Sale! (or, how I learned to stop worrying and write science fiction)

This will be very old news to those of you who follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, but I’ve made my first pro sale! Lightspeed Magazine has picked up “The Parting Glass” for its December 2011 issue. I’m very proud of this story. I wrote it during Week Six at Clarion West in 2010, and as someone who’s a long-time self-avowed fantasy writer it was kind of a big deal for me to write it. Science fiction is often perceived by readers and would-be writers to always involve loads of hard science, complicated astronomical or biological theory (with attending formulae worked out in the text), and brainy scientists who save the day because of their intimate understanding of quantum mechanics. Okay, science fiction is sometimes these things. But it doesn’t have to be. Speaking as a writer who is more right-brained than left, I’ve always been intimidated by the … Continue reading

News and Announcements!

I’m pleased to announce that my story “Nor the Moonlight” will be appearing in the upcoming 20Spec Anthology published by Absolute X Press/Edge. All of the stories in the collection are speculative tales set against the backdrop of the 1920s: The Jazz Age, Prohibition, Decadence and Decay in Europe, etc. The final title and publication date are pending, but the TOC is up here. Major thanks are due to Erika Holt and Jaym Gates for choosing my story. I’m also honored to share the TOC with so many fine writers (including several Clarion West classmates: go John, Jack and Frank!). And even more good news: the February issue of Lightspeed is up. Not only is it chock full of awesome fiction by Cat Rambo, Julie E. Czerneda, Ken Liu, and James Patrick Kelly, but it also includes an article about creating digital lifeforms with the visual effects supervisors for Avatar … Continue reading