Category Archives: Anthologies

Carbide Tipped Pens Now Available; Reviewed on

Carbide Tipped Pens

Carbide Tipped Pens, the new hard SF anthology from Tor co-edited by Ben Bova and me featuring seventeen stories by today’s top authors, is now available in hardcover (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play).

Coinciding with the book’s release, has posted its review.  Kudos to Daniel H. Wilson, Nancy Fulda, Dirk Strasser, Leah Petersen, Gabrielle Harbowy and David DeGraff.

“If you’re looking for an SF anthology to purchase this season, I heartily recommend Carbide Tipped Pens.”

Library Journal Review of Carbide Tipped Pens

Library Journal has a review of Carbide Tipped Pens.  Kudos to Doug Beason, Leah Petersen, Gabrielle Harbowy, Greg Benford, David DeGraff and Aliette de Bodard.  The book will be available starting next week.

“Compiled by Bova, a six-time Hugo Award winner, and Choi, a rising star of the short form, these 17 stories…are considered ‘hard’ SF.  As Choi explains in his introduction, hard SF is the ‘literature of change’, interested in the effects of science and technology on society, while still telling human stories.  This is a solid anthology, with only a few missteps;  some of the best selections include Doug Beason’s ‘Thunderwell’, a tense tale of efforts to save a human mission to Mars;  ‘Skin Deep’ by Leah Petersen and Gabrielle Harbowy, about a lawyer who confronts a company that makes medical tattoos;  and David DeGraff’s ‘SIREN of Titan’ in which an artificially intelligent rover on the surface of Saturn’s Titan moon decides to go off-mission and explore, much to the consternation of her handlers back on Earth.  Verdict:  A pleasing sampling of stories, all showing the range found even within a subgenre like hard SF.  Well-known novelists such as Gregory Benford appear alongside Aliette de Bodard and other top writers of the short form, plus some talented newcomers are featured.”

Library  Journal

Kirkus Review of Carbide Tipped Pens

Kirkus has an advance review of Carbide Tipped Pens.  Special kudos to Gregory Benford, Kate Story, Nancy Fulda, Daniel H. Wilson and David DeGraff.  The book will be available starting December 2, 2014.

“A science fiction anthology that strikes a balance between radical scientific ideas and grounded human emotion…Hard-core sci-fi fans will gobble this up, and readers newer to the genre should give it a chance, too.”

Kirkus Reviews

Far Orbit Released, and Q&A with World Weaver Press

Far Orbit:  Speculative Space Adventures, a new anthology edited by Bascomb James that includes my story “From a Stone”, is now available in trade paperback (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo).  Scroll down for my Q&A with World Weaver Press.

Far Orbit

WWP – What was your inspiration for creating your Far Orbit story?

EC – “From a Stone” was inspired by a number of things. I had read a magazine article about SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, which discussed the challenges of not only trying to understand an alien species that may have no common frame of reference with us, but also what exactly would constitute irrefutable proof of intelligence in the first place. At around that time I was also taking a planetary geology course at the University of Toronto, and a lot of the science portrayed in “From a Stone” came from that. I was also greatly influenced by the book A Man on the Moon, Andrew Chaikin’s superb history of the Apollo program, much of which dealt with the compromises inherent in trying to do science and exploration within the practical and political constraints of a government space program. The fictional ship in “From a Stone” is named for Apollo 17 astronaut-geologist Harrison Schmitt, and I was thrilled to meet Dr. Schmitt a few years ago and actually gave him a copy of the story.

WWP – How do you feel when you finally finish a story and send it off? Relief? Trepidation? Exultation? Something else?

EC – Mostly relief, perhaps with a little bit of exultation. The temptation to keep rewriting is always there, but then I remember Heinlein’s Rules.

WWP – Why do you write science fiction stories? What is it about this genre that appeals to you?

EC – As an aerospace engineer who has worked on a number of real space missions like the Phoenix Mars Lander, I guess you can say some parts of my life are a bit like a science fiction story, so why not write about it? There have always been important linkages between science fiction and the real-life space program. Our knowledge of the Universe, our attitudes towards science, and our understanding of science and technology are some of the key influences to science fiction. In turn, science fiction has helped shape perceptions of the space program, in some cases influencing the politics and funding of space projects and even the design of the missions themselves, as well as inspiring people like me to pursue careers in engineering and science. This is what appeals most to me about the genre.

WWP – Who are your favorite science fiction authors?

EC – Arthur C. Clarke had a huge influence on me. This is why I was so touched when Bascomb James compared “From a Stone” to Rendezvous with Rama in his introduction to my story.

WWP – When reading for enjoyment, some people read a story only once while others reread stories. Which type of reader are you?

EC – Definitely a re-reader. I often discover new things on subsequent readings, certainly with novels but also in many cases even with short stories.