Monday, April 10, 2017

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 3 Table of Contents

Pleased to announce the table of contents of The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 3, which hits bookstore shelves June 6. Of course once you see the lineup we've got this year, you'll want to preorder it, I'm sure, so here's the link to Amazon, for your convenience.

Preface by David Afsharirad
Introduction by David Weber
“Cadet Cruise” by David Drake
“Tethers” by William Ledbetter
“Unlinkage” by Eric Del Carlo
“Not in Vain” by Kacey Ezell
“Between Nine and Eleven” by Adam Roberts
“Sephine and the Leviathan” by Jack Schouten
“The Good Food” by Michael Ezell
“If I Could Give this Time Machine Zero Stars, I Would” by James Wesley Rogers
“Wise Child” by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
“Starhome” by Michael Z. Williamson
“The Art of Failure” by Robert Dawson
“The Last Tank Commander” by Allen Stroud
“One Giant Leap” by Jay Werkheiser
“The Immortals: Anchorage” by David Adams
“Backup Man” by Paul Di Filippo

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Surprise" up at Every Day Fiction

My (very) short story "Surprise" is up at Every Day Fiction today. Click here to check it out.

One of the things I most love about short story collections is when the author writes story notes about each story, so I'm gonna do that now for "Surprise." Here we go . . .

A while back, I had four 100-word stories published by SpeckLit, a fact I shamelessly promoted on Facebook. I got the requisite number of "likes," which is always nice, and a friend from grade school liked them enough that she half-joked that I should write her one for her for her upcoming birthday. Well, who can resist that sort of flattery? Plus, I though it would be a fun writing exercise.

I wrote a 100-word short story with a birthday party theme and called it "Surprise." I sent it to Valerie and either she liked it or was polite enough to say that she did. I told her I might try and sell it, if that was okay with her. It was her story, after all. She said that would be fine. Well, I never sold that 100-word version of "Surprise." I'm not sure I even sent it out. I liked it as it was, but I thought the story might benefit from having just a little more meat on its bones. A couple more trips through the metaphorical typewriter and "Surprise" was now double its original length. I sent it off to Every Day Fiction, where it was met with interest. The editors did ask if I wouldn't mind expanding on a few things, however. I was happy to oblige. The version which appears at the link above was what I came up with, and though I'm rather biased, I think it turned out pretty well. See what you think . . .

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I'll be at FenCon this weekend. Here's my schedule. Come see me talk about things!


Friday 3:00 PM  - 4:00 PM  Chinaberry 
Our Communicators Are Supercomputers! 

Description: Star Trek has boldly (or not so boldly) predicted the path of technology. What did they get right? What did they miss? And will we ever get that transporter? 

Friday 6:00 PM  - 7:00 PM  Irving Lecture Hall 
The Slushpile 

Description: Editors discuss the horrors of the slushpile and how you can make your manuscript stand out. 

Saturday  10:00 AM  - 11:00 AM  Trinity V 
FenCon Squares 

Description: It's the classic game show Hollywood Squares with a FenCon twist! Join us for an hour of fun and games as our panel of guests try to help (or bluff) our contestants. We even have a "Secret Square" in each game! Come check it out. You might win a prize! 

Sunday  10:00 AM  - 11:00 AM  Red Oak 
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

Description: Scientific advances we see in the future, and how they might go wrong (and lead to interesting stories)? 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Things from Outer Space

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I've got a new story in Things from Outer Space, edited by Hank Davis! Get your copy today.
"As It Lays" by Yours-Truly is situated between stories by H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Silverberg. Also featured: Stories by David Drake, John W. Campbell, Sarah A. Hoyt, Clifford D. Simak, and more.
It's a bit surreal to be in such great company, with so many of my writing heroes--but hey, I'll take it! Big thanks to Hank for having me.

Monday, August 22, 2016

"The Man from the Future in Rosebud #61

My short story "The Man from the Future" is in the newest issue of Rosebud Magazine (issue 61).

It's a thrill to find my work in the pages of Rosebud, The Biggest Little Literary Magazine in the World. The magazine was a favorite of Ray Bradbury's and, in my book you can't get a much better endorsement than that. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

ArmadilloCon 2016

Hey all,

I'll be at ArmadilloCon this weekend. Schedule below. Come by and say hey!

Horror in the 21st Century
Fri 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Ballroom D
Art of the Short Story
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Southpark A
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Dealers' Room
Short Fiction You Should Have Read Last Year
Sun Noon-1:00 PM Ballroom D

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Year's Best Military and Adventure SF 2015 Out Now

That's right, folks! The wait is over! Run don't walk to your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and get yourself a copy today.

Or you could buy it from Amazon here, B&N here, or cool local Austin independent bookstore Book People here. Or check out Baen's page here, where you can get the ebook directly from the source, DRM free!