Thank you, SFPA, for the Rhysling nomination!

My poem “Instructions for Astronauts” has been nominated for a Rhysling Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)! The poem was originally published in the Mithila Review along with a video produced by Salik Shah that includes my voice reading the poem. The Rhysling nomination means the poem will be published again, thisContinue reading “Thank you, SFPA, for the Rhysling nomination!”

2018 Rhysling Awards eligibility

I had two poems published in 2017 that are eligible for the 2018 Rhysling Awards, which are awards for speculative poetry. These awards must be nominated by a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (I’m a member, but people can’t nominated their own poems). Eligible in long-poem category: “Instructions for Astronauts,” Mithila ReviewContinue reading “2018 Rhysling Awards eligibility”

Why you should download the massive, free e-book ‘Up and Coming’

What is the future of science fiction? It could be in the pages of Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell Eligible Authors. You can download the book here: http://www.badmenagerie.com/ Hurry up, though, the download will only be available until March 31, 2016. What is a “Campbell Eligible Author” you may ask? These areContinue reading “Why you should download the massive, free e-book ‘Up and Coming’”

#tbt review: World War Z by Max Brooks

This review originally appeared in the Times Union on Jan. 2, 2007, long before the Brad Pitt movie came out. “World War Z,” by Max Brooks. Read by a full cast. Abridged, 6 hours. Random House Audio. $29.95. The stellar cast includes Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, John Turturro, Rob Reiner andContinue reading “#tbt review: World War Z by Max Brooks”

#tbt Book Review: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

This review was originally published May 8, 2005, in the Albany Times Union. Kazuo Ishiguro is a master of the writing of memory. In fictions about an English butler, a Japanese artist and a world-renown pianist, he has found life-defining secrets, decisions and failures in the smallest moments, and uses them to create literary novelsContinue reading “#tbt Book Review: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go”

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”