For all those of you wondering when you’ll see my next published work, here’s the answer: within the next couple of weeks. That’s the estimated release for Riding the Red Horse, from Vox Day’s publishing company Castalia House. That’s the publisher of the sci-fi murder mystery Vox and I produced last year, Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted, and its accompanying novella, Quantum Mortis: Gravity Kills. Riding the Red Horse collects works from Castalia House’s superb lineup of authors, including Tom Kratman and John C. Wright.
The short fiction I wrote for this compilation is called Turncoat and follows the adventure of a self-aware machine intelligence that is caught in the middle of a burgeoning galactic war. It takes place in the Quantum Mortis universe several centuries prior to MCID Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower’s cases in A Man Disrupted and Gravity Kills, and not long after the tale of spy vs. spy Vox penned in A Programmed Mind. As a young teen, I was intrigued by the portrayal of Lt. Data by actor Brent Spiner on Star Trek: The Next Generation; stories about artificial intelligence searching for their spark of humanity are among the best science-fiction has to offer. In that spirit, when Vox contacted me about adding to the Quantum Mortis universe and said he was looking for something set in this time period, I was enthused.
You don’t need to have read Quantum Mortis to enjoy Turncoat — and the rest of Riding the Red Horse includes excellent work by myriad other authors — but I recommend at least reading A Mind Programmed to get a feel for the story world.
Stay tuned for more news regarding the release.