Futile the Winds in Interzone 247

Futile the Winds is now available to read in Interzone 247, which should be on newsstands, in bookstores (or in your mailbox if you’re a subscriber) any day now. I’m thrilled that this story found a home in such a lovely publication. 

One of the inspirations for this story was the Mars One project, which I mention at the end of this post. The other inspiration, and the title, was taken from this poem by Emily Dickinson:



Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!


Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.


Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!


Honorable Mention!


My story “Futile the Winds” received an Honorable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest! Which, according to their website, puts me in the top 10-15% of the entrants for that quarter. While they don’t list the numbers, it’s a big contest so I consider it an accomplishment to make the Honorable Mention list. I have a new story entered for the current quarter though it will be months before I hear back on that one.


Mars sunset

I’m don’t want to say too much about “Futile the Winds” as I’m trying to place it so that you can read it, online or in print, via a pro or semipro publication. I will say that it takes place on Mars and is a story of transformation. The title is from a poem by Emily Dickinson and while there’s no other direct reference to it, I tried to steer towards the essence of that poem in my story.

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!


Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.


Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!