New story out today! “The Auditor and the Exorcist”

The people behind the American tech industry blog TechDirt have put together an anthology of stories about the future of work called (appropriately) Working Futures, and I’m excited to have a story in it. Continue reading “New story out today! “The Auditor and the Exorcist””

WOTF 35 is in full swing

WOTF 35 is in full swing. This year’s writer winners are Christopher Baker, Carrie Callahan, David Cleden, Preston Dennett, Andrew Dykstal, fellow Ottawa writer John Haas, Kyle Kirrin, Mica Scotti Kole, Rustin Lovewell, Wulf Moon, Elise Stephens, and Kai Wolden. Hugo-nominated past WotF winner Kary English is guest blogging the workshop and awards daily at https://www.writersofthefuture.com/blog/.
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New story in Future Science Fiction

Future SFI’m excited to have a story, “The Zest for Life,” in issue 2 of FUTURE SF, which drops today, March 15th. “The Zest for Life” will also be published on their website mid-April, the week of Earth Day.

Future SF is a collaboration between the Future Affairs Administration, which publishes excellent SFF in China, and UFO Publishing, which is much-loved for its annual Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies. Issue 2 has stories from MIKE RESNICK, DAVID WALTON, BETH CATO, DANTZEL CHERRY, WANXIANG FENGNIAN, TAIS TENG & JAAP BOEKESTEIN, NATALIA THEODORIDOU, and SVYATOSLAV LOGINOV. I’m quite chuffed to be sharing a TOC with these authors.

Skyglow and you

My young son was excited to make out the constellation of Orion for the first time this winter. Unfortunately for us, we live right downtown and can barely make it out, thanks to skyglow. The image above is a terrific side-by-side of Orion with and without the skyglow of Orem, UT. Here in Ottawa, Ontario, all we can see of Orion is the 7 brightest stars: the belt, shoulders and toes. I was inspired to write a short piece on skyglow for kids.

Local Author Wins Prize For Great Story

Today I had the pleasure of meeting one of this year’s Writers of the Future winners, John Haas. John’s a talented author and a published novelist. His debut novel, The Reluctant Barbarian, was published by local small press Renaissance Press. His fiction has also appeared in numerous anthologies & magazines.

I’m really looking forward to seeing John’s story in Writers of the Future 35. Congratulations, John!

New story up in Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Online January 2019I’m very excited to have a story appearing in Flash Fiction Online’s January 2019 food-themed issue.

The editor, Suzanne Vincent, on this month’s issue: “This month, we invite you to experience a gamut of emotions—grief, longing, frustration, humor, and one very disturbing peek into codependency–all revolving around our favorite subject—FOOD!” My story, Salt, Spices, Fat, Honey, is the “very disturbing peek.”

Update: Charles Payseur reviewed “Salt, Spices, Fat, Honey” in his review of the issue on his site, Quick Sip Reviews. Thank you for the thoughtful review, Charles!

The science inside the story

My winning science fiction story for Writers of the Future vol. 34, “A Bitter Thing,” was inspired by hard science. In the story, an intergalactic traveller falls for Ami the moment he sees her. It seems to be love at first sight, but can she really trust her understanding of his alien emotions?

The story revolves around the intergalactic traveller, Teese. His alien emotional system was inspired by two disparate pieces of real, Earthly biology. The first is the biology of cephalopod skin, and the second is known as mirror-touch synesthesia. Continue reading “The science inside the story”