In a remote mountain village, a young girl named Amarta sells her prophecies to keep her family from starving. A dangerous game, this, when her predictions gain Amarta and her family too much notoriety than is good for them.In a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta becomes the key to everyone’s ambitions. To survive, she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.Everyone wants answers. No one wants the truth.
This collection of pictures, remebrances, and fiction was created for JayWake, Jay’s pre-mortem celebration. The hardcopy version of the book is the best, with full-color pictures, but there are also PDFs you can have for free. Low Res (7MB) and High Res (72MB)
A letter from a fan to the greatest scientist of the age, about his dog, time travel, and saving the world.
Anthology Dark Descents from Hazardous Press, Dec 2012.
Out of print, and not available anywhere, so if you have a copy, don’t lose it. Sadly, Hazardous Press is no more.
This three-story collection begins with my dark and bloody urban fantasy novella about love, power, and the apocalypse. Also in the collection are reprints of “The Green” and “Motherhood”. Available for kindel and in hard copy.
From the submission guidelines: “…an anthology that will be the literary and psychic equivalent of a tour
around the edges of a dying galaxy in a spectacularly malfunctioning space vehicle.” I found this call irresistible and wrote Romance, with Mice. It would have been unpublishable almost anywhere else, so I was really pleased when they said yes. Pick up the anthology here or here.
In 2011 Intel asked for science fiction describing the future of some of their key R&D technologies for this anthology. I combined virtual reality, machine learning, and facial recognition to explore what happens when software can tell intimate things about what meatware (that’s us) is thinking. The anthology pdf is available here, courtesy of Intel. There used to be podcast interview with me about the story here, but it seems to have vanished.
This story has to do with an ancient theme, the granting of wishes, which so often goes not quite as we expect.
The Angels’ Share
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Dec 1996
Single malt whiskey aged a typical decade loses a percent and a half every year to evaporation and this lossage is called “the Angels’ Share”. I was so enchanted with the phrase that I sat down to write and this story was born. It’s about body-swapping and mortality. Pick it up at Smashwords.
And Peace Shall Sleep
Exploring classic fantasy themes of heroism, non-traditional
families, and explosives.Stands on its own — you don’t need to be a Magic the Gathering player to follow. No longer in print, but available from various places including the obvious.
MTG Wiki plot summary here.
Multiply and Conquer
An essay dressed up as fiction, and connected to the story, “A Hand in the Mirror“.
Chef’s Surprise is the origin story of the Underground Cookbook, based on the flavor text from the card Granite Gargoyle. It was work-for-hire, so I don’t own it, but I am indeed the author. As far as I know the book is out of print, but there are some good posts about it, among them these two: The Throat Wolf card and what I did with it in the receipe book and this excellent summary of the story itself.
And Vincent? Vincent was my creation. A tribute to Mr. Price, of course.
Scroll to the end of this page to see some of my favorite fan artwork for this story.
When Strangers Meet
New Legends anthology, edited by Greg Bear, 1995
This is one of the strangest stories to ever flow out of my fingers. To my surprise, Greg Bear wanted it for this prestigious anthology with almost no edits. One of my teachers, Howard Waldorp, once told me that if a writer is lucky, they get one really good story that writes itself. I hope I get this lucky again some day.
The Going Price
Wizards of the Coast, anthology Tapestries
The seed story for And Peace Shall Sleep. It’s about exploding dragon eggs and obnoxious heroes. And seduction, of course.
The Jesus Construct
Pulphouse, issue #18, 1995
Religion, consciousness, and virtual reality. And university politics.
When a beloved relative is bed-bound in the hospital, when he doesn’t have a lot of choices, what does he want?
It Might be Sunlight
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Nov 1993
Alien contact, truth, and love. Every now and then someone writes me to tell me that this is their favorite story — not just of mine, but across the board — and where can they get a copy? It was out of print for a long time, so I reprinted it. Hardcopy only because I want you to hold it in your hands: CreateSpace or Amazon.
Pulphouse, issue #16, Sep 1993. Reprinted in the collection “Dark Descents” from Hazardous Press, 2013.
It’s about motherhood, but it’s also about sanity. I’m told it’s horror. Out of print.
The Animal Game
Anthology Infinite Loop: Stories About the Future by the People Creating It : Software Development’s Own Anthology of Science Fiction, Ed Larry Constantine, pub. Miller Freeman, 1993
I wondered if I could write a story with six characters and no dialogue, about virtual reality gaming.Yes, it turned out, I could. And to my surprise, it also turned out to be humor. FTW!
This short touches on the theme of transcendent
experiences and how fleeting they can be. It’s all so obvious, so clear, so easy, when you’re there. And then it’s gone.This story won me the Kay Snow award for the second year in a row. I was a bit embarrassed at having won two years in a row, so I didn’t enter a third year.
Eyes of the Beholder
Midnight Zoo (Vol. 2, No. 1), Jan 1992
When I work-shopped this gruesome story at a SF&F convention in 1991, one of the pros there took me aside afterwards and said to me: “rewrite it without pulling your punches, and I’ll publish it.” I thought the story was already over the line, but she assured me it wasn’t. So I rewrote it, took it to the limit, and – good to her word – she published it. My first sale.