Vote for Speculative North in Critters Workshop Annual Readers Poll!!

Please vote for Speculative North in the Critters Workshop Annual Readers Poll! Voting is free, super easy, and just requires you to have a name and an email address.

Help our proudly Canadian speculative fiction magazine hit #1 by voting! We’re in 3 categories: Fiction Magazine/e-zine: https://critters.org/predpoll/fictionzine.shtml…Magazine/e-zine Cover Art: https://critters.org/predpoll/zineart.shtml…Magazine/e-zine Editor: https://critters.org/predpoll/zineeditor.shtml

For those who haven’t read the magazine and want to check it out before voting, all of our issues are free; the free download page can be accessed by clicking “link” from the voting pages above, or directly from our website here: http://tdotspec.com/speculative-north-magazine/

Thanks everyone for your support!!!

Speculative North Issue #2 Free Download

The second issue of Spec North is a free Kindle download from Amazon until Oct 7th!

This is an awesome issue that has already hit Amazon #1 Bestseller status in the categories of science fiction short stories and fantasy anthologies!

If you’re living in USA, you can download it from here. If you’re living in Canada, you can download it from here. If you’re outside of these two countries, you can still get it free, but you’ll have to search for it from your country’s Amazon page.

Note: when you’re downloading free books from Amazon, don’t click the “read now” button, which requires a KU account; instead click “buy” for $0.00

I hope you enjoy issue #2 of Spec North! If you get a chance, let me know what you thought of the issue. Thanks so much for your support!

-David

My Story “Kevin Was Bees” in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine!

Very happy to say that my SFF story “Kevin Was Bees” is in the current issue of Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (ASM #78)!

This story starts from the POV of someone who has been turned into a swarm of bees. The first two sentences:

This was a first. No one had ever been bees before.

The premise: on an advanced starship, they need someone to investigate a problem in a bio-preservation sector where humans aren’t allowed, so the computer makes Kevin into bees; Kevin finds out that, during the procedure, the problem was resolved, so his mission is complete. But he’s bees now.

Kevin’s consciousness gradually fractures into competing subgroups of bees, who develop their own hierarchy, mythology, and competing kingdoms, and whose control over the environmental regulators constitutes a kind of magic.

This story makes a lot of use of Arthur C. Clarke’s third law–that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. One POV is science fiction, and takes place on a futuristic starship, where a person made out of genetically engineered bees is in dialogue with an advanced AI; the other POV is fantasy, and takes place in a fantasy world with magic, myth, and warring kingdoms–that is, the world formed from the fractured pieces of Kevin’s consciousness.

I hope you check out the story, and I would love to hear what you think about it!

My story “Rainbow People of the Glittering Glade” is in the After Dinner Conversation podcast!

Very happy to say that my story “Rainbow People of the Glittering Glade” was discussed in the After Dinner Conversation podcast! They do a great summary of the story, and then turn to discussing and debating the issues raised by the story. I’d love if you would check out the episode, available here:

 

Space Windows and Ham Sandwiches and Free eBooks

Kara Race-Moore Writes More

It’s the little things in life.

As more and more research is poured into how we humans could seriously go to Mars in the not too distant future, all signs point to the biggest factor of success or failure will not be the machinery that controls air and water, the rocket engines, the flight trajectory calculations, or anything else that involves hard math or blue prints. No, humans are the wild card, and how to keep them running properly is the big challenge.

How to keep a human happy and sane? People with multiple degrees who have spent their lives studying this question will tell you it really comes down to the things that seem, at first glance, very mundane. What is the biggest factor that has made the International Space Station a success?

The fact that it has a window.

Windows were initially considered a frivolous waste of energy…

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tdotSpec Magazine Kickstarter is Live!

As many of you know, tdotSpec is launching tdotSpec Magazine, a new magazine of speculative literature. The Kickstarter is currently live! We’re aiming to fund-raise enough for three issues, and hopefully more! If you get a chance, please check out the Kickstarter to see what we’re building, and spread the word on social media! Thanks a lot! We really appreciate the support!