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Ride the Star Wind Out Now

Ride the Star Wind, an anthology of Lovecraft-themed space opera, is now available from Broken Eye Books in paperback and hardback format. I received my hardback copy recently and it’s gorgeous, from the lush cover to the rich array of professional illustrations inside. It was particularly exciting to see the illustration for my story.

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Ride the Star Wind by Broken Eye Books

My story in the anthology is called “The Eater of Stars” and it’s about 6,000 words of space opera set in the same Astral Diadem setting as my other stories. The attempt here was to create a contrast between an imaginable humanoid high-tech/magitek civilization and the further unknown: a species of alien beings significantly more advanced than the humanoid civilization. Along those lines, it uses a device from The Shadow Out of Time, among others.

The viewpoint character Chydi is a diplomatic attache for a mid-level interplanetary state called Brakandy. She’s posted at the Circlet, which is the hub of an interstellar federation called the Association, ruled somewhat loosely by a benevolent AI known as Governing Intelligence.

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Chydi flees a Gi Pawn. No pushing on the travelators.

Her backstory, while not obviously relevant to the main storyline, allowed for some fun point of view shifts during the course of the story related to gender articles.

The accompanying illustration by Mike Dubisch (to the right) is gorgeous and captures what I hope is a frenetic and exciting opening to the tale. We see Chydi in her pajamas running and pushing up a travelator (a moving sidewalk) within the interior of the Circlet, desperate to reach Governing Intelligence to warn it about an impending disaster.

The Circlet is a well-ordered society however, and pushing is not allowed. The robot in the background is a Gi Pawn, an encapsulation of the Circlet’s overriding AI which enforces local laws.

The collection is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com here. It’s a fantastic anthology overall with great stories and high production values.

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Beetle-Cleaned Skulls Live on Escape Pod

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“Beetle-Cleaned Skulls” on Escape Pod, as read by Trendane Sparks

Exciting day today as Escape Pod has published my science fiction short story, “Beetle-Cleaned Skulls” on their site, both as a text version and a 30-minute audio version read by professional voice talent Trendane Sparks.

This is an exciting milestone,  my first SFWA-qualifying sale and the first one to go live. It’s also the second time I’ve heard my own work in audio form read by others. It’s exciting to hear a skilled narrator reading your own work, while at the same time your own clumsy phrasing and poor word choices is cringe-inducing.

The story itself is set in the Astral Diadem, the same broad setting used by most of the other work on this page. The Rapport that feature prominently in this one are mentioned tangentially in “Faster Than Death”, (previously published in the Shattered Space anthology). The same setting also appears in “The Eater of Stars” forthcoming in Ride the Star Wind, as well as 7-8 other shorts currently making the rounds.

Beyond that, I won’t say too much about “Beetle-Cleaned Skulls” itself. You’ll have to go and read or listen to the story yourself.

Faster Than Death in Shattered Space

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Shattered Space by Tacitus Publishing

Sounds like a long, cool title but it’s actually two names in one: “Faster Than Death” is a short story I wrote that’s out now in the Shattered Space anthology. Available from Tacitus Publishing, this anthology collects short stories featuring science fiction and horror and is available through Amazon. It’s also included in the Kindle Unlimited program, meaning you can read it for free if you’re a KU subscriber.

The following blurb accompanies the collection:

The concept of traveling through space and visiting outlandish planets has always fascinated humankind. But what if these journeys to the outer reaches are not so pleasant? What horrors, whether alien or imagined, would we find? Once there, what new challenges will we face as technology progresses beyond socially acceptable behaviors and what we perceive as ‘human nature’? Shattered Space showcases a collection of short stories written by gifted authors that touch on some of the possible answers.

My story is set in the Astral Diadem setting used for most of my stories and oddly enough, it ties into the story “Beetle-Cleaned Skulls” that will be broadcast on Escape Pod in a couple of months, albeit in a loose and tangential way. One doesn’t need to read one story to follow the other, or vice versa.

The illustration accompanying this post is part of the anthology, which includes a black and white line drawing with each story created by the multi-talented editor, James S. Austin. In this case, we’re seeing Raku’s eyes covered with a black glass, one of the key visual elements in the story.

Other stories in the collection are written by C.R. Galarza, David F. Gray, Colin Hinckley, Gregory L. Norris, Daniel Rosen, Josh Shiben, T.S. Kummelman, Brett Parker, and the editor, James S. Austin. A great bunch of stories they are too, and a huge thanks to Tacitus Publishing for including my piece and giving it a home.

The Squirming, Scarlet Madness

I’m happy to announce my novelette “The Squirming, Scarlet Madness” has been accepted by The Society of Misfit Stories and will be published October 7th. It’s my first paid sale in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres!

The story is about 10,000 words and follows a young woman on trial for parricide in a closed religious community. The Lovecraftean theme is deep and deliberate, albeit with some twists. That said, it’s not set on Earth but a secondary, created world called the Astral Empire, the same setting used by most of my stories. The subject matter is also darker than my others, with murder, black magic, and cosmic entities.

SSM_smallThe story had its genesis as a NaNoWriMo project from  2014 and while it never panned out as a novel, I liked it in a shorter form. Due to its length and genre, it didn’t qualify for a lot of short story markets. So it surprised me that it turns out to be the first of my current stories to be a paid sale, finding a home after only four submissions. A huge thank you to Julie Ann Dawson and Bards and Sages Publishing.

You can view the schedule of upcoming stories for the Society here. I will provide another post and link to it on Facebook and Twitter when it’s available for sale.

Quanta Rabbit

I’m pleased to announce my flash fiction piece Quanta Rabbit was a finalist in Scientific American’s quantum shorts competition, recently concluded.

The story is accessible here, and other finalists can be viewed here. Congratulations to Liam Hogan, who’s “Ana” took home the $1500 prize.

While it’s disappointing not to win, I was pleased to have been a finalist and look forward to next year’s competition.

The stories were required to feature a genuine aspect of quantum physics in some way, and mine uses superposition at extreme temperatures to suggest its resolution.

The entire story is ~950 words.