Today I got a contract to use my substantial (5300-word) story “Not Just There For the Taking” in a new anthology that pays tribute to HG Wells’s classic SF novel THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. This project has been in development since last year and should be released sometime this spring in both trade paperback […]Read more "PUBLISHING NEWS: Contract Received For a Long Story"
This e-book anthology packs in 35 short stories involving twins of all imaginable sorts. I approached it with a mild fear of possible repetition, but I need not have worried. Editors Ruth Littner and Ann Solinsky did a fine job of selecting a varied assortment of capable and often quite intriguing stories, none of which […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Twofer Compendium"
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2019). A winner of the National Book Award for one of his highly respected and best-selling non-fiction books on the black experience in American life, Coates takes a magic-informed look at slavery and the Underground Railroad in this, his fiction debut. It’s a fine and successful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Water Dancer"
Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown (Talking Animals/Cozy Mystery, 2019). Rita Mae Brown and her feline companion/co-author have offered up another multi-era cozy featuring Mrs. Murphy, the wise crime-solving cat, her various non-human sidekicks and the assorted clueless humans they routinely assist. In this charming […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Whiskers in the Dark"
From Sea to Stormy Sea edited by Lawrence Block (Short Story Anthology, 2019). Lawrence Block, the best-selling and much-honored author of numerous crime novels and stories, turned anthologist a couple years back. The above title is the 3rd in a series of anthologies he’s edited. In each case, he’s used paintings by famous artists as […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: From Sea to Stormy Sea"
This very ambitious and largely successful debut novel is a thick (532-page) and generally very well-paced blend of alternate history and hard-science-based space adventure. In this book’s universe, humanity had early space shuttles as early as World War I (!), astronomers discovered an Earth-like planet in one of the nearer star systems years later and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two?"
We’re just 14 days into the New Year, but 2020 is already looking good for my writing career. As of today, STRANGE STORIES, Volume One, the first of a planned annual anthology series of SF/F/H short stories that includes my “Death of a Controversial Word Wizard” has been published. It’s out in both hardcover and […]Read more "MORE PUBLISHING NEWS: 2020 Off to a Good Fast Start!"