Category Archives: Stories

A bunch of my short stories, as well as a whole serialized novel if you go back to the start of the archive.

Well, Boom

I just had the honor of participating in the NASA/Caltec Exoplanet Demographics conference, where I wrote a short story inspired by Will Misener’s presentation: “To Cool is to Keep: Residual H/He Atmospheres of Super-Earths and sub-Neptunes.”  The name of the … Continue reading

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Earth With Heaven

Earth with Heaven The storm was roaring, lights flashing. The temple of Nippur, the storm was roaring, Lights flashing. Heaven with earth was talking; earth with heaven was talking. <rest broken> — The Barton Cylinder. Surface A. Column 1. Lines … Continue reading

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Logarithm 2

(see Logarithm 1) August-2030 The sun is hot on my back, and my thighs burn with the effort of holding this position. My back doesn’t hurt, though. Those stretches work. My face is full of leaves. They come in triplets, … Continue reading

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Logarithm 1

July-2021 I am sitting on a bed in a house in a village 15 kilometers from Serbia and 20 from North Macedonia. My back is propped up against the wall, my laptop balanced on my stretched-out legs, and I’m breathing … Continue reading

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Film Analysis: A Fellow Tetrapod Story

The sun rose, and the sky separated from the Pacific Ocean. The water stayed dark, but the air above lightened and developed clouds. They shone pink and hazy, stitched by the gleaming contrails of jets. Golden Hour, thought Mike Loew, … Continue reading

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November Newsletter: The Lightning Tree

(There’s a real short story in this newsletter! Scroll down to the *** to read it) So there I was, dropping my older daughter off at school. The weather was fine, I had at least three hours of uninterrupted writing … Continue reading

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The Maiden and the Wealthgiver 1

Kori Utzemeli was 16 when she realized that the myth of Persephone was about her. “Now, the daughter of Demeter was Persephone, also called “Kore,” the Maiden. And she was carried off by grim Hades to his kingdom the underworld…” … Continue reading

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The Fifth Day of Junction: The Dissection of the Shmoo

Here’s a sample of some of the monsters that will eat people in Junction. *w* “The bullet was stopped inside the shmoo’s body,” said Anne. “But it didn’t hit a bone. This thing doesn’t seem to have any. And this … Continue reading

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The Pursuit

The Pursuit of Common Goals is the political union/philosophical school that represents a species of papionine, related to baboons and geladas (and more distantly to crested mangabeys). Pursuers (as members of the Pursuit are called) are convergently similar to humans, … Continue reading

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