Hugo Nominations 2015

January 24th, 2015

I’m eligible to nominate for the Hugo this year, but I don’t think I’m going to nominate much. Although I read every issue of Analog and Asimov’s in 2015, various issues of Galaxy’s Edge, Apex, and other magazines, and many stories online, only two stories have stuck with me.
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Save the Cedar Waxwing

December 21st, 2014

For the last ten years or so, the real markers of the holiday season for me are the annual Christmas Bird Counts. I try to get to as many of these as I can. Yesterday was Kings County’s (which actually includes part of Queens County for reasons of convexity). This year I counted at Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden on a beautiful cloudy winter day. Conditions were ideal for sea watching, and we had a lot of great birds including all three scoter species (maybe more than a thousand Black Scoters), hundreds of Red-throated Loons, and eight Common Eiders.

However for me the highlight was three Common Waxwings that Joshua Malbin and I found in the woods at Fort Tilden. Shockingly, these were the only Cedar Waxwings anyone saw anywhere in the count circle yesterday, which makes them a save. They usually aren’t that hard to find, and we didn’t think much about them when we did see them. If we hadn’t bushwhacked the overgrown trail behind the West Battery, or been a few minutes earlier or later when we did, the entire count would have missed Cedar Waxwing this year.
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To The Point

December 4th, 2014

My flash piece, “To The Point”, is now available in the January/February double issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine:

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine January/February 2015

You can find it at most newsstands, as well as Amazon and Google Play.

This is my first official Mystery Writers of America qualifying pro sale so I’m pretty psyched. :-)

Refusing the Call

November 12th, 2014

My latest short story, Refusing the Call, is now available in Third Flatiron’s Abbreviated Epics for Kindle, DRM-free ePub, or just plain paper.

Abbreviated Epics Cover

It wasn’t easy figuring out how to write an epic in only 3,000 words. In the end I just started at the beginning, and stayed there. Enjoy!

Hugo 2014: Best Editor Short Form

August 15th, 2014

This was a really easy category to vote in. I was already familiar with all the nominees here, and had really clear preferences. They’re all good, but ranking from first to last (not that last is bad in this group) my choices are:
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Hugo 2014: Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form

August 15th, 2014

This is a tough vote. The best movie among the nominees is clearly Gravity (though you could make a case for Frozen) but my concern is that it’s not speculative. This is set in the present day, with present day technology. If it had been done 40 years ago it would have been SF. Today it isn’t. IMHO, merely being set in space does not qualify a movie as SF, so as good as it is, it doesn’t get my vote.
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