If you’re looking to add more authenticity to your science fiction writing, check this out: NASA has set up a website to make its publicly funded research available for free. The archive features a decent search engine and gives full access to peer-reviewed papers.
Working on a story on a space plague and wonder how microbes adapt to microgravity? Check it out. Want to know the latest developments in artificial gravity research? Yep, they’ve got that too.
Some of my fishing expeditions in the NASA database led me to articles light years above my scientific comprehension. But others, such as this piece on arctic climate trends as observed from space, were completely comprehensible to a neophyte such as myself.
Thanks go to sf writer Chris McKitterick for bringing this one to my attention.
“Burma Jukebox” gets a third play
“Burma Jukebox,” a short story I first sold in 2010, has received its third publication, this time in Big Pulp Annual 2016.
It was also picked up last year in M – Murder, Magic & the Macabre, another publication in the Big Pulp empire, which produces a variety of magazines and themed anthologies focused on genre fiction and poetry.
The supernatural tale — I’m still not sure whether it’s better categorized as quiet horror or dark fantasy — is a favorite of mine to read at conventions. It focuses on how easy it is to lose ourselves in music, especially during tough times.
The most recent sale brings to mind Golden Age sf writer James Gunn’s first rule of writing: “If it’s worth writing once, it’s worth selling twice.”
Or three times for that matter.