One of my goals the next few months is to make sure all of my published stories are available for purchase for all the major e-readers, as well as in PDF format if you want to read them on your computer. I’d been slowly been doing it at a rate of one or two a month, but I’ve decided to buckle down and accelerate the process a little. I’ll be mentioning them here from time to time.
If you’re in the mood for a fun romp with an interstellar private investigator, check out “The Bear Who Sang Opera,” which originally appeared in Analog. It’s the first of two published stories featuring Dexter Duff, and there are more in the works. Here’s a little more info:
When a grizzly bear walks into your office, it’s enough to get your attention. When that grizzly turns out to be an opera-singing, biological-robot hybrid claiming someone stole his singing voice, it begins one of the strangest cases of Dexter Duff’s career. Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction.
“The old gumshoe detective story goes into the future…Instead of a beautiful dame, the client is a biological-robot hybrid in the form of a bear who hires a PI to find his lost voice. Like the old tales, the characters are well-developed and interesting, each a possible suspect. However, in this futuristic tale the settings are stunning planets in various solar systems, not some filthy back alley or office. As in both, the fight scenes are realistic. Carter weaves a successful tribute to old-school detective stories with the modern twist of exposing man’s foibles.” – Tangent Online
*For those of you who haven’t yet jumped on the e-reader bandwagon, you can download a PDF version of the story at Smashwords. Eventually most of these stories will appear in a print collection, but it may be down the road a bit.