Aliens, lonely AIs, and what else I have been up to

Hello, cyberspace wanderers! I hope that everyone is well and managing to stay one step ahead of the global pandemic. The current situation feels unreal, yet to me, as a science fiction author, there is something awfully familiar about it – and I bet that many of you perceive it the same way.

Anyway, it has been a while since I posted anything here so I figured that an update, albeit a brief one, was due. At the moment, I am working on two projects, one of which is a novelette featuring our good ol’ R. M. Holler (you may remember him from Making Your Own Luck and Reunion). As for upcoming publications, I have three short stories lined up to appear in print (or online) so far: the first one in June in Bewildering Stories; the rest later this year in XB-1, the Czech magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. You guessed right, I wrote those two stories in my native language which proved to be harder than I thought it would be, let me tell you, but more on that (sometime) later!

At the beginning of this month, a short story of mine entitled “Of Ships, Crews And Chance Encounters” appeared in Theme of Absence. This is my fifth publication in the venue. The piece features a somewhat sentient ship that is forced to confront the reality of suddenly losing her entire crew. The way she does just that might surprise you… but that’s all I will tell you about it. Read it, think about it, and let me know in the comments whether or not it was your cup of coffee. Btw. you can also take a look at an external review – many thanks to 9siduri for a thoughtful analysis!

Last week, my flash fiction “Malfunction” (published in AntipodeanSF in January 2019) was featured in one of the latest episodes of the AntipodeanSF Radio Show called Altdorfer. All props to the hosts – they did an amazing job narrating it!

Since this is slowly turning into a long-winded essay, I’ll stop here.

Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you soon(-ish)!

ML

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