The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda


Illustration from Nature Magazine

Illustration for The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda as published in Nature magazine 2011.

I’m delighted to announce that my story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda, which was originally published in nature Magazine in 2011, has been chosen to be included in their new anthology. Futures 2 (#Futures2) will be coming out as an eBook and will be promoted this summer at LonCon. Published by Tor, it will be available from early September from the usual outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Nobel etc).


About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (, the secretary of Milford SF Writers (, a singer ( and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers ( She's also a Home Office / UK Visas and Immigration department licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificates of Sponsorship).
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4 Responses to The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda

  1. Jacey Bedford says:

    It all came out of a discussion at Milford in 2010 with a couple of writers who had done pieces for Nature Magazine before. My robot panda – possibly the last sentient creature on earth – goes in search of a mate and finds one is a most unexpected place. Yes the title worked in the piece’s favour, I think. I should do a post on titles. I’m rubbish at titles and they’re half the battle for a short story.

  2. Susan May Oke says:

    Great new! An what a wonderful story title. Look forward to reading it.

  3. Terry says:

    brilliant timing!

    • Jacey Bedford says:

      John Moran, Vaughan Stanger and Deborah Walker also have stories in the same anthology. I wonder how many more Milford alumni.

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