Lou Antonelli, a Texan science fiction writer who occasionally uses Texas as a setting, self-describes himself as "Lou Antonelli has had 43 stories published in the past six years in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Dark Recesses and Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine. He has had nine honorable mentions in "The Year's Best Science Fiction" (St. Martin's Press, Gardner Dozois, ed.). He lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas, with his wife, Patricia (Randolph), and is managing editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune."
He also posts in his blogs about his work and other science fiction in two places
Fantastic Texas http://fantastictexas.blogspot.com/
This Way to Texas: Lou Antonelli's Dang Old Blog http://louantonelli.blogspot.com/
For example, a rocket ship lifts off from the Republic of Texas and
Buddy Holley is President.