Current Spotlight

• “Elegy of Carbon” (science fiction) now free to read online at Curious Fictions

• “What’s Possible with Cyborgs and Cybernetics” (nonfiction) chapter in Putting the Science in Fiction, edited by Dan Koboldt (Writer’s Digest Books, October 2018)
– Available from Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your favorite ebook vendor.

Short Stories


• “Conference of the Birds” (science fiction)
Analog Science Fiction: forthcoming

• “The Time Cookie Wars” reprint
Drabblecast: forthcoming

• “The Gentry” (contemporary fantasy)
Kaleidotrope: forthcoming 2020

• “The Promise of Iron” (steampunk)
Kaleidotrope: forthcoming 2021

2018 – Year in Review (Award Eligibility) post

• “The Hammer’s Prayer” (contemporary fantasy). Author notes1
– Diabolical Plots (December 2018): read online, or buy their Year Four anthology

• “Elegy of Carbon” (science fiction). Author notes2
The Internet Is Where The Robots Live Now (November 2018): buy from Paper Dog Books, Amazon, B&N
Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2018 reprint: buy online
– Curious Fictions reprint: read online

• “The Seeds We Plant” (science fiction). Author notes
Compelling SF anthology special companion issue (November 2018): buy on Amazon

• “Where the Anchor Lies” (science fantasy). Author notes
Beneath Ceaseless Skies (#244, February 2018): read online, or buy issue from Amazon or Weightless Books

• “Toward Lands Uncharted” (fantasy). Author notes
Mind Candy Vol. 1 anthology, Myriad Paradigm Publishing (February 2018): buy on Amazon
Curious Fictions reprint: read online

2017 – Year In Review (Award Eligibility) post

• “The Setting of the Sun” (hard science fiction). Author notes
– Compelling Science Fiction (August 2017): read online
SFVN fanzine (October 2017): Vietnamese translation

• “Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy)” (science fiction satire).3 Author notes
Cat’s Breakfast anthology, Third Flatiron Press (June 2017): buy on Amazon.
Curious Fictions reprint: read online
Event Horizon 2018 anthology: download free online

2016 – Year In Review (Award Eligibility) post

• “Shiplight” (science fiction).4 Author notes
Metaphorosis (September 2016): read online or purchase issue

• “The Time Cookie Wars” (science fiction black comedy).5 Author notes
Flash Fiction Online (August 2016): read online
– purchase audiobook
Curious Fictions reprint: read online
– Toasted Cake podcast reprint: listen online
Drabblecast reprint: forthcoming.

• “Sweeter than Lead” (neo-Lovecraftian dark fantasy). Author notes
PodCastle original (July 2016, ep. 426): podcast or read online
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).6 Author notes
Strange Horizons (June 2016): read online, podcast
Event Horizon 2017 anthology: no longer available
Curious Fictions reprint: read online. Featured Story for the week of 11/2/2017

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


• “The Wind and the Spark” (steampunk). Author notes
Fictionvale (October 2015): no longer available
Digital Science Fiction reprint (August 2017): Purchase anthology


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

• “What’s Possible with Cyborgs and Cybernetics” (nonfiction) chapter in Putting the Science in Fiction, edited by Dan Koboldt (Writer’s Digest Books, October 2018)
– Available from Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and more.

• “Right Hand, Human Brain: The Mysteries of Handedness,” (October 15, 2017). Author notes with bonus trivia (lobes of the brain)

Interview on science & writing for Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Science News (July 10, 2017)

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

• “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. I manage the first reader (Associate Editor) team, choose which stories from the submissions queue to pass up to the Co-Editors, and write most (80%+) of the personal rejection letters. Read here for more details.


Escape Pod 716, “Physics by the Numbers” by Stephen Granade
Escape Pod 709, “In a Wide Sky, Hidden” by William Ledbetter
Cast of Wonders 380, “Comfort is Universal” by Bogi Takács
• Escape Pod 691/692, “Lab B-15” by Nick Wolven
Escape Pod 685, “A Vocabulary of Remorse” by Dantzel Cherry


• Finalist for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine as part of the amazing Escape Pod team.

• Longlist (#12) for the 2018 Astounding (then Campbell) Award for Best New Writer

• Writers of the Future Contest final award count: 6 Honorable Mentions, 2 Silver Honorable Mentions, 2 Finalists – the last one withdrawn.

• Various award/review recommended reading lists. See footnotes by individual stories above.

• “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. Hammer’s Prayer made the 2018 Nebula Awards Suggested Reading List, and received a double-starred recommendation on the Tangent Online 2018 Recommended Reading List!
  2. Elegy of Carbon made the 2018 Nebula Awards Suggested Reading List
  3. CSBS4OF was a starred recommendation on the Tangent Online 2017 Recommended Reading List
  4. Shiplight made the 2016 Nebula Awards Suggested Reading List
  5. Time Cookie Wars made the Tangent 2016 Recommended Reading List
  6. Recursion made the 2016 Nebula Awards Suggested Reading List, the Diabolical Plots Hugo/Nebula Recommendation List, and was recommended by Rocket Stack Rank

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