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Anthony Bourdain

“Fellow travelers, this is what you want, this is what you need. This is the path to true happiness and wisdom.” Anthony Bourdain uttered those words while sitting on a red plastic stool on a street-side restaurant in Vietnam. And … Continue reading

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Crash Site, Jackbox, and the War Hero universe

I enjoy experimenting with perspective in my writing. My novelette “Crash Site” (now available in the May/June 2018 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction) was written as a large-scale canvas to explore a rogue’s gallery of viewpoints within the frame … Continue reading

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A Quiet Place of Terror and a City in the Sky

I saw A Quiet Place and found it to be one of the most intense films I’ve seen since 28 Weeks Later. Smart, tightly constructed and truly scary, with an admirable devotion to show-don’t-tell storytelling and a thoroughly unique nature … Continue reading

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Bygone days of the Astroliners

From the outside, the rocketship looks like some relic of the early Cold War. It’s little more than a lengthy cylinder like some retrofitted ICBM, with a bright red needle on the end like a painted narwhal tusk. The words … Continue reading

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Bidding 2017 Farewell

In 2017, I spent time in London, Amsterdam, Germany, Paris, and Switzerland (where I was forced into a duet with a professional yodeler). I was a guest on the NECSS panel in Manhattan to speak about science fiction in film. … Continue reading

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Blade Running into Brainlessness

So I got around to seeing Blade Runner 2049. And my review, like my feelings on the film, is complicated. On the one hand, I enjoyed and respected it. Denis Villeneuve is clearly someone who understands science-fiction as a genre, … Continue reading

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Great Wars, It, Flash Fiction

A few months back, I visited a World War I exhibit at the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, CT, where they have a reconstruction of a trench and invite you to don authentic garb. This war fascinates me, in … Continue reading

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Great Silence, Strange Beasts, Luminous Wings

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Great Silence, the Fermi Paradox, Great Filters. It’s difficult to have this conversation at all because we have only one data-point, but what’s the deal? “Two possibilities exist,” wrote Clarke. “Either we are … Continue reading

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“Galleon”, Dorian Gray, and Immortality

My sci-fi novelette “Galleon” is in the current (July/August 2017) issue of Analog. And a podcast of my dark fantasy story “The JPEG of Dorian Gray” is available from the nice folks at Third Flatiron. The stories have nothing to do with each … Continue reading

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