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.
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.
May 2, 2018
My latest short story is out in the current issue of Galaxy’s Edge magazine, which means it will remain free to read online for the next two months. After that you will need to purchase an issue in order to access the story.
“Diamonds in the Rough” is the tale of alien contact set in the chaotic days of post-Soviet Union Russia circa early 1990s.
In other news, submissions are now closed for UFO7. We received 790 stories and are reading through the last of them over the next couple of days. After that I’ll be re-reading the second look pile and making final decisions. As is the case each year, there’s already more good material than we can use, so it’ll be a matter of balancing the TOC. I’ll post updates on Twitter so those still in convention know the status of the subs.
Also, I recently sold a pair of reprints to new anthologist Eric Fomley, who’s seeking to promote flash- and micro-fiction (goals I find to be quite worthy!) Timeshift will be an anthology of time-travel and time-dilation flash fiction forthcoming later this year (and featuring some excellent writers that I’m aware of!) but first up is Drabbledark: an anthology of dark drabbles. A drabble is a story that’s exactly 100 words. This project is currently on Kickstarter and has a modest funding goal, so take a look at it here. That’s a whole lot of tiny stories for only three bucks.
ETA: Oh hey, this totally snuck up on me, but the new issue of Intergalactic Medicine Show is also out! It includes my humorous flash tale, “Customer Service Support Ticket at All-American Wizardry Supply and Custom Floor Mat Emporium” in print and audio, however you have be a subscriber to access it currently.
March 2, 2017
This story is what it sounds like. It’s about golf. With aliens. Played to the death. What’s not to like?
“Golf to the Death” takes place in the same universe as “The Dragon Ships of Tycho” and “The Sgovari Stratagem,” except neither of those stories are at all funny, whereas this one is humorous and should hopefully remind readers of the Retief yarns by Keith Laumer.
I’m also proud to tuckerize awesome writer Ferrett Steinmetz as one of the characters. Ferrett lamented that due to his unusual name he doesn’t get written into stories, so I rose to the challenge. 🙂
It’s free to read at the G.E. website for the next 60 days. After that – or at any point, really – you can purchase the issue!
September 14, 2016
It’s been a busy month. I traveled to Worldcon in Kansas City where I had a wonderful time, followed it up with a family vacation to Costa Rica where I also had a wonderful time, except I came back with a bad ear infection in both ears. (Bright side: the infection didn’t kick in while we were on vacation, only after.) I’ve been on two antibiotics and it’s finally clearing up enough to where I can write and work. Let me tell you, those things aren’t fun.
Meantime, two of my brand-new stories have been published! “Dante’s Unfinished Business” was released on September 1 in Galaxy’s Edge magazine. It’s free to read for two months, and available via subscription/purchase thereafter. As I enjoy experimenting with all forms and styles of humor, it occurred to me that I’ve never written a pot humor story in the style of Cheech and Chong (well, sort of.) So I decided to try my hand at it, blatantly ignoring the fact that I’ve never actually smoked any pot. Making sure my references were authentic meant getting an entirely different set of beta readers in addition to the ones I normally use. But I’m told I mostly got the references right, so I hope you’ll enjoy the tale. I also wrote it after binge-watching two seasons of Rick and Morty and I think a lot of the humor in the story was also influenced by that. Plotwise, it’s a loose retelling of Dante’s Inferno, except Dante is a 21st century pothead and instead of Virgil he is shown around hell by the ghost of Bob Marley.
The second story was just published online today, and will be in this week’s issue of the journal of Nature. “A Perfect Medium for Unrequited Love” is about artificial intelligence, love, and embedding communications “in the most interesting of media.” I wrote a more detailed “the making of” for the Nature Futures blog and you can read it here. I enjoy writing about artificial intelligence. Another story that explores its themes is forthcoming from Amazing Stories in the coming months or weeks.
June 30, 2015
The July issue of Galaxy’s Edge is now live, and you can read my novelette, “Islands in the Sargasso”, for free — but only for the next couple of months, until the September issue is released and then you’ll have to buy the issue. So, read now! It has alien invasion fleets, a galaxy-spanning conspiracy, and drug addiction.
I always love being published in Galaxy’s Edge — not only because it’s edited by Mike Resnick, whom I greatly admire, but also because I get to share the table of contents with all kinds of cool people. Just look at the above!
At 8000 words, “Islands in the Sargasso” will briefly become the longest piece of my fiction available — but only briefly. The H. G. Wells, Secret Agent novella is coming out very soon! In fact, July 2015 will have more new words written by me released into the world than any month prior. I’m super excited!