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“The Children of the Mountains” is free until Feb. 20th

The short story “The Children of the Mountains” is free until Feb. 20th.

Here’s the pitch: When a galaxy-weary journalist arrives in a faux-Bavarian lodge, high in the mountains of yet another faux-Earth, he has only one objective: to get the lowdown on a lone-wolf scientist and return to civilization as soon as possible. The children of the mountains, however, have other plans for him. “What music they make!”

And, as usual, here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2Exo3PN read more

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A COMPANION PIECE TO THE “FOUR SHORT STORIES WORTH READING” POST

The “Four Stories Worth Reading” post highlighted four short stories featuring Comrade Joseph Stalin. Although roughly, very roughly, based on the historic figure, a political leader who sent perhaps as many as fifty million people to their deaths, the Comrade Stalin of these stories is a somewhat different person. Duh! By definition, fiction is untrue. Which means that it’s about as factually reliable as much of our news media.

By the way, the fifty-million figure cited above is an approximation. Estimates run as high as a hundred million. Also, the fifty-million figure does not include the additional tens of millions of people who died in China as an indirect result of Soviet actions following the establishment of the PRC, nor does it include, as far as I’m aware, the twenty million—ten military and ten civilian—deaths due to World War II. read more

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The Print Version of The Many Hells of Daisy Wong is Now Out

The print version of The Many Hells of Daisy Wong is now out.  Even if I do say so myself, it turned out very nicely, a lovely addition to any bookcase.

Soapbox Rising Press has collected the Daisy Wong stories into a single volume, The Many Hells of Daisy Wong. This collection has been a longtime coming, but Soapbox Rising Press and I have finally buckled down and gotten it out, in both electronic and print formats. The press’s publisher went above and beyond with both interior and cover design. read more

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FOUR SHORT STORIES WORTH READING

FOUR SHORT STORIES WORTH READING

This post highlights four short stories. They feature Comrade Joseph Stalin. Although roughly, very roughly, based on the historic figure, who was responsible for the deaths of between ten and fifty million people, the Comrade Stalin of these stories is a somewhat different person.

In part, this is because in three of these stories, Comrade Stalin appears as a ghost, and in the fourth, he is a clone. Death and/or cloning will, I assume, change a person. Primarily, however, this is because these stories are works of speculative fiction. By definition, fiction is untrue. Duh! read more

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“The Busy Buzzers” Published

Announcing the Publication of “The Busy Buzzers”

“The Busy Buzzers” is a short story about interplay between choices, desire, and effort. After a lifetime of artistic struggle, an old man challenges his musical mediocrity.

There’s an old saying that life is what happens while we’re planning to do something else. This is a way of saying that life, ultimately, cannot be planned. It’s also a way of saying that the urgent has a way of overwhelming long-term desire. Today often overpowers tomorrow. Our casual, throw-away decisions have effects that echo, loudly or softly, for the rest of our lives. Dismal, isn’t it? Well, sobering at the very least. read more

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ANNOUNCING THE MANY HELLS OF DAISY WONG

Announcing the publication of

The Many Hells of Daisy Wong

Soapbox Rising Press has collected the Daisy Wong stories into a single volume, The Many Hells of Daisy Wong. This collection has been a longtime coming, but Soapbox Rising Press and I have finally buckled down and gotten it out, in both electronic and print formats. (The print version will be along by the end of February.) The press’s publisher went above and beyond with both interior and cover design.

Like so much of science fiction, these stories began with a question. In this can the question was, what would it be like to be a cop on a thriving but dangerous space colony? read more

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FREE FICTION FOR JAN 22ND THROUGH JAN 26TH

Free Fiction!

Between January 22 and January 26, two of my short stories are going up for free.

“Pa’s Alien Abduction” tells a tale of—you guessed it!—alien abduction. The title was something of a giveaway, right?

Anyway, Pa—he’s one of the characters—finds stories of alien abduction laughable. Drugs, booze, pranksters, and magic mushrooms he can believe, but not space aliens. However, he stops laughing when his turn to take a ride on a flying saucer rolls around. For a tale about alien abduction, with humor and a twist, look no further. “Pa’s Alien Abduction” will keep you riveted. read more

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Milestone Reached

Yesterday was something of a milestone. I finished the 134K-word draft of the first three volumes of a science-fiction series I’m writing.

The working title for the series is THE JOLLY TARS IN OUTER SPACE. The first three volumes have working titles of RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY, ENCOUNTER WITH SWEET BETSY,  and ENGAGEMENT WITH GUILLOTINE. Destiny, Sweet Betsy, and Guillotine are ship names.

By the time I’m finished, each book should come it at about 55K to 60K words.

This series is part military science fiction/space opera and part satire, and so far it has been a blast to write. My publisher and I are working on the covers and interior layouts. read more

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Dangerous Ambitions is Available Now

Dangerous Ambitions, a full-length collection of science-fiction short stories, is now available.

Here’s the sparkling and unforgettable pitch:

Have you ever wanted to do something that didn’t work out the way you’d imagined it would?

I remember trying to ride my motor scooter over a pile of dirt, thinking the “jump” would be great fun. I ended up breaking my arm. No big deal in the scheme of things, but a broken arm is small potatoes compared to some of the “stuff” people—and governments, by the way—get themselves into. Sadly, the boys have never been home by Christmas. read more

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“Murder Aboard the Stantianna, Special Edition” is Now Available

Ever want to go to sea?

Imagine that you’re the first mate on a lumber schooner.  Now imagine that you’ve just found your captain and business partner brutally murdered.  Maybe he deserved it.  Maybe he didn’t.  Either way he’s as dead as a smoked mackerel.  What’s your move?

That’s the life-and-death question facing the hero of “Murder Aboard the Santianna.”

It seems virtually self-evident that the first order of business must be take the ship into the nearest port as soon as possible. read more