November 15, 2014
SFWA members received an e-mail this morning notifying them that the Nebula nomination ballot is now available, which signals the beginning of the 2015 award season.
Should you wish to consider any of my writing for your ballot, I had a total of 16 short stories published in 2014 (so far. There *may* be another flash piece forthcoming at DSF, but I don’t know if it will be this year or the next. No other longer stories are due out before 2015). Choosing among these is a little bit like choosing among ones’ children, but if absolutely pressed, I’d ask you to consider “Icarus Falls” as I feel it packs the most emotional punch. Here are a few of my own “top picks” for 2014:
“Icarus Falls” – Daily Science Fiction
The fist astronaut to travel beyond our solar system tries to reconnect with her estranged daughter as she is losing her memories.
“The Golem of Deneb Seven” – InterGalactic Medicine Show
A Jewish family immigrates to another planet to escape civil war on Earth, but the war catches up to them and they find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict.
“Fate and Other Variables” – Galaxy’s Edge
A computer hacker and a kabbalist team up to break into the metaphysical Book of Fate and rewrite their futures.
“High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity” – InterGalactic Medicine Show
A sequel to “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.” A Pandora’s box shows up at the Pawn Shop while two factions of the Fae covet technology that would allow electronics to work in their realm.
“Doubt” – Galaxy’s Edge
A cybernetically-enhanced assassin who can’t feel pain faces off against his greatest adversary.
The complete list of my other stories is posted on my Bibliography page.
January 3, 2013
“The Miracle on Tau Prime” went live on the Daily Science Fiction web site today. So if you haven’t subscribed to free DSF e-mails (and shame on you if you haven’t!), you can now read it online. This is the story about the Vatican miracle investigators… in space!
I had many fine stories published this year, but this may be the strongest story I wrote and had published in 2012. Do check it out.
In other news, Rebecca Roland interviewed me on her blog today. I tried my best to be entertaining. Head over to her blog, read the interview, and let me know how I did 🙂
And finally, a completely unrelated but absolutely awesome bit, about William Shatner’s Twitter exchange with a real-life astronaut.
August 31, 2012
My humorous take on the nature of art and creativity is published at Every Day Fiction today. You can read “Those Who Can’t Do” here.
In a related bit of news, my very first published story “Good Advice” has been selected for inclusion in “The Best of Every Day Fiction Year Four” anthology.
August 29, 2012
A few months ago, Kasma SF published my flash fiction story “Nuclear Family.” At 500 words it is one of the shortest stories I’ve written, but I am very proud of how much punch it packs for its length. Several of my fellow writers whose talent I admire had incredibly nice things to say about “Nuclear Family” when it was first published and I was thrilled to share it with the world.
Recently Kasma posted their web traffic numbers and I found out that it was one of the least-read stories on their site.
It’s not that the readers didn’t like it. They didn’t click on it. This story was likely read by less people than some obscure 1000-page congress bill. I was upset. Still am. The greatest reward in writing fiction is to have people read and experience it. So I figured the best thing I can do about it is to give the story a little boost. Next time you’re in a mood for a very short (and absolutely not humorous) flash story, would you please check Nuclear Family out? And, if you like it, perhaps point it out to some other readers? You will not only be mending my fragile ego, but also discovering Kasma, which has been publishing consistently excellent stories.
Click here to read “Nuclear Family”.
July 10, 2012
It’s been a busy week for me, to be sure. In addition to all the anthology work, I managed to sell two stories and also had two anthologies (available in real, physical dead-tree format!) come out that include my stories.
First up is In Situ, a collection of short stories featuring alien archaeology. My humor story “The Field Trip” closes out the book. Here’s a little preview:
The planet in question had been populated by tool using bipedal mammals who learned to split the atom a little too soon for their own good and went boom. The scenario was so common in this part of the galaxy that there are entire digital storage units full of examples, and they are all filed under “Boring.”
You can read more about this story in my interview on Dagan Books web site over here.
To purchase the book click here.
