time Travel Works by Amy H. Sturgis
Comics: what have they done for Us lately? by Frederic Himebaugh
Science Fiction Through The Looking Glass: the Ape, the Alien and the Android by Morgan Saletta (Illustrated by Timothy Booth)
The book also has a page for each of the contributors showing ourselves and our offices, along with something odd and extra. In my case, it's my autobiography, which consists of two words, one repeated many times and the other not.
And in the same mail . . .
I also got a box of trade paperbacks of Dancing With Bears from Night Shade Books. So It's now in softcover, priced at a quite reasonable $14.99 American.
So I am content, and hope you are too.
Ah, a Victorian approach to gender balance, to match the cover I see.
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