I’m delighted to have a short story featured in Crises and Conflicts, a new anthology of space and military science fiction, just published by NewCon Press as part of their 10th Anniversary celebrations.
My piece, ‘Round Trip’ is a tale of loneliness, obsession, patience, and the tedious experience of waiting for a no-frills budget space shuttle to Jupiter (we’ve all be there).
The central science fiction idea in the story is that the universe is finite and curved, a theory developed by the cosmologist Professor Janna Levin. I can highly recommend her book How The Universe Got Its Spots and her beautiful Moth story ‘Life on a Mobius Strip‘.
‘Round Trip’ is actually a reworking of the spoken word story I delivered at Unsung Live 2 last year, which some people said was good. To my great fortune, Ian Whates of NewCon was in the audience and asked me if I could produce a written version of the story for him.
I was delighted to oblige. NewCon Press is the kind of publisher that wins British Science Fiction Awards (plural), or gets nominated for a British Fantasy Award. Moreover, the roster of authors also appearing in Crises and Conflicts is really impressive.