My New Droid

I got back yesterday from five days in Disneyland. It’s changed a bit since I was there last. Star Tours has been completely re-done (the old pilots now sit like taxidermy trophies in crates in the queuing area). But what hasn’t changed is that after the ride, you get dumped out in the the Star Trader gift shop.

Well, Star Trader had something I’d never seen before: something called “Build Your Own Droid,” where you can take different heads, bodies, legs, and (believe it or not) mouse ears, and create your very own R2 unit action figure.

Well, I just had to share my own, less-than-authorized, creation:  Continue reading

“Birth of a Pantheon”

I signed the contract today, so I think it’s safe to announce this. I’m going to have a short story, “Birth of a Pantheon,” in an exciting new anthology called Touching the Face of the Cosmos: The Roots and Future of Human Space Exploration in Religion edited by Paul Levinson and Michael Waltemathe. “Birth of a Pantheon” is one of my Venus stories, set in the same universe as “Pressure and the Argument Tree,” but decades earlier, and I’m thrilled it’s going to be sneaking out into world.  Continue reading