I’ve got two new sci-fi stories out. The most recent was published yesterday, in Uncanny Magazine. Discard the Sun, for It has Failed Us is a far, far, faaaaar future look at our solar system:
“I implore you again, Decanus, discard the sun.” The Captain does not hide his distaste. “The star should have died an epoch ago. It’s wasteful, pouring resources into something so useless because of nostalgia.”
Sol is forty-percent brighter today than it was when Sadie lived. The oceans she knew? Boiled away. The continents she recognized? Victims of plate tectonics. The Earth’s surface is dead, the atmosphere acidic.
But the planet has not been consumed by the fiery burgeoning of the sun’s red-giant stage. This we have prevented, by feeding the star.
Without my pilgrimage, the sun would die.
I will not let its light extinguish.
You can read more here.
Story two was published in the Avatar Dreams anthology. Stedman Ferrah’s Illustrious Fall is about a man who will take any job if it means he gets to go into space (even if it’s only his mind that goes):
Stedman always knew he wanted to go into space. He’d wanted to be an astronaut since before he could pronounce it. His room when he was ten was painted all black, with little white dots for stars, and big, blue not-so-round-because-his-big-sister-had-painted-them planets. He’d studied hard. Had the top grades in high school despite holding down a burger-joint job to take care of his mother. He’d applied to the air force, and then…
And then he’d discovered he was color blind. You can’t fly planes if you can’t read the dash properly.
He should have known. All those years, he thought Madeline was messing with him when she pointed to the red sign over the Sips-To-Go mart and asked him to read it.
“There’s nothing there,” he insisted, and she laughed and pinched him and told him to quit acting stupid.
But it was true–he couldn’t see the Two for one twelve-inch franks! advert.
Just as the US government couldn’t see handing him a plane.
And if they couldn’t hand him a plane, they weren’t going to hand him a spaceship.
But that didn’t mean he’d given up.
You can get Avatar Dreams here.