A Little Genre Fiction

I like science fiction and fantasy and horror, and sometimes I get to work on it myself.

(Art by Zack Wentz from Black Candies: The Eighties)

The Swimming Lesson

On the day after the Tri-City Community Center Pool incident, almost all of the children who were in the water were too traumatized to be interviewed. But there was one eight-year-old boy who never stopped talking.

For Halloween 2020, the La Jolla Playhouse and So Say We All produced an audio drama based on my script, The Swimming Pool, based on a short story I’d published in Black Candies: The 1980s.

It starts as 16:30:

The print copy of Black Candies: The Eighties is an art piece in itself, designed, edited and published by Ryan Bradford and Julia Dixon Evans.

Pick up a copy and support the excellent San Diego-based literary non-profit So Say We All.

Pwning Tomorrow: Stories from the Electronic Frontier

A collection of short fiction by Bruce Sterling, Annalee Newitz, Cory Doctorow, and Charlie Jane Anders, Ramez Naam, Neil Gaiman, and so many other incredible writers. I edited this Creative Commons-licensed collection as a part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

McSweeney’s 54 – The End of Trust

Science fiction writer/futurist Madeline Ashby and I teamed up one late night at South By Southwest up for an essay in which we imagine various scenarios where someone would file a FOIA request ten years in the future. The exercise eventually became a chapter in McSweeneys Quarterly Concern 54: End of Trust. This was McSweeney’s first non-fiction issue and published in collaboration with EFF.

You can download the book for free from EFF or purchase a hard copy through Amazon.

Granger/Lovegood 2020 (Archive Of Our Own)

Hermione Granger is running a clean campaign for president, but will Durmstrang interference spoil the election?

Granger Lovegood 2020 T-shirt

Upon learning a dear friend was a devotee of Harry Potter fan fiction, I wrote this political short story based on a T-shirt from the Harry Potter Alliance (a fantastic activism non-profit).

This piece, and 4.7 million others, won a Hugo for Best Related Work in 2019.