“Six Blind Men and an Alien” sold to China

Just sold Chinese rights to my 30,000-word novella, “Six Blind Men and an Alien”, to Science Fiction World, China’s leading science fiction magazine with a circulation of 400,000.

About Mike

According to Locus, I am the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. I have won 5 Hugos (from a record 37 nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia, Catalonia, and Poland. I'm and author of 74 novels, over 260 stories, and 3 screenplays, and the editor of 42 anthologies. My work has been translated into 27 languages. I am currently the editor of the Stellar Guild line of books, and Galaxy's Edge magazine.
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2 Responses to “Six Blind Men and an Alien” sold to China

  1. Bo says:


    I recently picked up a copy of Asimov’s science fiction mag from 2003 and stumbled across “Robots Don’t Cry.” It was one of the most engaging stories I’ve read in a long time. I loved how you developed the human and baroni characters, and the play between them. I loved the mechanic robots they brought from their ship, and of course I loved Sammy himself. I’m wondering what stories of yours you would recommend I read given how much I enjoyed Robots Don’t Cry. I’ve just read “Old McDonald Had a Farm”, “Travels with my Cats”, and “Down Memory Lane”. While I enjoyed them, none of them did it for me like Robots Don’t Cry.

    You seemed to develop the characters in Robots Don’t Cry more than in those other stories I’ve read. Of the other I’ve read, I think only “Travels With my Cats” did that as well. That’s really why I liked it so much.

    Have you written any other science fiction that you feel is at all similar to Robots Don’t Cry? I’m eagerly looking forward to enjoying something again as much as I enjoyed that story.

    Thanks for writing!


    • mike says:

      This is a little awkward, because they’re -all- my children. But for the stories with a strong emotional punch, other than those you’ve mentioned, I’d suggest “A Princess of Earth” (2004 Asimov’s), “For I Have Touched the Sky” (1989 F&SF, 3rd story in KIRINYAGA), “Beachcomber” (a 1980 anthology called CHRYSALIS 8, and in a couple of my collections); “Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders” (2008 Asimov’s), “Article of Faith: (2008 Asimov’s), and perhaps “Barnaby in Exile” (1994 Asimov’s). All but “Beachcomber” (which is only about 1500 words) were Hugo nominees.

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