Jed Thule is a Coward

Jed Thule is a Coward

“He’s a good-for-nothing, dickless coward.”

Yasmine and Dita stood in the ship’s small galley, lunch trays in hand. A penis lay on the table with a tiny bowtie around the shaft.

“I don’t know, Yasmine. Maybe he just forgot it,” said Dita.

Read More

The Survivor's Covenant

The Survivor's Covenant

"How dare they defile The Survivor's Covenant?" asked Winston.

I didn't answer his rhetorical question. Instead, I watched the approaching cliff face as our transport flew over the lake towards the defilers. They'd come far enough to discourage visitors, but had still kept the city on the horizon of the lake.

You ask me, "defiled" was an overstatement. But, Winston's native language was hyperbole. When it came to the Covenant, no statement was too grand. Was the couple's relationship a violation of the law? Yes. "Defilers?" Come on.

Read More

Finally, an Absence Noted

Finally, an Absence Noted

"Your honor, the 17 billion humans on our planet need the resources Neris Seven will provide," said Barnett.

"How so?" asked the judge at the head of the table.

Barnett stared at Ms. Dharma, the plaintiff's attorney. Connect the dots. "Heavy metals exist in abundance in the sulfide deposits around these hydrothermal vents on the sea floor. Heavy metals required to produce solar panels. Solar panels we need to keep the lights on. Literally."

Read More

Something short and new

I'm finishing revisions on the final piece in a micro fiction workshop I took this fall. The projects included everything from 140 character fiction to a final assignment of 1000 words. I shared one of the twitter-length pieces this AM. 

Coming soon to Perihelion: Me

Got some exciting news. Perhelion Science Fiction purchased my short story "Most Certainly."

Perihelion publishes science-heavy fiction, with an emphasis on what's called "hard sci-fi." That is, fiction where the science is at least plausible. For some detail on the difference between hard and soft sci-fi, check out this article and interview with several sci-fi authors on Tor.com, How Do You Like Your Science Fiction: Ten Authors Weigh in on Hard vs. Soft

When writing this story, I actually consulted a friend who has both a Master's degree in Physics and a PhD in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; I wanted to get the science right. Or at least plausible.

Thanks, Hatcher.

My story will appear in the July 12 update, and you'll be able to read it for free on their site. In the meantime, pop over and check out what they've got going right now. 

Perihelion Science Fiction