“Goodnight, Melancholy,” by Xia Jia

© Nevit Dilmen, 04900 Toy Rabbit, Cropped, CC BY-SA 3.0   It’s review time again! I’ve been scanning the pages of Asimovs, Analogs, and others for particularly spectacular stories –  and I’ve finally found one that I really want to talk about. You all know that Clarkesworld is my favorite free-to-read science fiction magazine – and … Continue reading “Goodnight, Melancholy,” by Xia Jia

Publication Announcement: “Skychildren”

It’s been a while, readers. Sorry about that. The New Year has been a whirlwind – two full manuscript requests, advance reading to do for the Writers of the Future workshop in April, and a surprise notification of publication from Compelling Science Fiction, I’ve been a bit busy. But about that surprise notification! Some of you are … Continue reading Publication Announcement: “Skychildren”

Happy New Year! Tools for Writers

Good evening lovelies, Well, this was going to be part of my “Christmas gift” blog post – but the data mining took a little longer than anticipated. What data mining, you ask? Why, the mining of information about my favorite 19 speculative fiction markets to submit to. I’ve noticed an interesting dynamic present in many writing … Continue reading Happy New Year! Tools for Writers

Merry Christmas! A Gift for My Readers

Good afternoon, dear ones, I hope you are having a wonderful one. I thought I would celebrate Christmas this year by sharing some of my favorite resources for science fiction readers and writers. On this first day of Christmas, I’ve compiled links to the best free-to-read stories I’ve found online this year (the ones I … Continue reading Merry Christmas! A Gift for My Readers

Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

Among 2017 movies, I’m most excited for this: As you might have guessed, it’s a zombie movie. A very different kind of zombie movie. When I discovered that this movie was developed in conjunction with a novel of the same name, I just had to read it. And the novel did not disappoint. I can best describe … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

Malak, by Peter Watts

This is the best story I’ve ever read from the viewpoint of a machine. There is growing consensus that automated drone warfare is the wave of the future, particularly in the conflict-torn Middle East. Malak’s viewpoint character, a next-generation drone named Azrael is “smart but not awake.” It is named after the angel of “a … Continue reading Malak, by Peter Watts

Catch That Zeppelin! by Fritz Leiber

To start off this promising New Year of 2016, I submit for your consideration what we will call a shining vision of a better future. Fritz Leiber’s “Catch that Zeppelin!” is not in fact a shining vision of the future – but rather a shining vision of a better past. Written as the endearingly self-depricating … Continue reading Catch That Zeppelin! by Fritz Leiber