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.
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.”
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.
I am pleased to announce my story “Her Path Lay Forward” will be appearing on an upcoming episode of Cast of Wonders, the “speculative fiction podcast for young adults”.
This story features a very unusual dragon slayer, who is nonetheless pretty bad-ass. It also features characters named after basically every person in my family, a fact that I am seriously reconsidering now that it is actually going to be produced! So, uh…sorry if I used your name.
You may remember that my story “Downsizing Pluto” previously appeared on Cast of Wonders way back in 2013.
Details on the episode when it goes live, of course.
My flash story, “O What Freedom, This Great Steel Cage” is in the May issue of Analog, on sale at fine newsstands now.
I want to point out Ian Creasey‘s name on the cover there. This is significant to me personally because years ago, I used to subscribe to a couple of magazines, including Asimov’s. Alas, I had to stop subscribing when I realized that I just wasn’t keeping up with my subscriptions. That stack of unread magazines has sat by my bed ever since, and the one on the top of the stack is the August 2010 issue of Asimov’s.
For SIX YEARS I have stared at the cover of that magazine, the contents seeping into my brain by osmosis as I slept. SIX YEARS of staring at those names, including (you guessed it) Ian Creasey.
I have since met Ian online, so naturally I sent him this picture of me snuggling with my August 2010 Asimov’s:
Very happy to be once again appearing in such a prestigious magazine, and to be sharing a table of contents with Ian.
I am very please to announce that my story “Never” is set to appear at The Sockdolager.
What exactly is a “sockdolager” you muse, and then immediately feel foolish for speaking aloud to an empty room. Ah ha, but that’s where you’re wrong: the microphone in your computer secretly transmits all sound back to me, here in “Is This Thing On” headquarters.
A “sockdolager” is a forceful blow, or an exceptional thing or person.
The Sockdolager is a very small publisher.
We publish genre fiction that’s quite good & mostly short. You can read some, if you like.
And then they have an old timey picture of a fine lady about to wipe the pencil moustache off of a gentleman with her serious krav maga skills….so, my kind of place.
(Seriously, left yourself wide open to the ol’ knee-in-the-junk follow through there, dude)
More details as they become available; tentatively look for the spring issue.
I am extremely pleased to announce that I will once again be gracing the page of Analog magazine, with my story “O What Freedom, This Great Steel Cage”.
(Ten points if anybody besides my brother recognizes where that gif is from) (I’m looking at you, Casey)
This is a story about how technology plays a role in disability, anxiety, and addiction, which is a lot to pack into a very, very short story. I originally wrote this piece for the Art & Words show. It was inspired by “The Wheel” by Stephen Daly.
(Also: story may contain robots).
I am very pleased to announce the sale of my story “Exit Strategy” to Fantasy Scroll Magazine.
“Exit Strategy” is Ocean’s Eleven meets High Fantasy. What happens when a dwarf, a mage, and a thief conspire to steal a dragon’s horde? The same things that always happen during a heist: complications, quick improvisation, and double crosses.
Oh, and did I mention the dragon?
“It’s impossible, and it’s crazy. You’re familiar with the phrase, ‘safer than a dragon’s horde’, right? There’s a reason they say that.”
“Anything’s possible with the right plan,” said Lewin.