I am now eligible for the John W. Campbell Award For Best New Writer following the publication of my political/hard-science novelette, Tethered, in the July/August 2013 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, science fiction’s longest running, continuously published magazine. Tethered was previously a Semifinalist in the Writers of the Future Award.
This also means Tethered — along with works from all the other Campbell Award eligible writers — has just been published in M. David Blake‘s magnus opus, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, which is available for free download at Stupefying Stories.
If you are eligible to vote, I encourage you to download and read the anthology, then cast a vote for your choice. It’s an enormous treasure trove of talent worth digging your intellectual teeth into — and it’s free.
io9 posts about the Campbellian Anthology in “A Trove of Great Science Fiction and Fantasy – Free for a Limited Time,” and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam shouts out “Tethered” in her Campbell Eligible Writers Survey.
You can read or download Tethered separately here. Praise for Tethered:
[This] story worked splendidly… It was effective and even — so rare for SF — moving. I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of your work. — John Crowley (author of Little, Big)
This hard SF story had great details portraying a situation that is fast becoming a reality… Kalima was an especially appealing character, fey and strong, moral and willing to take responsibility in a world dominated by politics and self interest — K.D. Wentworth
The story is based on science research related to the Kessler Syndrome. I posted previously about the science, politics, and contemporary relevance of Tethered. Purchase the July/August 2013 issue of Analog here or download the text of “Tethered” separately as a free PDF.
Another of my publications, “Jedi Night,” from The Best Teen Writing of 2011, is also available to download and read.