Monday, April 16, 2018

Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017

My story "Lake Oreyd" had been reprinted in the Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017 anthology.


Find here the full table of contents and shop links of this anthology of vegan-friendly stories.

Read "Lake Oreyd" online.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Faster Tomorrow

My latest novelette "A Faster Tomorrow" set in Vasilegrad, the capital city of the fictional Balkan Federation, is out now in The Future Fire #44.

(Illustration by Eric Asaris)

The ride got bumpy, which was unfortunate because the foam-padded cushion had been ripped right off his seat, the rivets which had held it in place sticking out. Georgi sat squashed against a window at the very back, watching the heads of the sleeping passengers bobble as the bus made the turns on the switch-backed mountain road. The image was comforting: angry workers reduced to slobbering toy-heads; it gave matters a comical spin, steering him away from a full-blown anxiety attack, a feat which was becoming harder to pull off with each kilometer closer to the city.

They passed a corroded sign claiming Plovna’s source was but a thirty minute walk off the main road. Up a dirt path, the arrow indicated, amid overlapping rows of pine and birch.

He shut his eyes. The spring of Plovna, pure, a blue brook trickling down the mountain, picking up speed and water and rushing headlong into the city carrying life to become--

The muddy river ran beneath the Bridge of Founders in his old battered quarter, where the air was suffused with the heavy smell of melting tarmac, truck exhaust, and a skyscraper diorama lay open in the distance, veiled in Plovna’s pastel mist; he was gripping the bridge rail, his two best friends on either side of him, the face of his dying mother drawn with a finger in the cloudscape, while she lay, blanketed by television light, in her living room--

Monday, March 5, 2018

One of the Cities

"One of the Cities," a hard SF far-future story, is out now in the Reading 5x5 anthology, edited by B. Morris Allen.

Two different versions of the anthology are available: a readers' and a writers' version, the latter of which, in addition to 25 great stories spanning five different genres, contains the briefs and the author's notes for each individual piece.

The proceeds from the anthology will go to the Jo Clayton Memorial Medical Fund.

(Cover art by Kathryn Weaver)

The City of Ionos Prime hung in its orbit like a ripe peach.

The urge to pluck it overwhelmed us; to rid our cosmos of rot, expose and exterminate the source of so much suffering. We were but a gamma ray burst away from turning Gomorrah’s qubits into an unreadable scramble, but Captain stayed her hand, allowing this drop of poison suspended in vacuum to continue coruscating around its star.


(Continue reading.)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Lake Oreyd in Metaphorosis: Best of 2017

"Lake Oreyd," published last March in Metaphorosis, has made the yearly Best Of anthology, which has a beautiful cover by Kathryn Weaver inspired by my story.


The anthology is on sale as of February 1 on Amazon (e-book and paperback) and other retailers.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Replay Value

"Replay Value" -- a story about MMORPGs as crime scenes -- is out now at Aurora Wolf (Volume 8, Issue 8).


He paused the recording, and the leeches attached to the game’s server ceased throbbing, fell off.

Every movement and action, no matter how minute, of the past year of each player of the game, he held in a file on his computer, and he watched as that full year’s worth of data replicated itself to redundancy and scattered across his memory sticks, self-encrypting with each step.

Fingers stilled above the keyword, waiting for a shiver of excitement to pass, then he set to work, extracting actions into re-runnable modules, chatter into parsable output, morphing teamwork and group-think and player socialization into snippets which could be reused, rewound and replayed.

He had a gigantic pile of playtime data; now, he’d make it come alive.


(Continue reading.)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wintering Ground

My post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story "Wintering Ground" is out at Aphelion Webzine, in the August issue.


I watched my father sleep. My sore eyes were on the verge of popping out, like too much air had gotten behind the eyeballs, the lids sliding down every so often before I could catch myself and shake my head, forcing both body and mind to remain awake.

I knew his turn was up. I was supposed to stir him, get a wink of rest on the cold ground myself while he kept watch, but I couldn't bring myself to drag him out from sleep and into this colorless world.

His belly quivered as he breathed.

Later, the horizon began to lighten from black to dusty gray, and he woke up.

Years of living under dead heavens had taught him to recognize daylight, poking its soiled fingers into his eyes, even in sleep. He sat up. Stared at me. “I overslept.” Smacking his lips, brushing dirt off his beard. “Why didn't you wake me up?”

My shoulders slumped as I watched smears of white appear on the horizon, a sun seething behind clouds. Another dawn, another day.


(Continue reading.)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Garden

"Garden" -- a musical and narrative collaboration between dark ambient musician Nanohex and myself -- is out now at Kalpamantra Records.

This is an instrumental album with a story, or a science-fantasy piece with a soundtrack; either way sound and story are meant to be experienced simultaneously, so the narrative was divided up into ten sections, and should be read (by clicking on the lyrics button) while listening to the corresponding album track.