Friday, April 7, 2017
The idea for this story, which appeared in Stars of Darkover, the first of the Darkover anthologies edited by Deborah J. Ross, wasn't really mine. Ann Sharp, my collaborator, had been threatening to write this back when MZB was still editing Darkover anthologies, but she had never quite gotten around to it. So the idea was hers. I agreed that it was a good gimmick, and we sat down to write it together. That was when we discovered that Ann's decades writing reports for her job in an engineering department gave her a very different writing style from the one I acquired in my decades of working for MZB. Ann came up with character names and a synopsis, and I did a lot of the actual writing. We had fun with it, and I think it turned out pretty well.