My incredibly talented writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I are finally allowed to spill the beans about a collaboration coming this fall, a short story called "Letting Go the Ghosts" in an anthology called Occupied Earth, edited by long-time pals Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips.
Here's the skinny:
For years, writers and filmmakers have speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by aliens from another planet. But what if the aliens have been watching us, infiltrating us via human collaborators, or even surgically altering themselves to look human? Occupied Earth is a groundbreaking anthology that explores the idea of what the world would look like years after its conquest. 20 years after a successful invasion by the Makh-Ra, humanity still exists, only they have become subservient to a new race of occupiers who now govern the devastated planet. But, as much as things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra’s empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Our planet is the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned. Yet, despite everything, life continues. These stories bring us face to face with annihilation — and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink. Featuring Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Morton, Matthew V. Clemens, Howard Hendrix, Nathan Walpow and more, OCCUPIED EARTH is coming. Stay safe. Stay strong. Survive at all costs.
There's much more about the book at the Polis Books website.
The cover is all kinds of awesome.
I'm not sure who all the contributors are yet, but I'll post the table of contents when I know it. In the meantime, it'll be good to be in a book with friends like Nathan Walpow and Lisa Morton, and this marks my second appearance in an anthology with Howard V. Hendrix--the first having been my first published short story, "The Last Rainmaking Song," in Full Spectrum. Coincidentally (or not?) both that story and this one involve First American characters.
Occupied Earth is on sale October 13, but you can preorder it now.