Let the Photons Fill Your Sails

In Revenger, author Alastair Reynolds takes the reader to a time and place where sail ships plying the trade winds link scattered islands of humanity, and sailors search for buried treasure and adventure. This is a world where things are measured in spans and leagues, travel takes weeks or months between settlements. And all of […]

READ/WRITE [Episode 3] Tonight at 8pm

I’ll be streaming my bi-weekly book club, read/write,  tonight at 8pm EST on Accidental Origin. We’ll be discussing the first half of Ursula LeGuin’s 1974 novel, The Dispossessed. For the audio only version of previous episodes, check readwrite.podbean.com. To watch previous episodes, check out the YouTube channel.

Reunion

Buxur gazed out through the translucent material of the connection tube and watched waves of dust wash against its thin skin. It created the sound of soft rain inside the tube. Outside, the two connected vessels nearly disappeared in the particulate cloud. The ghostly ripple and swirl along the lines of the magnetic shield mesmerized […]

Dark Whispers

When I first laid eyes on him, I could hear the armour plates of his suit clank and grind together. The sounds rang clear in my mind even with the vacuum of orbit clawing at us both. He hung there, a black outline against a black background. It took an eternity for me to toggle […]

Bicentenial

The tour guide spoke like this was the first time she’d ever uttered the words, “The soil coverings provided the crew with additional radiation protection. The domes, erected six months later…” Parnell was sick of hearing about the two-hundredth anniversary of First Landing, but work brought him through the preserved, historical, centre of town. Behind […]