I walked out to my mailbox this afternoon, expecting to pick up the usual suspects. Bills, loan offers (everyone wants to give me money), maybe some appeals to charity (and the ones I’m already giving to need to stop selling my information, it’s just draining their potential donations). And there, in my box, were two copies of Galaxy’s Edge Issue 34, edited by Mike Resnick. I have met Mike on several occasions, at DragonCon, LibertyCon and during the two Sail to Success cruises I attended. But I’ve never been published in anything that Mike edited, until now. I’ve known a lot of people who have been published in this magazine, and now I’m among them. Cool.
Also included with my short blurb is the advertisement, Phoenix Pick Introduces Kinship Wars, a new shared universe, www.KinshipWars.com . This is the reason for being for this story, an introduction into the Kinship War universe, which I have developed. Book 1 is in the hands of the publisher, and should be out in ARC copies by next month, published for real in March of 2019. I am currently working on Book 2, and hopefully there will be a Book 3. Journey’s End introduces the reader to the sublight colony ships that opened up the colonization of space, before warp drive became practical. Things don’t go as planned, and the awake crew has to come up with a way to change course without having the fuel to do so. Sort of like the old Golden Age scifi stories where some little known fact of science was used to solve the problem.
If you would like to learn more, this issue can be bought at http://www.galaxysedge.com/ . I would love for all of my fans to go over there and pick up this issue. If you are not familiar with the magazine, they publish a bunch of great stories each month from newcomers and old pros, and a digital copy is only $4.99. I would love for everyone who reads my work to pick up one, and help get the excitement going for the upcoming Kinship War series. As for myself, I’m ecstatic to be on the cover with such people as Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Silverberg, Robert Sawyer, Gregory Benford, Bill Fawcett, Jody Lynn Nye, and Charles Sheffield. And I think Larry Niven is mentioned in there somewhere.