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Two New Sci-Fi Stories

 

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.

Happy reading!

~Marina

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Goodbye 2017! Hello Books of 2018!

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Hello all!  It’s been a great year writing-wise for me!

First off, I’m excited to announce that I’ve sold a flash story, “Discard the Sun for It has Failed Us” to Uncanny Magazine!  It’s my first time in Uncanny, and “Discard the Sun” couldn’t have found a better home.

In 2017 I sold a few short stories, wrote lots of new words, and turned in the edits for Noumenon: Infinity (scheduled for release in August 2018!).  But the biggest writing event for me, by far, was the release of my debut novel, Noumenon.  I am so pleased with its reception, and am very honored that so many people have connected with it.

Noumenon has made three major best-of lists:

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Fantasy blog’s

Kirkus Reviews’

Publishers Weekly’s

Which, according to this Kirkus article, makes it one of the best of the best sci-fi books of the year.  I’m happy to see my little sci-fi novel touch so many people, and I want to thank everyone who has worked on it, read it, reviewed it, and recommended it!  It would be just another manuscript on my hard drive without all of you.

It was also a great year for me reading-wise. I have read some fantastic books this year. Here are some of my favorites:

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Breath of Earth by Beth Cato (Note: this book was published in 2016. Its sequel, Call of Fire, came out in 2017.)

 

My to-be-read pile once again grew faster than my read pile, but I’m looking forward to reading these books soon:

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

The Genius Plague by David Walton

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

 

Hope you all found something amazing to read this year; here’s wishing you more happy reading in 2018!  And remember, if you like a book, leave a review or tell a friend!  It’s the best gift you can give an author, after buying their book.  🙂

~Marina

 

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