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.
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.
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.
March 8, 2019
This story was originally published in Nautil.us and was a 2017 nominee for the Canopus Award. Listen to it at StarShipSofa or read it at Nautilus.
February 22, 2019
I’m incredibly honored to have my story be the lead story of an IGMS issue for the second time. (Which means it gets full color artwork!) Like last time, the art is by the amazing M. Wayne Miller. So cool! The story is called “The Gilga-Mess” and is the third installment in the Coffee Corps series (though it reads just fine as a standalone.)
My joy is mixed with an equal dose of sadness as IGMS will be closing its virtual doors after two more issues. It has been a wonderful presence on the SF scene and I’m indebted to its staff and especially its editors, Scott M. Roberts and Edmund Schubert before him, for publishing some of the best stories I’ve written.
You can preview the story by clicking here.
February 20, 2019
My flash fiction SF story “Gifts of Prometheus” is live and free to read at Nature. Enjoy!
February 16, 2019
My short story “The Goddess of Birds and Wind” appears in the latest anthology from Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read. Check it out!
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.