Yet again Flame Tree Press has put out a gorgeous new book full of swashbuckling, steam-punky adventures and alt-historical tales. My story, Fire To Set The Blood, is about a female doctor (who also happens to be a witch) called out to solve a mystery in a dying, CA gold rush town.
Got this in the mail. While it’s certainly exciting to see my story, Skitter & Click, in this beautiful book, the most exciting part about this is my name right there between Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle.
I’m incredibly pleased to announce that my short story, Skitter & Click, will be appearing soon in this gorgeous anthology, Crime & Mystery!
Flame Tree press makes amazingly beautiful books and I couldn’t be more chuffed that my story will be appearing next to stories by luminaries like Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mark Twain as well as some amazing new writers like Tony Pi, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Dan Stout, and Ruth Nestvold.
My flash piece, Little Galaxies, went up on Daily Science Fiction!
Recent archaeological work near Mexico City shows that conquistadors were imprisoned, sacrificed, and eaten by the Aztecs.
“The town was eventually renamed from Zultepec to Tecoaque, which in the native Nahuatl language means: “The place where they ate them.””
This is not the narrative we learn about the conquest of the Americas….
A new study from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has proven that “two previously entangled particles, even if separated by the width of the universe, could instantly communicate.”
How, how can this happen?! I mean I have a very basic grasp of quantum physics, but locality seems so fundamental to my concept of the universe I just can’t wrap my head around this. So many possibilities…
Some quick writing news. I sold a short story to Daily Science Fiction AND I am a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest!!!
So wow, kind of blown away and excited.
In writing news, I just sold a short story titled “Mind the Gap” to Interzone! They’ve published some of my writing heroes so that’s very exciting.
Another story also just won an Honorable Mention from the Writers of the Future Contest.
All around a very exciting week for me!
So, there are 100 million billion suns in our galaxy super cluster, Laniakea, which means “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.
Excavation of the Los Arboles structure at Xultún uncovered numerous painted sculptures.
This is a great article on the National Geographic Daily News: Losing Maya Heritage to Looters.
One of the issues near and dear to my heart is cultural heritage. The theft of Maya antiquities is a massive problem in Central America and Mexico because there are literally thousands of temples and even major cities out in the remote jungle. As an archaeologist, I weep at the idea that these incredibly important artifacts are being torn from their context. It kills me to imagine looters blasting open burials with pick axes and hammers.
I’ve actually been to Xultún (the city featured in this article) since it’s not far over the Guatemala border from where I worked in Belize. When I went, I saw a few looters’ trenches but it sounds like it has been hit hard since then. Ugh.
But, I also appreciate how complex this issue is. Local economies are depressed and there is a source of money just buried out there in the ground. Is the information available from those antiquities really more important than the lives and stable income for modern people? I don’t think so.
Photograph by David Coventry, National Geographic/Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Gobierno de Guatemala