Category: Stories

Selected Stories

The Pendant Lens

The Pendant Lens – published analog, September/October 2018. An unusual and intriguing work of historical science fiction.

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The Influence Machine

The Influence Machine – Republished: Year’s Best Science Fiction 35, ed. Gardner Dozois, 2018.

Why were the Metropolitan Police interested in quantum entanglement back in 1899?

Great story with engaging characters I hope to see again – SFRevu

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Exceptional Forces

EXCEPTIONAL FORCES (Asimov’s Magazine, February 2016)
– Republished: Dreams of the Technarion

The Andromedans will arrive and wipe us out in a few centuries, so should we be worried?

– Finalist, Asimov’s annual readers poll

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The Audience

Will humanity be doomed unless all astronauts go on creative writing courses?

Analog, June 2015
– Republished: Best Science Fiction of the Year, ed. Neil Clarke, 2016
– Republished: Year’s Best Science Fiction 33, ed. Gardner Dozois, 2016
– Republished: Year’s Top Tales of Science Fiction 8 ed, Alan Kaster (Audio) 2016
– Republished: Dreams of the Technarion

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Why was an American typist trying to save the world from computers in 1875.

– Republished: Year’s Best Science Fiction 31, ed. Gardner Dozois, 2014
– Winner (=), Interzone annual Reader’s Poll
– Republished: Dreams of the Technarion

… a strong SFnal thriller set in the milieu commonly known for steampunk – Lois Tilton, Locus

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The Firewall and the Door

We can’t yet accelerate a space probe to a tenth of the speed of light, but we already have the technology to slow it down.

A neat idea, a well-done story of space exploration, and a strong piece of advocacy for it – Lois Tilton, Locus Online

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Steamgothic – Some very brave people in 1852 are about to fly the first steam powered aircraft, and diet will mean the difference between life and death.

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Code breaking and hacking were important weapons during the Napoleonic Wars.
Sean McMullen’s “Electrica” is the highlight of the March-April F&SF – Rich Horton, Locus

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Ninety Thousand Horses

Nineteenth Century steam trains were fast, but could one break the sound barrier?
A Neat Thing. The author deploys his physics with authority and manages to convince me that the rocket was possible as his narrator describes it – Lois Tiltron

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