January 14, 2019
Although I haven’t been focusing on short fiction in recent months, 2019 is already off to a great start with two pro sales this week.
My translation of “The Slave” by Andrej Kokoulin will be published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. “The Slave” won the FantLab contest in Russia, where I was one of the judges. Some readers and participants took issue with the relatively minor amount of fantastical elements in this story (it’s a really good and disturbing mix of magical realism and psychological horror), but I insisted the story fell firmly within the bounds of genre, and the other judges agreed. I suppose nothing vindicates our decision like the English translation of it selling to the magazine whose title is literally F&SF.
My second sale is a science fiction flash story “Gifts of Prometheus” — a throwback to Golden Age sci-fi which also manages to critique golden age SF tropes in a roundabout way — which will appear in Nature Futures. This will be my 12th story published in this excellent magazine.
My short fiction sales are bound to slow down in coming months. I’m not writing a lot of short stories, and I don’t currently owe stories to any invitation anthologies — a position I find myself in for the first time in a few years. So if you’re editing a pro paying anthology, this may be a good time to reach out. 🙂 I continue to focus on editing Future SF and on my novels in the meantime.
January 4, 2019
I’m kicking off 2019 right with publication of what might be the most Shvartsman story ever. It has Lovecraftian humor, coffee, tech geekery, secret history, Dunkin’ Donuts fan fiction, and loads of snark. If you enjoy my humor stories, I highly recommend you don’t miss this one. It’s part of the Release the Virgins anthology, alongside fiction by David Gerrold, Allen Steele, Sharon Lee, Jody Lynn Nye, and many other excellent authors. (And no, it’s not as racy as the book title might suggest.)
Although this story introduces the Coffee Corps universe in which I’ve now written several stories, it is actually the second Coffee Corps story to be published and the third to be sold. So if you like it, be sure to also read:
“The Hunt for the Vigilant” in Oceans anthology, out now
“The Gilga-Mess” in Intergalactic Medicine Show, forthcoming this Spring.
November 20, 2018
This story went live a couple of weeks ago, but I just noticed that I posted it onto the wrong portion of the site, thereby ensuring many of you wouldn’t see it. D’oh! If you haven’t checked out the story yet, please do so!
My new fantasy short story, which I describe as “The Fault in Our Stars” meets “Inception,” is available as of today in the inaugural issue of Constellary Tales. You can read the story here and be sure to check out the rest of the issue as well.
November 12, 2018
Icarus with broken wings
Mythic Beast Studios runs a bi-annual contest for mythology-inspired short stories, and their most recent theme was “Icarus.” I’m very pleased to announce that my SF story “Icarus Falls” (which originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction) is the winner! It’s one of my best stories overall and if you haven’t read it yet, please check it out. It’s only 2200 words.
September 28, 2018
It’s time for my favorite convention of the year and I’m on a bajillion panels as well as a reading and a couple of signings. Here’s where you can find me over the course of the next two days. I’ll still be around on Sunday, but only for a little bit in the afternoon as I’m hanging out with a friend offsite in the morning and will roam the halls for a couple of hours in the afternoon. So don’t wait and find me on Friday or Saturday!
September 24, 2018
My translation of “Untilted” by K. A. Teryna has been reprinted at Samovar today. Samovar publishes translation and international fiction, and although the English text of the story has previously appeared (originally at Apex magazine), Samovar provides a Russian language text as well, and also a podcasted version.
You can read and/or listen by clicking here.
September 8, 2018
Today is the release day for Shades Within Us, a charity anthology from Laksa Press that “examines the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of those who choose–or are forced to–leave home and familiar places.” As an immigrant myself I felt a strong connection to the theme and wrote a fantasy story that’s part about the plight of refugees, part a subversion of the theme of Chosen One, and part my response to Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”
This book includes stories by Matt Kressel, Seanan McGuire, Rich Larson, and many other excellent authors and is well worth a read. I hope you’ll pick up a copy.