Roses Story in Nature (Nature Futures)

My hard science fiction piece “War of the Roses” is in the current issue of Nature (Volume 467 (7316), 7 October 2010). At least, that’s what their website says and I’m going to believe them.

It looks like the story is available online at the moment, but I don’t know how long that’ll last as they’re not primarily an online market: War of the Roses

Back when I was studying for my ecology degree, Nature was one of those places trainee scientists wanted to get published in. Perhaps a paper about some amazing research into the sort of things ecologists research*. I probably wouldn’t have believed time-travelling future me if I said I’d get a piece of fiction published there.

At least fiction doesn’t need citations**.

* Usually stuff like measuring lichens and wading out into swamps to take insect samples. Ecologists are the hardy branch of biologists.

** Blake, Polenth, A Bunch of Random Stuff about Roses, Polenth’s Brain, 2010

Steampunk in Bards and Sages Quarterly

I have a piece of flash fiction out in Bards and Sages Quarterly (October 2010). ‘Clockwork Fly’ has a steampunk vibe, which probably isn’t a surprise from the name.

It’s not a free-to-read publication, but if you’re a subscriber (or want to check it out), here are the details:

Main Website – The e-versions are probably best price-wise for most people (Kindle or PDF), though it is also available as a physical book.

In random tangent notes, one of the other authors in this issue is a Blake. You’d think this’d come up more often, as Blake is a pretty common surname, but it seems there aren’t very many writing fantasy and science fiction. Either that are they’re all using pen names.