I’m trying something new. As you know I’ve written a lot of short stories over the years, and some of them appeared only in print, in now-defunct magazines or one-off anthologies, and they’ve gotten really hard to find. I’ve been thinking of ways to get them back out in the world.

So I’ve set up a page at Curious Fictions, a site where you can explore authors and stories, subscribe to their pages, and maybe drop a few bucks in the tip jar if you’re so inclined.

Here’s my page.

And here’s the first story I’ve posted:  “The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” my hyperactive, anime-inspired cyberpunk romp, that originally appeared in the anthology Hanzai Japan.




new Harry and Marlowe

March 4, 2019

And now, for your edification, a new Harry and Marlowe story at Lightspeed:  Marlowe and Harry and the Disinclined Laboratory.

This fills in the gap between Harry and Marlowe Escape the Mechanical Siege of Paris and the part of the story where they become adventuring partners.



upcoming events

February 25, 2019

Today I’m busy with, well, everything, so here’s a reminder about the conventions I’ll be at this summer:

May 17-19:  KeyCon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It’ll be my first time back in Winnipeg since I was like 10 years old, so I’m excited.

May 31- June 1: Denver Pop Culture Con, formerly Denver Comic Con.

August 15-19: Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland. I’m also planning an extra week in the country to visit as many neolithic sites as I can, since I’m still on that research obsession.

I’m looking forward to summer…


a couple of things

February 1, 2019

This month’s Lightspeed has a new Harry and Marlowe story.

Actually, it’s a Marlowe and Harry story — Marlowe’s the viewpoint character this time. I had the idea for a long time but it didn’t come together until I switched to his point of view, and it was a lot of fun finding out how he sees Harry/Princess Maud.

Buy the issue to read “Marlowe and Harry and the Disinclined Laboratory” now.

The Locus Recommended Reading List for 2018 is out, and I’m happy that a number of my stories made the list:  THE WILD DEAD under science fiction novel, and “Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana” and “The Hunstman and the Beast” under novelette. A pretty good showing if I do say so myself.


one last hurrah for 2018

December 31, 2018

I’ve been thinking of good things that happened in 2018, because a lot of good things did, even though in other ways I’ve been struggling. I won’t have a novel out in 2019 because I didn’t completely finish one this year. I’m working on two, but still revising them, and that’s been tough. It’s put me in a bit of a funk that’s been hard to claw out of. If I’ve been quieter than usual, that may be why. I don’t want to focus on struggling so I end up not focusing on anything at all. And that’s before even thinking about the bigger picture of politics in this country, which has frankly been a parody of itself for awhile now.

So let’s think about the good. This year, Bannerless won the Philip K. Dick Award and that was huge. Like, maybe I really do know how to write novels? I’ve written some of my best short fiction ever. I saw some great birds and went on a couple of great scuba trips.  I got to spend a couple of days in Toronto on the set of The Expanse watching filming — and I can’t say any more about it than that because of the NDA. But it was amazing and I learned a ton.

I hit another milestone this year:  I sold a story to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. “To the Beautiful Shining Twilight” is now available in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue:

This is a milestone because I’ve been sending stories to F&SF since 1990, and this is my first sale to the magazine. Twenty-eight years, I’ve been submitting to this market. It’s a bit of shock seeing my name on the cover. But here we are.

I still have other milestones on my list. We’ll see if I can get to those, too.

Happy New Year!



Christmas Dragons!

December 26, 2018

Another thing that happened while I was traveling was this story about Christmas dragon decorations in Louisiana went totally viral. You probably saw it.

I would just like to brag that the Diana Rowland responsible for the dragons and interviewed in the above article is in fact the SF&F author and my friend Diana, and also my collaborator on the story “Takes All Kinds,” that appears in Urban Allies, edited by Joseph Nassise.

That’s Diana, fighting the good fight for all of us geeky types.


Here is it, my year in review — all the new fiction I published.


The Wild Dead, the sequel to my Philip K. Dick Award-Winning Bannerless, July 2018.


“A Broken Thread in a Dark Room,” Wild Cards: One-Eyed Jacks (reprint edition), Tor Books, August 2018

“Where Would You Be Now,” Tor.com, Feb 2018

“Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana,” Lightspeed Magazine, Sept 2018

“The Huntsman and the Beast,” Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018

Short Stories:

“Closer to the Sky,” Mechanical Animals, ed. Selena Chambers and Jason Heller, Nov 2018

“The Island of Beasts,” Nightmare Magazine, Dec. 2018


For some reason I felt like I hadn’t done that much this year. I think because a lot came out just in the last couple months. Another thing I notice — more novelettes than short stories. So, more “longer” short fiction than usual.  I’m not sure this is even really a trend, since the fiction that came out this year was written over the last several. (“The Secret of Ahomana” and “Closer to the Sky” were written several years ago, for example, and the editors held on to them for various reasons. And then “The Island of Beasts” was maybe six or so months between writing and publication.) When some of it finally gets published is often chance and happenstance.

All that said, my fiction production still seems really consistent. I tell people I can write a novel and a half and six short stories in a year. And here ya go.