August 25th, 2011


The Silence of the Avatar: In Her Image

Over on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, I've let it be known that my short story "In Her Image" (Analog, October 2002) has been reprinted in the collection Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is available from Apex Publications as a digital download for only $2.99. The book contains eighteen stories by a variety of authors associated with Apex, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

I'm also pleased to be able to bring further attention to "In Her Image."

In 2009, Hugo-nominated fan writer Steven H Silver, who edits the Hugo-nominated fanzine Argentus, asked several authors the following question: "Which story have you published which seems to have disappeared without a trace?" I immediately thought of "In Her Image" and wrote a short essay explaining where the story came from and what it was about. Up until now, that essay, "The Silence of the Avatar," has only been available in Argentus 9 (and still is if you wish to download the issue).

However, as an enticement to get people to consider downloading Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy, and with Steven's permission, I've decided to reproduce the essay below. If, after reading the essay, you'd like to read the story, you know what to do.

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