I don’t have a pub date yet, but I’ll post that when I do. Just heard from the editor at Analog that “Builders of Leaf Houses,” which ran in their December 2015 issue, won the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Novella.In other news, my editor at Desert Moon Press, who has been ailing for some time, has recovered enough to resume work on “The Aztec Eagle” (formerly “The Crystal Desert”). Speaking of which, I should get to work on the latest files she sent me. You can probably hear me crowing all the way to Mexico!
I’m so grateful to the good folks at Analog for giving me the opportunity to share the story of Motherlove and her tribe of Thinking Ones.Wish I could go to the Nebulas to accept the award in person, but I don’t think that’s in the cards. Just sold the reprint of “Into the Desolation” to Chappy Fiction for their time travel anthology, due out in December. (For those of you who have never filled out a Schedule C for the IRS, if you don’t show income in at least two out of five years, they consider your “business” a hobby. Just got back from vacation to find my author’s copies of the December 2015 issue of “Analog.” Guess whose name is first on the cover! “Builders of Leaf Houses” is the first story in the issue, with a two-page spread of artwork. While this novella is a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” you can enjoy it even without having read the novel.I’ve managed to stay in the pro category now for 26 years.) “Into the Desolation” originally ran in Orson Scott Card’s in 2014. And then, if you like the characters of Marta and Shipner, you can always go back and read the book. It’s a “first contact” story between humans and Thinking Ones, a sentient species resembling evolved dinosaurs.If you didn’t catch it there, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this anthology when it comes out. It’s available in ebook and paper through amazon and B&N. Their leader Motherlove is beset with problems–choosing a successor, relocating her village, children born without inherited memories–when the humans show up to complicate her life.
This novella was initially supposed to be a second novel with the characters from “Beyond the Gates,” but when the publisher dropped me, I scaled the idea back to novella length.
It’s been kicking around in my files file for more than ten years, and I finally polished it up and sent it off.