Category Archives: Blog

Omicron, Top Gun, Spiderish Robots, and Cats

So after two-and-a-half years of dodging Covid, it caught me. My experience was this: I had a fever for the first day, and a dry cough for the next four. Absolutely no symptoms whatsoever after that. I isolated and hydrated. … Continue reading

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Wendigos and Revolutions

My humorous fantasy story “Love Song of the Wendigo” is out in the Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging anthology (silver edition). The call was for unique twists on cryptozoological and folkloric entities. The story is told from the perspective of the … Continue reading

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The New Cold War, AIDS Fundraising, World War IV

This is in my hometown, 4,500 miles from Ukraine. The solidarity is truly global, and two things have become increasingly clear regarding Putin’s invasion: First, his plan will end up ranking as one of the worst miscalculations in the past … Continue reading

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Ukraine, Cancer Vaccines, James Webb, Saturnalia

As I write this, the threat of nuclear attack is at its highest point since the fall of the Soviet Union. Europe is on the brink of war. A sovereign nation is being invaded. The specter of a new and … Continue reading

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How an Archaeologist and Dracula Helped a Writer Publish a Story

It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the sale of my novelette “The Song of Lost Voices” to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. This will be my ninth appearance in these esteemed pages. Very special thanks to … Continue reading

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Year in Review, Gamebooks, Awards Eligibility

In 2021, I was vaccinated against COVID-19. I then spent time in Greece–in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Kalambaka, and the ruins of Epidaurus and Mycenae. In the autumn I visited Bermuda and had rum swizzlers off the coast of Hamilton. It … Continue reading

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Thankful for the Goldilocks Zone, Howlers, and The Last Library

I am thankful for the Goldilocks Zone and the Cretaceous Extinction event. Thankful for the rise of civilization, art, science, medicine, trade, music, philosophy and literature. For the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Thankful for an exquisitely wonderful group of friends who … Continue reading

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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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