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New story in Analog

My second Portia Oakeshott, Dinosaur Veterinarian short story, “Minnie and the Trekker,” is in the July/August 2021 issue of Analog. Despite the title, neither a cartoon female mouse or a fan of a long-running science fiction media franchise are involved. Just Portia Oakeshott and a colleague, trying to help an ill dinosaur, and discovering something …

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New Story in Analog

I have a story in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Analog. “Riddlepigs and the Cryla” is my first appearance there and the first story in the Portia Oakeshott, Dinosaur Veterinarian series. On newsstands now. This is a really cool experience for me. Analog helped form my interest in reading and writing science fiction when I …

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Writing tools: software

I wrote my earliest stories using a range of tools, from my dad’s old manual typewriter to Bank Street Writer on the Commodore 64. After I got a real job and disposable income, I bought a PC and used Microsoft Word, because every writer used a word processor, right? After a decade of that, when …

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The Iron Law of Iron Laws

I’ve been reading nonfic about politics, government, and socio-political cycles lately. Peter Turchin’s War and Peace and War, Oren Litwin’s Beyond Kings and Princesses: Government for Worldbuilders. Good stuff. If you read between the lines, the former is a good anecdote to the Whig history every American is exposed to by government schools. These books …

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