November 14, 2017
My translation of “Untilted” by K. A. Teryna is live and free to read at Apex magazine today.
This is the most challenging translation I ever undertook. The story relies on intentional misspellings and linguistic cues to work. Even the title is a pun! In Russian the title is “Бес Названия” which literally means “The Demon of the Name” but is also one letter off from “Untitled.” My friend, himself a translator of considerable skill, declared this story “untranslatable.” So I’m extremely proud of having not only translated it, but helped it find a home at such a wonderful market.
Please, go read it!
November 9, 2017
You can listen to this humorous fantasy flash story for free, here.
It’s an older story but it remains one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it as well!
October 5, 2017
I was thrilled to death for the opportunity to write a story is Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter universe, an ass-kicking, high-octane urban fantasy series which reads like a Hollywood action flick but with, you know, better writing.
My story “The Troll Factory” features an MHI newbie, Strike Team Force Unicorn, Russian monster hunters, and internet trolls (who are actual trolls. Because of course they are.)
What’s even cooler, since Larry was writing Siege around the same time the stories were being edited, he was able to include Ponchik, one of the Russian hunters in “The Troll Factory,” into Siege. He isn’t a major player, but he does show up in several scenes, and Larry has recently confirmed for me that he has survived the events of that book. So he’s out there somewhere, drinking vodka and hunting monsters. Perhaps we’ll see him again in the future.
The Monster Hunter Files features stories by Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jaessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Jody Lynn Nye, and Faith Hunter among others. And, of course, a story by Larry himself.
September 17, 2017
I have two very different short stories releasing in exciting anthologies this month.
First up is “Ambassador to the Meek” in The Sum of Us anthology from Laksa Press, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. This anthology celebrates caregivers and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. The editors have done a great job promoting this book, with blog posts recently appearing on John Scalzi’s blog, Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, and many other places. There are some excellent writers involved, and the book is available currently.
“Ambassador to the Meek” is a dystopian story set in the world where instantaneous transportation has become available (think Star Trek teleporter), but while scientists initially discovered no ill effects, it was later discovered that any living being that used such a teleporter was going to die from the damage to their cells after about twenty years from initial use. And since these were phased in over time, this creates a sort of gradual apocalypse with most of the Earth’s population doomed to die over the course of several years.
The story follows a woman whose job it is to find homes for the orphaned children born after the discovery and thus bound to survive. She’s reaching out to communities that have never used the teleporter for religious or other reasons — the Amish, the orthodox, and various groups mistrustful of modern technology. In this story, she must return to the compound of the cult her mother and her had escaped from when she was a child.
My other story is very different. It will appear in OCEANS: The Anthology, edited by Jessica West and published by Daniel Arthur Smith, releasing late this month. You can pre-order it on Amazon for only $0.99 prior to release! “The Hunt for the Vigilant” is a Lovecraftian humor story with a twist. Here’s the marketing blurb for it from the book:
Magic is real – and it’s programmable. Eldritch gods exist but can be held at bay by consuming coffee and playing YouTube videos of warding chants. And now the whole world knows this.
An eccentric billionaire sees this as a business opportunity. He recruits the man responsible for revealing the existence of magic to the public for a mission to the bottom of the South Pacific that is more dangerous than either of them realize.
July 31, 2017
This is how you know I’m a science fiction writer: when the news broke of a certain hatemonger getting punched in the face during a live interview, my first thought was, “a time traveler did it.” And as the internet busied itself with debate as to whether or not it was okay to punch this person, the story had coalesced in my mind.
The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis at Daily Science Fiction
July 21, 2017
Publications — just like acceptances — seem to happen for me in clumps. After a few weeks of inactivity I’ve got three releases this week, and one coming up next week.
First up is an original story over at Nature. “Catalogue of Items in the Chess Exhibition at the Humanities Museum, Pre-Enlightenment Wing” is a very dark tale. It’s one of several chess-inspired stories (sort of!) I’ve written for Nature and you can follow a link at the bottom of the story to a brief blog post about that.
Second is today’s podcast at Tales to Terrify, which produced one of my very few horror short stories — “A Thousand Cuts.” I’m proud to complete my District of Wonders trifecta as I’ve now had stories appear in all three of their genre podcasts — Starshipsofa, Far-Fetched Fables, and now Tales to Terrify.
Third up is the Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads — an anthology from Fantastic Books edited by Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial. It includes a reprint of another Nature story of mine with a long title: “Staff Meeting, As Seen by the Spam Filter.” I’m a big proponent of flash fiction and am very pleased that Fantastic Books is publishing what might be the first of many in this series. I hope the book does well enough to be followed by Fantasy for the Throne, etc.
The fourth publication is coming up in a week. Daily Science Fiction will run my new story, “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” on July 31.
June 29, 2017
There’s a new podcast of my Daily Science Fiction story “Letting Go” out as of yesterday. Check it out here:
Check it out, and take a look at the other 600 Second Saga offerings — this is a new (to me) venue and I very much enjoyed working with them.