Pittsburgh Comicon, plus some story news

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area and you want to see me, I’ll be at Pittsburgh Comicon on April 20 and 21. (The show is also open on Friday, April 19, but I won’t be there that day.) As is usually the case with these convention appearances, I’ll be holding down a corner of K. Sekelsky’s table — where she will be selling her book The Time Traveler’s Pocket Guide.

We’ll be at Table S-005 in the Small Press area. I should be there all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday. I’ll have Machine of Death books for sale, and I’ll also have some samplers to pass out for Vol 2. And if you’ve never gotten your own death prediction, you can stop by for one of those.

I hope to see some of you there… I’ll also be at a convention near Johnstown, PA, in May. So you Pennsylvania folk have two chances to see me this year!

New story now available online
On Monday, April 16, my story “Older, Wiser, Time Traveler” will be posted at Daily Science Fiction. The story went out in the email newsletter last Monday, and now it’s migrating to the web so even non-subscribers can read it. I can’t link directly to it because it’s not up yet… But when Monday comes, be sure to check it out!

As you might have guessed, it’s a time travel story. But that’s all I can say about it without giving away things that shouldn’t be given away.

Some recent sales
I’ve also been getting lots of exciting news lately from various magazines, some of which I can share now.

First, I sold a story to Beneath Ceaseless Skies at the end of March called “After Compline, Silence Falls”. It’s a monster story set in a Trappist monastery in 1890s Manitoba where the monks observe a strict vow of silence from compline to matins — that is, from the last prayers of the day to the first prayers of the following morning. In other words: “In a Trappist monastery, everybody has taken a vow not to scream.”

Second, my flash story “Oak Openings” will be appearing in the third issue of Comets and Criminals. This is a quick tale about pioneers in 1830s Ohio who find their new home isn’t quite what they thought it was. The title comes from the name that settlers gave to the oak savannahs of northwestern Ohio. After fighting their way through the thick forests and swamps of the east, they came upon these savannahs where the trees were spaced far enough apart that they could drive their wagons through the openings between them.

Finally, Redstone Science Fiction will be publishing a science-fiction story of mine called “Imagine Cows on Mars”. It’s another tale of settlers — this time on the Red Planet. I wrote the first draft of this story fifteen years ago. It’s been completely rewritten since then, but both the title and the basic premise (“sooners” arrive illegally on Mars and begin to surreptitiously colonize it before terraforming is officially complete) are from that first draft. So, good work on that to my teenaged self!


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