Still more shameless self-promotion!

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A while back I sold a story to Afromyth, an anthology from Afrocentric Books edited by J.S. Emuakpor. It looks like the e-book became available on December 9, and the paperback will soon follow. You can pick up a copy here. My story is “Death in Nairobi” about a Miami detective on holiday roped into investigating a local crime. Have fun reading!


Shameless Self-Promotion! Tales of the Once and Future King, edited by Anthony Marchetta

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Once and Future King

A while back, I sold a fantasy story titled “The Knight of Crows” to a Superversive Press King Arthur anthology. This turned out to be an interesting adventure, as editor Anthony Marchetta has connected the stories into something like a novel format. Does that make it a shared novel?

Whatever, Tales of the Once and Future King is now on sale. If you like King Arthur, or just want to while away a few hours in the misty woods of Camelot, check it out. Look for it here at Amazon!

Another Eligibility Announcement (aka shameless self promotion)

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Nominate hard SF for the Nebula Award!

For any science fiction fans out there who are also SFWA members, I put my money where my mouth was last year. I have a hard science fiction short story on the Nebula Recommended Reading List. It’s “Only a Signal Shown” by Lela E. Buis (of course), published by the wonderful editor Sam Bellotto Jr. at Perihelion SF. Follow the link here to read the story and consider it for nomination within the next couple of weeks.

As happens with many of my stories, this one started out to be a serious look at spaceflight, alien contact and space colonization, but it went off the rails pretty quickly. I really appreciate the support the story has gotten so far, and I’d like to encourage everyone to read it, whether or not you’re a voting SFWA member. Follow the link and enjoy!




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reading-clipart-6Am back, but am way behind. It looks like it might be next week before I can get up any serious blog posts.

While I was gone, I accumulated a few rejection slips, but I’ve sold a story called “The Knight of Crows” to SuperversiveSF for their King Arthur anthology Tales of the Once and Future King. Watch for more info later on!

Me, an independent writer

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FeatherPenClipArtSince I’ve just been discussing the business plan for independent writers, let me direct you to my page here at I’m mainly a short story writer, and these are e-book collections of old published stories and poetry that I need to keep working for me. There are also a couple of previously unpublished works. These are all very reasonable in price and get good reviews. There’s a lot of diversity there. Check them out!

Do be sure and read the descriptions, though. Some of these aren’t appropriate for kids.

Shaping the Future

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redshifted_250_finalVisionaries are important in shaping the future. This is because any change in society, or any invention, has to be imagined before it can become reality. Once some concept has been described in any way—say through an oral tradition, a book or a film–then it has achieved a certain reality, and people can set out to build it.

This kind of visionary literature has been named “science fiction” within the last century or so. It has a bad reputation, maybe, based on poor production techniques and an unfortunate association with geeky engineers in coke-bottle glasses and ill-fitting white shirts with ink stains on the pockets. Other associations include green aliens landing in crude-looking flying saucers and stealing away swooning pin-up girls. However, regardless of this pulp reputation, a number of impressive visions came out of the “golden age” of science fiction. These include Jules Verne’s vision of submarines in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870), his vision of space flight in From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and his vision of a helicopter in Robur the Conqueror (1886). Although it took a few years for these visions to become commercially viable, their reality was assured as soon as Verne published his books.

One important recurring vision in science fiction is travel to other worlds. Endless generations of humans have looked at the stars and wondered what it would be like to fly there. These visions were realized in 1969 with the first flight to the moon, and now Elon Musk of Space-X, reportedly inspired by Isaac Asimov, means to make travel to Mars a reality. This romantic notion has inspired a whole new crop of science fiction related to the planet Mars. For example, Redshifted from Third Flatiron Anthologies is available (either in e-book or print format) from your favorite bookstore. Indulge the vision.

Full disclosure: The author of this article has a short story appearing in the anthology entitled “The Journal of Miss Emily Carlton.”

Third Flatiron website:
Juliana Rew on Twitter: @julirew

When Is a Dog Not a Dog?

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Master Minds coverIt’s been a long time since the first wolf made the fateful decision to hang around a human’s campfire. It’s an odd decision when you look at it. After all, humans are more likely to be prey—especially the little ones who can’t run very fast. The benefits are obvious, of course—an easy life as a watchdog and a daily dinner of leftovers without the difficulty of hunting it down. Still, you have to wonder about that kind of vision shift.

The end result, of course, is the family pet we’re all familiar with. There are also working dogs, of course, the retrievers, hunters and herding dogs that are a little bit of a tougher fit for the family home. Dogs have about the intelligence level of a human two-year-old, but in the house they’re a little bit different from a human toddler. They don’t have hands, for one thing, and they have different responses based on their canine instincts.

There are always news stories about how scientists could increase human intelligence levels. Genetic engineering would be one possibility, or maybe connecting people digitally to the Internet. But what would happen if man’s best friend could be made more intelligent this same way? What if scientists could breed a dog that could think on a human level? Meet the working dog of the future.

“The Cabin” is a science fiction story (by me) about a dog that’s not quite a dog. Look for it in Master Minds, an anthology from Third Flatiron press, edited by Julianna Rew. The anthology is currently available in either electronic or print editions. Full disclosure: This is shameless self-promotion.

Third Flatiron website:
Juliana Rew on Twitter: @julirew

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