Short Stories


• “The Setting of the Sun” (hard science fiction). The swiftness and brevity of time, through the eyes of a Dyson swarm.
– Compelling Science Fiction (hard SF, 1300 words): forthcoming August 2017.

• “The Coin of Leadership” (steampunk). Military adventure and class divides.
– Stupefying Stories: forthcoming


• “Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy)” (science fiction satire). Author notes
– Cat’s Breakfast anthology, Third Flatiron Press (June, 2017): Buy on Amazon.

2016 – 1st year of Campbell eligibility – Award Eligibility post

• “Shiplight” (science fiction).1 Author notes
Metaphorosis (September 2016): Read online

• “The Time Cookie Wars” (science fiction black comedy).2 Author notes
Flash Fiction Online (August 2016): Read online
– Purchase audiobook

• “Sweeter than Lead” (neo-Lovecraftian dark fantasy). Author notes
PodCastle original (July 2016, ep. 426): Read online or podcast
– Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores reprint (March 2017), with original art: subscribe & read

• “The First Confirmed Case of Noncorporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.” (contemporary fantasy).3 Author notes
– Strange Horizons (June 2016): read online, podcast
– Event Horizons 2017 anthology: no longer available

• “Meltwater” (science fiction). Author notes
– Strange Horizons (March 2016): read online, podcast
– Escape Pod reprint (Feb 2017, ep. 562): read online or podcast


• “The Wind and the Spark” (steampunk). Author notes
– Fictionvale (October 2015): no longer available
– Reprint forthcoming in Digital Science Fiction


• Essay in “Putting the Science in Fiction,” edited by Dan Koboldt (Writer’s Digest Books, forthcoming fall 2018)

• “Tools and Problems of Modern Neuroscience,” File 770 (February 3, 2017)

NeuroThursday (a.k.a. Twitter hashtag #NeuroThursday) weekly feature (Jan 13, 2017-ongoing)

• “The Evolved Brain,” Clarkesworld (January 2017). Author notes & references.

• “Seven Things Authors Should Know About Cybernetics,” Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy (May 28, 2015).

• A stack of peer-reviewed scientific publications under my real name.


• Assistant Editor of Escape Pod, starting May 2017.


• Various 2016 award recommended reading lists. See footnotes by individual stories.

• Currently in first year of eligibility for John W. Campbell award for new writers. (“Meltwater” began my Campbell clock, as my first publication with a nominal pay rate.)

• Writers of the Future Contest award count: 5 Honorable Mentions, 2 Silver Honorable Mentions, 1 Finalist.

• “The Promise of Iron” was a finalist in the 2015 Friends of the Merrill Short Story Contest.

• Winner of various contests on the Codex writers group (2015-2017).

• Winner of Steven Brust’s One-Sentence Worldbuilding Contest (2015): “The legionnaires drove the sandgrouse from the oasis, and the spirits from their shrines, but they could not quiet the ghosts on the salt-flat wind.”

• “The Demands of Iron” was shortlisted for the 2014 James White Award.


• “Congress of Vienna” theater LARP, head GM (Intercon 2016, ProCon 2004)

• “Second Dawn” theater LARP, head GM (Intercon 2013, ProCon 2007)

• “Age of Dragons” theater LARP, co-GM (ProCon 2005)

  1. Shiplight made the SFWA 2016 Suggested Reading List
  2. Time Cookie Wars made the Tangent 2016 Recommended Reading List
  3. Recursion made the SFWA 2016 Suggested Reading List, the Diabolical Plots Hugo/Nebula Recommendation List, and was recommended by Rocket Stack Rank

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