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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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Awards Eligibility Post 2016

Having crossed December’s frosty threshold and with the conclusion of 2016 within merciful reach, I thought it might be a good time to mention my qualifying stories that are eligible for awards. I’ll be putting together my own recommendation list … Continue reading

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The last gasps of 2016 at last

After ten months of a year which has obviously crawled out of some Smog Monster gestation pod to bring its despair and pollution to all mankind, November was actually pretty good. Philosophically, politically, historically, it was a complete disaster. It was the … Continue reading

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