Toasted Cake 49: Moonlight on the Carpet by David D. Levine
Toasted Cake 49! In which we play with our cars.
It was summer, a hot humid North Carolina summer, and there was nothing else to do.
(First appeared in Marti and Bridget McKenna's magazine "Aeon Speculative Fiction.")
David D. Levine is a lifelong SF reader whose midlife crisis was to take a sabbatical from his high-tech job to attend Clarion West in 2000. It seems to have worked. He made his first professional sale in 2001, won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2002, was nominated for the John W. Campbell award in 2003, was nominated for the Hugo Award and the Campbell again in 2004, and won a Hugo in 2006 (Best Short Story, for "Tk'Tk'Tk"). A collection of his short stories, Space Magic, from Wheatland Press, won the Endeavour Award in 2009. In January of 2010 he spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert, and you can read about that at bentopress.com/mars. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate Yule, with whom he edits the fanzine Bento, and their website is at BentoPress.com.