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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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The Dog and the Ferryman

Today marks my third appearance this year in Fantasy & Science Fiction, and seventh overall with that magazine, as my story “The Dog and the Ferryman” hits bookstores, mailboxes, e-readers, and neuralinks everywhere. Ok, no neuralinks yet, but sooner or … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall of an Experiment

For those wondering how the wearing of masks could possibly become politicized, it’s helpful to acknowledge a deeply ugly and unsettling fact: Conspiracy theories are America’s new religion.  On the one hand, conspiratorial thinking is nothing new. Stories of aliens … Continue reading

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The Monsters of Olympus Mons

This month, my story “The Monsters of Olympus Mons” is featured in the July/August issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. And while “An Incident on Ishtar” is still my favorite story I’ve written (and not just because there’s a bunny … Continue reading

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Clockwork, Watchmen, Trolls, and Pac-Man

On the heels of my dieselpunk appearance in Rhonda Parrish’s most recent alliterative series, I have sold a steampunk story to her next pending installment: my story “Checkmate” will be featured in Clockwork, Curses, and Coal. Parrish is not only … Continue reading

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Spring Zombies, Pizza, and Unenlightenments

It’s fascinating how quickly we adapt to new realities.  This morning I went to the grocery store, an act which now requires donning a mask and latex gloves and waiting in a line that stretches out the door, everyone six … Continue reading

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COVID, Hobbits, and Intergalactic Medicine

Fear is the mind-killer. Yes, we’re in the midst of a pandemic that isn’t to be taken lightly, but raiding grocery store shelves and hoarding months’ worth of supplies is only making things worse. Be mindful that other people need … Continue reading

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Death on the Nefertem Express

It’s remarkable what several bottles of wine on a train can do for you. As a kid, I grew up on a steady diet of mystery fiction. My mother was an aficionado of Daphne Du Maurier and Agatha Christie, which … Continue reading

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