Publication: “The Coffee Corps” in Release the Virgins anthology

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.

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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.

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Contest win: “Icarus Falls”

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.

http://mythicbeaststudios.com/icarus-winner-icarus-falls

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Capclave 2018 Schedule

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!

https://www.capclave.org/capclave/capclave18/individual_schedule.php?pid=160

 


Reprint: Untilted at Samovar

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.

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Publication: “Defender of Mogadun” in Shades Within Us anthology

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.

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Small Fortune and the Perpetual Luck Machine at Galaxy’s Edge

September 1, 2018

The latest issue of Galaxy’s Edge magazine includes my short story “Small Fortune and the Perpetual Luck Machine.” This is the third Magic Pawn Shop story (the fist two were “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” and “High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity.”) It’s the first new Pawn Shop story in years and I hope everyone likes it as much as the first two! I keep meaning to write more in this setting but other projects interfere.

The story will be free to read at Galaxy’s Edge website for the next 60 days. Afterward (or even now, if you like) you can purchase the entire issue for five bucks.

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