Friday, March 1, 2013
I just placed another story with Tales of the Talisman, which is a semi pro fiction magazine that comes out quarterly. The story was my fifth one involving Sarah Meadows of the Gompers Insurance Company. Another Sarah story was published previously in Tales of the Talisman a few years back. And the editor of that very magazine published Sarah stories in two anthologies: Space Pirates and Space Horrors. Anyway, I'm not sure if it means Sarah Meadows stories are pretty good or that particular editor just seems to like them.
This is straight up science fiction. In Sarah's world Mars is an independent republic with an uneasy relationship with Earth. She goes to work for the Gompers Insurance Company, which is kind of like Lloyds of London on steroids–very high risk insurer. On Sarah’s first day working there after graduating from the Martian School of Economics she gets signed up for weapons training.
Anyway, Sarah seems to fast becoming my franchise fiction character. There’s also an entire novel with her that’s floating around out there with an agent.
In the story for TOTT, which was just sold yesterday, a space station that’s been missing for 20 years suddenly returns–but things just don’t seem quite write to Sarah as she investigates the mystery involving the single largest underwriting loss in company history. Alas, this one won’t be out until next year. In the meantime, if you want to read up on some space insurance, the two books are still in print.