Podcast publication: “Superior Firepower” at 600 Second Saga

November 9, 2017

You can listen to this humorous fantasy flash story for free, here.

It’s an older story but it remains one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it as well!



Two Stories at StarShipSofa Podcast Today

October 5, 2016


This week’s episode of StarShipSofa features a pair of stories that were not previously available online for free. The first is “Dominoes Falling,” the story written in the Dark Expanse video game universe which appeared in the Dark Expanse: Surviving the Collapse anthology. It’s followed by “The Far Side of the Wilderness” which appeared in Beyond the Sun anthology from Fairwood Press. Both are space opera adventures with a bit of a dark bend, so kudos to editor Jeremy Szal for bundling them together as they do complement each other nicely.

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The episode also includes a flash piece by Stephen S. Power from Nature magazine.

Listen to the podcast here.

This is the second time in a week I had a story (or stories) published without advance warning. (i.e. I knew they were going to appear in DSF and SSS at some point, just not when.) Honestly, I can get used to this kind of pleasant surprise.

The next up is “How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World” which I do know the publication date of; it’s scheduled to appear at Amazing Stories on October 12 and I’ll post the link when it goes live!




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.



Book Birthday!

February 2, 2015

Today is the day! No, I don’t mean Super Bowl (or, as I prefer to think of it, Superb Owl.) Rather, today is the day my short story collection is officially released. Many writers affectionately call it book birthday.



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If you already have the book (because you received an advance review copy, got it as a Kickstarter backer, or are a time traveler) you would be doing me a huge favor if you post an honest review on your favorite book-buying web site (and especially Amazon, which uses an algorithm that accounts for the number of reviews each book has in their marketing of the title.)

Over the last week I’ve been working feverishly on typing up interviews, guest blog posts and arranging things like giveaways and podcasts, all meant to launch around the same time as the book releases. So rather than inundate you with each of these individually, here’s the collection of links for all of this various promotional stuff in one neat bow-tied package:

Giveaway at SF Signal: Enter for a chance to win one of two signed paperback copies of the collection.

Giveaway at GoodReads: Another opportunity to win a signed copy of the collection.

Interview at A.C. Wise’s blog

Interview at David Walton’s blog

Interview at Darusha Wehm‘s blog (forthcoming tomorrow)

Listen to Icarus Falls podcasted at Toasted Cake: This is probably my strongest story published last year. If you haven’t read or heard it yet, I strongly encourage you to.

Listen to Requiem for a Druid podcasted at Far-Fetched Fables (forthcoming later this week)

The Art and Science of Anthology Editing – a long, detailed guest post at Locus Online. If you are interested in editing an anthology, or just want to know how the sausage is made, you might find this interesting.

There’s more to come in the next few days, including the release of the audio book!

Three podcast sales!

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!






New Publication: The Rumination On What Isn’t in Nature

September 26, 2013


I’m thrilled to have what I consider my strongest flash story to date to be published in the journal of Nature this week. You can read the story on the web. You can also listen to it — they were also nice enough to podcast it (read very nicely by Kerri Smith).

I wrote “Rumination” in one hour-long sitting. I woke up very early in the morning, and my son Josh’s health was weighing heavily on me. He was five years old, and began experiencing some stomach problems. We had a strong suspicion that he was becoming gluten-intolerant, and were waiting to see a specialist in a few days.

Mind you, I have a number of friends who live with various degrees of gluten sensitivity. I certainly don’t mean to imply that such a diagnosis would in any way be equivalent to what the characters in this story are going through. However, it is not something I would wish on any five-year-old, and my dark mood helped produce a much more emotional story than I am normally capable of,

Josh’s stomach problems thankfully proved to be far less severe; he isn’t allergic/sensitive to anything so far, and I hope it remains that way. But the story went on to earn first place in a Codex anonymous flash-fiction contest among fifty-odd competitors, and went on to become my fourth story to be accepted and published at Nature — all with virtually no revision at all from that version written in the early winter morning this January.

Earlier this week I had another flash story — “Worldbuilding” — published at Daily Science Fiction. It was e-mailed to the subscribers and will go up on the web in a few days, and I’ll make another post about it then. Meanwhile, I’ll take this opportunity to remind folks that I am going to be doing a live reading of my humorous fiction at the Enigma Book Store this Saturday, along with two other funny writers: Russ Cochamiro and Aaron Rosenberg.  Details are posted here.


Podcast of You Bet

September 15, 2013


“You Bet,” the short humor story I wrote to explain what’s happening in the wacky cover art of Unidentified Funny Objects volume 1 was released as a Podcast today by Cast of Wonders. You can listen to it here. As usual, the CoW team and particularly reader John Meagher did a wonderful job with producing this story.  I really wanted to see this one produced in audio because there is a nice ensemble cast of characters in it, all speaking in wacky voices. The episode is just over 15 minutes long. and I encourage you to check it out.

This is my second story at Cast of Wonders (with the third one on the way). My previous story with them was “The Field Trip,” the translation of which happened to have been released in Romanian today. If you speak the language, you can check it out in the current issue of Revista SRSFF.

It’s really cool to have stories published in the United Kingdom and Romania at the same time. I’m also excited that one of my stories will be published in my native Russian soon. I will post details about that when I can.