May 22, 2015
The fourth annual Unidentified Funny Objects anthology will contain 23 stories totaling approximately 86,000 words. Cover art by Tomasz Maronski. Interior illustrations by Barry Munden.
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“We Can Get Them for You Wholesale” by Neil Gaiman
“The Time-Traveling Ghost Machine of Professor Jaime Peligrosa” by Andrew Kaye
“Please Approve the Dissertation Research of Angtor” by Caroline M. Yoachim
“Match Game” by Esther Friesner
“The Transformation of Prince Humphrey” by Brent C. Smith
“In the End, You Get Clarity” by Laura Pearlman
“Project Disaster” by Tim Pratt
“Hello Hotel” by Piers Anthony
“Bob’s No Kill Monster Shelter” by Ian Creasey
“Board Meeting Minutes” by Oliver Buckram
“Armed for You” by Anaea Lay
“The Unfortunate Problem of Grandma’s Head” by Karen Haber
“My Mother Loves Her Robot More than Me and I Feel Bad” by Eric Kaplan
“The Worm that Turned” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Department of Death Predictions, Final Notice” by Tina Gower
“Champions of Breakfast” by Zach Shephard
“Keeping Ahead” by Mike Resnick
“So You’ve Metamorphosed into a Giant Insect. Now What?” by James Aquilone
“Confessions of an Interplanetary Art Fraud” by Michael J. Martinez
“Texts from My Mother about an Alien Invasion” by Tina Connolly
“Support Your Local Alien” by Gini Koch
“Topics to Avoid on a First Date with Yourself” by Jonathan Ems
“The Monkey Treatment” by George R. R. Martin
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
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.
November 6, 2014
Various things have been keeping me extra-busy this week, but here’s a quick post so I can link to another one of my stories that was published this week — a flash piece “Letting Go” in Daily Science Fiction.
There are also a couple of nice new reviews for UFO3, including a Publisher’s Weekly review. I linked them on the UFO Publishing Facebook page.
July 29, 2014
“The Golem of Deneb Seven” takes place lightyears away, but at its heart is a story of family, and of civilians caught in the middle of the war they want no part of. It is especially topical now, given what’s going on in the Ukraine (even though it was written before the conflict there began). The story is now out as part of IGMS’s issue 40, and is its lead story, which means it got the full color cover treatment. I love, love, love the illustration M. Wayne Miller created for it!
Also, there’s the Kickstarter campaign for “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories.” It’s been almost exactly 24 hours since the campaign launched, and it’s nearly 75% funded! That’s amazing, and I’m very grateful to everyone who pledged and helped spread the word so far. I already have some lofty stretch goals in mind that will hopefully appeal to everyone, so please keep sharing and talking about this project!
June 25, 2014
This week’s issue of the journal of Nature includes my SF flash story “A One-Sided Argument,” featuring crash-landed aliens, tragedy, and PTSD.
You can read the story online, free of charge: click here.
June 14, 2014
My latest flash story is out at Daily Science Fiction this week, and it is free to read online.
This one is dedicated to the memory of Roger Zelazny. Those of you familiar with his “Game of Blood and Dust” will undoubtedly note some similarities, though the tone and the resolution of the story is sufficiently different from his story.
And if you haven’t read “The Keepsake Box,” which also premiered at DSF, early this year, it is now live in the “Pandora’s Box” volume of Timeless Tales.
Both are very short stories, perfect to read when you have a spare 5 minutes. Enjoy!