The QSF anthology, RENEWAL, is out!

September 13, 2017

Guess what? I have a story, TO BE SEDUCED IS TO BE REBORN, in the new Queer Science Fiction anthology, RENEWAL, and it got an honorable mention. Cool! The story is about love in the future and the choices we could make given the chance.

You can get a paperback copy here, or pick up an eBook at one of the links below:

Mischief Corner Books

Amazon

Kobo

iTunes

Yes, this was a contest, so here are the results:

The judges were Angel Martinez, Ben Brock, Jerome Stueart, and Clare London

Winner: Steve Fuson, Mating Season

2nd: S R Jones, In a Bind

3rd: Siri Paulson, Urban Renewal

Honorable Mentions:

R R Angell, To Be Seduced is To Be Reborn – HM
‘Nathan Burgoine, First Shift – HM
Foster Bridget Cassidy, Springtime Fae – HM
Lex Chase, When Light Left – HM
Rebecca Cohen, Late Fees – HM
Rory Ni Coileain, Longitudinal Case Study – HM
Zen DiPietro, A Fertile Mind – HM
J.S. Fields, First Commission – HM
Steve Fuson, Mating Season – HM
Lia Harding, Homefront – HM
Emily Horner, Bluebonnets – Judge’s Choice – Scott
S R Jones, In a Bind – HM
Jackie Keswick, Patience – HM
CB Lee, True Love’s Kiss – HM
Kristen Lee, Rings of Blue – HM
Elsa M León, Love Rituals – HM, Judge’s Choice – Jerome
Leigh M. Lorien, Green Burial – HM
Carol March, The Shaman – HM
Siri Paulson, Urban Renewal – HM
Wendy Rathbone, The Groomsman – HM
Stephanie Shaffer, Miss You – HM
Ada Maria Soto, The Dust – Judge’s Choice, Angel
Ginger Streusel, Auto-Renew – HM
Soren Summers, Lament – HM
Robyn Walker, Wrong Daughter – HM, Judge’s Choice – Ben
Eric Alan Westfall, Merry Go Round – HM
E R Zhang, ARC – HM, Judge’s Choice – Clare

And here are all the other wonderful authors chosen for the book:

Colton Aalto, Third Seat
Kiterie Aine, Gen 2547
Martha J. Allard, Snowless
Tam Ames, Vernalis
Richard Amos, Again
Jeff Baker, Restoration Inc
Redfern Jon Barrett, Alif
Abby Bartle, Werewolf
Joe Baumann, Walkers
Rose Blackthorn, A Circle Has No End
Dustin Blottenberger, Fields
Jaap Boekestein, That Part You Love
Matthew Bright, Below the Hill
L.M. Brown, Upgrades
Michelle Browne, The Birthing Pod
Jenn Burke, Chrysalid
L. Brian Carroll, Rumble
Fenrir Cerebellion, Faulty Resistance
Ross Common, Tattoo Artist
Carey Ford Compton, I Will Be Your Shelter
PW Covington, Dash T
Andi Deacon, The Test of Gold
Vivien Dean, All That Fire
Bey Deckard, Soul Food
Jana Denardo, Falling Waters
Nicole Dennis, Mystic Blossom
Matt Doyle, Torin
Jude Dunn, The Whole World is Watching
J. P. Egry, Coffee Cat
Sarah Einstein, The Witches’ Garden
Tray Ellis, Fresh Start
K.C. Faelan, Ouroboros Undone
Ofelia Gränd, A Fake Cup of Coffee
Sacchi Green, Third Time’s a Charm
M.D. Grimm, Ophiolatry
Nephy Hart, Rebirth of a Dragon
Kelly Haworth, Shedding
Hannah Henry, The Tiger and the Lily
S R Jones, In a Bind – HM
Ellery Jude, The Sprout
Dustin Karpovich, Rainbow Powers
Lin Kelly, The Projector
Jon Keys, Gift of the Little People
Reni Kieffer, New Reign
Mia Koutras, Real Time
Aidee Ladnier, LightHeart
A.M. Leibowitz, Fresh
L.V. Lloyd, The Librarian
Mary E. Lowd, A Jetpack of a Different Color
F.T. Lukens, Checkpoint
Catherine Lundoff, Firebird
Anne McPherson, Brick and Blood
Lloyd A. Meeker, Renewal
Xenia Melzer, The Joys of Death
R.L. Merrill, Exchange
Daniel Mitton, The Unmarked Grave
Eloreen Moon, First Contact
John Moralee, After the Fall
Lyda Morehouse, Murphy’s Landing
RL Mosswood, Molt
E.W. Murks, Chrysalis
Milo Owen, Seeing You
Carrie Pack, Allora’s Kiss
Terry Poole, All Hail the New Queen
Irene Preston, Certified Organic
Shilo Quetchenbach, Blackout
E.J. Russell, Reboot V5.0
Ell Schulman, Take a Third Option
Patricia Scott, Hope’s Renewal
Andrea Felber Seligman, On the Day After the Second Long Rains
Mindy Leana Shuman, Genesys
L M Somerton, Library Fines
A.M. Soto, The Dust – Judge’s Choice, Angel
Andrea Speed, The Return
Andrea Stanet, The Harbinger
Paul Stevens, Winter Idyll
J. Summerset, The Ritual
Naomi Tajedler, Gilgul
Laurie Treacy, Coffee Break
Natsuya Uesugi, Switch
Zev de Valera, The House of Many Windows
J. Alan Veerkamp, Loyalty Index
Brigitte Winter, Sunrise
Alexis Woods, Fealty
Christine Wright, Rejuvenation

