New publication: “I’m Feeling Lucky” by Leonid Kaganov at Clarkesworld

July 14, 2021

The latest translation of mine from Russian has been accepted at this wonderful market, which I’ve been trying to crack for a decade. (Clarkesworld was the first magazine I ever submitted a short story to, back in 2010.) Very glad to share this first with Leonid Kaganov, a brilliant and popular writer from St. Petersburg for whom this is his first English language publication!

Read the story here.

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A Brief History of Russian Science Fiction

May 1, 2021

My essay, “A Brief History of Russian Science Fiction” has gone live as part of the Clarkesworld magazine May issue. You can read it here.

It is, of course, only possible to scratch the surface of the subject in so brief a piece. I’ve tried to go for a birds-eye view and focus on the big picture stuff as it attempts to cover 100+ years of history.

Meantime, I continue to do my small part to share some of the great Russian language short fiction with Anglophone readers. There are several pieces slated for publication in top tier magazines over the next 9 months, and several more currently out on submission.

I’m in talks with several editors and anthologists who would like to consider translations for their upcoming projects, and always happy to talk to others. If you’d like help connecting with Russian authors, a reprint recommendation, or need an original piece translated for your project, do not hesitate to reach out.


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Publication: “The Chartreuse Sky” in Asimov’s

April 27, 2021

My translation of “The Chartreuse Sky” by K.A. Teryna and Alexander Bachilo is live in the May/June 2021 issue of Asimov’s.

Future (and past) Moscow, augmented reality, and architecture meld into a unique story. Pick up a copy and check it out!

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Eating Authors Essay

October 22, 2020

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My essay appears on Lawrence M. Schoen’s blog this week as part of his long-running Eating Authors series, where he asks authors to recount their favorite meal.

My answer can be found at the link, and I assure you it’s not what you might have guessed.

It will also appear in the book that collects these essays, which is currently in its last few days on Kickstarter.


New Stories Published & Other October News

October 6, 2020

It’s been a busy stretch, with two new short stories and a guest podcast appearance in the past 10 days or so! Let’s take it in chronological order.

  • Late last month the episode of Writing Excuses aired where I talked translation with Mary Robinette, Dan, and Lari. I’m really pleased with how this podcast turned out, loads of fun anecdotes and good banter. This was actually recorded several months ago and I’m glad it’s out in the world now. Listen to the episode here.
  • My short story “Chronicle of the Mender” was published at Daily Science Fiction. I’m very pleased with the reception this story got so far, including this very nice review. The story is dark fantasy and I although it is not set in the universe of Eridani’s Crown, I think it’ll appeal to the book’s fans.
  • Today is the book birthday of Weird World War III, an anthology of alternate cold wars edited by Sean Patrick Hazlett. My story, “A Thing Worth a Damn,” is a grim look at the Socialist Republic of California which has seceded from the collapsing United States in the 1990s. With the USA once again on the rise as a global power it is seeking to reacquire its lost territories, and the Soviet Union sends in specialists to assist them in thwarting such attempts. This is mostly background and the protagonist of the story is a Soviet soldier, fighting a proxy war he’s been disillusioned with, far away from home.
  • Later this month I will be a guest at Capclave, where I will participate on a panel and host a launch party for Unidentified Funny Objects 8. This is a virtual event so you don’t need to travel to the outskirts of Washington, DC this year to attend.
  • Author and Klingon language expert Lawrence M. Schoen hosts an Eating Authors feature on his blog, where writers talk about their most memorable meals. I wrote an essay for him and it will appear on the blog sometime in the next month. He also enjoyed it enough to include in the upcoming book, 100 Writers’ Most Memorable Meals, which is currently on Kickstarter. So check it out, and read the essay when it comes out. I guarantee you, my choice of restaurant to write about will surprise you.

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New Publication: The Dog and the Dragon in Hybrid Fiction Magazine

July 30, 2020

My flash fiction story about a dragon who adopts a puppy went live in Hybrid Fiction Magazine today. You can pick up the issue here.


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New publication: Choice of the Conquered in Galaxy’s Edge

July 6, 2020

The latest issue of Galaxy’s Edge includes my dystopic novelette, “Choice of the Conquered.” You can read it for free on the GE website until the next issue launches, so don’t wait too long!

