Calling all Moms and Dads: Would you send your kids to colonize Mars? I tackle this subject in my guest editorial in the July-August issue of Analog. Available now. Hope you’ll give it a read. I’m always happy to hear from my readers what you think.
And while you’re at it, check out some first-rate new fiction by my writing buddies, Martin L. Shoemaker and C. Stuart Hardwick. These hot new writers are ones to keep your eyes on, and to read! Here’s the complete Table of Contents for a terrific double issue:
To my surprise, several people have asked if I intend to blog about what I’ve had published in 2016. Well, alrighty then, since a few of you asked …
Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs– This novelette (3rd in the series) appeared in the April issue of Analog. Not only am I rather fond of it, but I’m also totally in love with the Bob Eggleton dinosaur cover on the magazine.
Not With A Bang-My first time travel story featuring Marty and Julianna was reprinted in the anthology Time Travel Tales.
Dino Mate – The sequel to Not With a Bang was reprinted in Ctrl Alt Delight.
Zombie Limbo Master – My sole zombie story was reprinted in Quickfic Anthology 1.
Our Right, Our Duty, Our Privilege was the March Analog guest editorial.
On the Money: Scientist of Inventor Wanted – This guest editorial appeared in the November issue of Analog.
All in all, this hasn’t been a bad year by any means. In fact, it’s been a better year for me than this list might lead one to suppose. The reason I say this has to do with several things I’ve written that will be unveiled next year.
I have a new guest editorial in Analog’s latest issue: November 2016. I give some thought to placing a scientist and/or inventor on United States currency. Give it a read and find out who might merit this honor. Do you have suggestions of your own — someone I don’t mention, perhaps? Let me know in the comments.
And hey, look at the other great stuff in this issue. I’m really pleased to be sharing a table of contents with these talented folks. As always, my thanks go to Trevor Quachri for giving me this opportunity and for unleashing his first-rate editing abilities upon this piece.
My latest guest editorial for Analog is in the March 2016 issue, which just came out. It concerns elections, voting, and maintaining our democratic self-governance in the United States. This is a topic near and dear to my heart as I spent 25+ years as an election lawyer. Several experiences that made the biggest impression on me, however, took place not in a courtroom but rather in my own local polling place where I serve as an election officer whenever they need me. Actually, they almost always need me as there is a shortage of people willing and able to volunteer for one day to help local officials run the polling places. It’s such a worthwhile thing to do that I hope you’ll all give it some thought if you are able to devote a day to helping our country maintain democracy.
Lastly, I just gotta say, man-oh-man this guest editorial writing gig never gets old!
Analog’s December issue features my second guest editorial, “The Future is Prologue.” Astute readers will recognize my reworking of Shakespeare’s line from The Tempest, “Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come, in yours and my discharge.”
Unlike a Shakespearean play, dinosaurs have managed to tromp into my editorial. But hey, they’ve been good to me and my writing, and who am I to say no to them? I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the Dec. 2015 Analog either electronically or in print, as it has the latest work by several fine Analog regulars such as Ed Lerner, Bud Sparhawk, Kristine Kathyrn Rusch and esteemed Editor Emeritus Stanley Schmidt
When my last guest editorial was published in the July/August 2015 issue of Analog, I got several questions, which I’ll answer here.
1. How did you come to write a guest editorial? My thanks go to Trevor Quachri for suggesting that I try my hand at writing this guest editorial. It concerns the refinement of scientific hypotheses over time. As a one-time archaeologist, I’ve always been fascinated by the ways in which scientific thought ebbs and flows over the decades,
2. How is writing an editorial similar to writing fiction? I see several similarities. Everything begins with an idea that caught my interest and which I suspect may intrigue readers, too. Next comes the search for specific incidents to propel the editorial or story forward. In addition, both forms of writing benefit from an opening hook, rely on compelling prose to keep the reader turning the pages, and must have a central theme.
3. How does writing an editorial differ from writing a story? Two ways. First, an editorial can be more didactic, as readers are expecting the writer to put forth a set of viewpoints accompanied by cogent reasoning. In contrast, when reading fiction, people don’t want to be subjected to a sermon, which they’ll skip over to get to the “good stuff.” Or they might abandon the story entirely and hunt up something more interesting. Second, editorials are subject to a pretty strict word count. The writer must select a topic that can be addressed well in 1800 to 2200 words. In contrast, short fiction will vary from under 1000 words to 20,000 words or more.
4. Can your readers expect to see more guest editorials instead of stories? I hope the answer isn’t either/or. I have fun w both. In fact, my next appearance in Analog will be a novelette featuring several characters my readers have seen before plus some new ones to keep things interesting.
On Monday I signed and returned a contract for a new piece that will be published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. I’m simply thrilled to tell you that I’ve written a guest editorial for Analog. This is a really big deal for me as I think back to all those years when I’d invariably turn to Stan Schmidt’s editorials before reading anything else in the latest issue. Come to think of it, I still find myself reading the editorial first. Nonetheless, I never would have imagined I’d be following in Stan’s footsteps, even in this small way.
Nor did I anticipate this being my next Analog sale even a few months ago. It began with a conversation I had with Trevor, Analog’s current editor, at World Fantasy Convention last November. After we had flitting among all sorts of topics, Trevor asked if I’d be interested in trying my hand at a guest editorial. Well, yes, I said. Yes, I would. A week or two later, I had come up with the outlines of a topic I thought would be of interest to Analog readers. One thing led to another (which isn’t something I take for granted), and now I’m pleased to say that you’ll be able to read my editorial in the July/August 2015 issue.
So what is my guest editorial about, you may ask. Well, I’m thinking I’d rather let it be a surprise. But not to worry about missing it. You can bet I’ll remind my regular followers when the magazine is sighted in the wild.