Slate Picks make a great pick

Slate has a new feature called Slate Picks, and under the heading “Science Fiction That Can Change Our Future” they asked contributors what books they would recommend for the 2016 presidential candidates. The list of books includes such well-known and respected authors as Margaret Atwood, Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, and Samuel Delaney.Continue reading “Slate Picks make a great pick”

Readercon wrap-up: ‘You don’t look Filipino’

Readercon is awesome. The conference for speculative literature is always worthwhile, as it offers a deep dive into issues and concerns that are at the forefront of literature. So I got to hear luminaries like Michael Dirda and Peter Straub talk about their development as readers and writers. (Dirda doesn’t have time to reread books;Continue reading “Readercon wrap-up: ‘You don’t look Filipino’”

Reading at Readercon

I’ll be one of the readers reading a story from the anthology “Long Hidden” at Readercon next week’s Friday. What’s Readercon? It’s a literary conference that focuses on “imaginative” literature. It is like a sci-fi / fantasy conference but without the costumes, games, movies and music. It’s all about writers and writing, and readers andContinue reading “Reading at Readercon”

‘Angela and the Scar’ called a ‘standout’ tale in ‘Long Hidden’

In case you didn’t know, the anthology of all-new short fiction “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History” comes out on Friday, May 9, 2014. A review from RT Books says the editors “have assembled some superstar-powered stories,” and then it goes on to point out three “standout tales” out of the 27Continue reading “‘Angela and the Scar’ called a ‘standout’ tale in ‘Long Hidden’”

UPDATE: Mark your calendars: Long Hidden, the anthology, is on its way

UPDATE: Change of date and time (see below) The anthology “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History,” which includes one of my short stories (“Angela and the Scar”), has a release date: May 9, 2014. Where can you buy the book? Check out the publisher’s page, Crossed Genres. The trade paperback edition isContinue reading “UPDATE: Mark your calendars: Long Hidden, the anthology, is on its way”

My latest identity upgrade: ‘Goodreads Author’

I just got this email from Goodreads: Hi Michael, Welcome to the Goodreads Authors program! We have upgraded your profile to an official author account. Your special status as a Goodreads Author gives you greater access to the millions of readers in our Goodreads community—so expect to get to know some passionate book lovers! Here’sContinue reading “My latest identity upgrade: ‘Goodreads Author’”

‘Long Hidden’ update: Giveaway on Good Reads and cover blurb news

This is getting real. The anthology Long Hidden, which is now up on and includes one of my short stories, can be yours in a giveaway going on right now on Goodreads. Go enter the giveaway at Also check out the book jacket copy. The blurb mentions five of the 27 stories inContinue reading “‘Long Hidden’ update: Giveaway on Good Reads and cover blurb news”

A few tiny steps toward publication(s)

Big day yesterday as, within an hour of each other, I got the ARC (that’s advanced reader’s copy) of the Long Hidden speculative fiction anthology that includes a short story of mine AND a request to do an author interview for Veterans of the Future Wars anthology that includes a different short story of mine.Continue reading “A few tiny steps toward publication(s)”

Long Hidden anthology cover revealed

So this is cool. The good people at Crossed Genres have released the Cover by  Julie Dillon and the Table of Contents for the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, which includes a story I wrote specifically for the anthology. I am really honored and excited to be in the same bookContinue reading “Long Hidden anthology cover revealed”