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Young Man On a Train

January 20, 2016

The tedium of a long train journey to Chicago interrupted by a strange platform ritual I'll never quite forget.

The Execution of an Ant

July 7, 2015

I thought that an ant farm would be a safe and untraumatic introduction to the responsibilities of caring for other lives.

If an AI is dangerous, it’s insufficiently I

June 29, 2015

It’s not often that I am obliged to correct Stephen Hawking.

Hawking, Elon Musk, and others I rarely advise, along with Bill Gates, who should have listened, have warned that humanity’s freedom or survival will be at risk when Artificial Intelligence emerges. This is hardly a new fear; this is default science fiction. An AI’s motives for enslaving or destroying us are often thin, so we’ll just call it The Dramatically-Satisfying Case Against Letting Humans Live.

The One About the Ballard Fanatic

April 22, 2015

Here's a preview of a story I wrote in about 2006. I wasn't sure what to do with it: it is not [spoiler alert] science fiction; but it presumes that the reader is quite familiar with JG Ballard. Of course, Ballard should hardly be ghetto-ized as a sci-fi author... What's that you say? There's no shame in the sci-fi so-called ghetto? And you get angry at people who think the way to grant respect to an author is to pull him from his genre, rather than pull the arbiters of these things into the genre?

You. You're the reader I was looking for.

Update: there will be apparently be a "hidden track" in my upcoming novella The Man Who Remembered the Moon.

Writer, Known Blameshifter, Points More Fingers

October 31, 2014

A writer already known for blaming his career choice on his parents has tried to expand the circle of responsibility. “Mavis Gallant. Graham Greene. Dostoevsky.” The list goes on.


The Man Who Remembered The Moon

"A superb story... an ongoing series of surprising revelations/suppositions — surprising, yet satisfying within the rollercoaster logic of its world." - advance praise from Matthew Sharpe, author of The Sleeping Father, You Were Wrong, and Jamestown

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At Gerber's Grave

A portrait of one man’s search for meaning and trust in a world where conversation is a blood sport and desire a Schedule 3 substance, pending review, At Gerber’s Grave explores the bonds of friendship that hold us together, and the invisible wires that reel us away to our fates.

Coming in Fall 2015

My Reviews at Goodreads

0 of 5 stars
Sometime in the 90s I read that Michael Crichton scheduled his days in 5 minute increments, and I was awed. I think he must have written this book with his time-management software.

In a novel where we learn that an airliner is made of ...

3 of 5 stars
I came for dystopia, felt for a while I’d been tricked into a love story with cliffs and mist, but ultimately was glad I read this clever, curious book.

If you stick with this story, and engage with its main people, you will be rewarded...