Blog Makeover

Thought it was time the blog got a makeover. Here’s hoping everything is nice and readable!

~Marina

Balance and Debt: better than it sounds. New stories up today!

Two new stories are up today. One is my Women Destroy Sci-Fi flash piece, A Debt Repaid.

Excerpt:

When I signed up for Twin Life, I didn’t waste time imagining who I’d be attached to when the time came. All I knew is that I would die one day, and if I didn’t want it to be permanent, Twin Life was my only option.

Bodies are rare these days, Jessica. But heads—we’re everywhere.

The second story is my Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest second-place-winning story, Balance:

“Hellooooo,” said Jamal in his small, sing-song voice. “Convoy computer, helloooo.” The eight-year-old bounced a soccer ball on his knee in front of the access panel. He was supposed to be in class.

“Hello, Jamal,” said the ship’s AI.

“Do I get a new baby brother today?”

“My records indicate that your parents will jointly travel to Hippocrates during their lunch hour to retrieve the next available, fully-gestated clone.”

The boy tossed his ball at the panel and deftly caught it on the rebound. “But is it a brother?” Computers could be so dumb. He’d make them smarter when he grew up.

“The next available clone is that of Nakamura Akane. Her original earned a doctorate in engineering and ship design from the university of–”

“A sister?” Jamal kicked the ball down the hallway. “You’re giving me a sister?” He knocked his forehead against the wall and scrunched his eyes shut in frustration. “Why, computer? What did I ever do to you?”

“I am not in control of the growth patterns. And I had no influence over when your parents submitted their request.”

“Mr. Kaeden?”

“Ah, great,” Jamal grumbled. Through the hall came Dr. Seal, his teacher, carrying the scuffed soccer ball. “You had to tattle on me, too?”

“I do not tattle,” said I.C.C. “Dr. Seal inquired as to your location. You are here. I related such.”

“Not cool, man. Not cool.”

“Mr. Kaeden,” Dr. Seal reiterated, standing over the boy. “You are supposed to be in class.”

“You are too,” he mumbled.

“Jamal will have to cohabitate with a sibling soon,” the computer explained. “The fact that he was not consulted on its gender seems to have caused him distress.”

“I’m getting a sister,” Jamal said with a pout.

“Sisters are people too,” said Dr. Seal as he took Jamal by the hand and led him away from the access panel.

Once again, happy reading!

~Marina

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Destroy, Destroy, Destroy!

Lightspeed Magazine’s special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction, is here! The full issue is available from all the major retailers, and a portion will be going up free to read over the month. I’m very proud to be a contributor to this issue, and my flash piece, A Debt Repaid, is scheduled to be available on the website come June 17th (so look out for the link!).

Right now you can read the editorial and stories by Seanan McGuire and Kris Millering on lightspeedmagazine.com.

Happy reading!

~Marina

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One Year Later: Writers of the Future Vol. 29

Marina J. Lostetter:

Reblogging Alisa Alering’s Writers of the Future vol. 29 roundup post. Thanks for putting it together, Alisa!

Originally posted on alisa alering:

Writers of the Future 2013

Writers of the Future Vol. 29, writer and illustrator winners and judges, Los Angeles, April 2013

This time last year, 13 writers from around the country headed to Los Angeles to take part in the Writers of the Future workshop and awards ceremony. For many, this was their first professional publication. We bonded, we hung upon the wise words of workshop leaders Tim Powers and David Farland. We wrote a 24-hour story. We ate perhaps a smidge too much greasy food. But that was 12 long months ago, and the question arises: What have they been doing since then? Are these really the writers of the future?

Highlights

Several stories from Writers of the Future Vol. 29 were featured in the Tangent Online Recommended Readings List for 2013 (“Master Belladino’s Mask,” “Cop for a Day,” “The Ghost Wife of Arlington,” “Dreameater,” “Planetary Scouts,” “Twelve Seconds,” and “The Grande Complication.”…

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Winners Announced for this year’s Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

I’m a bit late in posting this, but…

2014 Winners:

GRAND PRIZE
“Low Arc” by Sean Monaghan

SECOND PLACE
“Balance” by Marina J. Lostetter

THIRD PLACE
“Wind Shear” by Angus McIntyre

Congrats to Sean and Angus! I’m honored to share the podium with you.

~Marina

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Dateline: Sesen, Update

Dateline: Sesen, Part seven of eleven, is up!

Carry on.

~Marina

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2014 Campbellian Anthology Reminder

Are you eligible to nominate an author for the Campbell award? Or are you just looking for some great free fiction?

Either way, I hope you’ll download the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

The John W. Campbell award is given out each year during the Hugo Awards, honoring the best new writer in science fiction and fantasy. Like the Hugos, nomination and voting is open to those who have bought admission for this year’s WorldCon, next year’s WorldCon, those who attended last year’s WorldCon, and those who have bought supporting memberships.

This anthology was created in order to make sure those who could nominate were aware of as many nominees and their work as possible. I, like many others, am proud to be represented in the showcase. The collection is massive– comprised of hundreds of thousands of words of free fiction. Most of the stories and excerpts were previously published at professional and highly acclaimed venues.

So, check it out! It’s only available for a limited time.

ETA: For more information about the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, and to find a list of some of the eligible authors, please visit Writertopia’s Campbell Award page.

~Marina

P.S. If you are following the Star Citizen serial, we’re now up to part five. You can find all of the previous parts by visiting the Spectrum Dispatch.

Elsa’s Spheres out in IGMS Issue 37

I’m proud to announce that my story, “Elsa’s Spheres” is the cover story for Intergalactic Medicine Show’s 37th issue.

The story was inspired by the stone spheres of Costa Rica, and my trip to Caño Island.

Here’s an excerpt:

They first noticed small Spheres near their feet, softball to basketball sized. Larger ones appeared as they walked deeper into the heart of the island. Elsa trembled with giddiness.

The Spheres were made of granite, painted over with a lime-wash. Their color and shape made them stand out in harsh contrast to the organic lines and tones of the environment.

Elsa found one that loomed a foot above her. Tentatively, she touched the stone. “It’s vibrating, deep inside,” she said with wonder. She wrapped her arms around the perfect globe as far as she could reach. “It’s amazing.”

Amir could see in her eyes what this visit meant to her. She was making a connection to the stones on a personal level — it went deeper than her love of geology or the uniqueness of the experience. There was something spiritual to the way she embraced the stone.

A pair of tourists walked by and she let go, stepping back from the stone as if she’d been caught in a private moment with a lover.

The story is accompanied by this beautiful illustration, created by R.L. Carter (credited on IGMS as Eugene Carter):
Elsas Spheres by Eugene Carter

Happy reading!

~Marina

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