New story in Nature!

Just after a few weeks of it being accepted, my story “When There’s Only Dust Left” has dropped in Nature magazine, my fourth with them (I’m still reeling over how I managed to get my greasy paws inside the magazine at all). It deals with war, AIs, reality, and had a very strong dose of horror in it, maybe more than most of my other stories do.

The art is amazing, as always. The guy that did the art for this story did the art for Alien: Covenant on Empire magazine’s cover, which is super cool. I invite you to check out his (Jacey’s) portfolio).



Anywho, you can check out the story here, or pick up a copy of Nature’s May 11, 2017 issue from your local retailer, if they have it. Hope you enjoy it.

Happy reading!

Things That Are Happening: A Szal Story

I start almost every blog with: it’s been a while. I should blog more. So that’s what I’m doing.

As some of you know, I finished a novel last week. It’s sitting aside while I work on other projects, including polishing up my query letter and chapters for my previous novel. Again. But that’s the way it is.

My story “System Reboot” landed itself a Polish translation in the magazine Szortal alongside Jarosław Grzędowicz, who’s (almost) the Polish George R. R. Martin. Nice to know folks in other countries are reading your work. You can check that out here.

And finally, I sold another story to Nature, which should be appearing this Thursday, I believe. I’ve also got two invitations to anthologies, one of which is paying pro-rates, so I’d best be working on that one. Ain’t no rest for the wicked.


The Novel is DOOOOONE



My spacepunk novel about drug cartels, alien narcotics and fanatic cults is complete at 113,000 words.

It’s the first adult novel I wrote in first-person, and it’s also the very novel where I put the characters first. I’ve always included character arcs and backgrounds, but this is the first time where the characters and their voices drove the story. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write another way. Whereas my last novel taught me about world-building and scene-setting, this one taught me so much about characterization and voice and agency. I learn with everything I write, and this one certainly has, too.

I wrote the novel I wanted to write. It took six months because of editing my other work and restructuring, but it’s done and I love the end result. It’s gonna need edits, and beta-readers. But I haz another novel and I am very excited about it. I almost didn’t want to finish it, because I love these people and this world so much, but that’s what a dozen rewrites and rounds of edits are for.

But for now it’s done and I hope to bring it to you guys someday.

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