My Hugo eligibility post

0% percent of you have been asking about it, so here goes:

I have exactly one (1) short story eligible for this year’s Hugo: “Ohotsuku-Kai” came out about a month or so ago in Stupefying Stories #22, available now in both Kindle and print edition.

So, you know, do what you will with that information.

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**cue sound of crickets in an empty auditorium**

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Story published: ‘Ohotsuku-kai’

Way back in 2013, I wrote the following in a post on this very blog:

Well, I’ve just received final confirmation that the lovely folks at Stupefying Stories have indeed accepted my story “Ohōtsuku-Kai”, and that it will very likely be available for your reading pleasure sometime in the future.

Well, folks, the future is now! Fast forward to 2018 and Stupefying Stories #22 is now live and available for purchase on the Kindle for the low, low price of $2.99 (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers). Go get you one! Or if you prefer, you can get the dead-tree version as well!

A bit of a time capsule, this one. “Ohōtsuku-Kai” was completed sometime in 2011. It was the third or fourth short story I wrote after deciding it would be a good idea to spend my free time writing short stories (note that this was back when I had way more free time.) Revisiting it now with the lucid 20/20 of hindsight, its flaws are (to me) glaringly apparent; I can only hope its charms are equally apparent to readers.

Upon rereading, I will says it’s a surprisingly ‘pulpy’ affair, more so than anything I’ve written in the intervening years. The promotional copy for this issue describes it like so:

“a terrific next-century science fiction tale set in a world in which the United States is still recovering from the effects of the Second Civil War, the Japanese, Koreans, and Russians are all jostling for position in the Chinese shadow, and someone has discovered a new power source that seems too good to be true.”

I’d like to thank editor Bruce Bethke for picking my little story out of the slush and flinging it out into the world. Working with Bruce on the copy edits was a pleasure; highly recommend, would copy-edit again. 5/5

So basically if you like stories about modern-day indentured servitude, and pirates, and aliens, you know what to do!







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2014 in review

Hello there, and welcome to what’s become one of the cherished classics of blogging genre writers, the thinly-veiled “hey, go nominate me for a Hugo” post. Make of it what you will.

Last year I completed six new short stories, two of which are currently on submission. Not the most prolific output. Or maybe it is. I don’t know, leave me alone.

Of those six stories, exactly one has been published: “Chatarra”, Ideomancer Speculative Fiction 13.3 (Sept., 2014).

A few months earlier (June to be exact), another story of mine “Hacking ‘Wilkes-Barre PA, July 2001′” appeared in the anthology Master Minds (Third Flatiron Publishing).

Sooo, on the off-chance that anyone out there reading this is or was a voting member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons by the end of the day (Pacific Time/GMT -8) on January 31, 2015–it’s a longshot, I know–why not take a minute and nominate one or both of the above-mentioned stories for a Hugo Award? Honestly, what could it hurt? Huh?

Not that I actually expect anyone to do so. Really it’s just another opportunity for me to post links to these two humble li’l pieces of genre fiction, in hopes that you might ‘Like’, comment, or even ‘purchase’ and publish a favorable review of either. So, y’know, you’ve got options.

Stay tuned for more in 2015.

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More September 11th Fun Facts!!!

It’s about 10 minutes to 10 o’clock, and those of you who are dreading or are already sick of the media coverage and loud-mouthed punditry–whether it’s concerning the anniversary of the WTC attacks in the US, or the big nationalist rally taking place in honor of ‘la Diada’ here in Catalunya–all know exactly what time it is.

That’s right, it’s that time of the year again! September 11th fun facts!!! (courtesy Wikipedia, of course)

I’m sure everyone reading this also read last year’s installment. But did you know that on this day in history lots of other important stuff that you should celebrate or commemorate happened, such as…

1609 – Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain’s Moriscos.

1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.

1776 – British-American peace conference on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolutionary War.

1802 – France annexes the Kingdom of Piedmont.

1851Christiana Resistance: Escaped slaves stand against their former owner in armed resistance in Christiana, Pennsylvania, creating a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.

1897 – After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.

1921Nahalal, the first moshav in Palestine, is settled as part of a Zionist plan to colonize Palestine and creating a Jewish state, later to be Israel.

1941 – Charles Lindbergh’s Des Moines Speech accusing the British, Jews and the Roosevelt administration of pressing for war with Germany.

1972 – The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has its opening day of passenger service.

1986 – Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player, born

1987 – death of Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bob Marley & The Wailers) (b. 1944)

1997NASA‘s Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars.

1998 – Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.

Also, it’s the feast day of St. Paphnutius of Thebes!

Happy Sept. 11th, everybody!!!

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Wow, that was quick: “Chatarra” now up at Ideomancer

What better way to return from a long and pleasant summer vacation than with an announcement like this:

My short story “Chatarra” has just been published over at Ideomancer. Go check it out, it’s me in a ‘sombre’ mode.

Kind of a funny story about this one getting accepted, I’ll have to tell you about it sometime.

In the meantime, thanks to Leah and everyone else at Ideomancer. Cheers!


Confirmed: Acceptance from “Stupefying Stories”

A couple of months ago when I inaugurated this blog, I posted something to the effect of “big news (possibly)!”

Well, I’ve just received final confirmation that the lovely folks at Stupefying Stories have indeed accepted my story “Ohōtsuku-Kai”, and that it will very likely be available for your reading pleasure sometime in the future.

In the meantime, you could do one of the following:

a) go to their website and get you a copy of the latest issue of their fine publication for Kindle, nOOk, what-have-you

b) check out their online webzine ‘Stupefying Stories Showcase’. (I especially liked A.G. Carpenter’s story “Caught” in the first issue.)

More details (hopefully) forthcoming…


Me, profiled

Ahead of the upcoming publication of a little science-fantasy story of mine, the nice folks at have seen fit to publish my answers to the questionnaire which they sent me along with my contract. I suppose I was somewhat giddy at the time I responded, because I come off sounding like a bit of a dork. But whatever. If you’re curious, you can read it here: