|Allayo of the Gariniki, "Let the Word Take Me" (art by Jared Fiori)|
"The Liars" appeared in Analog's October 2012 issue, with cover art by - gasp - Michael Whelan! That was a dream come true for me - a dream that I hadn't even known I had. It features a pair of linguists, Adrian and Qing Preston, and the adorable Poik, who hide sinister secrets. An excerpt appears here on Analog's website.
"At Cross Purposes" appeared in Analog's January/February 2011 issue, with cover art by Bob Eggleton. It featured the spacefaring, otterlike Cochee-coco, who run afoul of some humans on a terraforming mission. An excerpt appears here on Analog's website.
"Cold Words" appeared in Analog's October 2009 issue, and featured Rulii, a semi-bipedal alien of the wolflike Aurrel species trying to bring a human spaceport to his planet, thereby raising the status of his oppressed Lowland people. This story was anthologized in Analog's first ebook anthology, Into the New Millennium: Trailblazing Tales from Analog Science Fiction and Fact 2000-2010. It's a great honor.
"Let the Word Take Me" takes place on the planet Garini, where a human settlement intended to mine the planet's biodiversity is about to be kicked off because humans aren't able to communicate with the gecko-like Gariniki. You can hear an audio podcast of the story at Starship Sofa, or read it free, here.