Writers generally get little to no feedback from their readers and I am no different. Feel free to talk about anything on this site or about SF in general. I’d love to start a conversation and see where it might lead.

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  1. Doug Loss says:


    First, let me apologize for this “cold contact.” I was just at LibertyCon in Chattanooga and was speaking to another member of Sigma, and he suggested that I should look at the membership of Sigma and inform anyone there who might be interested in our organization about our upcoming symposium. Since I’m fairly convinced that everyone in the SF community would be interested in us if they knew about us, I’m sending this to every member I could easily find an email address for. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

    I’m the registrar for TVIW, the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. We hold symposia every 18 months, and have been doing so since 2011. The next symposium will be in Huntsville, AL, October 3-6. We have a strong schedule of scientific papers being presented, seminars on various topics, panel discussions, and interactive working track investigations. We’re partnering with Starship Century and the Tau Zero Foundation to present detailed, accurate, and up-to-date looks at all aspects of interstellar investigation.

    The first day of our symposium will be opened by Pete Worden, the Executive Director of the Breakthrough Initiatives, and will feature the first (I believe) detailed public description of the Breakthrough efforts, by the Breakthrough investigators themselves.

    The second day will be opened by Mark Millis, the founder of the Tau Zero Foundation, and will include talks about their efforts as well as papers from other researchers from around the world.

    The third day will be organized by TVIW ourselves, and will include papers from NASA researchers as well as a briefing from Rep. John Culberson of Texas, chair of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds NASA.

    You can look at our website,, for more information and details about our organization.

    We would welcome your participation, and certainly would look forward to seeing you! If you know of anyone else for which this symposium would be a good fit, please forward this invitation to them also. (Oh, and please apologize to any Sigma members I didn’t figure out how to contact who might be interested in this. I really am trying to get to everyone!)

    Doug Loss
    Registrar, TVIW 2017
    (865) 238-0745

  2. Dave Creek says:

    Bud, I just started your new collection and really enjoyed “Astronomic Distance Geologic Time.” Very much in the Clarke or Stapledon vein, which we don’t see enough of these days.

    Great to see you at the Nebs, and I look forward to next year!

  3. admin says:


    Regarding my poor German – blame Google translate: the most I could ever do was order a beer and get gas (for the car, not because of the beer.)

  4. Viktoria says:

    Hello Bud, just read your short story “Causes and Effects” on Daily Science Fiction. A highly intelligent and enjoyable read. The German phrases thrown in amused me especially, though might I just niggle a little there? It’s “Bierstube” not “beir stuben” and “Das Unmögliche (or Unmoegliche, if your keyboard doesn’t do umlaute) kann nicht bewiesen wErden” rather than “Das Unmogliche kann nicht bewiesen warden.” Just to give your story that little extra polish.
    Thanks for a great story! And best regards from Germany.

  5. Bud, I enjoyed the panel you conducted at BALTICON a couple of weeks ago. The topic was “lost technologies,” or “forgotten technologies.” I was particularly intrigued by your mention of the Antikythera Mechanism and Hero’s toy steam engine. I have written short stories about each of them–“Wheels of Heaven” and “The Wind-Sphere Ship” respectively, both available at Gypsy Shadow Publishing at

    The discussion during that panel was far-ranging and intriguing, and I wanted to thank you for a very enjoyable hour.

  6. admin says:

    A more detailed description of the Jovian industrialization appears in my latest book DISTANT SEAS. You are not the first to suggest I write a story about sailing on Titan, but thanks anyway.

  7. Dan says:

    I stumbled across your story “The Ice Dragon’s Song” as a link from the Wikipedia article on Europa. It was only a fragment, and I bought the book from Amazon because I just had to know how Paul managed to get out of the desperate fix he was in ! Personally I think the overall premise is sound in terms of technology, but it is unlikely that the Jovian system will ever be economically important. The radiation is too strong and the gravity well too deep. Paul’s story would be more practical on Saturn’s moon Titan. I can just imagine him steering a boat through a storm on the liquid ethane lake of Kraken Mare, or flying an autogyro through the dense atmosphere.

  8. Phyllis Davidson says:

    Hi Bud, I am a fan and regular Analog reader – I also work in high tech marketing at Oracle corporation. Imagine my surprise the evening of the day that I participated in a meeting with one of our executives pondering the undiscovered power of our embedded Java technology, or “device to data center” story, when I powered up my Kindle and chose your story, “The Snack.” You have no idea just how frighteningly close we are to doing all the things that happen in “the Snack” by embedding intelligent sensors in every aspect of our lives! I would love to find a way to share your story with my colleagues, but can’t figure out how to share it via my Kindle and I haven’t seen an actual print issue of Analog in years! Do you have idea of how I can get a single copy of your story to share? I’m happy to pay for it, I just don’t want to try and share the whole issue. Anyway, thanks for a great read!

    –Phyllis Davidson, Senior Director, Global Integrated Marketing, Oracle

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