Besides books, I write short stories. For some reason, people pay me to do this. Here are a few of them:
- Transcription of Interaction Between Astronaut Mike Scudderman and the OnStar Hands-Free A.I. Crash Advisor - this piece in Lightspeed, the online sci fi magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, started as a non-fiction article about the possibilities of surviving a spaceship crash. They decided they wanted it as fiction so we all took turns firing hard radiation at it until it mutated into what you can read at the link.
- Yeti vs Bear - this is one of my favorite stories I've written, and it does exactly what it says on the label: yetis fight bears. There is also some vodka swilling, and corpse hijinks, but mostly it's all yeti on bear violence. It was first published in the anthology Tall Tales with Short Cocks, vol. 4 (available as an ebook or as paperback).
- Mofongo Knows - continuing the theme of animal violence, this story about an evil genius gorilla with fallen on hard times and now working in a traveling carnival is probably the only story you'll ever read that is guaranteed to cure disease. It was first published in the anthology The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination.
- The Bright and Shining Parasites of Guiyu - parasites, b-boys, electronic pollution, and China - what more do you want? First published in Strange Horizons, it's a story so long they had to publish it in two parts. Read Part 1 and if you're not utterly sick of it by the end, head on over to Part 2 for the thrilling conclusion.
- Messengers from the Stars Will Come to Help Us Overcome the Obstacles That Hold Us Back From Achieving Our True Potential - I was living in California when the Heaven's Gate mass suicides happened and I got a little bit obsessed. All I could keep thinking was, "I hope they reached the UFO." There's a religious impulse behind every UFO sighting, a belief that just for a minute we're seeing another, better world. Sometimes that's not such a good thing.
- Stepfathers - if you don't like reading, how about a podcast? The folks at Pseudopod did a bang-up job with this story about divorce, dating, and the infinite howling void.
- Tales of the White Street Society: The Hairy Ghost - another podcast, this one about my favorite gang of 19th century gentleman adventurers investigating supernatural shenanigans in New York. All thrilling! All true! Only from the good people at Pseudopod.
- Tales of the White Street Society: the Corpse Army of Khartoum - the second installment in the adventures of everyone's favorite men with the colonial gaze. This time they go to the Sudan and things get really horrible. Only Pseudopod is brave enough to tell the truth, in great big serious voices with lots of round vowels and plummy consonants.