PAUL CARLSON'S WRITING
Included here are descriptions of my three science fiction novels, plus links to a growing list of published short stories. They are presented for your enjoyment. Some are freely available to read, some for download from Smashwords, while others can be found in print magazines and anthologies.
I have stories in three anthologies from the famously quirky Yard Dog Press. Give them a look!
(Many of YDP's titles are now available via Smashwords, and for the Kindle.)
My newest writing venture is also my first into the horror genre. 18 Wheels of Horror is an anthology with eighteen short stories, many by well-known authors. I came to the project too late to offer a story, so Big Time Books asked me to write the forward.
(This book, all by itself, has more than doubled the number of stories in the trucking-horror subgenre.)
"Cold Beach" is set in the same 'future history' as my robot-trucker stories in Analog magazine, however it's much darker in tone. (It's not strictly related, but has crossover elements.)
Thanks to Title Goes Here for publishing it in the November 2011 issue their new online edition.
(Apparently this ezine has gone off line. I will transfer this story to my Smashwords page.)
David Bartell and I penned a silly flash-fiction piece titled "Science Blitz." (We met via Analog magazine, and he's gone on to appear in numerous science-related TV shows.)
Many thanks to Norm Sperling and the Journal of Irreproducable Results for publishing such an odd sports-meets-science tale.
It was fun to write, and even before going to the printer, became the subject of a strange (and perhaps irreproducable) incident at Westercon in San Jose. As reported by participant Marty Halpern:
Conjuring Norm Sperling at Westercon
I have four robot-trucker stories in Analog magazine.
They are "Shotgun Seat," "Rule Book," "Crooks," and "Silent Mode." Hopefully, with several more to follow.
(A short Probability Zero story, "All Too Human," appears in the Dec. 2014 issue.)
My story "Mirror Girl" appeared in the Fourth Quarter 2009 edition of the fine ezine Abyss & Apex. It's set in the same basic future-history as my Analog stories, and relates closely to my novel Distant Origins. ("Mirror Girl" has received an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 27th Edition.)
I've posted it via Smashwords, in several handy formats for a modest sum. Better still, the story is now available as part of the anthology The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume Two, in print or for download.
The popular ezine Bewildering Stories helped launch my career, by posting a lighthearted flash-fic piece titled "Only Human" in their issue #220. Later they followed up with a (somewhat controversial) short story, "Santayana Station," in issue #369.
(These two stories can also be downloaded free, in a variety of formats, from my main Smashwords page.)
I've appeared in two issues of Sentinel Science Fiction. Lou Antonelli honored me with a spot in issue #1, with a serious time travel story titled "Cavers." I was also in issue #5, with a humorous flash-fic piece titled "Spin." (Unfortunately, Sentinal SF went off line several years ago.)
I'm now offering these 'missing' stories directly, via Smashwords, so they're available in a variety of ebook formats.
("Spin" right now, and perhaps "Cavers" when I get it polished up.)
Spin via Smashwords
Fall and Rise is an anthology from Whortleberry Press. My story "Journey" shares this collection with offerings from Robert Sawyer, Phillis Gotlieb, Jay Lake, and several other SF professionals.
This story features Claude Dremmel and Doll Box. It's the first of my robot-trucker stories to appear in print, though the events depicted take place several years later than those in "Shotgun Seat."
This unusual anthology, titled SF Waxes Philosophical, was edited by Ahmed Khan, who also created Fall and Rise. My story reprint "Waveform" shares this collection with offerings from Michael Bishop, Steven Utley, Ted Kosmatka, and more. (Please contact Mr. Khan directly to obtain a copy.)
The September 2012 issue of Surprising Stories has my short story "Conspiracy Theory," followed two issues later by "Serendipity."
They're both rather strange horror-ish tales, and the action takes place entirely at a dinner table. (Note: as their back issues aren't always posted, I have added both stories to my Smashwords offerings.)
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Their May 2006 issue featured my flash fiction SF story "Waveform." As the magazine no longer has that issue posted, I have offered a revised version via Smashwords. That way, it's downloadable via a large variety of ebook formats.
Waveform via Smashwords
A brief biographical note:
I've been a science fiction fan my entire life. Some of the first things I
can remember reading were my mother's SF paperbacks, and my fascination has only
grown. I began writing decades ago, with a couple of short stories, never published.
Then I began to write long letters and opinion columns, in addition to nonfiction articles.
After devouring hundreds of SF titles I caught the "Hey, I Could Do This"
bug, and started writing Descending Star. Several authors, most notably Poul
Anderson, were very encouraging. This manuscript began as an 8000 word short story,
and when I realized it could be a novel, it grew to 80,000 words before I'd stopped
for a breather.
After a long and complicated course, which you probably don't want to hear about,
I ended up with a rewritten first novel and a completed second one, titled
I'm about three-quarters done with a third manuscript, titled Roshanna.
All three novels are 'hard' SF, and have crossover characters. I have
plans for several more. My robot-trucker series in Analog, and "Mirror Girl" in Abyss & Apex, and (distantly) "Cold Beach" in Title Goes Here, are set in the same general future-history. (Publishers, editors, and agents, by all means, do take note.)
As a professional truck driver, I've always been interested in the meeting of that realm with science fiction. Few truckers are active as writers, much less as webmasters; and few speculative fiction tales involve trucking.
On a whim I began to list the handful of stories I knew about. Friends on line suggested others, so the list has grown to about thirty titles. Out of tens of thousands of spec-fic titles, that's not many! (If you include all 'blue collar' occupations, they're still rare.)
Several ladies on a Romance forum helped me find a handful of Trucker Romance tales. I also found a very few Mystery and Young Adult books, etc.
Here's my Trucker Themed Fiction list.
Interested? Please email me via, cuebon /at/ aol /dot/ com and be sure to make your subject line distinct
(Sorry, no 'auto click' link, because they attract spam.)
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