Richard A. (Rick) Lovett is an award-winning science fiction author, science writer, sports writer, adventure-travel writer, and distance-running coach.
My first purely science fiction book, Phantom Sense and Other Stories -- a collection of award-winning tales written with Mark Niemann-Ross -- is now available here on amazon.com and at other outlets. Check it out!
My latest book, Expressions of Aging, the coauthored biography of 87-year-old world-record-holder John Keston, just got a good review from Oregon Live, the online website of the (Portland) Oregonian.
I now have a story in Finnish . . . "The Unrung Bells of the Marie Celeste," appeared in the latest issue of Spin, Finland's oldest science fiction magazine. That makes four non-English languages that I know of (points to anyone who finds a fifth!): Polish, Russian, Portuguese, and (now) Finnish. Link here for those who can read Finnish! Spin: March 2011
As always, I will be at Orycon, Portland's fall science fiction extravaganza (Orycon Home Page).
Of particular note is my reading, Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 pm, where I will be previewing an upcoming story in Analog. That's not the optimum time slot, so anyone who can make it at that hour will be a friend for life!
There are two choices for what I will read:
My Anlab-winning novelette, "Tiny Berries" will be included in Analog's first-ever Kindle anthology, Into the New Millennium: Trailblazing Tales from Analog Science Fiction and Fact 2000-2010, to be published any day now. I've not seen the TOC for this yet, but with a decade's worth of material to choose from there should be some good stories here. More when I know it!
With Harry Potter due out in a couple of days, what better time for a special journal issue on the real research on invisibility. The latest: a formula for a cloak that could hide a bank robbery. (Other than the nagging problem that you'd see robbers setting it up....) Here's my article from National Geographic News. Could a Space-Time Cloak Make Events Dissappear?
The planet Neptune is now one "year" older since it was first seen. What do we know about it (not much). What do we want to know (a lot). Why -- because there are lots of Neptune-like worlds being discovered circling other stars, and the better we understand ours, the better we can understand them.
Here is my story on the topic, for Nature News: Neptune Begins to Give Up Its Secrets.
This has nothing to do with writing, but Team Red Lizard runner Amanda Rice ran a 2:38:57 marathon last Saturday at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN. That got her a free trip to the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials in Houston, next January. She was already in (without the free trip) via a 2:44:12 finish last December at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, but this is a very nice step up, currently putting her in the top 35-40 U.S. women. This is one very proud coach. Go Amanda!
SF revu, a British sf site, likes "Jak and the Beanstalk," in the Jul/Aug Analog (now on newstands). Grab a copy and find out why. Here's the review, which has no serious spoilers: