“Life From the Sky” in the May/June issue of Asimov’s magazine

My novelette “Life From the Sky” appears in the May/June 2018 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. I’m excited to be there along with some of my favorite authors.

You can subscribe to print and electronic editions at the Asimov’s website and at Amazon. Individual copies are on sale now at fine bookstores and are available at some public libraries.

The story is set in the here and now. What if alien life forms landed on Earth? What would we do?

Here are the opening paragraphs:

LifeFromTheSky opening paragraphs.jpg


2 thoughts on ““Life From the Sky” in the May/June issue of Asimov’s magazine

  1. Just finished this story. I’ve got to admit, you had me at “Thornton Beach,” a State Beach known mostly to long time locals of Daly City, where it’s located. I also thought “Olaf” was a nice touch. And your geographical descriptions are pretty accurate, almost as if you’ve lived here.

    I appreciated how the scientists didn’t have all the answers and that Audrey felt that she was too nice and, therefore, being overlooked. Thanks for not making Kymbrea a bitch, but someone who actually cared about those who worked for her, even if they were freelancers, hired for a specific job. I get tired of women who are portrayed as “hard-asses,” for no particular reason. I’ve worked for my share of bastards and bitches, but most of my bosses have been decent people and it’s nice to see them portrayed that way.

    “Media intoxication” is here and I think it began with cheap, portable videocameras. I watched people at Disneyland, for example, documenting their children at the park, but not participating in the experience. That phenomenon is worse now, with cell phones and tablets and immediate posting to the internet–as though if the experience isn’t captured and posted on social media, it didn’t happen.

    Thank you for the thought-provoking story (which I read in the “dead tree” edition. 😉)


  2. Thank you! I’ve never lived in San Francisco, but I have visited and tried to keep my eyes open.
    I tried to at least touch on several ideas in the story, one of them that in real life, people are generally pretty nice, but that once they are mediated — once something comes between themselves and other human beings — people can start to act as if the other person doesn’t really exist. That may be why people are so eager to document their experiences, to try to prove they do exist. In the end, as I say in the story, this isn’t always working out well.
    Thanks again!


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