"Was it not the secret of the gods that they came in low disguises?"
--Van Wyck Brooks

SFinSF, a regular monthy SF authors' reading series at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco is on break until January 22, 2017, when we will host Cecelia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson, our traditional season openers. Details to come.

I seem to be writing mostly about the Past these days. My article on the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy" John Hunt Morgan, is in the Fall 2016 Civil War Monitor; currently working on a piece for the same magazine about "Sue Mundy," Kentucky's redoubtable Confederate kid-guerrilla. A
historical piece on
The Black Patch War in early twentieth-century KY will be in American History magazine sometime soon. Severely retitled and heavily edited; oh, well. And a YA chapbook, Paul Robeson: All-American Hero is coming from EqualityPress early next year.

As for the Future,
Asimov's will be publishing my short-short story "We Regret the Error" in March 2016.
Correction: 2017.

Editing and book-doctoring is pleasant, quiet work, like tending someone else's garden. Just finished a nifty little business memoir, Finding the Bunny by voiceover artist & teacher, Samantha Paris; and completing a history of Grinnell College in the 20th Century by Joseph Wall, a Pulitzer prize-winning professor who died before finishing it. Now working with Ramón Sender on a history of Morning Star, California's Ur-commune.


Any Day Now is not exactly science fiction and not exactly not. It's an alternate history of 1968. John Crowley was kind enough to say, "If you were there then, this is where you were." I would only add: If you weren't there then, this is where you weren't.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and made it a Pick of the Week. It also got a good review in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Bay Area literary icon Richard Wolinsky gave me a generous interview on KPFA.
And it was nominated for the
John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year. (Didn't win, but got second place.)

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My most recent collection of short stories TVA BABY is from PM Press. It includes a little shop story, a starship story, a noir detective story, a time travel tale (with paradox), an un-mundane adventure, a retro romantic comedy (with cigarettes and lingerie), and a plundering of pirates.

My utopian novel
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (also PM) is about what might have been if abolitionist John Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry had succeeded. It has a generous (and perceptive) introduction by Mumia Abu Jamal.

BACKLIST-- good as new! Now E-vailable on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, etc.


Hey! I got to Mars before THE MARTIAN did. The first trip to the Red Planet is produced by Hollywood, not NASA; and as the genre demands, somebody gets left behind.

Three novellas:
Planet of Mystery about the first landing on Venus; Almost Home a YA adventure for adults; and Dear Abbey an eco-trip to the End of Time in the spirit of Edward Abbey.
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My World Fantasy Award loser Talking Man is a solid book filled with practical tips for all those planning an auto trip to the North Pole. The bureaucratic saga Pirates of the Universe is about a Disney-Windows employee trying to hold onto his perks. The Pick-Up Artist is about a guy who makes room for new art by destroying the old. In Voyage to the Red Planet, the first trip to Mars is produced by Hollywood.
All with new covers by LIsa Roth.

And don't forget, from Bob Kruger's legendary
ElectricStory: My first short story collection, and Numbers Don't Lie, my fix-up novella of three Wilson Wu short stories.


I am editing a cool SF series for PM called Outspoken Authors. Each volume includes a story, a rant, an interview and an argument by a lefty writer with Something to Say.

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Carter Scholz's Gypsy is getting rave reviews and award nods as it heads out for the stars
in a last gasp voyage to save humankind. What could go wrong?


Joe Lansdale's brand new "Miracles ..." features intimate insights into his iconic and idiosyncratic Hap & Leonard team just in time for their TV series debut. And other stuff that's delightfully and drolly joe.

Charles Stross, Elizabeth Hand, John Crowley
and Samuel R. Delany are in the works.
I'm proud of the
Outspoken Author list which looks like a science fiction
(and nearby genre) Who's Who or Hall of Fame, except that I included myself.
Because I could.


A short film based on my short story "Bears Discover Fire", produced and directed by Scott Riehs and Ben Leonberg, after winning awards and medals at many SF film festivals, won Best Student Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. They have also optioned "Bears" for a feature film. Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be not returning their calls.

The Paul Robeson film that I scripted with Richard Akel of Four Stars International is still "in pre-production" (IMDB) with some big names: Director Vondie Curtis-Hall; Lou Gossett Jr. as W.E.B. DuBois, and Sidney Poitier's daughter Sydney as Robeson's glamorous, brilliant and faithful wife Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson. I'm still hopeful.


My day job is writing THIS MONTH IN HISTORY, for Locus magazine. It's the longest-running trade magazine fiction feature in the Universe.