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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
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.
When Living History Professor Kimber Lawson’s least favorite student brings her a report of Mary Todd Lincoln conducting séances in the White House, Kimber brushes it off. But then more reports come to her attention—of historical figures hearing voices, seeing ghosts and holding séances that had never before been reported—she knows she must investigate. And what she finds might change everything she thought she knew […]
I always tell my writing students they should never ever pre-edit for an editor. Which means that the writer should let the editor decide what goes in his magazine. I’d like to say I take my own advice, but if it weren’t for Dean, I wouldn’t have a story in Analog this month. I wrote “Snapshots” while working on the upcoming Smokey Dalton novel, and figured […]
Homicide Detective Ned Zaleski resents the chief’s decision to enlist Sherlock Holmes’ help in Zaleski’s latest murder investigation. Zaleski fails to see how Holmes, newly transported to the 1990s from his own time by the Santa Cruz Time Wizards, can shed any light on a modern-day serial killer. But Zaleski soon learns Holmes’ earned his reputation for insight honestly. And that insight might lead Zaleski […]
As of this writing, my novel Snipers has been out a little over a month, and it’s received stellar reviews. Booklist gave it a starred review, and others have given it all kinds of kudos. Here’s a sampling: “Told in roughly alternating chapters set in 1913 and 2005, [Snipers] is a deft mixture of SF and mystery with some very sharp plotting, some nice twists, and a […]
Today’s the official release date for Fiction River: Time Streams, the third volume of the anthology series. Dean edited this one. It’s all time travel all the time (one of his favorite subgenres). Time Streams has some powerful stories in it, some written by first-timers, others written by old hands. Mike Resnick pairs up with Lou Berger for an interesting story; Lee Allred writes something quite fun, […]
Detective Zack Wheldon solves cases. The tough cases no one else figures out. So, when the FBI comes seeking his help, he must decide which to choose: the serial killer he desperately wants to catch or the as-yet-unknown cases that will grow cold in his absence. The FBI promises big things, more closed cases, more criminals behind bars. If he can trust the feds. If […]