My first podcast is right here!

Recent events have made me interested in getting REMOTE CONTROL out there in the world again. I recorded the podcast and sent it along to Interzone Magazine for their podcast site, TRANSMISSIONS FROM BEYOND. TFB is still going, but the podcast of the story was taken down a few years ago. After all, the story was published in June of 2008. Oddly enough, it still reads fresh to me. Tell me what you think.

 

THIS COULD HAPPEN....

Don't kid yourself. I once explained this story to an acting Marine Colonel at a cocktail party in 2010, a few years after it had been published, and he said, "That's actually a good idea." He turned and walked away leaving me a bit nervous. 

This story is about border and immigration control along the Mexican border. It's also about gun rights. It's about how all that can go really, really wrong and how we need to keep believing that good will surface in even the most unlikely places.

Presidential reading list loss

One fact about Trump is that he will never be First Reader. He doesn’t read and he’s proud of it. All past presidents have brought great works and authors to the general public. Bill Clinton spotlighted Maya Angelou generally, and Gabriel García Márquez, specifically ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF SOLITUDE. Obama highlighted Helen Macdonald’s H IS FOR HAWK, Colson Whitehead’s BARBARIAN DAYS, and SEVENEVES, a sci-fi novel by Neal Stephenson. Ronald Reagan brought us Tom Clancy’s THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and made it a bestseller. Most of all, John F. Kennedy brought us Ian Flemming with CASINO ROYAL and all the James Bond novels since.

Reading lists from interesting and powerful people, especially presidents, give us insights into what guides their thinking, what stimulates their thoughts, and through what literary doors they are able to escape and decompress. Their lists show that they are, in many ways, just like us.

Trump is not a reader. Sad.

A few miles from shore?

“Bob,” you ask, “why do you have ‘A Few Miles From Shore…’ typed out under your site’s name?”

Thanks for your question!

The line is a reference to a favorite quote by Andre Gide that I find inspirational. Here is what he said: “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

Sometimes my writing life feels like that, out there discovering new lands. You’re out there on the ocean. Some days are bliss. Others are perfect storms. Then you find some land. Is it an island, a short story? How big is it? A novel continent? A newly discovered inland sea?  An archipelago of linked stories?

So, this website is my little boat. While you’re here, you can see some of the places I’ve been. Pretty simple.

Welcome aboard!