I made my first professional rate short story sale last year, and the anthology it appears in is now out in print and ebook forms. The anthology is GALACTIC GAMES, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and published by Baen. The theme is “science fiction sports stories,” including both currently real sports adapted to SF settings as well as completely new sports invented by the authors. The author line-up includes luminaries like George RR Martin, Seanan McGuire, Robert Silverberg, Todd McCafferey, Mercedes Lackey, Beth Cato … and little ol’ me.
My story, “Stress Cracks,” is about a young star athlete, the “face of his sport,” whose family history threatens to overshadow his athletic accomplishments. The sport he’s the face of? Downhill Figure Skating. (Picture standard figure-skating combined with freestyle skiing, on icy (instead of snowy) mountains.)