Short Stories


• “The Setting of the Sun,” Compelling Science Fiction (hard SF, 1300 words). The swiftness and brevity of time. Also the main character is a Dyson swarm. Forthcoming August 2017.

• “The Coin of Leadership,” Stupefying Stories (steampunk, 5500 words). Military adventure and class divides.


• “Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy),” Cat’s Breakfast anthology (June 15, 2017), Third Flatiron Press (science fiction, 800 words). Reality TV back-stage and -stabbing, plus cyborg sharks. Author notes.

• “Sweeter than Lead,” Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores reprint (March 29, 2017) – but with original art! Originally published in PodCastle, July 2016. [Subscription required]

• “The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.,” reprint in Event Horizon 2017 anthology (Volume 1 in the print edition). Originally published in Strange Horizons, June 2016.

• “Meltwater,” Escape Pod reprint (February 9 2017). Originally published in Strange Horizons, March 2016.

• “The Time Cookie Wars,” reprint (January 2017). Originally published in Flash Fiction Online, August 2016, but this the first/only place to get it in audio.

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

• “Shiplight,” Metaphorosis (September 2016; science fiction, 6100 words). Author notes.1

• “The Time Cookie Wars,” Flash Fiction Online (August 2016; science fiction black comedy, 970 words). Author notes.2

• “Sweeter than Lead,” PodCastle original (July 2016; neo-Lovecraftian dark fantasy, 2700 words). Author notestext.

• “The First Confirmed Case of Noncorporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.,” Strange Horizons (June 2016; modern fantasy, 3400 words). Author notes, audio.3

• “Meltwater,” Strange Horizons (March 2016; science fiction, 2200 words). Author notes, audio.


• “The Wind and the Spark,” Fictionvale (October 2015; steampunk; 6100 words). Author notes. Not currently 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.

• “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. Metaphorosis 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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