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Latest Posts

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AI Art Adventures for Autumn 2023 It’s been a while since I posted about generative A.I. art. Artificial intelligence, as in machine learning, has been around for decades. The comparatively small part that generative AI comprises — art, music, text — is drawing all the attention. I still think of it as a tool to […]

A sign with a handy map of the entire island of Iceland. Photo (c)2023 Carol Van Natta.

Fabulous Iceland Adventure, Part 1 Without actually planning it, this has apparently been my year to travel. Well, I definitely planned the trip to Australia because it’s on the other side of the planet and the flight is 15 hours(!) long. I’d heard good things about Iceland, but it wasn’t until my travel companion Nancy […]

Meet the Heroes of Stellar Drift

Meet the Heroes of Stellar Drift In “Stellar Drift,” my story in Pets in Space 8, determined forest ranger Houyen convinces mysterious pilot Sairy and her pet to help him track the source of a deadly disease before a greedy crime lord gets there first. My story ideas usually start with characters and the trouble […]

Illustration of a woman wearing futuristic armor and a service dog seated next to her, generated by MidJourney.

Disabled Veterans, Service Dogs, and Spaceships What do disabled veterans, service dogs, and spaceships have in common? When I was invited to participate in the first of several Pets in Space® anthologies, and later took over as editor, my favorite thing about them was the charity focus. Of course, I love science fiction romance, but […]

Illustration of a fantasy animal with large ears and a densely muscled body. Illustration by Adrian DKC.

A Pilot and Her Pet Gargoyle In “Stellar Drift,” my novella in the Pets in Space 8 science fiction romance anthology, the heroine Sairy has a pet gargoyle named Kyala. A pilot and her pet… what?  A gargoyle, you say? Yes. In the worlds of the Central Galactic Concordance, it’s all kinds of illegal to […]

Author Carol Van Natta standing in front of a shiny sculpture in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney, Australia

Great Aussie Adventure, Part 4 I recently visited the Land of Oz, otherwise known as Australia, and had a blast. I took so, so many shareable photos that I had to break this down into four posts. This the last post about my Great Aussie Adventure, Part 4. (Click the images to see larger versions.) […]