“Guard Dog” now out in Space Battles, plus two interviews with The Host

I’ve got a new interview out today. Writer (and friend) Alex J. Kane was kind enough to hit me with some very good questions. Since being nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Campbell awards, I’ve had a number of invitations to do such interviews. Sometimes the questions are general, and you can’t really give much more than a few sentences. Sometimes the questions really make you think. Alex’s were of the latter variety — truly thought provoking — enough so that I stayed up way past my bed time to answer them. Click here to read the whole thing. Thanks, Alex, for the chance to do a little pontificating about how I write what I write, and why.

Also fresh to the market is editor and writer (and friend!) Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s anthology Space Battles, a rock-em-sock-em book with a bevy of talent in it. This is the latest in the Full-Throttle Space Tales series from Flying Pen Press. My friend and collaborator Alastair Mayer had a story in Full-Throttle Space Tales #4: Space Horrors, so I am proud to be joining him in this delightful series. Mike Resnick and I co-wrote “Guard Dog” last summer. I am rather pleased with this short story. All credit to Mike for the ending. Also, my friend (and fellow Utahn) Jaleta Clegg has a story in it too. I love sharing tables-of-contents with my buddies.

See the anthology cover and the blurb below. Click the links for either Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com to get your copy!

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Red alert! Battle stations! Incoming enemy craft! Come join the fight against all odds to protect life, liberty and property in the far reaches of space. You and a few loyal crew members have one choice: fight or die together. The outcome depends on your skills, your speed and your wits, because your craft alone won’t be enough.

Would a sentient ship sacrifice itself to save its occupants? Would you risk your life to save those who arrested you and scheduled you for trial? Is there redemption for a failed soldier leading a ragtag crew? These questions and more lie at the heart of this collection: seventeen such tales of soldiers, pirates, smugglers, miners and civilians in over their head against both known and unknown enemies.

With brand new tales from Hugo and Nebula winner Mike Resnick, Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell nominee Brad R. Torgersen, Philip K. Dick Award nominee Jean Johnson, and Hugo nominee Patrick Hester, this collecton also includes tales from David Lee Summer, C.J. Henderson, Matthew Cook, Jaleta Clegg and nine more authors.

Also, please check out the Functional Nerds podcast interview I did with Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jean Johnson. It was a fun interview, and both Patrick Hester and John Anaelio were gracious in having the three of us “on the air” as it were. I did radio back in the day — I love podcasts as a result! Jean was a peach. I hope I get to meet her at a con some time.


4 thoughts on ““Guard Dog” now out in Space Battles, plus two interviews with The Host

  1. Collaborating with Larry Niven… Now you’re just trying to push my buttons, aren’t you?


  2. Thanks for the shout out, Brad. I’m looking forward to reading “Guard Dog”. I think I see a few other names I recognize in there too other than the obvious; your other collaborator. 🙂

  3. Hey, Brad, just read your interview at Jim Hines’s place, too! I’m wondering if you need to revise this post: https://bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/the-value-of-writers-of-the-future-looking-back-at-my-time-with-the-contest/. Given your results since then, I think maybe you underestimated the value. All credit to you for grabbing the opportunities and running with them and generating more; but the Brad who wrote that post had no idea how big those opportunities were going to be!

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