JAMES PYLES TAKES OVER THE BLOG TODAY. JAMES HAS STORIES THAT HAVE BENE ACCEPTED INTO PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: MARS AND PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: SOL. TODAY HE WILL TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS JOURNEY TO THE SERIES AND HIS STORY THAT APPEARS IN MARS.
I’m thrilled that my short story “The Three Billion Year Love” was accepted into the Tuscany Bay Books Planetary Anthology Mars. I wrote an earlier version of the story on my blog shortly after the death of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher (the protagonist’s wife is named after her). This was at a point in my life that, for a variety of reasons, I was wanting to be able to retreat from humanity.
I wrote “Billion,” in part, as wish fulfillment, since the character Juan Villanueva, ends up living on the planet Mars totally alone (or so he thinks) three billion years in the past. Of course, like a lot of my stories, as various anthologies posted open submissions, I thought this one would be a terrific addition to someone’s collection. The publishers I presented it to, up until Tuscany Bay, disagreed.
I was a little surprised, in fact, when Richard Paolinelli emailed me, saying it had been accepted. This happened only a few days after I sent it in, and it was a real shot in the arm. I’m also excited, because of the two stories (so far) that have been accepted into the Planetary Anthology (the other tale will be published in Sol), this one will be featured in the second edition of Mars, and, to the best of my understanding, is only one of two short stories that has been added to that edition.
Ever since I first heard of Superversive Press,” I’ve wanted to have at least one of my missives published by them, so this is something of a milestone for me. I know that the planet Mars is probably one of the most popular destinations in the history of science fiction, so writing a truly unique tale about the Red Planet is difficult. I hope that my digging into the distant past of Mars, and framing it against the grief of a widowed genius and innovator captures the hearts and imaginations of the readers.
My thanks to Richard, and to the anthology editor Lucca DeJardins, for kindly accepting my short story “The Three Billion Year Love.” The book comes out August 18, 2020, and is available for pre-order at Amazon now.
– JAMES PYLES
James is a published Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Technical Writer. He currently has several short stories published in anthologies and is working on his first full-length novel. You can find out more about him on his blog: Powered By Robots.
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