Chemists Writing Science Fiction

Jon Evans, an author and essayist, did an article on chemists writing science fiction for Chemistry World, one of the premier science magazines in the UK, published and owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He included me as one of the chemists!

To see the article, click here. It looks like it’s paywalled, but it’s not. At the bottom, it has an option for a free subscription if you register with them.

I hope you enjoy it!

Chapters 8 and 9 of the revised The Quantum Rose

I’ve posted chapters 8 and 9 of the revised The Quantum Rose on my Patreon page.

Also, here are links to the previous chapters.

Chapter One:
Chapter Two:
Chapter Three:
Chapter Four:
Chapter Five:
Chapter Six and Seven:

Art Credit : Poster Foundry, “Multicolored Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) on Canadian Forest”

My Boskone Schedule

I’m excited! I will be appearing at Boskone this weekend.
To see my schedule click here.

Friday night (tonight) 9:30 pm EST, Feb 12, 2021 (1 hour)

Saturday night, 7:00 pm EST, Feb 13, 2021 (1 hour)

I’m really looking forward to the con. I was their Hal Clement Science Speaker at Boskone 55, and I’d gone to various Boskone as a panelist in previous years. The nice part about doing cons on virtual platforms instead of in person is that folks like myself can participate from almost anywhere. Yay! I get to see many old friends, and I hope news ones as well.

Friday night (tonight) 9:30 pm EST, Feb 12, 2021
PANELISTS: Catherine Asaro, Cory Doctorow, Beth Meacham, Eric Nunnally, Walter John Williams

DESCRIPTION: It’s easy to dismiss the radical predictions cyberpunk stories made about cyberspace in the 21st century. How far off were they really? Video conferencing, virtual and augmented reality, gaming, online education, the Internet of Things. Let’s look at how far the web, AI, and information technology have come, and speculate about where it’s all going. Will the future be singular and pluralistic? VIDEO: This item will be recorded and available for viewing by Boskone 58 registrants through the end of February. Go to the item in the schedule for the link to the recording.

Saturday night, 7:00 pm EST, Feb 13, 2021 (1 hour)
PANELISTS: David Brin and Catherine Asaro

DESCRIPTION: We will each have half an hour to read from our work.

The Quantum Rose, Chapter 4

I’ve posted Chapter 4 of The (new) Quantum Rose on my patreon. I’m revising the whole book in preparation for its re-release. It’s here:

This is the book that won the Nebula. Its first half is a bit like a science fiction retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

The picture below is similar to the palace in the book, though that one is in the mountains.

Art Credit:

The palace in this picture is a real place. The first time I went there, during a trip to San Francisco, I stood with my mouth open in amazement. It was like seeing a place out of a fantasy I’d imagined come to real life. The palace I describe in TQR is based on the ancient Maya palaces, but with changes to fit the thousands of years evolution in the story. This picture actually comes fairly close, though it doesn’t have the Maya influence. Also, the water in this picture would be a plaza in the story.

New Cover for The City of Cries?

My eBook publisher likes some of the covers I designed, so they asked if I might do the cover for The City of Cries. I’ve put up all six covers from books that illustrate “The City of Cries” on my Patreon page, and we’re discussing what people like, don’t like, what works, what doesn’t work, and so on. If you are on Patreon, or feel inclined to become one of my patrons, I’d really appreciate your input! Here is the link. 

The picture shows the cover my e-publisher designed (which I think looks fine). That’s the one they asked if I could consider doing something new.

The Quantum Rose, Chapter III

I’ve put up chapter III of The (new) Quantum Rose on my Patreon page:

I hope to get all of the chapters posted for patrons in the next few months, before the rewritten book goes on sale as an eBook. The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award.

Art credits: Prince Havyrl:
This one comes from a character I found on the con myth fandom wiki. He looks like the character Prince Havyrl in The Quantum Rose, but he is actually a character called Triston Matthews III in the game. For more details on the game and the character(s), see the details at the site and on the pictures itself. They have a lot of great stuff there!

Kamoj Argali. Desktop wallpaper. I couldn’t find the artist name, but if anyone knows, please post!

SFFcon Starts Today!

SFFcon is almost upon us! My panels below


Saturday, Nov 7, at 2 PM PST, or 9 PM GMT
YouTube Link

Sunday, Nov 8, at 2 PM PST, or 9 PM GMT
YouTube Link


How do you integrate science into your science fiction writing? This panel will discuss the most important things to keep in mind when taking scientific concepts and adapting them to fit in a fictitious setting.

Panelists: Lisa Richman (moderator), A.G. Riddle, Catherine Asaro, Gerald M. Kilby

Sunday, Nov 8, at 2 PM PST, or 9 PM GMT

There’s “science in your science fiction” and then there’s “HardSF”. What makes for true HardSF books and shows versus handwavium?

Panelists: Lisa Richman (moderator), Stephanie Osborn, Catherine Asaro, Gerald M. Kilby

The (new) Quantum Rose, Chapter Two

I’ve posted Chapter Two of The (new) Quantum Rose on my Patreon page.
You can find it here:

The original The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award for Best novel.

Again, I’d like to invite comments, suggestions, and general editorial input on the writing.

Here are the first few paragraphs of the chapter.

Catherine Asaro

The Offer
Incoming Wave

Jul, the sun, had sunk behind the trees by the time Kamoj and Lyode walked around the last bend of the road, into view of Argali House. Seeing her home, Kamoj’s spirits lifted.

Legend claimed the house had once been luminescent pearl, all one surface with no seams. According to the temple scholar, who could read bits of the ancient codices, the ancients had grown Argali House in a huge vat of liquid, on a framework of machines called nanobots, which supposedly were so tiny you couldn’t see them even with a magnifying glass. After these little machines completed the house, supposedly they simply swam away and fell apart.

Kamoj smiled. Absurdities filled the old scrolls. During one of her visits to Ironbridge about ten years ago, Jax had shown her one in his library. It stated Balumil, the world, went around Jul in an “elliptical orbit” and rotated around a tilted axis. This tilt, and their living here in the north, purportedly explained why the nights lasted such a short time in summer and went on for so long in winter, fifty-five hours of darkness at the solstice, leaving only five hours of sunlight …

Art Credit: Elena Dudina: