Yeah, my business friend was recommending consulting on the side, but I always wished I could write some decent sci-fi short stories for some chump change on the side. Where do you publish your stories? I've only looked at Analog and it seemed to be an okay deal.
Also, I'd like to read some of your stories if you would like to provide some of the titles.
Hey, not science fiction but rather science writing, as in for Astronomy
and Sky and Telescope
(the biggies I've worked with so far). Currently two feature-length articles are in the pipeline for both of those, but printed so far were two travel guides to astronomy sites in northern and southern California in the July and December 2011 issues, respectively... The Astronomy
feature will show up this spring and the Sky and Telescope
feature sometime after that ("feature" here refers to a long piece in the 1500-2000 word range, typically for a magazine like Astronomy you only have two of those a month and the rest are shorter articles probably in the 500 word range).
I've written a few sci-fi stories but haven't really done that angle, but my understanding from one or two friends who have published in that medium is it is way
harder to break into as they get so many submissions (and, incidentally, doesn't pay anywhere near as well as science writing if that's your angle). The thing about science journalism is while it's rather competitive as well any person who is at the graduate level in science has a huge
advantage just by having more knowledge and technical expertise- the problem often more is whether a scientist has the chops for writing and communication to go along with it.