The Gods of Sand and Stone

I’m happy to announce that one of my favorite stories to date is now available.

I worked longer and harder on this one than any other short story thus far. I wrote it two years ago and took it through what seemed like endless major revisions. It would get rejected, and I would edit it some more. It would get rejected some more, and I would revise some more. I added stuff. I chopped stuff. I repeated both. It got accepted in one magazine, but the magazine folded before my issue came out. I revised some more, and it got rejected again. It got honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest, and I kept at it.

Finally it got accepted at Stupefying Stories, a very fine magazine indeed. If you have some manner of e-reader, you can get my story and 300 some more pages of spec-fic goodness at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Here’s a preview:

THE GODS OF SAND AND STONE

The mist came in when the tide went out.

From his perch on the balcony, David Kavanagh could still see over the rising vapors to where Iri Alta’s white moon sank beneath the horizon. That would be the last of the light until the black moon rose.

Until Charla arrived.

He sat back on the stool and warmed his hands over the pulse generator. If he did his work well tonight, this might be the morning she would stay and not go. It was stupid, he knew, but the helpful sort of stupid. Continue reading

Top Ten Space Exploration Lessons Learned from Watching Prometheus

**SPOILER ALERT**
  1. While exploring an unknown planet, always wear your helmet. Especially with dead alien bodies scattered around.
  2. If team members are trapped overnight in an alien ship, have someone stay up to watch their helmet cam footage.
  3. If said team members mysteriously die overnight, have someone rewind and watch their helmet cam footage (at least before sending more people inside, also without helmets).
  4. Don’t split the party.
  5. If you happen to get lost inside a spaceship, and it has already been thoroughly scanned, look at your map.
  6. Flamethrowers are not the first weapon of choice in space.
  7. Axes are even less useful—at least against the ancient aliens which created the human race and the newer squid-aliens you birthed from your own body.
  8. Make sure your medical pods are equipped with procedures for both genders.
  9. Never accept drinks from a robot.
  10. If you launch out on an exploratory mission to question and challenge your creators–don’t name your ship Prometheus.