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Clean Evil

…or “Ghost Decon”… The heads of the press swung to follow him as Rutger walked through the door. Cameras like glaring eyes and microphones like accusing fingers. Rutger could feel the hatred. Three deaths and more than a billion dollars, … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse

“Come in,” I said. “Thank you for coming.” And because I’d been in Bulgaria for a long time, “sit down.” Predictably for early summer in Sofia, the day had begun with clear skies and fluffy white clouds, then opened up … Continue reading

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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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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 Goose’s Wing

“What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose’s wing?” – Abbas ibn Firnas It’s the 1050th anniversary of the invention of the hang-glider, and Andalusian peace activist Tariq ait Fortun falls into the talons of … Continue reading

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Tandem: a better story

Earlier this week, I asked for writing prompts, and the inimitable Emil Minchev responded: “Remember Solo? Do the opposite” Okay, so…IN THE DISTANT FUTURE, IN THIS VERY GALAXY… A wealthy, middle-aged woman named Foong Tandem stays on her comfortable, safe, … Continue reading

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