"Heaven's Touch" in the August 2012 Asimov's Science Fiction

Asimovs0812My novelette "Heaven's Touch" has been published in the August 2012 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. Subscribers are now receiving their copies and the issue should be in stores in the next week or so.

"Heaven's Touch" is a hard science fiction story set on a comet in the near future; the main character, Dusty Waylons, is an astronaut fighting both for her own survival and to save Earth. Dusty also starred in my first Analog story "Where Away You Fall," which is available here as a free PDF download. While "Where Away You Fall" works as a prequel to "Heaven's Touch," you don't have to read one to enjoy the other.

Thanks again to Sheila Williams at Asimov's for accepting the story and giving me some great feedback during the editing process. Being published in Asimov's means a great deal to me, as I rambled on about a while back.

And additional thanks to nuclear engineer Anthony Zuppero, who originally developed the idea of ice spaceships. When I was plotting out my story Anthony was kind enough to email back and forth with me on the iceship's technical aspects. Anthony is a fascinating man with some groundbreaking ideas on how humanity can expand into outer space.