Pablo's first appearance was in the story, “Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song” first published in issue Four, Summer 1989 of Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine. That was within months of Ben Bova asking me if had an idea for a novel that wasn't as outré as the first one I pitched him. I thought of Pablo and followed my own advice at the time: “The way to expand a short story into a novel is to shove a stick of dynamite up its ass, light the fuse, run for cover, then take notes on how the flaming chunks splatter down on the landscape.”
So -- recently when Marty Halpern asked me if I had any previously published stories that would be suitable for an anthology called Alien Contact. “Guerrilla Mural” was the one that I suggested. Now it will be available again, in a book with some big-name authors that will get it some serious attention.
Marty also suggested that I make Cortez on Jupiter available as an ebook.
I was dithering about what to do for my first ebook. Looks like now that decision has been made for me. The question is: Can I get it done before November 2011, and do a proper new media blitz that will give it a chance at some serious glory?