Scintillating Audio drama! World Premiere!

My short story, “See You Later,” was adapted by Debbie Cannon and performed as a play on August 16 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Debbie Cannon and Danielle Farrow did the acting, with Jonathan Whiteside as the voice of Hugh.

I cannot tell you how over the moon I was when I got the news that that Shoreline of Infinity had chosen my story for this event. Jump up and down run around happy. As my fellow writers know, rejections are the norm and successes few and far between. I wish I could have gone to see it but it would have been a very expensive 15 minutes. Plus, everyone loved it in my imagination! Why risk ruining that with reality. : )

perihelionv3Great news! my short story, “Resolution,” is live now on Perihelion, an online magazine that has been called “hardcore sci-fi at its best” and “treasure trove of all things futuristic.” Its stories have been reviewed in Locus magazine. This is my second professional publication and I’m really happy and excited. Check it out!

“Resolution” explores the challenges of telepresence tourism and first dates.

“Virginia had a good connection to the inexpensive Ro-Body she’d rented for her trip to London, but the damn thing wouldn’t move. She sat paralyzed on a bench as the other tourists reeled around the walled-in area, giddy as New Year’s Eve drunks as they tried to figure out how to pilot their mechanical bodies.”

SOIcoverMy short story, “See You Later,” appears in issue one of the Scottish science fiction magazine, Shoreline of Infinity, which just received a great review from Amazing Stories.

“For hardcore members of fandom looking for some fresh insights on “what if,” and for those casual readers intent on just taking a leisurely peek at the genre, Shoreline of Infinity is a smart place to start.”

The mission of the magazine?

“We want stories that explore that uncertain future. We want to play around with the big ideas and the little ones. We want writers to tell us stories to inspire us, give us hope, provide some laughs. Or to scare the stuffing out of us. We want good stories: we want to be entertained, here on the Shoreline. We want to read how people cope in our exotic new world, we want to be in their minds, in their bodies, in their souls.”

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ThePerfectSpecimenCoverMy debut novella, The Perfect Specimen is available on iTunes and  Amazon! 

Dr. Derek Singh is sure that one of planet Victoria’s millions of venomous insects holds the key to destroying cancerous tumors–and jumpstarting his stalled career.

Unfortunately, the traps he sets each night capture nothing but dust, and his competitive colleagues don’t share the venom they’ve collected. The clock is running down on his two-year grant and he’s making no progress.

When his young neighbor–one of the few native-born children–finds out he studies “bugs,” she is eager to bring him all the specimens he needs. Derek worries she’ll be bitten or stung, but soon discovers Mia is in danger from a far larger predator–the corporation that funds him.

Read an excerpt here. (This is a novella–a fun read of about three hours.)

Reader reviews:

“What a fantastic read! Brilliant, inventive story, beautifully descriptive language, and amazingly well rendered characters and scenes for a short. Can’t wait for her next work!”

“Great read. Speculative fiction at it’s best. Realistic without the improbable or unrealistic tech of so many sci-fi stories. Real moral dilemmas that will make you think.”

“Like another reader who posted here, I read past my bedtime as I kept turning the digital pages of this very well-written exploration of medicine, politics, psychology, space travel, love, friendship and more.”

“This was some of the best sci-fi I’ve read in a long time. The story has really stuck with me and I keep thinking about it. I keep wishing I could pick it up and read more.”

The Perfect Specimen is a prequel to the (in progress) science fiction novel Six.

No crime, no pollution, no poverty–no privacy. Life is good on newly-colonized planet Victoria–if you don’t mind the intrusive surveillance. Mia claims she doesn’t, but a lifetime of hiding a valuable talent from the cameras has condemned her to shallow relationships and dependence on recreational drugs. When she loses her high-paying job and takes a temporary position at a small security firm, evidence quickly mounts that Victoria isn’t as perfect it claims to be. And neither is she. Read an excerpt.