Oh hey! I have a short story in the August issue of Bastion Science Fiction Magazine — available wherever eBooks are sold. Bastion is a great new journal that focuses on some of the more classic sf elements that are “reminiscent of the golden age.”
My story is called “Mirror of Stars,” and it’s sort of like about radio waves traveling through space and being picked up by a backwards-thinking culture where solar technologies are considered old and clunky but giant, resource-draining machines are more efficient. There’s also some stuff about colonization and overpopulation. And, some junk inspired by some stuff I read about all the types of drugs astronauts have to get all cranked up on when they go to space.
Here’s the opening few lines:
The signal thrashes like a kite through waves of interstellar clutter picked up by the comm system: explosions on the surface of suns, electromagnetic distortions, and radiation crashing against cosmic winds—the signal.
Mek was cruising through the main belt in his solar-glider, the Aurora, searching for a clear broadcast of the signal. For a kid who grew up under the crowded domes of Vuzz this was as close to heaven as he could get—no over-recycled air crapping up his lungs, no big brother cams ensuring he wasn’t taking more than his share of food or fuel. Just Mek, his solar-glider, and the vastness of the cosmos.
Overpopulation was the problem. Give up your place under the domed cities of Vuzz, said the Imperium, and we’ll give you an old solar-glider, some supplies, and a trade route to keep you busy. Best of all, you’ll have the stars.
“I’ll have the stars,” said Mek.
R. Leigh Hennig at Bastion helped tighten this thing up. Leigh applied some careful thought to the story, which made the editing process just a great experience all around. I thought I had the story figured out, y’know, and Leigh helped me to really figure the story out, especially on some pacing issues involving a spaceship battle, which, y’know, was a cool fucking thing to write about, if you get to write about anything, right.
This issue of Bastion also has some great great great contributions from Clint Spivey, Emma Osborne, Mary Alexandra Agner, William Delman, J. Daniel Batt, Jared W. Cooper, and Garrick Fincham.
Bastion’s August issue can be purchased here.