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Bygone days of the Astroliners

From the outside, the rocketship looks like some relic of the early Cold War. It’s little more than a lengthy cylinder like some retrofitted ICBM, with a bright red needle on the end like a painted narwhal tusk. The words … Continue reading

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Bidding 2017 Farewell

In 2017, I spent time in London, Amsterdam, Germany, Paris, and Switzerland (where I was forced into a duet with a professional yodeler). I was a guest on the NECSS panel in Manhattan to speak about science fiction in film. … Continue reading

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Blade Running into Brainlessness

So I got around to seeing Blade Runner 2049. And my review, like my feelings on the film, is complicated. On the one hand, I enjoyed and respected it. Denis Villeneuve is clearly someone who understands science-fiction as a genre, … Continue reading

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Great Wars, It, Flash Fiction

A few months back, I visited a World War I exhibit at the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, CT, where they have a reconstruction of a trench and invite you to don authentic garb. This war fascinates me, in … Continue reading

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Great Silence, Strange Beasts, Luminous Wings

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Great Silence, the Fermi Paradox, Great Filters. It’s difficult to have this conversation at all because we have only one data-point, but what’s the deal? “Two possibilities exist,” wrote Clarke. “Either we are … Continue reading

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“Galleon”, Dorian Gray, and Immortality

My sci-fi novelette “Galleon” is in the current (July/August 2017) issue of Analog. And a podcast of my dark fantasy story “The JPEG of Dorian Gray” is available from the nice folks at Third Flatiron. The stories have nothing to do with each … Continue reading

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Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi Movie History

I went to Europe for a few weeks, to see London, Amsterdam, the Rhine Valley, Switzerland, and Paris. It was as wonderful as it sounds and frankly, I’m going to make it a point to go back once a year. … Continue reading

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A Thousand Deaths Through Flesh and Stone

I’ve just received my contributor’s copy of the May/June 2017 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and was surprised (in the best possible way) to see that my story “A Thousand Deaths Through Flesh and Stone” opens the issue. On a … Continue reading

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Shadows, Shore Leave, and Bones

My story “Shadows and Shore Leave” has officially debuted in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. In the very far future, a soldier comes home to visit the family he’s not seen in three years. This family includes his father, his … Continue reading

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February update

Can I start by saying that I loved Rogue One? Yes, you’ve all seen it, but I only just got around to it. I’ve been busy, what can I say? It’s the Star Wars film I waited more than 30 years … Continue reading

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