Published: Rigel’s Missing Tail

I am pleased to announce that my story “Rigel’s Missing Tail” has been published by Stupefying Stories. The setup for the story – a murder mystery – rattled around in my head, unsolved, for a decade. Then I wrote another story where the victim meets three aliens … and two of the aliens decided they’d solve the mystery for me. I’m so happy to share their success with you!

Clever Bubble

I am very pleased that Perihelion Science Fiction has published my story “Clever Bubble.”  You can find it here:

http://www.perihelionsf.com

One of the fun bits of writing this story was designing the game that the aliens play with Will.  I wanted to have something like soccer, but with four teams and played in three dimensions.  (Actually, I had originally considered having eight teams, but it got too complicated.)  Each team has their own goal (the arrows’ mouths) at one corner of a vertical square, and each team has their own ball (Will is the ball for his team).  After each time a team scores by getting its ball into another team’s goal, the goals can be re-arranged to make it more difficult for a team to score where they need to.  In order to win, a team has to have scored on all the other teams more recently than they have scored on it.  So it’s a game of strategy as well as motion.  Will, as an intelligent soccer ball, only figures out how to score and not how to keep score.  But now you know how to do both!

I hope you enjoyed the story.

Have You Looked in a Mirror Lately?

I am very pleased that Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi has published a story of mine called “Have You Looked in a Mirror Lately?”.  You can find it here:

http://www.goldfishgrimm.com/back-issues/issue-11-secrets-connections/looked-mirror-lately/

“Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi” is an awesome name for a magazine, don’t you think?