My Bibliography (and Notes)|
|June 15, 2013|
Casual notes: I'm an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).
Somewhere along the way, I lost track of my earlier publications, so this is a selective list. The large gap between 1993 and 2005 reflects my introduction into computers and then these web pages, which began in 1995.
I've included links for those publications that can be purchased or read online. And then I thought: Why not include covers as well? Nothing like a little color, and if you look real hard, you'll see my name on some of them.
The Gilded Basilisk by ReAnimus Press.|
The Gilded Basilisk is a fantasy novel that follows the intertwining paths of four characters who deal with magic, transformations, double-crosses, and an invasion or two while maintaining their sense of humor.
Einar and the Cursed City by Zetabella Publishing.|
I've a contract for Zetabella to publish my young adult fantasy novel (within a year). Stay tuned! More info to follow on the lively exploits of Einar and his friends in a challenging world of my own design.
"The Inadvertent Wizard," Space and Time Magazine. Hildy Silverman, Editor in Chief; Gerard Houarner, Fiction Editor; and other editorial staff. My favorite magazine.|
So you have a toothache before a tournament. What else can go wrong?
"Boccaccio in Outer Space" in the free online magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, June 2013, Sam Bellotto Jr., editor.|
"Boccaccio in Outer Space" has an unusual history. The story began life as bizarro science fiction, but Sam thought it would work better as straightforward if ribald humor. He made a number of suggestions for a rewrite as well as giving me a brilliant idea to apply, and I'll never turn down a brilliant idea. Sam liked the rewrite, and the story, featuring an odd twist of bioengineering, is available for one and all to read.
"Born Lucky" in the anthology, Strange Lucky Mysteries, Arthur Sanchez, editor (Whortleberry Press, 2013). Jean Golstrom is the publisher of Whortleberry Press.|
My story involves science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as murder, starring a character who has either incredibly awesome luck or bad luck. You decide. Plus factors include your choice of either a handsome print edition or a handy ebook.
"Born-Again 'Bots," in the anthology, Strange Summer Mysteries: A Day at the Beach, Arthur Sanchez, editor (Whortleberry Press, 2012). Jean Golstrom is the publisher of Whortleberry Press. (Who wouldn't love the name Whortleberry?)|
My contribution features my hard-boiled robot detective tracing a missing shipment of robots, which leads to larger problems (of course).
"The Ragnarok Seduction," Dogcast 15. Dave Migman, editor and performer. Dogcast is a series of free podcasts from Dog Horn, publisher of Polluto and fine novels. Dogcast 15 is slightly over a half-hour of stories and poems, including the first half of my story, originally published in Polluto 2.
My story begins at about 11:50, if you care to cheat.
"Mrs. December, 1636," Grantville Gazette VI (Ring of Fire), January 2012, edited by Eric Flint (Baen, New York, 2012).
After all these years . . . I've finally had a story reprinted - and in a hardbound book too. Definitely a good way to begin the year.
The anthology has stories first published in the Grantville Gazette, devoted to the 1632 universe created by Eric Flint, beginning with his novel 1632. The underlying theme is that of a small West Virginian town being transported back in time to the 1630s and into the middle of Germany. The stories involve cultural shock (20th century meeting 17th century and vice versa) and "new" 20th-century technology, combining history and fun.
My story "Mrs. December, 1635," involves a trip to Amsterdam . . . and a calendar.
"Captain Payne and His Zombie Amazons," in Polluto: In Space No One Can Hear You Dream, no. 8, 2011. Victoria Hooper, editor.|
The best description of the incredible (and beautiful) magazine Polluto comes from its manifesto: "We're looking for angry voices, new voices, voices that want to toy with the reader and teach them something new and exciting. Take us dark places, dirty places, and show us things to make us giggle, gasp or gag."
Mine is a comic bizarro story that ravages the universe and everyone in it.
"Mr. Starman," in the anthology, Cheer Up, Universe, edited by Ahmed A. Khan (Whortleberry Press, 2011).
What a terrific title for an anthology! I'm truly pleased to be in this one.
Cheer Up, Universe can be ordered online via Lulu. (Note that the anthology ships from North America.)
My contribution is an oddly upbeat science fiction story centered on a person's home and his unusual hobby.
"A Friendly Gesture," in the 370-page anthology Belong, edited by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga Publications, Western Australia, 2010, pp. 243-254). Russell has extensive information about the stories selected in his blog. Belong is an anthology including Australian writers (reasonable considering that Ticonderoga Publications is an Australian publisher) and writers everywhere. I'm in the second category (if you need ask).|
A fun aspect of Belong is that most (if not all) of the authors have provided an afterword to their stories, giving a personal insight.
Belong can be ordered online.
My science fiction story is set years after an alien invasion of Earth. It's a remarkably different take from what is typically presented.
"Barbara Bloodbath," Space and Time Magazine 110, spring 2010, pp. 26-30. Hildy Silverman, Editor in Chief; Gerard Houarner, Fiction Editor; and other editorial staff. It's a thrill being set for another issue of Space and Time Magazine!
"A Thousand Worlds, A Million Adventures," Jim Baen's Universe, October 2009, pp. 44-52 (of the pdf version). Eric Flint and Michael Resnick, Editors (and Paula Goodlett, Managing Editor). Baen's Universe is a bimonthly e-magazine with a terrific selection of stories, but it's going to be closing down in 2010. Get the magazine while you can!
The science fiction story concerns a travel agent (someone has to book flights to other worlds). As in so many of my stories, it isn't a question of "What if?" as much as "What can go wrong now?"
