Writing and Performing “Ice Ageless”

by Rajnar Vajra

Rajnar Vajra is a musician and regular contributor to Analog, whose latest piece, “Ice Ageless,” appears in our [March/April issue, on sale now!]. Read how the story started out as a song in this blog post, and listen-in via the link below.

As a writer of SF and fantasy plus being a musician and songwriter, it isn’t surprising that I’ve written a few tunes combining my dual careers. “Ice Ageless” began decades ago as a song, based on the idea of a starship pilot experiencing a relatively very short duration of time while thousands of terrestrial years pass, not aging, yet being internally transformed by the actual time involved. With that much of a premise, I thought it might be fun and worthwhile to turn it into the story you’ll find in this issue, and I also did a quick recording of the song which you can if find here if you’re interested: https://rajnarvajra.com/music/

Should you choose to subject yourself to my music, I played all the instruments you’ll hear and sang as well, so you have only me to blame for any of it. Perhaps, at some point, I’ll also write a story based on my ultra-heavy Rock tune “Three Meteors,” which starts with this soothing verse:

Look out now, be careful and wary,

There’s no one to turn to, and nowhere to flee.

The eye of the Scorpion, mighty Antares,

Sends trouble in triplicate, marked C.O.D.

But that’s a song for another day.

Right now you can find my novel Dr. Alien at Wordfire Press, Amazon etc. with a forward by the brilliant Dr. Stanley Schmidt, which contains all three of my Doc Alien tales published in Analog, with some updating, and my far more ambitious novel Opening Wonders, combining SF, fantasy, mythology, mystery, and a few secret ingredients will be out from Wordfire this coming March. I can be reached at the usual social media suspects and my website, rajnarvajra.com.

Aside from writing SF and Fantasy, Rajnar Vajra is a professional musician, songwriter, teacher, painter, plus a student of Zen and similar disciplines. He follows developments in science, health, and understanding the mind’s nature with great attention. Not, perish the thought, partly to mine human progress for writing ideas. He has appeared more than thirty times in the pages of Analog Science Fiction and Fact and has also appeared in the online stories at Tor.com, and in Absolute Magnitude.

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