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June 16, 2019

Running down the inside of Hulk's arm was a large tattoo. It was a brilliant pink flower with pointed leaves and a vine-like stem curling toward the sweaty tendon and generous muscles. It was ‘the flower that started the war.’

I flicked a finger at the image. “Guess whe...

December 30, 2018

At the obstacle course, three dozen mud-brown soldiers waited in lines for their turn on the ten-leg [30-foot] ladder-climbing wall. Worn faces and narrowed eyes looked our way. It was 0823, and this crew had been at it since five-zero hours. Under the shelter, the pil...

July 12, 2018

In 1985's Contact, Professor Carl Sagan predicted the planet's wealthy elite would have orbital residences. Thirty years later, are we just thirty years from such places? One way or another, someone's going to engineer a solution for that pesky gravity prob...

April 8, 2018

'One day next week, there will be a memorial service. And if it rains, it will be like an assault on decency. And I'll have to go, regardless.'

January 31, 2018

This rough-draft piece is from my forthcoming "Destruction," sequel to "Endgame." It takes place during a (failed) mission where heroine June Vereeth and cohorts are looking for a crashed ship atop fogged-in, 3000-ft. rock towers on Zycarsus. The rock creates an extrem...

September 29, 2017

The afternoon is a slice of perfection. For late September at this latitude, sun and 63 degrees was the most they could ask for.
Jarvis strolls from his minivan behind his son, buoyed by a job interview slated for the following morning. Content and stories for a tech p...

September 4, 2017

If a novel can be equated to a large physical structure (both have many levels of development) then novel-writing differs in that it happens at any time. Countless moments of inspiration or correction have hit when I'm specifically doing something else. There's a legit...

August 3, 2017

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I found a number of gems. The city has a diverse vibrancy that’s personified by the madness of lunch hour at Reading Terminal Market (an indoor Pike Place Market, quantities of people and culinary options raised to the second integer)....

July 14, 2017

The survival story of "Endgame," and all of the Woman At War series, is set to the backdrop of the Great War between the diverse Trieste Union and the Mitasterite Empire. While it mirrors large aspects of World War 2, the narrative called for a little creativity. Even...

July 14, 2017

Other than massive sharks and arachnids of frightening size or disposition, few things scare me as much as the nebulous fear that I won't do enough in my lifetime. As a writer, this translates to not completing enough stories, not saying everything I wanted to say.

Four...

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