I’m very pleased to announce that my short story Silver Sixpence has been published in the Daily Science Fiction anthology Rocket Dragons Ignite: DSF Year 2. This anthology is a huge read at 870 pages with over 260 stories and 425,000 words — that’s the size of four typical novels in a single volume!
Silver Sixpence is what I would call mundane science fiction, a sub-genre which focuses on a believable use of science and technology as available at the time of writing. That means no faster-than-light travel, no aliens, quite possibly no lasers or robots, although that’s a changing arena right now.
This is where I’m most comfortable when writing science fiction. My short story Incarnate, published last year with the Rocket Science Anthology, also exists in a similar universe, quite possibly the same universe as Silver Sixpence and, as it happens, some other works in the pipeline. More of that in future blog posts.
Silver Sixpence is a little unusual for mundane-SF in that it features interstellar travel, albeit at sub-light speeds . . .
Celeste is a 25-year-old mission specialist about to join the first interstellar mission to Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our own. She leaves behind a husband and a young daughter. The journey will take five years for the crew though nine years will have elapsed back on Earth due to the effects of time dilation.
You can click on the following link to buy a copy of Rocket Dragons Ignite: DSF Year 2 — just make sure you select the correct one from the menu. It’s a heavy book so postage is expensive outside the US.