Release Day for After the Gold Rush!

It’s release day for After the Gold Rush, the latest installment in Third Flatiron‘s anthology series, and it features my short story “The Front of the Pack.”

From the back jacket copy:

Twenty-two authors explore themes related to complications of booms and bubbles, including effects of accelerated culture; ecological consequences caused by human over-expansion, such as climate disasters; and economics (for example, monopolies on resources and commodities). 

Table of Contents:

  • Past the Projections by James Tager
  • Down on the Klondike by David Cleden
  • Sunrunner by Robert Bagnall
  • Moving On by Andrew Wright
  • To Vanquish Other Blooms by Tim Borella
  • Showdown at Sueño Hueco by Wulf Moon
  • Reassessed Value by David Hankins
  • Amphibios by Julie Biegner
  • Earth’s Last Immortals by Erin Cullen
  • Last Light in the Dark by Shannon Fox
  • Live from the Troll Factory by Edward Barnfield
  • The Front of the Pack by Lauren C. Teffeau
  • Last Bite at the Klondike by Liam Hogan
  • All Our Signs Align by Eve Morton
  • Facing Reality by Yelena Crane
  • Unwinding the Clock by Brandon Case
  • The Last of the Gen Xers by Angelique Fawns
  • Currency Change Announcement by Elizabeth Davis
  • Amore for Life by Cray Dimensional
  • Genie in a PET Bottle by Daniel M. Cojocaru
  • Goldberry by Tom Easton and Jeff Hecht

I wrote “The Front of the Pack” for a flash challenge a couple years back and could never quite figure out what to do with a story depicting a tense exchange between a government agent and a man running a clearinghouse for illegal research that the political climate has all but condemned, to society’s detriment. This was around the same time I was writing Implanted, so the story is flavored with espionage tropes as well as some of my hang-ups from working as an academic researcher for a number of years. Let’s just say it’s a story that could only be at home in this collection, and I’m so glad that editor Juliana Rew and the rest of the team at Third Flatiron agreed as well!

Be sure to check out my Pinterest board for more of my story inspiration.

You can purchase the whole anthology from Amazon.

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Strange Religion Anthology Released!

I’m happy to announce I have a story reprinted in the latest volume of tdotspec‘s series Strange Concepts: Big Ideas Explored through Speculative Fiction. tdotspec is a Canadian publisher of speculative fiction and were great to work with. Strange Religion: Speculative Fiction of Spirituality, Belief, & Practice is now available on Amazon in print and ebook for your reading pleasure.

My story “The Life that Comes After” was originally published in the now-defunct The Ginger Collect magazine, and I’m glad the story has found another home in this anthology. In some ways the story is very personal, in others not so much, but it means a lot to have it included in this anthology. To get a sense of the vibe of this story, you can check out my inspiration board on Pinterest.

Here are the other contributors, and I’m looking forward to reading them all:

  • “Al-Muftiyah,” by Jibril Stevenson
  • “Samsara,” by J. A. Legg
  • “Shattered Vessels,” by Robert B. Finegold and Kary English
  • “The Gods Also Duel,” by Andrew Majors
  • “Father Jake’s Teen Demon Prevention Lesson,” by Brenna Harvey
  • “They Smile,” by Nicki Vardon
  • “Jizo Rides the Bus,” by Karl Dandenell
  • “Irwin and Roskwin Make a Discovery of Universal Importance,” by Terryl M. Asla
  • “The Rebbetzin Speaks,” by Daniel M. Kimmel
  • “The Devil is a Shape in the Brain,” by Joachim Glage
  • “The Man Who Misused His Manhood,” by Chukwu Sunday Abel
  • “Bio-Mass,” by Mike Adamson
  • “Deep Play,” by Andy Dibble
  • “The Life That Comes After,” by Lauren C. Teffeau
  • “Fate and Other Variables,” by Alex Shvartsman
  • “The Other War on Terror,” by Michael H. Hanson
  • “Dying Rivers and Broken Hearts,” by Gabriella Buba
  • “*lr*d,” by Doug Hawley
  • “The Fireflies of Todaji,” by Russell Hemmell
  • “Before the Evolution Comes the Smoke,” by Terri Bruce

Be sure to check it out, and happy reading!

