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Dune, UFOs, Wedding

I saw the new Dune film this week, which turned out to be an exquisite adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel. The visuals, art direction, and directorial style combine to produce one of the finest examples of cinematic worldbuilding I’ve ever … Continue reading

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The Scorpion and the Syrinx

September opens on a mighty fine note: my novelette “The Scorpion and the Syrinx” is the headlining story in the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction! Welcome to an alternate history in which Roman expansion reached … Continue reading

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The Dread Machine, Duality, and Dark Cheer

I was notified that I’ve sold a story to The Dread Machine (I absolutely love this magazine’s title, along with the thought-provoking work appearing in its pages). The sale is for their Darkness Blooms issue, and will feature tales of … Continue reading

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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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