"But the sea is stronger than the swimmer."
--James Baldwin

Preparing my first kids' book in years: Bible Stories for Free-Thinking Kids.
Genesis, Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and so forth.
"Kids like Fairy Tales without believing in Witches and Princes; they don't have
to believe in God to like Bible stories. So ..."

SFinSF, a (somewhat) regular monthly SF authors' reading series at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco, will feature our own Pat Murphy and Madeleine Robinsplus the legendary Jewelle Gomez on Sunday, April 23, at 6:30 pm. 366 Clementina Alley (off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom).

"We Regret the Error" my first SF story of the year, is in the new (March/April 2017) Asimov's.
And look for
"Hole Foods" on the Great Jones Street site.

My article on the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy"
John Hunt Morgan, is in the Fall 2017 Civil War Monitor; currently finishing a piece for the same magazine about "Sue Mundy" Kentucky's redoubtable Confederate kid-guerrilla.

Paul Robeson: All-American Hero is coming from EqualityPress some time this year.

Editing and book-doctoring is pleasant, quiet work, like tending someone else's garden. Finished a nifty little business memoir, Finding the Bunny by voiceover artist & teacher, Samantha Paris. 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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Liz Hand's
burning birds (Fire.) are creating a sensation wherever they appear, but no wonder; they usually bring Liz along. John Crowley's agreeably contrarian Totalitopia is at the copy-editor for our Spring 2017 list.
Samuel R. Delany is joining us in Fall of 2017. In the meantime, you can find him at the Green Street Cafe.

I'm proud of the
Outspoken Author list which looks like a science fiction 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.