Review: Oryx and Crake of The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

I recently started listening to the audiobook version of MaddAddam but then stopped after the first disc. I had read Oryx and Crake when it first came out 11 or so years ago (as well as The Year of the Flood when it first came out), and I realized I needed a refresher in MargaretContinue reading “Review: Oryx and Crake of The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood”

Help Joe Hill help Sci-Fi & Fantasy

An intriguing string of tweets earlier this week: That’s right, after all these years, the “Best American …” series will finally start to showcase the best in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and you can help guest editor Joe Hill by sending him recommendations for stories via this webpage:

‘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”

In which I get interviewed about my short story ‘The Advanced Ward’

I have a short story in a new anthology of military sci-fi called “Veterans of the Future Wars.” In conjunction with the release of this new book, I was interviewed by the publisher about myself, books, writing and the story behind the story, among other things. After years of being a journalist, it was funContinue reading “In which I get interviewed about my short story ‘The Advanced Ward’”

Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars The TV show Haven brought me to this tale, which was more of a story about stories — a kind of using fiction to figure out a kind of aesthetic — that makes a clever distinction between stories that are good for theContinue reading “Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King”

Review: The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Awesome. Wonderful. Confounding. Clever. Brilliant. A coworker handed me her copy of this great Ursula K. Le Guin novel when she heard that I hadn’t read it yet. The book requires attention, and it wasn’t until I had long stretches of timeContinue reading “Review: The Dispossessed”

New on Goodreads: Veterans of the Future Wars

An anthology of military sci-fi that I am in — Veterans of the Future Wars — has just been added to Goodreads at If you haven’t already seen it, go check it out today. It is being put together by Martinus Publishing. Here’s what’s cool about the anthology: It’s military sci-fi about veterans, toContinue reading “New on Goodreads: Veterans of the Future Wars”

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’”