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.
May 20, 2015
This week’s issue of Nature includes “Grains of Wheat,” my story of big pharma, chess mythology, and revenge. You can read it here for free. There’s also a link from the story that leads to a brief essay about the inspiration and writing challenges behind it, which I hope readers of this blog will find interesting.
November 17, 2014
“A One-Sided Argument” flash story, originally published in Nature, appears on the second episode of the new podcast MedusPod. I listened to the first episode and was impressed with the voice acting and production values, so I sent in this story and they enjoyed it! Not only did D.E. Medus do a wonderful job of narrating, he also created a cool cover for it, above. Those are the two weapons mentioned at one point in the story (though I don’t want to spoil anything else for you).
MedusPod is just starting out, so give them a listen and maybe send them a story to help get them going.
Read “A One Sided Argument” in Nature
Listen to “A One Sided Argument” at MedusPod
March 11, 2014
This has been a good week for my podcast sales.
I signed a contract for a brand-new dark fantasy/horror flash story “The Lekar’s Fortune” to appear at the new pro-paying podcast, Electronic Voice Phenomenon.
Two more stories (both previously published in the journal of Nature) have been accepted by Tina Connolly to run on her Parsec-award winning podcast, Toasted Cake.
The first is “The Tell-Tale Ear” — a humorous near-future take on the Edgar Allan Poe classic.
The second is “Coffee in End Times,” a darker tale co-written by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and I.
“Coffee” sold to Nature on its first outing, and was picked up by Tina at Toasted Cake on its third-ever submission. Clearly, Alvaro and I are doing something right, and should collaborate more!
January 21, 2013
Tina Connolly did a great job reading my flash story “A Brief Respite from Eternity” at the Toasted Cake podcast.
This is a space opera about love, eternity, and the heat death of the universe. It was originally published in Stupefying Stories in April of 2012.
Also, Bogi Takacs reviews two of my religion-inspired SF stories on her blog. Spoiler alert: she likes one of them 🙂
December 9, 2012
Back in the spring, a bunch of writers on Twitter challenged each other to write the longest (and, of course, most interesting) flash stories consisting of only one sentence. This blog post explains the back story, features my own entry, and links to the stories posted by all of the other participants who chose to post their stories publicly.
Matthew Bennardo liked the idea so much, he decided to produce and publish an anthology of one sentence stories. For the next two weeks Matthew is accepting submissions, with guidelines outlined on his blog. Check it out!
September 2, 2012
Another flash fiction piece out September 1 from Kazka Press. This flash has what I think is the coolest magic system I came up with. What’s also cool is that folks at Kazka created an original illustration piece for the story which looks pretty awesome!
Read it here.
Remember “Nuclear Family” which I bemoaned for not getting enough attention when it was originally published? Not only has it gotten a lot more reads and some wonderful comments, but Kazka Press picked up it as a reprint for their upcoming holiday-themed anthology of SF/F. Yay for traction!