March Update

March 1, 2018


I find that I haven’t been updating the blog as often as I should, partly because I’ve been very busy and partly because I’ve used social media to post about the new sales and reprint publications. That is rather unfair to folks who read this blog, so I am going to recap the recent publications here (copying them shamelessly from my own mailing list.)

Repairs at the Beijing West Space Elevator” (Chinese translation only) at Futures Affairs Administration
Future Fragments, Six Seconds Long” (reprint) in Toasted Cake podcast
Parametrization of Complex Weather Patterns for Two Variables” (reprint) in Little Blue Marble 2017 anthology
Future Fragments, Six Seconds Long” (reprint) in Diabolical Plots: The Early Years anthology

And speaking of mailing list, I send out an email update once a month which also includes some exclusive content — usually a short story, but sometimes an article or a speech or another bit of writing that may be of interest. This month’s update included “Recall Notice,” a Lovecraftian humor short story that appeared in an anthology a bit over a year ago and isn’t available anywhere online at the moment. If you’d like to receive these updates, please subscribe here:




New publication: “Future Fragments, Six Seconds Long” at Diabolical Plots

July 1, 2016

My fantasy flash story is now live at Diabolical Plots, free to read here.

This story was originally written for the Art and Words collaborative show, inspired by the art in the poster below. I’m happy it found a good home at Diablolical Plots, edited by David Steffen. Enjoy!





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.