I am honored that my short story “Celia and the Conservation of Entropy”, in Issue 1 of Uncanny, is getting rave reviews. I’m reading the story in the December Uncanny podcast, which also has an interview with me talking about Celia, nostalgia and humor in science fiction, the years I spent as a digital nomad, and other things. The issue is on sale now and will be available for free in the beginning of December at uncannymagazine.com, and the podcast will also be out in December.
From the io9 Story of the Week for Nov 1-8:
…If time loops and paradoxes and relativity make your head ache, this might not be the story for you. I love this stuff. And I love it when authors play around with implications of time travel that have nothing to do with grand, sweeping adventures but instead focus on the little things. Like going back in time to see a grandparent who died before you could remember them. Or rescuing his long lost novel….
From a review by Scotchfrye:
…If you’re a fan of time travel fic, you’ll love this. Beamer treats the mechanics of time travel with a light hand, giving the reader just enough to make the story’s conceit believable without drowning the reader in theoretical physics. At the same time, there is plenty about time travel that young Celia doesn’t know or understand herself, and it is a treat to follow along with her as she figures it out (or doesn’t). The narrative perspective of a teenage girl is not treated cheaply or patronizingly; the image of Celia as a girl playing with science is never the punchline, and for that I thank Beamer. And if, like me, you enjoy time travel paradox stories, this is a must-read; the cleverest part of the story is not the paradox itself, which is clever nonetheless, but the way in which Celia picks her way through it (or doesn’t).
Readers of a certain age–those, I think, of Celia’s parents’ age, as I am–will especially love this story. Her travels back and forth, from our future to our past, give a fresh and very funny perspective on technology and our relationship to it. It’s a smart look at how much today’s digital cyborgs have in common with yesterday’s analog ones….