Amazing Con 2020

June 10, 2020

This weekend I’ll be part of the inaugural Amazing Con. Please visit their page and register to listen in on panels, workshops, and readings throughout the weekend. Here’s what I’ll be doing (the times posted are Eastern US time):

Friday, 6pm, Shelley Room
PANEL: HUMOR IN SCIENCE FICTION Why did the space chicken cross the orbit?  You’ll have to attend this panel to find out why that might – or might not – be funny. With Marie Bilodeau, Ira Nayman, Alex Shvartsman, Sean Grigsby & Brad Preslar

Saturday, 3pm, Shelley Room
 Translated works are becoming much more common, contributing greatly to the globalization of the genre.  Why now? and what’s involved in bringing these works to print? With Julie Novakova, Alex Shvartsman, Rachel Cordasco, Petrea Mitchell

Sunday, 11am, Gernsback Room
Alex will read from ERIDANI’S CROWN, a political epic fantasy novel.
Rosemary will read Dinomancer. What could possibly go wrong when hiring a cut-rate tour guide to go see Cretaceous dinosaurs?

New publication: “How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World” at Amazing Stories

October 16, 2016

On the heels of my Nature AI story comes my Amazing Stories AI story. and they were kind enough to create a cool illustration for it, too! (this is not an easy story to illustrate as you’ll find it when you read it!) I’m excited to be among the first authors to have original fiction appear in the resurrected Amazing Stories and happy to share this story with readers!

Read “How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World” here.




Gernsback Writing Contest and Other News

September 30, 2015



This is shaping up to be a rather spectacular week in terms of announcements, so here are a few more:

My story “How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World” is one of the finalists in the Gernsback Writing Contest. It will be published on the Amazing Stories website and then collected as part of their anthology, release dates to be determined. The contest was judged via blind reading (aka judges did not know who were the authors of each story) and those are always especially satisfying to do well in as the story is only judged on its own merit. Congratulations to my fellow finalists, and especially to the winners.



Today also marks my first appearance at the storied StarShipSofa podcast. Episode 404 (insert every conceivable Error 404 – Not Found joke here) and it features an interview Jeremy Szal conducted with me as well as the narration of two of my stories: “Price of Allegiance” and “Doubt.” There was also supposed to be a flash piece, “Ravages of Time” but it was accidentally left out (hey, there’s the perfect spot for the Not Found joke!) and will be included in the next week’s episode. You can listen to episode 404 here.



Think I’m done? I’ve only just began to brag! “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” has been adapted into a short play by Matt Haynes and will be performed at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland at noon this Saturday by the Pulp Stage. If you plan on attending the festival, check it out here. Matt has made some very interesting changes to the original story (with my approval and blessing!) to adapt it to their format, and my favorite narrator Tina Connolly is going to be reading one of the parts so I am sure it will be great fun.

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Finally, the first review of Unidentified Funny Objects 4 has been published at Tangent Online and it is really positive — the sort of kind words any editor loves to hear. Check it out here.

The printer is shipping out UFO4 books on Friday and they should arrive in about a week. I’m also getting about 100 copies UPS’ed over so that I can host a launch event at Capclave next weekend!  I will post more details about this event soon, but there will be readings, and giveaways, and every single person who attends will get two free e-books, so mark your calendars for 5-7pm on Saturday, October 10!

I will also participate on several program items at Capclave and will be the presenter at the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction this year.

Okay. Now I’m done bragging. At least for today.



Notable Links – January 2013 Edition

January 22, 2013

Here are some of the interesting writing- and SF-related things happening around the Internet:



Bryan Thomas Schmidt launched a Kickstarter campaign for his next anthology yesterday. This book is called Raygun Chronicles and collects space opera short stories from the now-defunct Raygun Revival magazine as well as a number of original stories.  Raygun Revival was most recently owned by Every Day Publications (which produces the excellent Every Day Fiction magazine) so you get to support both Bryan and EDF in one shot. Click here to pre-order your copy via Kickstarter.




Amazing Stories is back! It’s relaunching this week at

Steve Davidson rescued the world’s oldest science fiction magazine when the previous owners allowed its trademark to lapse. Davidson registered the trademark and spent several years working behind the scenes to resurrect the storied brand.

There is no original fiction – yet. But there are several dozen bloggers who will be covering various topics of interest to SF fandom, including some very familiar names. If all goes according to plan, new fiction is soon to follow.

This isn’t the first time Amazing Stories has been brought back to life. It remained in print for nearly 70 years, finally closing its doors in 1995. Two different publishers attempted to engineer its comeback, but neither attempt succeeded. Let’s hope that third time is the charm and that Amazing Stories will be here to stay.



While Duotrope is doing whatever it is doing behind a pay wall and Submitomancy is still in the process of raising the funds necessary to code their site, Diabolical Plots masterminds Anthony Sullivan and David Steffen created a basic, effective, and free-to-use Wiki tool to track and report submissions called The Submission Grinder.

Although the site is fairly basic and there are still some bugs, it is improving rapidly and moving in the right direction. Anthony and David are committed to always keeping the service free to its users (though there’s a handy Donate button if you’d like to thank them for their hard work!).

But no matter how great a job the two of them do, Wiki sites are always only as good as their data. I encourage the readers of this blog to create accounts and upload their submission results. In my estimation, if we can get over a thousand active users on the site (its at just over 250 as of today), we can turn an already useful tracking tool into a useful and reasonably accurate snapshot of what’s happening at speculative markets.