All three Effugium books free this Friday and Saturday

In 2017, eccentric tech mogul and cult leader Richard Kryuss revamped an early prototype vessel for a planned recreational line of space cruise ships into a generational starship that would carry a carefully-selected few of his followers to a new world. Human beings had been declared an invasive species upon the Earth by a mysterious entity that sent everyone with a smart phone a digital … Continue reading All three Effugium books free this Friday and Saturday

I’ve submitted a story to Asimov’s

The other day when I was unpacking my collection of Asimov’s and Analog magazines, it occurred to me that I’d never submitted a story to either, and I couldn’t think of a single good reason for this. So I did. Why not? The worst that can happen is that it gets rejected, in which case I’ll try again with another story. Should it be accepted, … Continue reading I’ve submitted a story to Asimov’s

The problem with nerds

As someone with lifelong nerdy interests, I feel qualified to speak on this issue. It’s not an attack, just an observation. A significant portion of the “community,” especially those into science fiction, are shockingly rigid and literal in their thinking. The people I’m speaking of could see a beautiful painting of an alien landscape with a spaceship soaring overhead, and the first thing that comes … Continue reading The problem with nerds

Exitium

In Effugium , an organic computer network designed by eccentric tech billionaire Richard Kryuss as a sustainable alternative to the internet becomes self-aware and decides that human beings present a danger to the bees that pollinate the vegetation it requires to propagate itself. It’s prohibited from simply killing them, however. Long story short, it places nearly the entirety of humanity in stasis, awaiting approval from … Continue reading Exitium

Pay up, Disney !

I’ve recently been made aware that Disney is not paying Alan Dean Foster royalties for the still-in-print Star Wars novels he wrote prior to said company’s purchase of said franchise. You can read all about it right here. If you purport to be a “big fan” of Star Wars and don’t know who ADF is, stop embarrassing yourself and go familiarize yourself with his work. … Continue reading Pay up, Disney !

That Ol’ Devil’s Work

Originally appeared in the anthology Static Dreams vol 2, still available in paperback and ebook formats. Walmart(paperback) Nook Kindle Paperback I never asked Pa why we fed the fields. It was just what we’d always done, as far back as I could remember. “Cotton won’t grow without it,” was all he’d tell us, my sister and I, and our father wasn’t the sort of father … Continue reading That Ol’ Devil’s Work

EXITIUM update: Proeliator Latro

Proeliator Latro is the ruler of Bellum, one of the nine Galenian colony worlds. And he’s a really, really, really bad guy. Oh, sure, he seems innocuous enough in chapter one, perhaps even a bit pompous and stuffy. That’s his diplomatic persona, though. His true colors are shown when he pops back up in chapter 15, in which he beats a slave to death out … Continue reading EXITIUM update: Proeliator Latro

THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

I wrote The Act of Laughing over ten years ago. It was the first book I ever attempted to write, and it reads like a Bentley Little or John Saul novel, basically. It’s about a modern-day Ba’al-worshipping cult that also functions as a homeowners association. It’s led by a former archaeologist named Donald Raines, who discovered this ancient, secret religion on one of his excursions … Continue reading THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY