Last spring sometime I got this wonderful invite from editor Kerrie Hughes to be in an anthology called “Westward Weird.” Right up my sweet spot for writing, since I am from the west and write science fiction and have even written western novels along the way.
So I took a break from writing the challenge stories and a novel I was working on and did the story in this book called “Maybe Another Time.” It is set in a mine above the old Idaho ghost town of Silver City, Idaho. It turned out to be one of the origin stories for my jukebox series, something I had been trying to come up with for almost twenty years.
(No jukebox in the story, but those of you who have read a number of jukebox stories will see the origin aspects clearly.)
Also with my story in this volume are stories by Jay Lake, Larry D. Sweazy, Anton Strout, Seanan McGuire, Brenda Cooper, Christopher McKitterick, Steven Saus, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jennifer Brozek, J. Steven York, Jeff Mariotte, and Jody Lyn Nye. Great reading, folks.
And as a side story, a few of the challenge stories from last year were also set in Silver City, one in the same mine that’s in this story. Kris and I this summer, on the way to the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno rented a Jeep and tried to make it into Silver City from the Oregon side of the mountains.
We didn’t make it, and Kris has yet another tale to tell about me taking her into the Idaho wilderness and getting into some sort of trouble.