Dr Philip Edward Kaldon’s story in Rocket Science is ‘The New Tenant’, one of three in the anthology set aboard the International Space Station. He writes of himself:
We are on the verge of a great change in space travel as the private ventures begin to take off. NASA’s Space Shuttle has been retired, leaving the U.S. without a working manned space launch vehicle of its own. The International Space Station is ‘completed’. So what happens next? What happens when we’re done with the ISS? And somehow the idea for advertising for a roommate in space on Craigslist popped into my mind…
The moment I read about Ian Sales’ Rocket Science anthology I knew I had to be a part of it. My first submission was rejected, but I did get good comments: “While the science was certainly spot-on, the spacecraft itself felt a bit, well, old-fashioned.” The second was too close to “the Analog-style puzzle story for Rocket Science”. The third story “a close call”, but still rejected. But I’d run out of available near-term space stories – most of my stuff is 29th century military SF. So I still had four days before the deadline and pretty much wrote “The New Tenant” in two. The next email from Ian began “It seems persistence does pay, after all :-)”.
Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon teaches Physics at Western Michigan University by day and writes of the great wars of the 29th century and elsewhen at night. In his first half century, he’s lived in the lake effect snow pattern of four of the five Great Lakes, from growing up in Western New York to getting a B.A. in Integrated Sciences (everything) at Northwestern and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Michigan Tech. His stories have been published on three continents on this planet, including “A Man in the Moon” in the 24th Writers of the Future anthology, “The Brother on the Shelf” in Analog, “Hail to the Victors” in Abyss & Apex, two stories translated to Greek and Down Under, “Machine” and “In The Blink Of An Eye” appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Two publications are slated for April 2012: the near-term SF story “The New Tenant” in the U.K. anthology Rocket Science and the military SF story “End Run” in GigaNotoSaurus. Dr. Phil’s website is www.dr-phil-physics.com