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

We have a winner!

The Tuckerization contest has finished.

I’m pleased to announce that we have a winner for the Tuckerization contest I ran on my Patreon page. Gregory Mendell wins a free book of his choice from the Starflight Music and Books inventory. For more about the contest, see

Here are Gregory’s answers.
Aliana Miller, Carnelians
Pat Oey, The Bronze Skies
Duane Ebersole, The Bronze Skies
Jamie at 3 years old, Sunrise Alley

Jamie is actually my daughter, Catherine Cannizzo. In general with Tuckerizations, we’re expected to use the person’s name, but since she was a child at the time, I called her Jamie instead. That’s her in the pictures on this post.

In second place is Catherine Cannizzo, who got three of the Tuckerizations:

Here are Catherine’s answers:
Duane Ebersole, The Bronze Skies
Pat Oey, The Bronze Skies
Tim Oey, The Bronze Skies

She didn’t get herself in Sunrise Alley!

Some of the other Tuckerizations
Stephen Hughes, Sunrise Alley
Tide, Carnelians

To see more about the contest and read all the scenes with the various Tuckerizations, see the entry on my Patreon page at

The pictures below are of my daughter, “Jamie,” when she was the age of the character in the book.

Tuckerization Contest!

I’m running a Tuckerization contest on my Patreon page.

You may have heard the term before; Tuckerization is using the name of a real person as a character in a book. It comes from the author Wilson Tucker, a science fiction writer and prolific sf fan and editor, who often used the names of his friends for his characters.

Tuckerization may be a homage by the writer to a friend or fan. Which I’ve done. Writers sometimes donate them to charities, so whoever wins the auction for the Tuckerization gets to be in the author’s book. I’ve done a number that way, also. Someone may win them as part of a promotion or contest, like a reward in a Kickstarter campaign or a membership perk for a high level in a webzine subscription (Baen had a number of its authors participate in those, including myself). Or it could come about in another way.

Tuckerizations are usually cameos or small parts. However, they can be continuing if an author is writing a series. They are fun and a popular trope in science fiction.

So! In the next two weeks I’ll be posting scenes from various of my novels on my Patreon page. Out of all the scenes I post, four will involve Tuckerizations. If you are the first person to get all four, you can select any book or record you wish from the Starflight Music and Books catalogue and I will send it to you.

When you have all four, just post in the comments section on Patreon.

Three notes:

1. Not all the scenes I put up will have Tuckerizations. 

2. If the first person to get all four is one of the people Tuckerized, they still win the prize, but it will continue for everyone else until someone wins who isn’t in any of the scenes. So the contest will have more than one winner in that case. That’s because the person Tuckerized only has to figure out three of the four.

3. Starflight Music and Books currently doesn’t list the vintage record LPs in the catalogue. No worries! I will get those up before the contest finishes.

That’s it!

The first entry is from the book Carnelians. I’ve tried to pick scenes that are mostly self-contained.

Carnelians, by Catherine Asaro
From Chapters X and XI

“I’ve never been in the sky.” Aliana sat in the co-pilot’s chair, gazing out of the windshield … (To see the rest, visit my Patreon page.)

Aliana MIller Azine


Edit: I found this picture years ago on the web that looks like how I imagine the character Aliana, but I don’t know how to give it a gold tone for her skin. Anyone here know photoshop? Also, I found this picture years ago and I didn’t note the web site. If anyone sees it online, please let me know so I can give the artist proper credit. Thanks!

Tropical Storm Isais Defeated!

I’ve posted pictures of the downed trees and giant branches around our house from Isais. More details and a “travelogue” around the fall out are on my patreon page.

We’ve mostly defeated the storm. Our power is on, Internet is working, we’ve had someone out to fix the damage, and we’ve cleared out about 85% of the debris from all the fallen trees/branches on our property, which is now somewhat less foliated.

The pic below is a tree that fell near our house. The parts sticking up behind me are its branches. I’m standing in front of them, straight posture, and they reach a lot taller than me even though the tree is lying on its side. Also, that’s what I look like without make-up, if anyone cares. For more details and nine more pictures, see the patreon page.

Photo credit: Catherine Asaro 😀

Isais Paid A Visit …

We’re recovering here from the blast of tropical storm Isais. It didn’t dump all that much rain on Long island, but wow, the winds. Although they weren’t hurricane speed, apparently they came close.
Trees and power lines are down everywhere. I’m typing this from the local Starbucks, one of the few places in our area with both power and a working Internet connection. The power company tells me I won’t have power until Friday afternoon! We lost power yesterday, Tuesday, at about 2pm.
Photo 1, credit: Grant Parpan, Riverhead News-Review

Riverhead Isais Augest 4, 2020

Photo 2: Grumpy Cat. That’s how I felt when they told me I would be without power for four days. <grumble>

Grumpy Cat