The 2020 SFPA Poetry Contest runs from June 1 through August 31, 2020 and is open to both non-members and members.
My flash fiction story "The Canal" was shortlisted for The Molotov Cocktail's latest quarterly flash contest: Flashpocalypse!
Lightspeed’s May 2020 issue includes stories by some of my favorite authors, and some new favorites.
Phreak often worked against my narrative expectations with its fragmented, time-jumping, and vignette-style approach, and in the process delivered a singular character whose clear and deeply felt recollections warn us how close we are to delivering a similarly bleak future to the next generation. You’ll want to get your hands on this novel as soon as possible.
"Aliens are here"
I'm preparing lesson plans and writing new exercises for two fall workshops at the Writers Studio.
I'm teaching a new 6-week workshop titled "Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds" and it uses The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. It begins Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Assimilate isn’t the cheap and nauseating found-footage film the trailer led me to believe it would be, but instead an effective low-budget thriller that relies too much on jump scares but tempers these with earned emotions and suspense.
How does the writer of genre fiction approach difficult subject matter like sexual assault? Two excellent and potentially triggering recent short stories by two fearless writers suggest two effective approaches.
Neil Gaiman's "The Mushroom Hunters" was my personal favorite in the collection, along with Mary Soon Lee's "Advice to a Six-Year-Old" and all her other poems, Linda D. Addison's "Sycorax's Daughters Unveiled", Cislyn Smith's "Hot", and Shannon Connor Winward's "The Raven's Hallowe'en."
Comparing the movies and the book. The novel has more room for exposition than the film, and in general this additional information is really interesting.
The August 2016 (I'm a little behind) issue of Asimov's Science Fiction is a really good collection of stories, poems, and essays.
One of my absolute favorite short stories. I've read "The Price of Oranges" many times, but I always seem to forget how it ends, making each new read a magical, emotional experience all over again.
Bio-enhanced ballerinas and dogs. Mothers and daughters. The price of passion. This powerful short story is a must-read.
Ted Chiang's collection of his stories published between 1990 and 2002 is now one of my favorite books ever, full of some of my favorite stories ever. There is not one story in this collection I did not enjoy, and all of them left me in awe. Yes, I'm going to be a little breathless with this review, but it's how I've been feeling for days now ever since I started reading Stories of Your Life and Others.
First time subscriber, first issue of Analog I've read, and I loved everything in it!
What I like most about The Expanse series of books by James S.A. Corey so far are the characters. In the second book, Caliban's War, a few new characters are introduced, including my new favorite, Bobbie Draper, a Martian Marine. Her story is one of two frames, beginning right after the prologue that introduces the mystery, and takes a particularly satisfying story arc from a PTSD-inducing attack to recovery and justice of sorts.
I really enjoyed the second issue of Lightspeed Magazine.
The four short stories in the debut issue of Lightspeed are all fantastic.
Brief descriptions I read about "And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices" by Margaret Ronald and "Things With Beards" by Sam J. Miller convinced me to subscribe right then to a year of Clarkesworld Magazine, and I'm so glad I did.