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Happy International Polar Bear Day, 2011

2 comments Written on February 27th, 2011 by
Categories: Freebies

Seriously, that’s what today is.

The only reason I know this is because several years ago I was participating in a competition being held by the online writing community Codex, and one of the story requirements was to mention a holiday that occurred in February.

Naturally I went online to search for obscure holidays, hoping I’d find one that might prompt a story idea in my head. I discovered February 27th, aka International Polar Bear Day, and the result was a short story entitled “Mars Needs Baby Seals.”

A while after that, I sold the story to Eric Reynolds at Hadley Rille Books for the anthology Destination: Future, which came out on February 24th of last year (I know, I know, if only it had been delayed three more days, alas!).

“Mars Needs Baby Seals” is very silly. It was a lot of fun to write, and has the best title of anything I’ve done.

It’s also eligible for the Hugo Award this year. Mind you, it will probably never make onto the nominations ballot, but it is eligible. I just thought you should know.

I also wanted to encourage you to celebrate International Polar Bear Day. To help you to do that, I’m giving you a copy of the story.

Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives

This story is released under a Creative Commons, Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license.
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Drabblecast Doubleheader

No Comments » Written on November 15th, 2010 by
Categories: News

I slip further into the maelstrom of audio fiction today with the release of two stories on the Drabblecast, episode 187.

The talented Phil Rossi (with a touch of assistance by the show’s host, Norm Sherman) does a fine job reading of both “A Fool’s Death” and “Pidgin” for the podcast. Norm talked me into doing a couple quick mp3s myself of author notes, and these follow each of the stories on the audio.

And a special shout out to Brent Holmes for the very cool artwork.