The Shadow Knows…

... that aliens, apparently, live among us.

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Writing What You Know Is Not A Path

It's a gate. It's a place to start, whether you're describing a character or a place or an action. And you know more than you think. Especially if you write science fiction or fantasy. Because then you're free to make up the things you know from whole cloth in a few spots, maybe many. That's... Continue Reading →

13 Word Story: Pyrrhus Would Be Proud

Things are already getting worse climate-wise. We've had a string of hottest years ever. The average global temperature is rising. Polar ice and mountain glaciers are waning. Tundra is melting, and releasing more greenhouse gases. The complex weather systems of Earth are becoming chaotic and less predictable--as climate change theory predicts (a theory is a... Continue Reading →

13 Word Story: Infamous Leaders

I bet you can guess who the reality show POTUS is. Hopefully this won't come to pass--but let's not underestimate the foolishness of our leadership at the moment. If it does happen, I bet the first communication from the hiding-from-disaster presidential bunker will include a brag about his war having the best ratings ever. (This... Continue Reading →

Imagine Being Dustbound On Mars, Settler

NASA recently reported that the global dust storm on Mars, which has lasted a month, is starting to die down but may take weeks or months to completely disperse. Imagine being a resident in a Martian settlement through that. Sure, the settlement will almost certainly be underground, as long-term human residents will need shelter from... Continue Reading →

Short Story Review: What is Eve?

What is Eve? by Will McIntosh appears in the April 2018 issue of Lightspeed Magazine.And before I go farther, spoiler warning: I'm probably going to spoil one reveal or another because A) I *do* want to talk about the story and B) as a person not bothered much by spoilers I sometimes don't realize I'm... Continue Reading →

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