Hi all –
This press release was circulated today by Galaxy Press to coincide with some new space audio released last week by NASA from the Cassini-Hyguens mission. It was the findings of the Cassini probe that originally inspired my story “Saturn in G Minor.”
Concerto in Space? Writers of the Future Grand Prize Winner Gets
Close to How “Music” of Saturn Hums Along Thanks to Cassini Probe
Los Angeles – The notes may not be in G-minor but NASA’s most recent release of audio from Saturn (available here) sounds a lot like composed music, says award-winning science fiction author Stephen Kotowych.
The sounds also seem a lot closer to those that Kotowych describes in his newly-published short story, “Saturn in G Minor,” the grand prize winning entry in the best-selling science fiction anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXIII (Galaxy Press, 2007).
“Saturn in G Minor” is a story that involves a composer who plays a symphony on Saturn’s rings, inspired by earlier reports of the Cassini-Hyguens mission. “The real sounds are eerily close to how I imagined them,” he added.
Excerpted sounds from Saturn are like a cross between a Phillip Glass piece and Arnold Shoenberg, Kotowych claims. “They certainly sound wilder than I ever would have expected.”
The Writers of the Future writing contest was established in 1983 by world-recognized, multiple best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard and has become the top merit-based competition of its kind for new or little-published writers worldwide. Entries are received throughout the year and are judged by leading literary professionals. The L. Ron Hubbard Presents Illustrators of the Future, begun in 1988, similarly honors artists who illustrate the winning short stories. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have recognized and published 500-plus authors and illustrators, produced 23 anthology volumes, and awarded a cumulative $500,000 in cash prizes.
For more information regarding Writers of the Future Volume XXIII, go to www.writersofthefuture.com. Also available in audio format thru Audible.com