Over the three years or so since I first discovered Residential Aliens, there have been a few authors I’ve particularly enjoyed. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they tend to make repeat appearances. Lyn recognizes quality, and writers enjoy working with him. They know he’ll take good care of their stories.
T.M. Hunter – Aston West is a smuggler with a conscience, traveling from one adventure to the next, one step ahead of the authorities and his less-than-scrupulous customers. West is a lovable rogue, in the Han Solo mold, and Jeannie, his shipboard AI, is the ultimate Girl Friday. Fun stories with moral issues gently and thoughtfully intertwined. This month’s offering, “Some Assembly Required,” is a perfect example.
Walt Staples – Walt favors military-flavored SF, and this ex-Marine takes the Devil Dogs and other like-minded troopers to all sorts of places they’ve never been before, with plenty of laughs along the way. For a sample, try “Tarzan at the Earth’s Corps,” but drinking soda, milk, coffee, etc., while reading is not recommended.
Shaun Duke – His fantasy-mystery two-parter, “To Paint the Kingdom Red,” features a heroine with synaesthesia–she perceives others’ emotional states as color. The young courtier finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to overthrow her kingdom. A fascinating premise, skillfully executed. Part 1 Part 2
And, I’ll conclude with some shameless self-promotion. As Becky Miller noted in her Day 1 post, if I didn’t like my own stories, how could I expect anybody else to? Magical beekeepers, quilting parties with a twist, nuns in space, and more–you can find my contributions to Residential Aliens here and here.
CSFF Tour Bloggers:
Thomas Clayton Booher
CSFF Blog Tour
Carol Bruce Collett
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller