• Post,  Uncategorized

    A Moment of Repose: Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove

    Reading Time: < 1 minute He gave us fire, and then the gods chased him. So he fled! This is the setup behind my contribution to the anthology, Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove, edited by EDE Bell of Atthis Arts, in which each story must take place during the span of five minutes at the famous hotel located on the East Coast of the United States. A lovely collection, with a whopping sixty-one tales. It just goes to show how creative authors can be when given an idea and told to let their imaginations run free. Given that most of these stories are quite short, this is a great book…

  • Post,  Uncategorized

    Story: Care

    Reading Time: < 1 minute A strange nurse takes a disabled man through his day, teaching him the meaning of basic words and feelings. https://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/space-travel/michael-w-cho/care

  • Post,  Uncategorized

    Story: Inventing the Gods

    Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve always been fascinated that mortals purport to know so much about invisible, all-powerful, supreme beings. How do we know their names? What they do? What they like? They never really talk to us, really, so how would we know? http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/religious/michael-w-cho/inventing-the-gods

  • Post,  Uncategorized

    Galactic Fails on Talltale TV

    Reading Time: < 1 minute If you’ve ever surfed Youtube for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen lots of homemade videos of people attempting–and failing spectacularly–at various feats. You may have seen kids bungling their newest skateboard tricks, or people falling into lakes, or construction jobs gone bad. As we build spaceships and robots and explore the galaxy, don’t you think we’ll still mess up sometimes? My comedy SF short story, “Galactic Fails,” was published today at Tall Tale TV. Listen to the talented Chris Herron bring my story alive–thanks Chris!

  • Post,  Uncategorized

    iRead: The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

    Reading Time: 2 minutes The Paper Menagerie, a short story, swept the major SF/F awards, garnering a Nebula, a Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. The last time this happened was with William Gibson’s Neuromancer, back in the 80s! You almost want to not like it, when it gets that much hype. So as I started it, I might have been a little critical (let’s see what you got, Ken). First I noticed that his prose was clean, spare. Not a lot of wasted words–lots of blanks for the reader to fill in. Hey, I kind of write like that. But pretty soon, I was swept up into the story and forgot all…

  • Post,  Uncategorized

    iRead: The Blue Lamp by Robert Zoltan

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Feast your eyes on this: The sickeningly talented Robert Zoltan has created a special audiobook extravaganza with his great fantasy sword & sorcery piece, The Blue Lamp. Not only can he write, but he can draw, and compose, and produce. Here is the full-monty extravaganza. I first read the story in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (here’s a link to his original publication, it’s free), which is a market I hope someday to crack. Well, Robert set the bar high in this fun tale. I would describe it as Fritz Leiber meets Robert E. Howard. If you are into S&S, you will know what that means and…

  • Post,  Uncategorized

    iRead: The Ghost Ship Anastasia, by Rich Larson

    Reading Time: < 1 minute This was a fun space opera tale that pushed a lot of my buttons: spaceships derelict spaceship dripping organic bio-horror in space crazy computers cool, very cool gadgets panicky maneuvers in suit outside the spaceships There was a bit of Aliens, a bit of 2001, and a lot of Alasdair Reynolds. I have to admit seeing the final solution very early on, but it didn’t matter. Cool, gritty, a little scary and gross. Here’s to fun in SF short fiction! I was not familiar with Rich Larson, but his website shows he is prolific and successful. An up and comer. I look forward to checking his…