The NonLocal Science Fiction Magazine published recently my short story, “What’s in a Name?” as part of its Fantastical Fiction Feature. The FFF is a periodic publication featuring standout pieces of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry.
If you’re a new sci-fi author looking for a chance to get a story out into the world, consider submitting it to the NonlocalSciFi.com Fantastical Fiction Feature.
What’s in a Name is part of Infinite Waters; my second collection of short science fiction stories.
What’s in a Name?
“That’s an unusual name for a ship.”
The man facing me across the table pulled the fat cigar from his lips, leaving it to simmer inside a round ashtray. Smoking is strictly prohibited on a spaceship, but if you are the ship’s owner I guess normal rules do not apply. His thick brows met in the middle, as if pondering my words. Why, I could not fathom — surely, this was the single most usual comment he heard? His jowls quivered as he pushed his chair away to stand up. Hoisting his trousers up, he adjusted his lifejacket and grimaced, as if in pain.
“It was a bet.” With a dismissive wave of his hand, he motioned me to follow him. “A stupid bet.” He sighed as he ran his fingers through thinning hair. “I lost.”
That much is obvious. “Are we going somewhere?” I asked politely and stood up. My recorder floated from the table to hover above us.
“I just want to show you around. I assume your viewers will want to know about the ship?”
I nodded my thanks. We weaved our way out of the smoke room and into the promenade deck. Reserved for the first-class passengers, this was not my usual kind of accommodations. My initial enthusiasm at finding out I had been sent on an assignment that allowed me to spend a week on a cruise around the moon had waned as soon as I heard the details. The lush accommodations, however, made me rethink my initial apprehension.
Issue 3 Now Available for Pre-Order!
In another exciting development, Nonlocal Science Fiction Magazine Issue #3 is now available for pre-order on Amazon, in anticipation of its September 15th release.
But wait – that’s not all! In addition, all next week (Sunday the 6th through Saturday the 12th), Issues 1 & 2 will be marked down 67% to $.99 each.
The promotional period is a fantastic chance to catch up with this great new publication. And before you ask – no, no stories of mine are published in Issue 3. My enthusiasm is entirely based on my reading experience.