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“The History Within Us”
Future Science Fiction Digest - Issue 0
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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 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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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Smokopolitan nr 10
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Bifrost
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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 Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
XB-1
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
科幻世界 (Science Fiction World)
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“The Problem of Meat”
Grendelsong
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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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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
World Chinese SF Association
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“The Thing in the Refrigerator That Could Stop Time”
Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
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“Marie and the Mathematicians”
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #26
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“The Writing’s on the Wall”
Farrago's Wainscot #5
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“The Sembla”
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany
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“The Girl in the Basement”
Hatter Bones
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“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
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“The Spaces Between Things”
Electric Velocipede 17/18
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“The Girl in the Basement”
Apex Magazine, Vol 3, Issue 3
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“The Suffering Gallery”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - Issue 57
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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 Hands That Feed”
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories
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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
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“The Hands That Feed”
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
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“The Suffering Gallery”
The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Three
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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 Last Probe”
Launch Pad
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“Pheth’s Aviary”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - Issue 133
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
XB-1 Issue 8/2014
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Космопорт (Kosmoport)
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“The History Within Us”
XB-1 Issue 11/2014
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“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
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Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
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Cli-Fi & Solarpunk Panel, Plus Writing Conferences!

Last week I participated in SFWA’s #ThePanel YouTube live videocast, Episode 4 – “Cli-fi” and Solarpunk, with panelists Sam J. Miller, Dr. Laurel J. Standley, J.K. Ullrich, and moderated by Diane Morrison. As readers of this blog and followers of my social media feeds know, I feel strongly about environmental causes and averting the worst predictions of climate change. I do this by bringing attention to our common fatalism. What I mean is that we are so often used to pessimistic thinking about the future — that climate change is inevitable — that we don’t work to bring about potential solutions. In my (recent) fiction and on social media, I work to counter this pessimistic force. I am not a head-in-the-sand Polyanna. I don’t believe that a positive future is the only outcome. But I believe that with hard, concerted effort, we can mitigate the worst predictions of climate change and perhaps even bring about an abundant future for humanity.

In this panel, I and my co-panelists speak about the reasons we each write and are concerned about climate change, and some ways our fiction may address the issue. It was a really interesting panel, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Also, this weekend I’ll be attending the Milford Readers and Writers Festival in Milford, PA, where I’ll be doing a reading, a signing, and a panel alongside Chandler Klang Smith, Karen Heuler, and Mercurio D. Rivera. Plus I have new fancy schmancy full-color cosmic business cards to show off. If you are in the area, I hope you can come by! 


Switching to a Solar Power Infrastructure
It's time for solar

It’s time for solar

I don’t believe in a technological utopia — that technology will magically solve all of our problems. But I do believe that technology has the power to ameliorate some of our worst human offenses. Take our addiction to fossil fuels. Global warming, which predicts a global temperature rise leading to increased natural disasters and flooding, droughts, and a melting of the polar ice caps leading to a dramatic sea-level rise, is among the worst side-effects of our overwhelming presence on this planet.

While some outlets might convince you that the issue is hardly settled, 97% of climate scientists agree we should all take global warming seriously. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather trust 97% of scientists than some blathering pundit on TV telling me that it’s all a liberal conspiracy, and that I should just let the corporations keep on polluting.

But even if you don’t believe in global warming at all (hey, if you want to ignore all the signs and pretend it’s all a Marxist-liberal hoax to take away your freedoms, you’re welcome to your stupidity), you’d be a fool not to see the coming solar power revolution.

Some have called solar power “the new shale.” What they mean is that Fracking, a.k.a. Hydraulic Fracturing, the process of injecting chemicals into the ground at high pressure to extract natural gas, has been incredibly lucrative. So much so that natural gas in the U.S. is cheaper than ever. The U.S. has become a next exporter of energy. 

But while gas burns cleaner than oil, it’s still a fossil fuel, and it still contributes carbon dioxide to exacerbate global warming.

Consider this. In forty minutes, the amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface is the same as the total annual energy consumption of the entire world. In one day, twenty seven year’s worth of solar energy reaches Earth’s surface. (source).

Even if we were to capture only a fraction of that energy, once the infrastructure is in place, solar energy is essentially free, and clean. There is no pollution whatsoever, except for the pollution created in the construction of solar panels.

All over the world in recent months I have noticed an upsurge in the number of solar panel installations, both small-scale, and massive. Tens of megawatts per week. A shift is occurring, and it’s happening in parallel with an increased growth of interest in electric cars. And it’s not just Tesla, but all the major auto manufacturers are coming out with electric cars.

If I were a prognosticator, I’d say, “Invest in solar.” It’s set to explode in the next few years.

So, if fossil fuels are so bad for the planet, and solar energy is not only an easy solution, but one that’s poised to leap forward in the next few years, the answer is clear. It’s not just something that should happen, but one that will happen. It is as good for the economy as it is good for the environment, and it’s a no-brainer.

Like I said, I’m not a technical utopianist, but I do believe that solar power has the, well, power to change this world for the better. The sooner we adopt a solar powered infrastructure, the better off we will be.