E-Robot Science Fiction presents short fiction by award-winning author, Carl Frederick. These tales are offered two at a time for the 'pulp era' price of ninety-nine cents.
--This Little World--
This is part of a series of stories taking place in a space station. The other stories are 'The Spacemice Incident' and 'General Tso's Chicken'.
The story is about a film company shooting part of a motion picture on the station, and a Shakespearian actor involved in the shoot. There's a lot of Shakespeare in this story—maybe too much. The title is taken from the 'This royal throne of kings' monologue in Richard II.
The story was first published in Analog SF magazine in 2005.
--The Study of Ants--
Some biologists have suggested that a swarm of ants could well be considered a single organism. That notion is used in this story where a colony of leaf-cutter ants is trained to act as a computer. After writing the first draft, I found that leaf-cutters didn't have stingers (and the bad-guy in the story got stung a lot). I could have switched to another species of ant, but I'd already read a big book about leaf-cutters. So I rewrote the story.
Carl Frederick is a theoretical physicist. After a post-doc at NASA and a stint at Cornell University, he left theoretical astrophysics and his first love, quantum relativity theory (a strange first love, perhaps) in favor of hi-tech industry.
He invented the first commercial digital modem, and Venture Capital moved him and his company to Boston. Soon though, tired of being a Lance-corporal of industry, he moved back home to be Chief Scientist of a small company doing AI software.
While keeping his hand in theoretical physics, he decided he'd like to write a more overt form of Science Fiction and so attended the Odyssey Writers Workshop. Subsequently, he took a first place in the Writers of the Future contest.
He is predominately a short story writer, having sold a couple of stories each to Asimov's and Baen's Universe, and over thirty-five to Analog. Details at his website, www.frithrik.com
He has two grown children and shares his house with a pet robot and a cat. For recreation, he fences epee, learns languages, and plays the bagpipes. He lives in rural, Ithaca, New York. And rural is good if you play the bagpipes.
He has since returned to his aforementioned first love.