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My Fiction

A number of my stories are available out there (many of them for free!); I’ve listed them below. My Amazon author page is here.

To Appear

Claudius Rex (novella, to appear in Alembical 3 from Paper Golem Press)

Andy Baldwin can’t catch a break: fresh out of jail with his PI license revoked, his cranial implant computer is occupied by a rogue artificial intelligence with the manners of a longshoreman, the vocabulary of a Latin teacher, and an obsession with owning physical objects. My homage to the work of Rex Stout.

Ransomware (to appear, Daily Science Fiction)

A troubling situation where bioengineering, medicine, and greed meet.

2014

Still Life, With Orange (short story, Lakeside Circus)

Even after dozens of ever-shortening lifetimes, the perfect moment still seemed to last forever.

2013

At the Old Folks Home at the End of the World (short story and audio, Intergalactic Medicine Show; requires subscription)

There is an old folks home at the end of the world, a modest-sized white clapboard building perched at the top of a hill overlooking the sea. A single scraggly rose bush still grows by the front porch. The rose bush is an item of discord: every month or so, Percimandias the Timeless and Enyo the Undying get to arguing over whether the bush ought to be fed with aspirin water or the blood of unicorns.

Mr. Yuk (short story, On the Premises Issue #19, Honorable Mention)

While we walk, I want to tell you a story from when I was a kid. No, there aren’t dinosaurs in it. I was exactly your age come to think of it, back when we lived in California. In fact, this is why we had to move.

Tumbleweeds and Indelicate Questions (flash, Nature; audio to appear at Drabblecast)

These two bar flies have made their bets on whether the bartender killed that big hairy old alien whose head is sitting in with the good whiskeys, but they’re not going to like her answer.

2012

Whalefall (short story at After Ever After)

The beginning and end of the world in an alien sea.

2011

The Body and the Bomb (short story, at Crossed Genres)

A dirty bomb explodes in the woods near Sapphire City, leaving a wrecked cabin, a corpse, and a lot of questions. Chief Constable Fatima Nouri investigates.

(Currently out of print; previously available in print and ebook form as part of Crossed Genres Quarterly 2. Link above is fixed, but leads to a pre-edited version.)

Duckhunt (audio flash fiction at Drabblecast)

I was convinced as a kid that this was possible. If only I knew…

Expired (audio flash fiction at Drabblecast)

Archie’s first day at the big warehouse on the hill clears up one of life’s little questions.

(With thanks to Elizabeth Bear for the story prompt!)

Unintended Consequences (audio short story at Drabblecast; original flash fiction; published version)

James Kennedy has a little problem. Of course, one man’s little problem is another man’s little opportunity.

(With thanks to Chuck Wendig for the story prompt!)

Nor a Real Bastard (flash fiction)

Having fun with an old game.

 

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