My first foray into sci-fi ventures into the world of the Eclipse Phase roleplaying game, a dark future where humanity has transcended the bonds of flesh and where what used to be humans are stranger than any aliens. My story in this anthology, “Stray Thoughts,” follows a Hawaiian detective and her sex-worker son on a missing persons case set upon the most deplorable of Venus’s various aerostat-cities. It’s a story of old hurts, belonging, and deals with the devil, with some pretty strong LGBTQ elements. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the physical malleability of characters in this setting, virtual mindscapes, electronic ghosts, a sassy call-guy, and a relentlessly snarky mom-son detective duo. I’m also delighted to see that so many readers seem to enjoy the story’s first line: “Kindly get out of my son.”
Editor Jaym Gates and the whole crew at Posthuman Studios are easily among the 1% of the world’s most delightful people and working with them was an absolute joy. I’m just digging into the other stories in the book, and so far they’re ranging from fantastically creepy to absolute mindfucks. So I’m totally loving them!