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Translation News

April 27, 2020

1) My translation of “The Green Hills of Dimitry Totzkiy” by Eldar Safin is now live (and free to read) at Samovar!

2) I’ll be one of the Guests of Honor at the upcoming Flights of Foundry virtual convention, alongside Liz Gorinsky, Ken Liu, Rachel Cordasco, and many other awesome guests. This convention will take place on May 16-17 and is free to attend (though an optional donation is appreciated by the organizers.)

Virtual conventions are a new thing and we’re all figuring things out so far. Earlier this month I participated on a virtual panel for Heliosphere and that went really well, which makes me very optimistic about this event.

I will also be a guest at AmazingCon, another virtual convention organized by the Amazing Stories team. This one will take place on June 12-14 and I should have more details later on.
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Live Panel and IGMS Free Fiction!

April 4, 2020

Live Panel Today!

Since we’re all locked in and living in a poorly-written disaster novel, science fiction conventions are going virtual! This weekend I was supposed to be hanging out with all the cool people at Heliosphere in Tarrytown, NY, but — alas. So, Heliosphere has gone virtual and are doing some of their programming via Zoom.

The entire program is available here:
http://www.heliosphereny.org/beyond-the-corona-2/

Whereas my panel will be at 3pm. It’s called “I Wrote a Thing! Now what… ?” and I’ll be joined by authors and editors Mike Ventrella, Ian Randall Strock, and Amy Grech. You need no special equipment, just click on this link at or around 3pm Eastern time:
https://zoom.us/j/265441882

Free Fiction!

Over the years, Intergalactic Medicine Show published some of my best short stories. Only problem was, their content was usually hidden behind the paywall. Although IGMS is no longer publishing new issues, they recently made the move to make their entire 14-year run of stories free for everyone to read! Which is awesome, because there was is a LOT of great stuff in there.

Here’s the link to the entire run, followed by my individual story links, in chronological order. This includes my most successful story by far, “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.” If you haven’t read any of my fiction yet – start there!

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i33&article=_004

High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i37&article=_003

The Golem of Deneb Seven
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i40&article=_001

The Fiddle Game (includes audio)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i41&article=_006

Customer Service Support Ticket at All-American Wizardry Supply and Custom Floor Mat Emporium (includes audio)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i62&article=_006

The Gilga-Mess (a Coffee Corps story)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i67&article=_001

UFO8 Update

We’re in the final week of the UFO8 kickstarter campaign and, as I write these words, still need to raise over $2000 in order to get funded. When I launched the campaign I had no idea the world would change so drastically. My business has been shuttered by the state of New York as non-essential, which puts even more pressure on me to fund a project like this out of pocket. So, if you are able to support this book (and snag some really cool rewards in the process), please do!

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Gods Playing Poker – in Galaxy’s Edge 43

March 2, 2020

I have a new story out, and it’s bittersweet.

It was the last story of mine acquired by Mike Resnick before he passed. Mike has been a friend and a mentor. I’ve edited and published his work, and he bought and published a number of my stories in his magazine. I had the honor of appearing in the very first issue, and a number of times since. This is now issue #43 of a bi-monthly magazine going into its eighth year — a huge rarity in the SF/F zine field. And it’s still there. It’s still going strong.

Publisher Shahid Mahmud and the new editor-in-chief Lezli Robyn will keep things going. Lezli is not so new — she’s been there, behind the scenes, from the beginning, tirelessly working on loads of magazine-related stuff and other Arc Manor projects. And Shahid is as professional and committed as any publisher I’ve ever worked with. But this magazine has always been Mike’s baby. His spirit permeates it. His name will remain on the cover as the creator, which is very cool. Every issue going forward will be a small tribute to Mike, from those of us writing for it, editing it, or reading it.

This issue also has dozens of appreciations written about Mike by people whose lives he’s touched. I wrote one of those as well. Check them out.

And when the mood strikes you, check out my story. It’s about trickster gods from different cultures getting together to play Texas Hold ‘Em. It will be available online for free for the next two months, until the next issue replaces it, and thereafter available wherever the magazine is sold.

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