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2018: Short Story Reader’s Year in Review

2018 was a fantastic year for short stories, and I read SO many of them. Science Fiction and Fantasy is so full of great stories that it’s impossible to read them all, but here at the end of the year I’d like to share a few of my favorites. So, whether you’re nominating for awards or seeking something to read in your spare time between novels, these are my recommendations.

Of course, if you want my favorite novels that’s another post, as is my award eligibility post for 2018 where you can find my own 2018 publications.

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Ok, look. I was going to add a cute little description of each story. It was going to be clever and everything, but I really think most of these stories work better if you don’t know anything going in. Just trust me. They’re great stories.

There are LOTS more out there, too. Keep reading. Let me know if you run into anything amazing.

And, of course, if you’re interested in my more detailed write-ups on modern short stories, you can mosey on over to my Patreon.

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CONvergence Schedule

IMG_20150424_182554CONvergence is this week!

I’m excited about it. I’m there to learn a little about publishing, find some good sci-fi books, and meet people. You can maybe help me with that last objective if you happen to be at the con and you are a person. Come find me! I look like that crazy person in the picture.

But I’m not crazy!


2:00pm –  3:00pm P Can You Ever Leave a Universe Behind?

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  3:30pm –  4:30pm P E-books and the Marketplace

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  5:00pm –  6:00pm P Panelist 101

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  7:00pm –  9:00pm P Gaming with Authors at the Source -not officially CONvergence, but I want to check it out anyway.


 11:00am –  12:00pm P Genre Feminism

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 12:30pm –  1:30pm P Long and Short of Storytelling

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  2:00pm –  3:00pm P Dealing with Difficult People in Publishing

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  3:30pm –  4:30pm P Building Worlds for Fiction

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  5:00pm –  6:00pm P Science vs. Religion in Dystopia

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 11:00am –  12:00pm P Adding Humor to Your Writing

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  2:00pm –  3:00pm P Creating a Dystopian Society in Your Writing

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  3:30pm –  4:30pm P Art of the Plot Twist

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  2:00pm –  3:00pm P Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing

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  3:30pm –  4:30pm P One on One with Wesley Chu

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Why Sci-fi: 5 Reasons I Love Reading, Watching, and Writing Science Fiction

I love science fiction. All of it. I love watching it on movies or TV, reading it in books, and absorbing it as a fine paste through my pores every morning. It’s wonderful stuff, all shiny with glowy bits and scary with dark bits. Sci-fi is delicious on a bagel and 300% more nutritious than the average generic fiction substance.

The question is, then: why? The obvious answer is probably parasitic nanotechnology lodged in my brain stem forcing me to have opinions for no reason.

Parasitic nontech, however, demands that I find justification. Continue reading Why Sci-fi: 5 Reasons I Love Reading, Watching, and Writing Science Fiction

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JusticeEbookFinalI am super excited about my latest novella. It takes place in the same world as Justice in an Age of Metal and Men, but features mostly new characters some pieces that I am very excited about. I’ve crammed it into the pneumatic inter-tubes to my editor and I am quietly awaiting his response. As I quiver in excitement and anticipation I thought it might be nice to keep myself busy by running a sale on the novel.

Said novel will be $0.99 from 9/27 through 9/29. That’s really the message here.

Running a sale can be either time consuming or expensive. I opted for time consuming, since I had some to spare. I’ve been filling out forms, sending emails, and otherwise doing all of the announcement work that goes along with a sale.

Luckily most of this work can be done while watching TV.

Everything is done, though, except for a few day-of announcement activities. Now I’ll sit back and relax, hoping that someone picks up a super-cheap copy of the novel while I enjoy this unseasonably warm September weather.

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July 4 Free Kindle Deal – Justice in an Age of Metal and Men

WhJusticeEbookFinalat better way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday than to pick up a free copy of a book that takes place long after the fall of the great American empire? Justice in an Age of Metal and Men is free for one day only: July 4th!

J.D. is a sheriff in a tough world. Texas is independent and not a damn soul will keep law and order if it isn’t J.D. Can he find justice for a rancher killed in right on his own ranch–trampled by his own cattle?

Cyberpunk westerns may not be for everyone, but those of you out there who are intrigued, head over to Amazon and pick up a copy today. This is a freebie deal that I hope will give me reviews, so grab it, read it, and drop an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. You’ll be getting a free book and doing me a big favor.