“Robot Plague” published in “Schlock Magazine” (1,422 words)

Schlock Magazine just published my short story “Robot Plague.” If you want to check it out it’ll only take five minutes, and you can read it by clicking here. And, of course, I’m really proud of this story. I’m proud of all the stories I write, though I’m extra proud of this one. This is …

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Moving my Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine Collection

I recently picked up my collection of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines. I was visiting my parents in Oregon, and for once I was both checking a bag and had some extra room inside it. Side note: my parents gave me an EXCELLENT Christmas gift—a “disposable” piece of luggage they got at a yard sale …

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Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance = Frankenstein

In the Distance is an interesting novel. And I say that, recognizing that I tell students never to call anything “interesting” (you can usually find a better descriptor). It’s by Hernan Diaz, and is the story a young boy named Hakan. He leaves his native Sweden for New York, is accidentally separated from his brother, …

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“Feeling Very Strange” — the Anthology I’m Reading, NOT my Current State of Mind

“Slipstream” is a genre of fiction. Or it isn’t—that seems to be the big debate. I’ve been sending fiction to get published for the last year or so, and “slipstream” is a term that keeps coming up, alongside “cyberpunk,” “dystopia,” “military scifi,” “science-fantasy,” “weird fiction,” and all the other subgenres of science fiction or speculative …

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What The Road to Dune has to do with Martin Scorsese… and Alfred Hitchcock

Frank Herbert’s Dune is often #1 on various “best” scifi novel lists. If you aren’t familiar with the text, you’re certainly going to be hearing a lot more about it soon: Dennis Villeneuve is adapting it into a two-part film, and he’s the guy who made the most recent Blade Runner, as well as Arrival, …

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99 English Essays to Grade, 99 English Essays to Grade….

Oh midterm grading time! School has wrapped up, yet the blog has not been updated much, and midterms are the reason why. Essay after essay after essay needs grading, and when you multiple ten minutes for the average essay, times three essays per midterm (not counting short answer questions), times an average amount of students, …

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Why Every Wedding Should Have a Christmas Tree

One final thing about the wedding Leah and I attended last week: they handed out books. It was a brilliant idea, and fitting with the season—put books specially picked out for individual wedding attendees underneath a Christmas tree. My prize was a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories. I’ve written a bit about my …

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