Funny how things happen. I had mentioned to Paula, when the issue first came out, that the pdf version didn't look too good; I could do better. She said go ahead, and I did. In one day, so my composition work is a little rough on the edges, but the issue came out looking very respectable.
"The Restaurant of Dr. Martin," Town & Gown, February 2009, pp. 50-53. David Pencek, Editorial Director. A glossy magazine local to State College, Town & Gown is truly high class, and a pleasure to be included in it. February is the annual fiction issue, and my story won in one of four categories. On February 12, 2009, the four winning stories from the February issue were read at the Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, forTown & Gown's Masters of Fiction Coffeehouse.
"Modern Monotremes," Space and Time Magazine 104, Summer-Fall 2008, pp. 22-26. Hildy Silverman, Editor in Chief; Gerard Houarner, Fiction Editor; and other editorial staff. Space and Time Magazine is one of the oldest sf magazines around, having already printed over a hundred issues. I've known and been in the magazine years back, and it's a treat to be in S&T again with a new publisher.
"The Ragnarok Seduction," Polluto, issue 2, 2008, pp. 9-13. Adam Lowe, Editor. Polluto is an impressive publication. Artwork in it won the Silver Award in editorial art from Spectrum 2007 juried overview of fantastic art (the competition included everyone; Playboy, for example, won Gold Award in the category).
"A Perfect Foot," Withersin Magazine, death issue 1.3, 2008, pp. 33-40. Misty Gersley, Editor. Withersin is a beautifully designed print magazine, devoted to horror, and has an extensive website well worth visiting. The magazine is available online at its website and (by the end of April 2008) at various bookstore chains.
"Home, Home on the Brain," Serpentarius Magazine, vol. 1, no. 1, 2008; N. E. Dix, Editor (with other editors). Serpentarius only lasted for a single issue (its website was hacked twice), but I'm making that issue available here (since distribution was free).
"Amoeba Rules," AlienSkin Magazine, February-March 2008; Katherine A. Patterson, Senior Editor (and there are also a number of other editors and columnists). AlienSkin was a splendid (and free!) web magazine featuring fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories, as well as columns and articles, and I'm happy that my story was part of the magazine. (There may be a future anothology of stories that had appeared in AlienSkin.)
"Mrs. December, 1636," Grantville Gazette, July 2007 (issue 12), edited by Paula Goodlett. The Grantville Gazette is a new and not new e-magazine. Although it has already been around for ten issues, the May issue (number 11) will be the first with which it started paying pro rates.
"Dino Egg, $6," Jim Baen's Universe, April 2007, edited by Eric Flint (and assistant editor Paula Goodlett). Baen's Universe is an e-magazine, which started in June 2006. It's quite a treat, for both readers and writers (for the range of stories and, hey! it pays well). For me, it was a moment of high exitement, because it represents my third professional sf sale.
"The Rings of Mars" OG's Speculative Fiction, number 3, 2006, pp. 12-23. OG's Speculative Fiction is edited by Seth Crossman, and the PDF publication is presently available as a free download.
"The Corner Chandler," in Deep Magic, June 2006, pp. 10, 24-27. Deep Magic was an electronic magazine but stopped publication in June 2006, which is unfortunate, as it was exceedingly well done; however, the last issue (with my story) is available via the link on the magazine's name.
"Body Hunt," in Ramsey Campbell, host, and Adèle Hartley, curator, Read by Dawn, volume 1, Bloody Books (an imprint of Beautiful Books, UK), 2006, pp. 227-35. Read by Dawn is a handsomely produced book, so I am particularly happy to be included in it, as well as in the company of fine authors. The book is a tie-in with an international horror film festival, "Dead by Dawn" (in Edinburgh, Scotland), which is run by Adele Hartley.
"Bonding," in S. A. Parham and W. Olivia Race, eds., Southern Comfort: A Charitable Anthology, 2005, pp. 69-76. Mine is an upbeat fantasy story, set in the modern day. A fellow loses and finds his cats as well as love.
"Patient Virtues," in Mike Philbin, ed., Chimeraworld 3: Twenty-three Tales of Spiritual Decay, Chimericana Books (UK), 2005, pp. 51-56 [available as print on demand or as a pdf]. My story stems from an extended dream, and as such, I changed the language pacing to reflect that. It has a certain rhythm which one normally doesn't encounter. The story also received an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future Contest.
"Two by Two," Aboriginal Science Fiction, spring 1993, pp. 108-112. On a colony spaceship, many humans have been transformed into animals to save space.
"The Royal Split," Raven (UK), no. 8, spring-summer 1981, pp. 24-25. More a prose poem than story, it's about a head rolling off a monarch. Included are two of my illustrations.
"My Summer Vacation," Pig Iron, no. 4, 1978, pp. 74-76. A tale about a very unusual summer camp. Later, Pig Iron published a science fiction story of mine.
"The Steel Works," Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, summer 1977, pp. 135-40. My first professional sale featured my robot detective, later published in The Steel Eye.
"A Winged Shadow," Wyrd, no. 5, 1975, pp. 24-30. I don't remember the story, but Greg Stafford, the editor, went on to fame in his own RPG world.
"Songs of Carlotta," Aspect: Poetry, Fiction, Reviews, no. 60, 197?, pp. 9, 11. My first published prose poem.
"George," Dramatika, 197? My first published play, which took up perhaps a third of the issue.
And then there is a whole miscellany. American Dane was a favorite magazine, for which I wrote about a dozen articles, illustrated two covers, one calendar, and, for a few years, had a monthly children's drawing. Of my cartoons and illustrations that have appeared in various small presses, one of my best venues was the tabloid Pulp (edited by Howard Sage), for which I used to have the centerfold, allowing large artwork (i.e., 15 by 20 inches or so). That was a lot of fun.