Recent Good News

  • Sam Bellotto Jr., editor of Perihelion Science Fiction, has purchased my short story, Portraits Hung in Empty Halls. He called it “a snortin’ good time travel adventure.” and I heartily agree. It’s my sixth, and final, Clarion West story to sell, my favorite, and I’m pleased it’s found a home at Perihelion.. I’ll post a link when the publication date is set. Meanwhile, thank you, Sam.
  • Elsewhere,, the editor of a major fantasy market requested a minor rewrite on my novelette, Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid. I’ve very excited about this opportunity. It’s a market I have hoped to sell to for a couple years. I’ll post more details on this one if and when the story sells.
  • The paper and electronic versions of my non-SF novel, Lifting Up Veronica, were released May 24 by Every Day Publishing. The hard-cover copy is a handsome book. For those of you who may be interested, it’s available from Amazon,  Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. Lifting Up Veronica was originally serialized online by Every Day Novels.  Camille Gooderham Campbell edited Veronica and has gone above and beyond. Thank you, Camille, for all the hard work and love you have poured into this book.
  • My short story, A Quiet Little Town In Northern Minnesota, is available to read in the July/August 2013 issue of Analog. It’s on the newsstands now. A Quiet Little Town is my third story to appear in Analog, the first since Trevor Quachri took over as editor. Thank you, Trevor!

Coming at Analog

I’ve had four or five small sales since I last posted in November 2011 but the big news is that Mike Alexander and I sold our collaboration, The Moon Belongs to Everyone, to Analog.  It’s alternate history noir set on the Moon in 1979.  The “what-if” of the story is what if America hadn’t backed away from the Moon after Apollo 17 in 1972?  Look for it in the December 2012 issue.

At Big Pulp

I sold This Little Piggy to Big Pulp today.

It’s a tongue-in-cheek short-short, a story George Orwell and E.B. White might have cranked out in collaboration, if they had met on an ocean crossing. It’s also one of my personal favorites. I’m pleased to see it’s found a home.


And in other news, got a chance to look at the preliminary sketches for the Lifting Up Veronica cover by artist Nico Photos. It blew me away, can’t wait to see the finished product.

Snapshots from A Black Hole & Other Oddities

This has been a week of firsts for me.  Completion of my first novel deal, for Lifting Up Veronica, and now I’m pleased to announce that my first collection of short stories, Snapshots from A Black Hole & Other Oddities, will be published in November by Tod McCoy’s Hydra House Books.

The book features twenty four stories, eighteen previously published and six brand new tales.

The inimitable Cat Rambo is editor, and the book features a kick-ass cover by Seattle artist Christopher Sumption. Plans are for a launch at Orycon November 11, 2011, in Portland. Hope to see you there.

At Lightspeed

I wrote first draft of Snapshots I Brought Back from the Black Hole at Clarion West last summer.

The finished story is up at Lightspeed today. It’s an A.I.’s view of the complexities of love, space travel and quantum physics.

There’s a podcast of the story, too, and an author interview that discusses construction of the story.

I’m awfully pleased with this one.  Not only is it a good story, but it led to my invitation to the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers in July at the University of Wyoming.  Mike Brotherton, Launch Pad founder and director, has a cool non-fiction piece — Dividing Space by Zero — in this issue of  Lightspeed, too, on the peculiarities of black holes.

Check it out, if you get a chance.

At Dark Valentine

Good news and bad news from the same source.

The good news — my story, Gossamer Yellow, is live today in issue 5 of Dark Valentine with a fantastic illustration by Jane Burson.

She captured what I had in mind perfectly.  Thank you, Jane.

The bad news — the first anniversary issue for this lovely publication marks its demise.

Publishing these days, print or electronic, is a dicey business.

Thank you Katherine, Joy and Joanne for what you’ve given us.

I’m sorry for the loss.

At Wily Writers

Uh huh, that’s a pig.

My short story, Stuff of the Elder Gods, is up at Wily Writers Podcast. It involves a plucky waitress, a West Virginia highway diner, two escaped convicts and a drift of pigs.

It sounds like screw-ball comedy, but it most decidedly is not.

Wily Writers has an interesting set-up.  Each month they present two new stories — as both a podcast and a text download —  that focus on a common theme. The February theme was Vigilantes.  A vigilante, of course, is a person who takes the law into his or her own hands, as by avenging a crime.  Listen to the story and I think you’ll see how that fits.

The story was selected for publication by guest editor Martel Sardina, Contributing Editor for Dark Scribe Magazine, and Submissions Editor for Apex Magazine. Thank you, Martel.

Angel Leigh McCoy, Wily Writers’ Editor, recorded the podcast and did a masterful job with the character accents. Thank you, Angel.  You made the read sound easy and I know it’s not.

I’m doubly pleased with this publication because Stuff of the Elder Gods is my first piece to be podcast.  It’s both exciting and humbling to listen to someone else read your words.

Stop by and listen, if you get a chance.

Dial Tone at Kasma SF

Dial Tone, a new piece of my flash fiction, went live at Kasma Science Fiction web-zine today.

There’s an interesting story behind the story.  Alex Korovessis, Kasma editor, sent me an e-mail yesterday.  He had read a drabble (flash fiction under 250 words) with the same title here at A Moving Line, liked it and wondered if I’d be interested in reworking the story to full flash length (1,000 words) and submit it to him for possible publication in Kasma.

Well sure.

I figured a couple days of work would do it, but I started the rewrite last night, got gobbled up by the idea and stayed up until 6:00 a.m. this morning to finish it.  I sent it along to Alex at 7:30 a.m. and ran off to a doctor’s appointment.  When I got home at noon, he’d replied.  He liked it, wanted to buy it.  Would I sell it to him?

Well sure!

It’s just after 2:00 p.m. (PST) right now.  The story is up and readable at Kasma and payment has been posted to Paypal.

Thank you Alex.  The story looks great and this is the quickest story/submission turn-around I’ve ever had.

God, I love electronic publication.

Flotsam in Analog

My short story, Flotsam, is in the September 2010 issue of Analog, which went out to subscription holders June 15. It should be on the newsstands any day now.

I wrote this story a year ago, workshopped it at Jim Gunn’s SF Writers Workshop in Kansas last July, and got the letter of acceptance from Editor Stan Schmidt in early September.

The wheels of publishing grind exceeding slow.