Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

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My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 8:09pm 3/31/14 8:09pm

You Won't Survive FTL's Space Mission, But You'll Remember It

I could have quit. I could have made my defeat happen quicker, less painfully. But cliche or not, the captain goes down with the ship. The rules don't change just because we're in space. So I watched my crew dutifully tend to my systems, keeping the ship running as best they could. We knew we weren't going anywhere:… » 9/19/12 4:00pm 9/19/12 4:00pm