by Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Greetings, fellow star travellers! Big news!

Paper Angel Press has launched a new imprint devoted to science fiction and fantasy.

I’ve been waiting for months to say: you’ll now find my book at Water Dragon Publishing. Click the dragon and explore their new site.

Meanwhile … my newsletter launched successfully last month! Thanks to all who signed up here and through StoryOrigin. The newsletter comes out mid-month, with science news, story previews, writer-life chat, and just a little gaming stuff.

Learning by doing! I ran an experiment: subscriber pop-up vs static subscribe-here form. The pop-up wins, hands, down. Apparently, it’s just way more convenient. However, I can flip a switch so it only asks every so often. And I’m keeping the static forms on the contact and blog pages, for those who prefer that. Remember, if you’re on gmail, Google will tend to pipeline emails from new people into preset folders like “Promotions,” until you tell it not to.

All That Was Asked

What would you say if someone said, “Will you take this alien creature home and be responsible for it.”?
Ansegwe says, “Yes.”
Get the story in digital, audio, softcover, or hardback!

Cover of book "All That Was Asked" with woman looking down and distant glowing object in the background.

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You can also order signed copies direct from Water Dragon Publishing, and the audiobook is also available on iTunes.

This first-contact story explores the challenges of communication between species–when neither side has a universal translator to rely on, when the alien in question is so odd most people would consider it an animal–not a person, and when accidents and misunderstandings get in the way.

Ansegwe’s a tagalong, a wannabe poet, and the pampered offspring of a rich, powerful family. When faced with the choice of leaving an injured alien creature to fend for itself in the wilds of a strange world, he makes decisions that force him to contend with his own failings–but also help him discover his mission in life.

Official Safety Notice for Poetry-Averse Readers: There are no actual poems in this book.