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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Eridani’s Crown Audiobook Now Available

December 9, 2019

Eridani’s Crown is now available in audio, and the narration by Nicola Chapman is spectacular. Check out the sample at the link below and grab your copy from Audible or Amazon. (It should be coming to iTunes soon.

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Copy Cat at Podcastle

December 4, 2019

Copy Cat” co-written by K. A. Teryna and myself is live at Podcastle, narrated by Yaroslav Barsukov. Enjoy!

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Eridani’s Crown published!

October 22, 2019

Eridani’s Crown is out today! Here’s where you can get it:


[Buy direct: Paperback | E-book | Hardcover]
[Amazon] [B&N] [Kobo] [Google] [iTunes]
[Audio Book – coming soon]
Paperback and hardcover versions are also available at Target, Walmart, and select independent bookstores.
If you’re kind enough to buy a copy please leave a review on the platform where you purchased it! Reviews on Amazon are especially important, and a review on Goodreads is always helpful as well.
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Translations!

July 2, 2019

If you enjoy reading Russian SF in translations, and particularly Russian SF translated by Yours Truly, boy have I got a bunch of treats for you!

This week the latest issue of F&SF releases and it contains my translation of “The Slave” by Andrej Kokoulin. It should just be hitting the shelves. The story is dark and cuts deep psychologically as you would expect from a good Russian tale.

My latest translation of one of K. A. Teryna’s stories is also currently live at Samovar. They published the translation of “Morpheus” alongside the original Russian text. There’s also a translator interview with me live now, and an interview with K. A. Teryna will be forthcoming as well.

Tatiana Ivanova’s “The Scheduled War” is in the current issue of Amazing Stories. And finally, my translation of Oleg Divov’s “Americans on the Moon” is in the current issue of Future SF, which you can buy now or read the story for free on the website in a few weeks.

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Publication: “Among the Blind” in Lost Signals

May 9, 2019

I got to play in Charles E. Gannon’s sandbox. Chuck writes the Caine Riordan/Terran Republic series for Baen that is part space opera, part military SF with a very healthy dose of interstellar diplomacy thrown in, and it’s great stuff!

Chuck invited a number of authors to contribute to the anthology of short stories set in his Terran Republic universe, Lost Signals of the Terran Republic. My story, “Among the Blind” is about the plight of the defeated army of clones in Indonesia, where they were used by a coalition of bad guys that included an alien species and a bunch of corporate interests. While the main thrust of the story has moved on after their forces were defeated, it left me wondering: what happened to the poor clones, bred by the corps, who were now stuck in internment camps as prisoners of war? There was a meaty story there, even though it didn’t involve aliens and starships (my suspicion was that many other contributors would play with those shiny toys.) I’m quite pleased with how the story turned out.

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New stories in Analog and Galaxy’s Edge

May 3, 2019

Current issues of Analog and Galaxy’s Edge magazines contain my science fiction stories!

“Repairs at the Beijing West Space Elevator” was written for the Future Affairs Administration Lunar festival prompt in late 2017 and originally published in Chinese. Analog has the English language version out now.

“Royalty of Apartment Complex 417” is, at its heart, a YA story, but I think older readers will appreciate it as well. It’s free to read at the Galaxy’s Edge website.