SF/fantasy story: Blunt Instruments
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Blunt Instruments
(1.6K words, April 2016)

If superheroes existed, it wouldn't be long before the government weaponized them. They won't all want to go along with this, particularly when the government's motives are less than pure.


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SF/fantasy stories: Mover and Ecdysis
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Mover and Ecdysis
(2.2K and 0.9K words, respectively; both September 6/14)

These are two parts of an eventual triptych about transformations and seeing the physical world in a way that subverts our conventional scientific understanding. Possibly with a bit of horror thrown in for good measure.


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Fantasy story: The Evil Stepmother Business
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The Evil Stepmother Business
(3K words, July 14/13)

Evil stepmothers and other fairy-tale archetypes may have gotten a bad rap. After all, everything in nature serves a purpose...


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Science fiction story: "Brown's Descent"
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Brown's Descent
(4K words, July 14/13)

Earning a living in space isn't as safe as Star Trek makes it look. Fortunately, the smart ones have a partner to watch their back.


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Science fiction story: "To Serve and Protect"
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To Serve and Protect
(2.4K words, July 14/13)

The "white man's burden" will travel with us when we go visiting primitive civilizations elsewhere in the galaxy. The goals are sometimes noble, but the results? Not so much.


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Horror story: Terroir
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Terroir
(1.2K words, Mar. 18/12)

Winemaking is as much art as it is science, and a mysterious art at that. But wine is just chemistry, and wine snobs notwithstanding, a good scientist should be able to solve the problem.


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Science fiction story: Expert System
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Expert System
(4.2K words, Mar. 11/12)

Expert System is a story about the rapid pace of obsolescence of high technology, and what this may mean once we develop sentient or near-sentient machines. It's a particular concern to me since, once artificial intelligences start to displace us in the workplace, this will inevitably create tensions and the potential for tragedy on both a human scale and an AI scale. This is one musing on that potential.


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Science fiction story: Graduation Exercise
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Graduation Exercise
(7.5K words, Mar. 10/12)
Graduation Exercise introduces the character Alison Katherine Morgan, who will become the protagonist of a novel (The Black Ships) about first contact, gunboat diplomacy, and the pursuit of war by other means. In this installment, Morgan recounts the story of the final test she faced before graduating from the Naval Academy's Intelligence (Intel) section. As you'll see, it's not a warm and fuzzy kind of place, but those who survive are well equipped to "pursue war by other means".

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Fantasy story: Blood in the Snow
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Blood in the Snow
(49K words, Dec. 30/11)

Blood in the Snow is the first in what may become a series of tongue-in-cheek murder mysteries centered around a young Dwarf, Thomas “Rabbitfurs”. While traveling through the mountains, Thomas is caught by a winter storm and forced to seek refuge. By good fortune, he finds himself near a mountain keep, where he’s welcomed by a host who seems suspiciouly vampiric, but really—isn’t that a bit too much of a cliché? Thomas isn’t so sure. As the storm traps everyone within the keep, people begin dying. Can Thomas solve the crimes before he becomes the next victim?


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Science fiction story: The Computer Graveyard
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The Computer Graveyard
(2.9K words, Nov. 12/11)

Computers are our friends, right? Not if you pay too close attention to the upgrade cycle.


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