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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Weird Dream Society
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“Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air”
Lightspeed Magazine
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“The Marsh of Camarina”
Lightspeed Magazine - Issue 121
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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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Encounter on Venus

New art!  Inspired by the recent detection of phosphine on Venus, a possible sign of life, I created this new render. A NASA probe, bobbing in the atmosphere of Venus, comes upon an unexpected visitor in the clouds.


Fantastic Fiction at KGB with Joe Hill & Laird Barron

Last night, for our Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, I had the pleasure of hosting (with my co-conspirator Ellen Datlow) authors Joe Hill (FULL THROTTLE) and Laird Barron (WORSE ANGELS). Joe read part of “Faun,” a short story in his collection, and Laird read an excerpt from a story called “Lorne”.  You can watch the event here.


New Art! “The Great Pumpkin”
New 3D art! “The Great Pumpkin”
 
While Linus’s hopes of seeing the Great Pumpkin were dashed, the same was not true for others who ventured out into the pumpkin fields late one October night. But what they saw rising in the fog, they swore they would never tell a soul…

New Art: Blowing Off Some Steam

I was recently walking around my neighborhood of Queens, NY and became inspired by all the old, rusted-out elevated train tracks. This scene above just kind of came together unconsciously. Guess I miss my old days of walking through the woods and sneaking a smoke so my parents wouldn’t find out! 


David Lynch’s and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s DUNE

Pop star, or master assassin? (Or both!)

On the latest Geeks Guide to the Galaxy show, I join Andrea Kail, Rajan Khanna, and host David Barr Kirtley to discuss two of the Dune adaptations, the David Lynch film and the documentary on Jodorowsky’s epic but ultimately failed adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel. I had a lot of fun on this, and I hope you’ll give it a listen!

https://www.wired.com/2020/09/geeks-guide-dune-adaptation/

 


Filthy Hobbitzes

When I was very young, I was visiting Washington D.C. with my parents and found the Hobbit Read-Along book in a gift shop and recognized the artwork from a cartoon I half-remembered from when I was even younger. I decided then and there that I wanted it. I had to have it. No force in the universe could stop me. My father, believing that the proper way to encounter The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was through literature and not a glorified comic book, resisted my pleas. But I cried. I wailed. I tantrumed! I made a scene. Until, finally, he relented. (The lesson: never stand in the way of a child and The Hobbit.)

Such is the power of Don Bluth’s 1977 Hobbit film. Fast forward to 2020, and you’ll find me discussing the film along with five other animated movies with guests Andrea Kail, Thomas Gerencer, and host David Barr Kirtley on the latest Geeks Guide to the Galaxy. We discuss: Disney’s The Sword in the Stone, The Secret of NIMH, Titan A.E., The Lord of the Rings (1978), and The Return of the King (1980).

Here’s what I had to say about Titan A.E.:

“I love the animation style of it, and I thought there were parts of it that were really cool, but it kept doing really stupid things with the plot that bothered me to the point that I got frustrated. I found [Cale] to be just insufferable. He was whiny, complaining, arrogant, self-righteous, and self-centered. He’s not anybody that I want to follow for two hours. I think a lot of this comes from Star Wars: A New Hope, where Luke, at the beginning, he’s kind of whiny. But then he matures and grows up pretty quick. I feel like a lot of people who don’t quite get story think, ‘Oh, we’ve got to make him really whiny, like Luke.’ But that doesn’t work long-term. There needs to be a character arc there.”

Listen to the full podcast here!


“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Weird Dream Society
More
“Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air”
Lightspeed Magazine
More
“The Marsh of Camarina”
Lightspeed Magazine - Issue 121
More
“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