I have a few paperback copies of Children of Arkadia which I’m selling as personalized, signed editions. You can get yours for $25 USD, including shipping.
If you’re going to be at Sasquan, I’ve got a couple of scheduled items. I’ll be at the SFWA table in the Dealers’ Room on Thursday, and will be signing from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. I’ll have a half dozen copies of Children of Arkadia available — come and get ’em!
Also, fellow Bundoran Press author Matthew Johnson graciously offered to share his reading with me, so come join us in room CC-301 on Friday at 1:30 pm.
Oh, yeah, and I guess I can say “best-seller” now, too.
* For most customers. Amazon can be weird about what price you see.
You can now get the anthology of space stories Contact Light, from publisher Silence in the Library (Athena’s Daughters 1 & 2) from Amazon.
It contains my story “The Edge of the Abyss,” also known as the space bicycle cyborg story.Buy now
I’ll be attending the When Words Collide literary convention in Calgary, Aug 14-16. Registration is full, but if you’re already registered, stop by and say hi. My schedule so far is:
Axel Howerton, Darusha Wehm, Jayne Barnard, Sam Wiebe, Constantine Kaoukakis (M)
What are the ingredients and markets for short mystery stories? Short mystery stories need to be succinct and punchy. They are a writing challenge on their own. There are conventions, guidelines and various markets to be considered. Join us for a lively discussion to learn about the writing opportunity.
Diversity is Real (Saturday, 10am)
Kate Larking, Jessica Corra, Darusha Wehm, Sandra Wickham, Halli Lilburn
The world is populated by a diversity of people, and so should your stories. This panel will discuss including realistic diversity in your realistic or fantastic fiction, particularly dealing with LGBT characters.
Does Being an Editor Make You a Better Writer? (Saturday, 3pm)
Richard Harrison, Axel Howerton, Nowick Gray, Darusha Wehm, Barb Galler-Smith (M)
Reading from Children of Arkadia (and more?) (Saturday 8:45pm)
Mystery Live Action Slush – long form Mystery, Crime, or Thriller (Sunday 2 PM)
Greg McKitrick (reader), Gwen Hunter, Shirlee Smith Matheson, Darusha Wehm, SG Wong
Cyberpunk and Social Order (Sunday, 4pm)
Hayden Trenholm, Nowick Gray, Darusha Wehm, Ron Bender
Cyberpunk is all about addressing how societal technology advancements bring moral and social questions to light. In an age of realized megacorporations and vulnerable technologies, is cyberpunk going mainstream? This panel will address cyberpunk literature and societal crashes, both now and in the future.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that we live in an age where there are always humans living in space, though still a select few. As I write this, there are three humans currently in space. Thanks to people like Sunita Williams and Chris Hadfield, us earthbound folks have unprecedented access to what that’s really like.
In fiction, though, there are lots of ways humans are depicted as living in space. Here are a few of the common ones:
Living aboard a spaceship
Space is vast, so it makes sense that a lot of our stories are about exploring that vastness. Living aboard a moving vessel is something that people have done throughout history, and many of those real-life ships inspired the visions of future long distance spacecraft.
The internal structures of military seagoing vessels, such as submarines and naval ships, are recognizable in fictional spaceships like Galactica or Enterprise. Their larger size however, allows for more common areas and roomier quarters — at least for people in high positions. Serenity, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of merchant sailing ships.
In stories set aboard spaceships, most of the characters are there because of their work, though in some cases families or civilians are also living aboard.
Life aboard a space station
These are often reminiscent of remote research stations on Earth, or large malls. Many contain areas with plants or green spaces, as depicted on Babylon 5, and “town square”-like zones for commerce and community (the Zocalo on B5 or the Promenade on Deep Space Nine). Some are more commercial or military, like Space Station V in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Here, the people are depicted as mainly being there for professional reasons, although some stations are akin to airports — as waystations from one destination to another.
Space habitats – day to day life, but in space
Unlike spaceships or stations, the population on space habitat is mainly made of “ordinary people” who are living regular lives in an artificial environment. Here you see homes, parks, transportation — the same things you’d see in a city on Earth. These are the most imaginative of the three types of environment, as they have no direct model on Earth. They are also the most appealing to me, probably because the combine the familiar environment of Earth with the novelty and wonder of living in space.
Our imaginations take us beyond the gravity well of our home planet in film, television and books, just as those pioneering individuals like Williams and Hadfield take humanity’s first steps into orbit. I’d like to think that these fictional stories and images help to inspire our continued exploration of the cosmos beyond our atmosphere.