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“Very Surely Do I Not Dream”
Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena
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“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
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“Truth is Like the Sun”
Lightspeed Magazine 108
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
2019 Nebula Awards Showcase
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“Love Engine Optimization”
The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
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“The Walk to Distant Suns”
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
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“The Marsh of Camarina”
Shades Within Us
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“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
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“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
Mad Hatters and March Hares
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Tor.com
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“Love Engine Optimization”
Lightspeed Magazine 85
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
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“Demon in Aisle 6”
Nightmare Magazine 38
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“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Magazine #42
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“The History Within Us”
The People of the Book
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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
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“The Great Game at the End of the World”
After
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
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“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
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Cover Reveal: Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena

I’m very excited to reveal the cover to Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena, an anthology that contains my story “Very Surely Do I Not Dream.” Editor Josh Viola contacted me and asked me to write a story for the anthology. The guidelines said, “Psychic combat. Telekinetic warfare. Clairvoyant double agents and metaphysical terrorism. Think CARRIE meets AMERICAN SNIPER. SCANNERS meets ALIENS. AKIRA meets INGLORIOUS BASTERDS.”

In my story, there’s an arms race of misinformation and social media manipulation, and in that process Russian hackers create something called ZG, or Zerstörung des Geistes – Mind Ruination. Just one look is enough to cause madness and eventual death. The anthology drops this summer. I hope you’ll snag a copy!


3D Render – Late Night Delivery

Why aren’t there plants in the future? Seriously, all you have to do is google “future city” or “sci fi landscape” and you are met with thousands of images of bleak, smog choked, rain-washed city streets. This might be the fault of Blade Runner, whose vision of the future was so powerfully bleak it burned dystopia into our retinas.

But I want plants in my future. And lots of them. So I thought, why not create science fiction images of my own?

Along comes Blender. Blender is a free 3D software that, with a little practice, you can do powerful things. I first tried Blender many years ago and became overwhelmed with its difficultly. But not only has it become much easier to use, there are also many, many tutorials online that teach you everything from doughnuts to cityscapes. I watched a few tutorials, and voila…

Well, not exactly. It took me a while to get the models aligned with the camera. Then I rendered the image, and brought the resulting image into Photoshop. There I ran it through an oil paint filter, to give it that “painterly” look, and used some oil and pastel brushes to simulate that painted texture.

The vines were harder. There I drew a few leaves, then made a custom brush out of them. Then I painted several layers to make them look three-dimensional. The background stars are from a Google image search, and I hand-painted the distant aircraft streaming across the sky. 

Anyway, I’m quite happy with the result! Here’s the raw render, and the final image, just so you can see the difference. What do you think? Feedback is welcome! 

Raw render:

After Photoshop:

 


Review of The Mandalorian Season 1 on Geeks Guide to the Galaxy

Baby Yoda needs more bone broth

On the most recent Geeks Guide to the Galaxy, I review Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Season One, with guests Rajan Khanna, Erin Lindsey and host David Barr Kirtley. Here’s a little excerpt:

Science fiction author Matthew Kressel found the lack of characterization frustrating, particularly over the course of an eight-episode TV show. “You get tiny little glimpses of who he is, but every time they give you a glimpse, it’s a cliché,” Kressel says. “Who is he? What are his values? What does he think? Does he have any great desires? I never got any of that.”

And:

“I see this a lot in bad storytelling, where the storyteller wants a specific thing to happen, so they manipulate the reality of the world to make that happen. And in [the episode called] ‘The Prisoner,’ it’s this stupid beacon. It’s like, ‘Oh, if you press this beacon then X-wings come and blow you up.’ And I’m like, ‘OK? I guess?’ So apparently you could just take that beacon and put it anywhere, and the X-wings would come and be like, ‘Well, that’s the beacon, I guess we should blow it up.’ What reality is this in? And why is this prison ship not traveling through hyperspace? Why is it traveling through space at a slow speed? I don’t get that. So there were just really weird, stupid plot choices.”

You can listen to the entire podcast here.


Story Sale: “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air” to LIGHTSPEED

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve sold another story to Lightspeed Magazine. “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air” will be appearing in a future issue. It takes place in the same universe as my story “Saving Diego” which appeared in Interzone #221. In the far off planet of Gilder Nefan, religious pilgrims seek the council of local holy men, who have the ability to commune with the numens, god-like beings mostly inscrutable by humanity. The only problem is, once you commune with a numen, it’s impossible to be rid of its omnipresent eye. You can read an excerpt of the story over on my Patreon!


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“Very Surely Do I Not Dream”
Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena
More
“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
More
“Truth is Like the Sun”
Lightspeed Magazine 108
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
2019 Nebula Awards Showcase
More
“Love Engine Optimization”
The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
More
“The Walk to Distant Suns”
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
More
“The Marsh of Camarina”
Shades Within Us
More
“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
More
“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
Mad Hatters and March Hares
More
“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Tor.com
More
“Love Engine Optimization”
Lightspeed Magazine 85
More
“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
More
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
More
“Demon in Aisle 6”
Nightmare Magazine 38
More
“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
More
“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Magazine #42
More
“The History Within Us”
The People of the Book
More
“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
More
“The Great Game at the End of the World”
After
More
“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
More
“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
More
“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
More
“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
More
“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
More
“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
More