Recommended Reading List: September, 2017

I spent a delightful week of the month reading stories for the Mystery Workshop that I conducted here on the Oregon Coast. The writers were truly spectacular and even the stories that missed some details were wonderful to read. I could envision them in any of the mystery markets. I can’t point out the stories to you at the moment, but will if I see […]

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Recommended Reading List: August, 2017

I read a lot in August. I’m line editing two Fiction Rivers, so I got to revisit some excellent stories. I’ll point them out when they get published. Right now, though, you should pick up the current Fiction River, Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. I line edited that in the spring. Excellent unforgettable stories in there, especially those by Travis Heermann, Debbie […]

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Free Fiction Monday: June Sixteenth at Anna’s

Leta’s death leaves her husband Mac with his memories and one famous holorecording. On June 16, 2001, Leta ate at a restaurant called Anna’s, and a time travel recording made of that day later became a sensation.

Leta collected all of the versions of that recording, but Mac has never seen it. Until now.

“June Sixteenth at Anna’s,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, was chosen as one of the best science fiction stories of the year and is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Idle Thoughts

Late Saturday night, I finished teaching a writing workshop about history, alternate history, and time travel for professional writers. We read a bunch of books, worked on technique, and talked about turning points in history. Turning points are important for time travel and alternate history. Identifying turning points and then postulating what would happen if something went differently is an essential skill for the time […]

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A Great Review For Women of Futures Past

Great news! Publishers Weekly, the trade journal of the publishing industry, has given Women of Futures Past a starred boxed review. That’s the highest honor the magazine gives. It’ll also encourage libraries and bookstores to order the book. The magazine says, “…the tales themselves are the true stars: smart, beautiful, gracefully aged, and still challenging, each builds on the others in the collection.” It also […]

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A New Short Story!

After a few months of quiet on the short story front, I’ve just published another one.  Asimov’s SF Magazine has published “The First Step.” Unlike many of my stories of late, this one’s short. It involves time travel and cranky professors and…well, you’ll see. You can download Asimov’s on a variety of sites or pick it up at your favorite newsstand or subscribe, for heaven’s […]

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I Wasted Time…

…And Now Doth Time Waste Me. Or so writes Shakespeare in Richard II. I know, I know, I should be thinking of time wasted here, but all I come up with are puns. Wasted time—drunk, man. It’s wasted. Time wasted me—it took me out. But not before I got to it first. Yeah, I’m punchy. Time travel does that to me. If time travel is done wrong—and […]

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More Time Travel

Sometimes things get missed, particularly in publishing. Which is what happened with Time Travel: Recent Trips. I knew I had a reprint story coming up in the volume; I just never knew the publication date. Which was last year. In mid-February, I found out that the book had already appeared. Fortunately for you time travel fans, this is an anthology, not a magazine. You can still […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2014

I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season.  I’m also going to mention, by way of shameless self […]

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Free Fiction Monday: “September at Wall and Broad”

September 1920, New York City: Phillipa D’Arco makes a living investigating the past for the United States Government. Bloodless, they call her, making her one of the best operatives. So, when Phillipa fails to return back to 2057 to report her findings, Assistant Attorney General Preston Lane needs to make a decision: send in yet another investigator or lose a valuable asset.
Whatever Lane decides, he knows he’ll face consequences. But the truth behind Phillipa’s disappearance will cause ripples in time Lane can’t begin to imagine.

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