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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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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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