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Vacation on a Wine-Dark Sea

Athens, city of my dreams and birthplace of democracy. Strolling the Plaka district to experience a diverse array of shops, markets, taverna, and restaurants. Drinking retsina the hue of sunlight and ouzo the color of clouds. Sumptuous local fare. Gods … Continue reading

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Trains, Interdimensional Planes, and the “Debate” Over Covid

Having previously posted (and published) about my interest in trains, earlier this month I got to enjoy dinner and drinks aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, a steam-powered ride lapping the sunset miles. The dining car dates back to 1925, … Continue reading

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Social Life, Shadow Walks, and Cyrus

Now that my family, friends, social circle, and much of Connecticut have been fully vaccinated, the month of May has served as a cautious restart to having a social life. A Mother’s Day brunch, a group sushi night at a … Continue reading

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Time Traveling with Hotdogs, Alternate History, and Star Trek

I just sold my story “The Scorpion and the Syrinx” to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, which will mark my eighth appearance in the publication. This sale is the start of a brand new alternate history series that … Continue reading

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Vaccines and Dinosaur Civilizations

I received my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine a week ago, as Connecticut expands its rollout strategy in a race against the variants beginning to circulate in the state. The process was efficient and deeply weird, if I’m being … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Zombie Matrix Apocalypse

Three of my 2020 stories are on TangentOnline’s recommended reading list. This includes my Cold War alternate history thriller “Shadow Rook Red”, and two stories that appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction: “The Monsters of Olympus Mons” (cryptozoological monsters take … Continue reading

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Across From Her Dead Father, Chess, the Roaring Twenties

In a steam-driven Victorian England, war is not fought with massed armies, but rather with duels between specialized combatants for the fate of a nation. This is the idea behind “Checkmate”, my contribution to Rhonda Parrish’s Clockwork, Curses and Coal … Continue reading

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2020 Year in Review

What the hell can I say about 2020?  I was thinking of listing the things I was supposed to do (going to Austria for example, my brother’s wedding, etc). Then I realized that if I start down that rabbit hole … Continue reading

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We Shall Rise, Brain Games, Writing Drafts

Earlier this year when the possibility of a pandemic was not foremost in my mind, I received an invitation to contribute to the New York Times bestselling BLACK TIDE RISING series by John Ringo.  The mainline books have chronicled the … Continue reading

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Weird World War 3, Octopus, Weird Tales, Serling

A year ago (almost to the day as I write this) I received an invitation to contribute to a Baen Books anthology of Weird World War III stories. The “Weird” parameter hinged on the fact that there needed to be … Continue reading

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