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Eric James Stone / Re: "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made"
« on: May 25, 2011, 08:11:25 PM »
Thank you. I'm still flabbergasted that I won.

Eric James Stone / Re: Unforgettable Question
« on: April 16, 2011, 06:37:15 AM »
Glad you're enjoying it, maxonennis.

Eric James Stone / Re: Unforgettable Question
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:51:23 PM »
Good question.  I decided to try the indie route with Unforgettable because it's shorter than what traditional publishers seem to be looking for (it's only 67,000 words, which would be fine if it were a YA novel, but it's not), so the traditional publishing route wasn't really open for it.

I think that at this point in my career, traditional publishers still have a lot to offer in terms of marketing clout, etc., so I'm likely to continue to try that route.  (For example, I'm still seeking a publisher for my epic fantasy, which I wrote before Unforgettable.)

Eric James Stone / Re: "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made"
« on: February 28, 2011, 03:56:07 PM »
Hmm, it seems I no longer have access to modify the Introduction thread. But you can see my current bibliography on my website.

Eric James Stone / Re: "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made"
« on: February 23, 2011, 03:22:05 AM »
Thank you. I'm thrilled.

Eric James Stone / "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made"
« on: June 26, 2010, 06:51:27 PM »
The September 2010 issue of Analog, with my novelette “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” has officially been released.  That means you may be able to find it at bookstores or on newsstands. You can also buy it as a single issue from (Don’t worry if they still have the prior issue cover showing; what matters is which issue date they say you are buying. Plus, they will ship to prisons! [For some reason, their site puts a lot of emphasis on that fact.]) You can also download the issue from for use in various e-readers. From what I can tell, you can’t buy the issue individually for the Kindle, but you can subscribe and get that issue here as part of your 14-day free trial.

To whet your appetite, here’s how the story begins:

Sol Central Station floated amid the fusing hydrogen of the solar core, 400,000 miles under the surface of the sun, protected only by the thin shell of an energy shield, but that wasn’t why my palm sweat slicked the plastic pulpit of the station’s multidenominational chapel.  As a life-long Mormon I had been speaking in church since I was a child, so that didn’t make me nervous, either.  But this was my first time speaking when non-humans were in the audience.

The Sol Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had only six human members, including me and the two missionaries, but there were forty-six swale members.  As beings made of plasma, swales couldn’t attend church in the chapel, of course, but a ten-foot widescreen monitor across the back wall showed a false-color display of their magnetic force-lines, gathered in clumps of blue and red against the yellow background representing the solar interior.  The screen did not give a sense of size, but at two hundred feet in length, the smallest of the swales was almost double the length of a blue whale.  From what I’d heard, the largest Mormon swale, Sister Emma, stretched out to almost five hundred feet — but she was nowhere near the twenty-four-mile length of the largest swale in our sun.

“My dear Brothers and Sisters,” I said automatically, then stopped in embarrassment.  The traditional greeting didn’t apply to all swale members, as they had three genders.  “And Neuters,” I added.  I hoped my delay would not be noticeable in the transmission.  It would be a disaster if in my first talk as branch president, I alienated a third of the swale population.

This story is the most “Mormon” story I’ve written, but it’s completely understandable to non-Mormons — there’s no way Analog would have published it otherwise.

Date:  Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dragons & Fairy Tales Books & Games
3535 E Ranches Parkway, Suite A
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

Come celebrate the release of YEAR'S BEST SF 15, which contains mystory "Attitude Adjustment," plus stories by Robert Charles Wilson, Bruce Sterling, Nancy Kress, Ian Creasey, Gene Wolfe, Peter Watts, Sarah L. Edwards, Alastair Reynolds, Brenda Cooper, Mary Robinette Kowal, Stephen Baxter, and others.

I'll be talking about writing and then signing books.

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Eric James Stone / "An Early Ford Mustang"
« on: June 02, 2010, 11:59:56 PM »
My short story "An Early Ford Mustang" is now available in the latest issue of InteGalactic Medicine Show.  IGMS is also sporting a new look.

But for me, the real value in this issue is Von Carr's story "Sister Jasmine Brings the Pain," about a nun in post-apocalyptic America trying to rescue her robotic, zombie-fighting dog. Go read it now.

Eric James Stone / Re: "In Memory"
« on: April 29, 2010, 11:32:17 PM »
Thank you very much, Recovering Cynic.

And, for the record, as moderator of my forum here, I have no problem with people reviving a story thread to comment on the story. It seems to make more sense than starting a new topic for the story.

Eric James Stone / Re: "Attitude Adjustment"
« on: March 20, 2010, 03:33:18 AM »
A bit of further news on this story: the Russian SF magazine ESLI has decided to publish a translation of it.

Eric James Stone / Re: "Attitude Adjustment"
« on: February 01, 2010, 07:37:25 PM »
It's a short story for Hugo and Nebula Award purposes.

Eric James Stone / Re: "Attitude Adjustment"
« on: February 01, 2010, 12:36:39 AM »
"Attitude Adjustment" has been selected for the Year's Best SF #15 anthology, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.  This is the first time one of my stories has been selected for a year's-best anthology, and I feel very honored.

Eric James Stone / "Rejiggering the Thingamajig"
« on: November 18, 2009, 02:13:20 AM »
My short story "Rejiggering the Thingamajig" (which happens to be my current favorite among my published stories) is now available in the January/February 2010 issue of Analog Science Fiction magazine.  The Orem Barnes & Noble had three copies when I checked.

Here's the beginning, to whet your appetite:
The teleport terminal had not been built with tyrannosaurus sapiens in mind.

Resisting the urge to knock human-sized chairs about with her tail, Bokeerk squatted on the tile floor, folded the claws of her forelimbs together, and concentrated on her breathing.  Meditation would calm her nerves.  What should have been a two-minute waystop as she switched to a different teleport line had stretched to three hours, and being the only passenger in the terminal creeped her out.

The cheerful voice of the customer service AI roused Bokeerk from her trance.  "It is my pleasure to inform you that the cause of the technical difficulties in the galactic teleport network has been found."

Bokeerk perked up and rose on her hind legs, remembering just in time to duck her head so it wouldn't bang the ceiling lamps.  "Please send me to Krawlak," she said.  It was unlikely that any of her eggs would hatch for another few days yet, but she was anxious to get home.

"It is with the utmost regret that I must tell you that will not be possible at this time," said the AI, with a tone of such abysmal sorrow that Bokeerk's eyes could not help but moisten with sympathetic tears.  "I require assistance in repairing the problem."

Bokeerk lowered herself into a squat again.  "When will help get here?"  She looked at the time display on the digital assistant strapped to her left forelimb.  She had now been stranded for three hours and fifty-two minutes.

"I estimate a spaceship carrying a repair crew could be here within twelve years," said the AI.  Its voice seemed to have lost the customer service aspect.

"Twelve years?"  Bokeerk's voice made the ceiling lamps tremble.

"Without the teleport network, repair crews are limited to slower-than-light travel.  However, I believe we can avoid such a long wait if you will assist me."

"I don't know anything about repairing teleports," said Bokeerk.  "I illustrate children's books.  I'm on my way home from the Galactic Children's Book Fair."

Eric James Stone / Re: "The Robot Sorcerer"
« on: November 18, 2009, 02:06:55 AM »
Glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites.

Dan Wells / Re: World Fantasy
« on: September 02, 2009, 09:03:19 PM »
Janci and Isaac have taken the two extra spots in my car, so my car is full.

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