Science Fiction

Photo taken by Art Dula at LoneStarCon 3

Science fiction with actual science and a sense of wonder is a way to address the Big Questions—as is theology.  The intersection of the two is a compelling place for me.

Here I list my published science fiction, as well as fantasy, horror and mystery.

By the way, science fiction is best understood as a subset of fantasy, and both, together with horror too, can be called “speculative fiction.”


In a spinning city full of intrigue, romance, and dangerous games, the word for everything going wrong is “witherspin.”

Nia Courant is an interstellar lawyer with a shadowed past. Gyle Martan is a University official who is not at all what he seems. Both are outsiders in the space-station city called Wendis. When everything goes wrong around them, they soon become allies in danger and adversaries in love.


My stories for Pets in Space 3 and 4 were “Starway” in 2018 and “Winter’s Prince” in 2019.

Both tales are set in the Witherspin universe with some of the same characters and places as Witherspin and its sequel Starmaze. And “Starway” and “Winter’s Prince” will soon be released as standalone e-books.


Ten novelettes and short stories span five thousand years of future history as humanity reaches across the stars. All but one of these stories were previously published in Analog science fiction magazine.  The last story in the collection is from my new novel Witherspin.

 


Mascot appeared in Pets in Space 2, with a genetically engineered plant-animal which turns out to be wily, curious, and surprisingly tough.  It helps a heroine and hero save their space station from an unprecedented attack. And it brings them together too.

 


Hidden inside the Starcross Nebula is a place of interstellar shipwreck. It’s like a Bermuda Triangle half as old as time. It harbors malicious monsters and dangerous mysteries.

It’s a hell of a place to attempt a rescue mission.

Captain Zilka Devreze and her crew on the starship Guardian Angel must race against time to find shipwreck survivors in mortal danger. They’ll use Zilka’s genius grasp of the intricacies of fast starflight to get in and back out again.

Mission specialist Jack Mistry was an accident investigator in the Solar System in his previous life. Abruptly revived from stasis in the starship Aeon, he only reluctantly agrees to join the unprecedented mission. When he fled from Earth on Aeon, what he expected to find on the other side of the stars wasn’t an interstellar accident scene like this. Or a woman like Zilka.

Always as singularly alone as brilliant, Zilka discovers that this can change. But first she has to learn how to lead a very assorted crew. And Jack has to learn to follow his heart.

Soon all of them will discover how death and life, hell and hope, and danger and love intersect in the Starcross Nebula.


Modern sailplanes may be the most beautiful machines the world has ever seen. What they can do is amazing enough to be fantasy—but it’s fact. And in futures real and imagined, they could fly in stranger skies on other worlds. Five previously published tales of science fiction and science fantasy, plus a futuristic fact article, describe The Shape of Wings to Come.


The Pets in Space anthology came out in 2016.  “Spike” is set in the Aeon’s Legacy universe – between Star Crossing and Helldive. The titular pet, Spike, is a mysterious and mischievous electromagnetic being which manages to bring two lonely humans together, and goes on to appear in Helldive.

 

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The final journey of the starship Aeon has reached yet another world—a hopeful new beginning after the disastrous events in Downfall Tide. In Star Crossing, the children of Aeon encounter wonders and terrors, aliens and friends, in a place stranger than anything they ever imagined.

It’s like a Bermuda Triangle in space . . . half as old as time.

But even here, faith and hope endure, and love is stronger than death.

It’s been twenty-four years since the events in Hurricane Moon. Much has changed, thanks to unremitting hard work by the first generation of explorers to build a new civilization on Planet Green. Unknown to them and their children, everything is about to change.


 

E-book edition Avendis Press 2014

On a mission to find a new world and found a new civilization without repeating Earth’s past mistakes, the starship Aeon reaches a mild green planet with an oceanic moon veiled in hurricanes. Aeon’s astronauts and scientists soon plunge into a season of crisis. They face death and love, discovery and disaster with no going back–and no certainty that humanity has a future on Planet Green with its hurricane moon.

My e-book novella A Pillar of Stars by Night consists of three novelettes originally published in Analog magazine, now combined into one story. By the late 21st Century, Earth’s ecosystem may be damaged beyond repair. Two young life scientists struggle with the decision whether or not to join an exodus to a new world on the other side of the stars. Their skills will be critical in creating a new ecosystem on a barren colony world. But no one knows whether such an undertaking is even possible. To try and fail would mean the death of every hope and every hopeful colonist—unless something utterly unexpected changes the odds.


A Pillar of Stars by Night and my other e-book stories are available here


My story “The Listening-Glass” appears in Diamonds in the Sky, an anthology of astronomy-based science fiction funded by the National Science Foundation and edited by astronomer and science fiction writer Mike Brotherton.

BLU 97-032D was published in Analog, June 2004. Images courtesy NASA-Johnson Space Center.

“Wilbur’s White Glider” appears on the Web site for a transcontinental sailplane race called Return to Kitty Hawkin 2003.


I have a some copies of these magazines and anthologies.
Please contact me about obtaining an autographed copy.


“Dragon’s Tooth” appears in the anthology Dragon’s Hoard, edited by Carol Hightshoe and published by Sky Warrior Books, and the central action involves a sailplane.

“The Hall of the Cavern King” appears in the anthology These Vampires Don’t Sparkle, edited by Carol Hightshoe and published by Sky Warrior Books.
My novelette “Quickfeathers” appeared in the May 2009 issue of Analog. “Quickfeathers” is a sequel to my novel Hurricane Moon.

“Stone Man” was published in Twisted Tales of Texas Landmarks, an anthology of short stories written by members of the Houston writers’ group The Final Twist, published by L&L Dreamspell, October 2010.

My ghost story “Charity” appeared in the 2010 paranormal anthology Ghostly Dreamspell published by L&L Dreamspell.

“Rumors on Rat Shack Row” was published in A Death in Texas, an anthology of short mystery stories written by members of the Houston writers’ group The Final Twist, published by L&L Dreamspell, September 2008
“Grass Lion,” a fantasy story, appeared in the February-April 2008 issue of the online magazine Sorcerous Signals. It was anthologized in Arcane Whispers Volume 2 – the Best of Sorcerous Signals 2008.

“The Mortification of the Flesh” in the anthology Horrors Beyond 2 – Stories of Strange Creations from Elder Signs Press, October 2007

“Snake and Smiley” came out in the Final Twist anthology Dead and Breakfast, September 2007

Hurricane Moon, novel published by Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, July 2007
“Witherspin” in Analog, July/August 2006

“Trinity Bay” in Analog, July/August 2003

 

“Kindred” in Bending the Landscape: Horror(Overlook Press, 2001) won the 2002 Spectrum Award for Best Short Fiction

“Cloud Sky City” in Analog, September 2000

“The Vigilant Ones” in Analog, April 1998

“The Life-Blood of the Land” in Analog, January 1997

“Threat of Stars at 912 Main” in Analog, July 1996

“A Pillar of Stars by Night” in Analog, January 1996

 

“Chrysalis” in Analog, September 1992

 

“Hiatus” in Amazing Stories, March 1992
“Landfall” in Analog, March 1992

 

“The Listening-Glass” in Analog, February 1991
“Glorystar” in Analog, December 1990

 

“Wanderers” in Analog, June 1990

Novels of science fiction with wonder, hope and love