Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Unexpected Places



It seems that my story, "A Dog Of Wu," [@fandsf March/April 2018] has been cataloged at libraries for Laredo College in Texas [under "dystopias"] and Universided del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico [under "master-servant relationships"].
Stories are like beach sand. They get everywhere.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Another Human Species

They've found new bones in the Philippines - maybe a new species: Homo Sapiens Luzonenis.
Add it to Homo Sapiens Denisova, Homo Sapiens Floriensis, and Homo Sapiens Naledi.
All recent [geologically speaking] and all...extinct.
We Sapiens Sapiens are the only ones left. The sole survivors. The...murderers???? [Cue terrifying Hitchcockian music]


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

WARNING!


WARNING: YOU ARE NOT SEEING THE ACTUAL BLACK HOLE.
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SEEING THE ACTUAL BLACK HOLE, YOU ARE EITHER 
1. WRONG 
-OR- 
2. CAUGHT IN A MOMENT THAT WILL SEEM ETERNAL TO US, 
BUT TO YOU WILL BE ONLY AN INSTANT OF AGONY 
BEFORE YOUR BODY IS TORN INTO ITS COMPONENT ATOMS. 
THANK YOU AND HAVE A HAPPY SINGULARITY. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Back

Ah, back spasm.
We meet again, old comrade, old enemy.
For you I have broken elevator holds.
For you I have swallowed pills.
One day, my back shall be as dust.
What will you do then? Eh?
Victory shall be mine, even as the worms devour my flesh.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Thank You for Your Patience. Let's Talk Rome.

Hey, gang, sorry it's been a while. But life, right?  I've been rewriting the second novel, working on a sequel to TWS, working on a couple of short stories, not to mention life stuff with which I shall not bore you...I know, excuses, excuses.
So...I'm still not completely up to speed, but I've got some fun facts about Rome. Rome's cool, right? So let's TIL Rome.

The Roman legionary camp was essentially a city that they carried with them and then built wherever they needed it. The  plan was unvarying and included a market square, a space for sacrifices, and a giant surrounding wall. Every soldier knew where he bunked in that camp - even when the camp didn't yet exist. It was a model in their minds.

Also, five hundred years after the fall of the Western Empire, and even though their daily language and culture were medieval Greek, the Byzantines referred to themselves as Romans. So did the Muslim world.

Today "All roads lead to Rome" means a lot of different routes can lead to the same place. Originally it wasn't a proverb; it was the literal truth. The Romans were the best road builders the Western world have ever seen to that point, and all their roads - even those as far away as Britain and Turkey - were measured from the "Golden Milestone" set up in Rome's main market. A Roman road was basically a well-built stone wall buried dozens of feet in the earth so travelers could walk on top of it. They're still around.


Judas may have been called Iscariot because he carried a sica, a curved short sword that was considered dishonorable by Romans. Because it was light, concealable, and made it easy to carve an unarmored opponent, it was considered the weapon of assassins, cutthroats, and domestic terrorists. Iscariot = knifeman. And these days, sicario still has that meaning, kind of.

There.
Those are things you know now.
Welcome back!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

For Your Consideration: "A Dog of Wu"

"A Dog of Wu" is up for Hugo and Nebula nominations. It appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It's a 7k+ word novelette set in a future of genetic optimization, environmental rebuilding, and clashing philosophies.

SFWA members can find it here, and WorldCon members can purchase a copy here.