All About Chromophobia!

My very first horror short story “Gray Rock Method” is forthcoming later this year in Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror, edited by Sara Tantlinger and published by Rooster Republic Press. While the launch is a couple of months away, the marketing for the anthology kicked into high gear last month, showcasing all the different authors and providing sneak peeks of the amazing stories that have been selected for the anthology.

Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror

In the first author roundtable, contributors were asked what fictional character they’d most like to have dinner with (Chromophobia Author Roundup 1). This was followed by why authors are drawn to the horror genre (Chromophobia Author Roundup 2). We were also asked to name some of our favorite women horror writers (Chromophobia Author Roundup 3). Finally, we were asked to talk up our stories for the anthology (Chromophobia Author Roundup 4). I had a blast coming up with my answers to these thoughtful questions and reading the responses of my fellow contributors, so be sure to check them out.

Also, in order to whet your appetite for the anthology, you can also read teasers from each story (including mine!)—just follow the links below:

If you think that’s all, the publisher will be showing off the interior art for the anthology over the course of April:

SO, all this to say, stay tuned for more Chromophobia goodness! Pre-orders for the hardcover version of the anthology are happening now.

Remembering John Jos Miller

Earlier this month my friend, neighbor, and colleague John Jos Miller passed away. Not Covid, but that doesn’t really matter when gone is gone. I’ve been meaning to post before now to acknowledge his passing and the resulting loss, but it’s been hard to put the words together.

For years we critted each other’s work, sharing the ups and downs of the writing life here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a fantastic writer who made a name for himself primarily from working in other creators’ IP, most notably the shared universe of Wild Cards. There have been a number of write ups (Locus, SWFA, GRRM not-a-blog, Westros, the Wertzone, ) that highlight the full range of his career, and if you are at all interested in the story worlds he published in, know you are in good hands. I’m just sorry there is not more of his standalone work available because I was privileged to see some of it and know it is equally as good if not better than his licensed stories.

I’m lucky enough to have shared two TOCs with him, for S.M. Stirling’s The Change anthology as well as Worlds of Light and Darkness. That brings me comfort to have our names are connected in this small way, even though he’s gone.

Victor Milan, John Jos Miller, Jane Lindskold, Lauren C. Teffeau, S.M. Stirling and Emily Mah at Page 1 Books, June 2015

He was a huge film buff, and I loved nerding out with him about movies. He shared his love for film through his posts at both Black Gate and the Cheese Magnet archives, which are full of fascinating nuggets if you are ever interested in doing a deep dive into SF/F films across the decades.

You can find his last short story “Don’t Look Back” in Dreamforge Magazine #9. I saw an early version of this, and I’m glad to know it found a home as it celebrates aspects that are quintessentially John: his love of baseball, historical fiction, and SF/F. A good read from a good man and, since it must be, a good bye too.

My copy of Dreamforge Magazine #9

Long Time, No Write

On the blog, that is.

I realized I hadn’t updated this thing in months, which was a strange feeling on top of many others that have been rampant these pandemic years. I’ve been posting here (or on the blogspot that preceded it) since 2010 (!), and I don’t think I’ve taken a break this long ever before.

Strange times, indeed.

In my last post Reprint-palooza, I shared the news that a number of stories were being reprinted, breathing new life into old words. I can’t tell you how gratifying that feels, to know your stories have value even after the newness has faded.

On top of that, Implanted, my cyberpunk meets solarpunk / spy-fi meets cli-fi novel was named a definitive work of climate fiction by Grist.org, which was also a great feeling. Be sure to check out the full list and perhaps find a new read to get inspired to face our collective future.

Finally, I’m thrilled to announce my short story “Gray Rock Method” will appear in Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror from Rooster Republic Press and edited by powerhouse Sara Tantlinger. I got my acceptance just before the holidays and it was a much-needed boon to close out the year. The story is also my first foray into horror and was a lot of fun to write. The anthology comes out later this year and is already garnering a bit of buzz in horror circles. You can check out the contributors and learn how to preorder the collection here. And of course I’ll be posting more information as we get closer to the release date.

That’s it for now. I hope the New Year is off to a better start for you than it has been for me!