Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Polar Shift is on Amazon and will be free for the next five days

 All right, no one mock my cover designs. I'm uploading my previously published short stories to Kindle, and at this time I can't afford a professionally designed cover for each one of them. This first one is the first short story I ever sold. It's the first anything I ever sold, and from February 23-27, it's free on

I've told the story of its sale before, but here it is again. My Clarion West class had people who'd already had pro sales before they attended the workshop. Those of us who didn't were called the Nada Crew (a name we chose for ourselves). Over the next five years the Nada Crew shrank and shrank. Very few Clarion West classes get 100% pro publication. In fact, I don't know that any ever had. So if I were to exit the Nada Crew, we just might be making Clarion West history.

This story killed the Nada Crew. I sold it to Julie Czerneda for her anthology, Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science, which came out in 2007. It's the first of my short stories that I've uploaded, but it won't be the last.



  1. Delightful story! I really liked Amber, so resourceful. You studied law, didn't you? So how do you know so much science? I don't mean to sound accusatory, I'm just wondering. And pardon my ignorance, but if Ganymede doesn't rotate, then how does it move at all? What keeps it orbiting?

    1. Thanks Melanie! I did study law, but I grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico where everyone almost had a parent who is a scientist or engineer. I always liked science, but I was a rebel and went into the liberal arts.

      A lot of moons are tide locked - our moon is, for example. That's why it is you can always see the Man in the Moon when it's full. If it spun, you'd see different patterns as the night wore on. The spin isn't necessary for orbit.