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.
--Weredragons of Mars--
I wrote this story in an attempt to poke gentle fun at the 'tropes' of SF, fantasy, and horror. And in the story title, I tried to include elements of all three of these sub-genres of speculative fiction.
The story also tries to extrapolate on the future evolution of the English language. Many of my stories concern the nature of language.
Weredragons appeared first in Baen's Universe, June 2007.
--Concentration of Dogs--
This story of dogs working in concert appeared in the on-line magazine, Baen's Universe, in August 2007. I'm not sure that the tale isn't as much horror as SF.
The indefinite ending of the tale suggested to me that it should be longer—so I wrote a novel of the same name which takes the story to a conclusion.
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.