Our first, and thus far only, author is Arsen Darnay—and yes, that’s his picture to the left. We like your work a lot, Arsen—no disrespect—but we expect soon to feature other people too, give them nice visibility, and let their works encounter readers on Dwarf Planet! For now, with a single author on board, we are able to tell you something more about his background. There’s space enough still.
Arsen produced a rash of science fiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His stories, novellas, and novels were widely read, and one of them The Eastcoast Confinement, earned him a John W. Campbell Award Nomination. His works were also translated into other languages. Arsen then got busy working in other fields and, ahem, neglected his real calling. This produced the following comment on A Hostage for the Hinterland by one enthusiastic reader on Amazon:
Political intrigue mixed with science fiction. Amazingly this hasn’t been dated as so many sci-fi works from that period have become. Author also gives history throughout the novel making it believable. Have read it 30+ times since I read it first back in 1976. Sorry the author never wrote a sequel on life after the demise of the structures—or even novels about Union and Hinterland in earlier phases of the 1000 year structure history or—how about a novel about the covert mission of Rivera French into Hinterland years before? Arsen, if you’re reading this, put the economic literature aside and consider it—It’s never too late!!!
Well, late in the 1990s, Arsen did read that message and immediately went to work. The result was Symphony in Ghulf Major—and several other novels in other genres. Arsen has thus had two incarnations as a fiction writer, and we are delighted to be engaged in his “second life,” as it were.
Here is a collage of selected Darnay titles from the earlier periods:
And here is the start of a collage on the later period. Sorry! We rushed into print and hence have neglected to provide Arsen with the kind of zany covers his work actually deserves:
More will follow as we get going.