The second anthology out this week is The Memory Eater. All stories collected in this book are inspired by the technology that allows its user to selectively erase memories. The first story I wrote for this book titled “The Take” didn’t make the cut there, but was published at Daily Science Fiction. My second story was “Seven Conversations in Locked Rooms” and I’m rather pleased with it. Click here to buy a copy.
I should add that both of these fine books were published by small businesses and every dollar really counts. So if you like my stories, and those of the other contributors, and can afford it, consider supporting them by purchasing these books.
On to new business:
My humor flash story “Those Who Can’t Do” was accepted at Every Day Fiction. This will be my fourth appearance at EDF, the first magazine to ever publish one of my stories. “Those Who Can’t Do” should be released sometime in August or September.
And yet another humor flash story, “How To Locate and Capture Time Travelers: a Memo” was picked up by Third Flatiron publishing and will be released on December 1 in their “Origins” themed issue.
July 1, 2012
My space opera story “Price of Allegiance” is out today in the Politics-themed issue of Penumbra e-zine.
When it comes to influence and power among the membership of the Galactic Union, Earth is near the bottom of the totem pole. So when an opportunity comes along to finally earn some clout and possibly gain access to advance alien technologies, Earth leaders jump at the chance. But things aren’t as they seem, and soon the humans are entangled in a dangerous power play that can determine not only the future of Earth itself, but of all the worlds within the Union.
Click here to purchase the issue.
April 25, 2012
A few months ago I announced the sale of “The Dragon Ships of Tycho” to an upcoming anthology. Today I’m thrilled to be able to post some additional details about it. The anthology is called “Galactic Creatures” and is forthcoming from the Sparkito imprint of Dark Quest Books in late May.
“Galactic Creatures” editor Elektra Hammond posted the cover art (above) and the table of contents on her blog yesterday. The anthology will be published in trade paperback format ($14.95) and as an e-book, and will debut at BaltiCon on Memorial Day weekend.
“Galactic Creatures” was the first project I’ve been directly invited to participate in. It is what’s called a “private anthology.” While some editors call for public submissions and wade through hundreds of slush stories to find a few gems, oftentimes editors contact a handful of authors whose work they’ve enjoyed in the past directly and ask them to write something that fits the theme. Such an invitation is not a guarantee of publication — write a dud and you’ll end up rejected just as quickly as you might from anywhere else. But, once invited, your odds are very good indeed.
Mrs. Hammond copy-edited another story of mine, for another publication. She liked it enough to offer me a chance to write something for her upcoming project, and I was happy to oblige. Since then I’ve been invited to two other anthologies (and let me tell you, the VIP ride past the slush pile NEVER gets old!) — but it’s always the first such opportunity that is the most memorable.
As we get closer to the release date I will blog more about this anthology, revealing its theme and other details when they become available from Dark Quest Books (wouldn’t want to spoil any info ahead of the publisher!). I’m also hoping to attend the launch party at BaltiCon, schedule permitting.
April 21, 2012
“Hunger” is the story of the last yeti, being hunted by the humans for the unforgivable crime of being too different. This one isn’t available to read online for free, but you can buy a printed issue or an e-book.
And if you’re getting a bit tired of my constant publication updates this month, I’ve got bad news for you: there are MORE on the way, likely to hit before the month is out. Mwahaha!
Seriously though, if someone told me 2 years ago that I would have four short stories published in a single week, I would have laughed in their face. Life is good.
April 18, 2012
This story was written for one of the Shock Totem contests. Every few months the horror/dark fiction magazine sponsors a contest where a prompt is provided and each author submits their story anonymously, to be judged by fellow entrants. I enjoy the process and try to participate whenever I can, and it often results in pretty good stories. “Spidersong” — my first SFWA sale — was another ST contest story. For “The Traveling Fair” the prompt was to write a story under 1000 words featuring a giant monster and fireworks.
Click here to read The Traveling Fair at Every Day Fiction, and don’t forget to rate it!