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Free Fiction – Her Path Lay Forward on Cast of Wonders

I almost missed this one, since it came out on Christmas day as a special Christmas episode! I am very pleased to present my story “Her Path Lay Forward” in the PREMIER young adult, audio fiction magazine, Cast of Wonders.

My story is the second story in the episode, starting around minute 14 (although I don’t recommend you skip my friend Dave‘s story in the first half, of course!)

Here is the “story behind the story” for Her Path Lay Forward:

My children were looking at the scorecard of the excellent game Dixit, and they were debating about the character facing down the dragon in the picture.

I overheard their discussion: “I think it’s an old woman,” said my daughter. “No,” said my son, “it must be a boy. An old woman can’t fight a dragon.”

An old woman can too fight a dragon! In fact the more I thought about it, the more I thought an old woman was the PERFECT person to fight a dragon.

Specifically my grandmother Agnes is one of the strongest, most capable people I have ever met, and no matter how difficult a task she has been faced with in her life, she always does what needs done.


Interview with me about writing and live theater

Hey everybody, check out this excerpt from an interview I did with The Pulp Stage as part of their (successful, yay!) crowdfunding campaign.

The question was, “What do our plays and genres mean to you as a writer?” (My answer is as long winded and as rambling as you would expect.)


Free Fiction by me: “The Story of Daro and the Arbolita” on StarShipSofa

Hey look, a new story by me!

This story previously appeared in Analog, which is not freely available, so I am especially happy that it is now available for anybody who didn’t grab a physical copy at the time!

For those of you not familiar with StarShipSofa, here is my write up from way back in 2011:

This podcast can only be described as adorable. It is so clearly by the people, for the people and the host is such a nice guy, that you can’t help but love it. However, I would definitely not recommend this for everyone. It’s a lot more than just audio fiction. Although they do include at least one story in every episode, it’s more like one feature among many, instead of the main event. The very, very long episodes contain author interviews, genre news, genre history, upcoming book releases, etc. If you’re really into science fiction in general, then there is a lot to offer here.

On this particular episode it starts off with my story straight away, but I do highly recommend you stick around and listen to the fascinating “science news” segment.


My story now has art!

And it is gorgeous!

As I mentioned previously, you have to subscribe to read the whole story, but you can read an excerpt here.


New story by me! “Ten Things Sunil and I Forgot to Prepare for, When Preparing for the Apocalypse”

I have a new story out in issue 51 of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show!

(Yes, that Orson Scott Card)

I am very, very proud of this story, and I really think you’re going to like it.

This title should come as NO surprise to readers of this blog. The zombie apocalypse is something I’ve spent plenty of time dissecting around here. I’m not sure what it is about the apocalyptic scenario exactly, but I never get tired of it.

Making plans, surviving on your wits, doing what you have to do…except plans never survive contact, now do they? The best laid zombie apocalypse plans would most likely fall apart before things even began (I’m forced to admit, even mine).

But what happens if your plan is *totally* wrong? Like, your plan might be great for surviving zombies, but what if when the apocalypse comes it ends up not being zombies at all?

Maybe it turns out you don’t know as much as you thought you did.

Unfortunately, you have to subscribe to read the whole story, but you can read an excerpt here.


Free Fiction By Me – “Jackrabbit’s Revenge” now available at AE

My story “Jackrabbit’s Revenge” is available in the latest issue of AE Science Fiction, which you can read online for free!

I always kind of thought the Hare got a raw deal. I mean, the Tortoise happened to win that one time, but slow and steady only wins the race if your opponent is a COMPLETE MORON. Tortoise didn’t do anything to deserve it; more of a “right place at the right time” kind of thing.

High time for a rematch, I say. (Except, naturally, everything’s better in spaaaaaaace…)

 

(Best Golden-age-y asteroid mining illustration of all time)

Although being published in Canada is *not quite* the same as being published in another language (or is it, eh?), I’m always happy to be published outside of the US.


My story “The Lesser of Two Evils” to appear in UFO 5

I am VERY excited to announce my story “The Lesser of Two Evils” will be appearing in the Unidentified Funny Objects 5 anthology from UFO Publishing.

The UFO series is a yearly anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy. In addition to my story, the 5th installment  will include stories by David Gerrold, Mike Resnick, Gini Koch, Jody Lynn Nye, Tim Pratt, Esther Friesner, Shaenon K. Garrity, and Laura Resnick.

I don’t normally write specifically to target anthologies, but I write something every year for UFO. Several of those stories have gone on to sell elsewhere, but not to UFO. I like to think of myself as a humorous writer, so the more I got rejected, the more determined I was to get in. Like, “Okay, you think you can write funny stuff? Well, prove it, beat out everybody’s funniest stuff.”

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I’m so excited for you guys to read this one. I think my story is hilarious (is there a Giant Ego anthology? Because I’d totally be in it.), and I know Alex does a great job with these anthologies, start to finish.

Link when it is available to purchase.