I write a lot of short stories, some of which are for the blog, like answers to challenges, and some that never make it to the blog. I have twice put out books of short stories. My first book was Seasons of Imagination and then I did Embers. The stories in these books were very eclectic and tended towards the short, though both had longer stories, even novellas.
You can see where this is leading, can’t you?
Yes, I am putting out a new book of short stories!
This time I decided to use a selection of only science fiction stories. The average length is also much longer. As with the other two books, the theme unifying these stories might be a little thin, but it does exist.
And here is the moment you’ve been waiting for, the cover:
To go with it, here is the blurb:
Conner’s very bad day becomes much worse when he is flagged as a non-human. How could he not be human? He knows he’s human! But what, exactly, does it mean to be a human? Who do we include in this exclusive group?
Starting with Conner’s tale, “Human, or…?”, the 12 science fiction stories in this collection probe questions of humanity and the various traits that make us human, such as when in our prehistory do our ancestors actually become human, and is it defied by culture and kindness or by hate and selfishness? What about loneliness or fear?
These stories also introduce us to various non-humans, from aliens to ancient gods, yet in the end, it is possible a person some would consider non-human can answer the question of what it means to be human best as she repeats the phrase, “It’s Cold Outside”.
Come explore these stories, ranging from flash to novella, and see what questions, and possibly what answers, you find.
I am planning on releasing It’s Cold Outside in early June. Stay tuned!
(Forgot to mention – yes, I did the artwork and design for the cover.)