Sunday, August 19, 2012

Publication day

Subscribers to Daily Science Fiction are receiving my story "30 Pounds of Human Tissue" in their e-mail boxes today. Nonsubscribers will be able to read the story next week when it goes up on the DSF website.

Some background on how this story came about: A friend and fellow writer, Dustin Adams, posed a challenge a few months ago that we both write and submit a flash story every month. This was the second story I wrote as part of that challenge, and DSF was the first place I submitted it. As for the idea itself, like many of my story ideas, I can't pinpoint one thing that sparked it. But I love robots and I love children, and so putting them together seemed to make sense.

18 comments:

clasqm said...

Brilliant. Whether you consciously intended it or not, this story is a beautiful rejoinder to James Blish's classic "The Cold Equations". Well done.

clasqm said...

Correction to my own post: Tom Godwin, not James Blish. Note to self: First check data, then post comments.

Asakiyume said...

Great story! I very much liked the bot's problem solving.

Brandon Stenger said...

Loved the story! Congrats on your publication!

Michael A. Burstein said...

I really liked this story.

Travis Holmes said...

Great story, I really enjoyed it.

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Jo said...

I just received your story in my inbox, and was immediately hooked onto your story! That was very creative, wonderfully written, and I think the numerical factors and bot's databases added very engaging touches. I feared that the little girl was going to die, so when I got to the ending, I was so happy!

Congrats on your publication. Daily Science Fiction made the right choice to do so! :)

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Michael Haynes said...

Nicely done, Jennifer! Congratulations on the publication at Daily Science Fiction and good luck with your future writing!

Julia said...

Really good story on DSF today. Have you considered creating a script version? This would make a cool animated short.

Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD said...

Your story read like one that Asimov might have written and included in I Robot. 7 rocket-dragons :)

Nicki Ivey said...

I have very strong feelings about the story that you wrote for DSF today. One, I liked it. On the other hand, I'm angry with it because I finished it desperately needing to know A) why the girl was in the pod; B) why no one else has ever been in a pod; and C) what happened to her mommy! So it's safe to say I would love to read more. :)

Beam Me Up said...

Hi Jennifer
Just read 30lb of Human Flesh on DSF. I liked it.
I host a weekly program on our local radio station WRFR lp/fm (wrfr.org)where I talk about science and science fiction. Given time I like to also read some short stories. I would really like to read this story some time in the future when it becomes available. Thanks for your time
Paul Cole
WRFR lp/fm in Rockland Maine usa
Beam Me Up podcast (beammeuppodcast.com)

Kara Ashley Dey said...

Nice! Enjoyed this one, delivered to my inbox today.
Kara

widdershins said...

Just read your story on DSF ... nicely done!

Jim said...

"30 Pounds of Human Tissue" is a great piece, Jennifer. Well-written with just the right ending!

deek3m said...

"30 Pounds of Human Tissue" -- Loved it. :)

Walt Socha said...

Just read "30 pounds of Human Tissue." Loved it.