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Cold New Planet now available in anthology

Science Fiction Consortium is an anthology of short stories from nine authors, including the creator of the Science Fiction Microstory Contest, Jot Russell.

“Temporal Shift” by Jot Russell is a time travel story based around 9/11.

“The Watch Spring” by Allen H. Quintana – Where a man waits for no time.

“A Shepherd No More” by Andy McKell follows one man’s refusal to accept disaster in the depths of space.

“Vampirecratic Menace – A Case Study?” by Richard Bunning describes a dark future medical science.

“Luna-1” by James Newman is a space drama of human struggle.

“The Destroyer of Syn” by Ami Hart paints a synthetic world of youth to maturity.

“Cold New Planet” by Joy V. Smith – What mysteries will the colonists–and the consortium backing them–uncover on this slowly thawing planet?

“Darklings in the Glow” by Sterren describes birth from the ashes.

“Host” by A. L. Scott is a story of internal contact.

“Consortium” by Jot Russell – The search for intelligent life has used the method of radio and light. But somewhere within the subatomic, a universal seed has been planted that is slowly working to control us all.

Available from Amazon: Science Fiction Consortium



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Cold New Planet upcoming

I recently signed a contract for my story, Cold New Planet; it’ll be in an anthology that is being fine-tuned now.  It’s about Terrans colonizing a planet being terra-formed and thawing out so they’re starting with what they brought with them, including supplies and livestock in stasis.   They’re all alone on this cold new planet, or are they?


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Strike Three: The letter X

X is for Xenophobia

Not a lot of X words out there, but xenophobia is a word to be aware of, lest we suffer from it.  It means: “fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything foreign or strange.”  (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

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Strike Three: The letter H

H is for History

We’re going to have to write new history books.  When and where do we start?  Should we start a new calendar?  Has anyone been keeping track of anything?

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Strike Three: The letter C

C is for Choices

Who are you going to tell? Who are you going to invite into your hideaway? What about supplies? Pets? Livestock? Plants? When someone takes the chance and makes the choice as to whom to warn because the world may be about to end, these are hard choices. Not enough time and not enough room…

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Building a fantasy world (link)

Guest post from Morgen Bailey’s writing blog: Creating food systems in a fantasy world by Rae Z Ryans: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/guest-post-creating-food-systems-in-a-fantasy-world-by-rae-z-ryans/

Here’s a helpful article when you’re creating a fantasy world with no ties to Earth–and want to make it more interesting. (My worlds often have ties to Earth so I can import some Terran animals–though not all of them thrive–and mix them with native animals.)

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Straight on Until a New Planet

Here’s another article in The Idea Boutique, in which I discuss some of the planets I created and planet-creating resources: The Idea Boutique: July 2006

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