Stephen Dedman recently sold new science fiction novel Foreign Bodies to Jim Frenkel at Tor for a possible late-1999 publication. The novel is set in the near future, and features some time travel elements. Dedman's earlier story "Foreign Bodies", originally published in Aurealis #5, will form the opening chapter of the novel.
Dedman has also sold a new short story collection, Lady of Situations, to Russell Farr at Ticonderoga Publications, for a September 1999 publication. The contents of the collection are still to be finalised, but it will include the title story, Dedman's highly successful story "Never Seen By Waking Eyes", and at least one original story.
Meanwhile, Dedman's debut novel, The Art of Arrow Cutting, was published by Tor in June 1997. It made the prestigious Locus Recommended Reading List, and was a finalist for the 1997 Bram Stoker Award in the Best First Novel category. Tor is currently considering a mass-market paperback reprint of the book, while Dedman is working on an as yet untitled sequel.
Dedman is also one of the few writers to establish a name in science fiction internationally by following the traditional method of becoming known for short fiction, before moving on to longer works. He has experienced continued success, with "Never Seen by Waking Eyes" being published electronically by Minds Eye Fiction, and in French translation by Tenebres (Jan/Mar 1998) as "Parmi D'Etranges Paysages". He has had a number of new stories published recently, including: "Schrodinger's Catalyst" in F&SF (12/97), "Sojourner" in Westerly, "A Single Shadow" in Interzone (05/98), "Founding Fathers" in SF Age (03/98), and "Transit" in Asimov's (03/98). New sales include "Hard Lessons" to Dark Raptor Press and "Double Action" to Gothic Net. He has had "The Pretender" reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends, and has resold "Miniatures" (Eidolon 21) to Tales of the Unanticipated, "Down to the Tethys Sea" to Aboriginal Science Fiction, "The Service of the Dead" to Graves Yard Press, and "A Single Shadow" to Weird Tales. Finally, German language electronic and anthology rights to "Desired Dragons" have resold to Storisende Verlag.