Hey! I wrote a new short story. It’s called “Dave & Liz & Chicago Save the World.” As the title rather strongly suggests, it’s about two people named Dave and Liz trying to save the world from an alien invasion, with the city of Chicago playing a major role. As the art for the story by Alan White hints toward, it’s a somewhat silly story, but I think it’s enjoyable (admittedly I am biased), and may actually even be educational for some folks. You can’t beat that. Here’s a very brief excerpt:
“I am a robotic emissary from the people of Glunden 7,” the globe said. “You have been randomly selected by our people to be the recipients of a message from our species. Congratulations!”
“Uh,” Dave said. “Thanks.”
“That’s the good news,” the globe said.
“That’s the good news?” Liz said. “What’s the bad news?”
“Based on the decades of transmissions that have emanated from your world, we have decided that you, as a species, are appallingly banal and must be destroyed,” the globe said.
“Well,” Dave said, after a minute. “This is a genuinely disappointing first contact scenario.”
Will Dave and Liz and Chicago, in fact, save the world? You’ll have to read the rest of the story to find out!
How can you read “Dave & Liz & Chicago Save the World”? Simple: Become a member of Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon. It’s my gift to Chicon 7 members, as the Toastmaster of the convention. It’s my way of saying “thanks” for being part of what I’m pretty sure is going to be a fantastic time in Chicago. Once you’re a member, you can get it by using your membership number and PIN code (it’s the same PIN code you’ll use for the Hugo voting, but I will stress this story is not part of the Hugo process in any way. It just uses the same PIN code for ID purposes).
If you’re a Chicon 7 member, I hope you will enjoy this story I have written just for you. If you’re not a Chicon 7 member, I hope you’ll consider becoming part of our merry membership, not just for the story, of course, but for everything else too (including voting for this year’s Hugo Awards). Oh, go on. It’ll be fun.