An essay by James Patrick Kelly on the writing of his short story ‘Monsters’.
Admiral Ky Vatta returns to her home planet of Slotter Key expecting painful reminders of loss, but also a hero’s welcome. Instead she’s plunged into a desperate struggle for mere survival, with the elements and unknown enemies against her.
Michael J. Martinez is the author of the DAEDALUS trilogy, as well as other assorted bits of science fiction and fantasy. He’s still slightly stunned that he’s being paid to write this stuff, but will keep going until someone says otherwise.