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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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If You Want to be a Writer, You Need to Write

There’s a whiff of Zen about the statement. An apparent invite to “Thanks Captain Obvious” quips. Yet recent conversations with fellow writers both aspiring and professional has led me to the same conversational eddy, a kind of black hole accretion … Continue reading

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Mike Resnick, Tunnels, Ferryman

On January 9th of this year, my friend and sci-fi superstar Mike Resnick died from an aggressive form of lymphoma. Mike was a colossus in the field, a mentor to countless many, and a man of continual generosity. His contributions … Continue reading

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