Short Fiction

Analog May-June 2017Decrypted
In Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May/June 2017, Vol. CXXXVII, Nos. 5 & 6,  ISSN 1059-2113, pp.86-90.

In a world without public key cryptography, a man’s past online activities come back to haunt him.


SF by Scientists

Fixer Upper
In Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Michael Brotherton, Springer, ISBN 978-3319411019, 2017, pp.161-180. Available in paperback (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Kobo, Google Play).

A Chinese expedition attempts to revive the abandoned International Space Station. [Excerpt]

YEAG 2017Crimson Sky
In the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, edited by Corie and Sean Weaver, Dreaming Robot Press, ISBN 978-1940924212, 2016, pp.233-248. Available in trade paperback (Amazon, Barnes & Noble). First published in  Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2014, Vol. CXXXIV, Nos. 7 & 8, ISSN 1059-2113, pp.107-113. Winner of the 2015 Prix Aurora Award for Best Short Fiction English.
A search and rescue mission on Mars takes an unexpected turn.

Tesseracts20 CompostelaPlot Device
In Compostela: Tesseracts Twenty , edited by Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy, ASIN B072LD1F52, 2017. First published in Northwest Passages:  A Cascadian Anthology, edited by Cris DiMarco, Windstorm Creative, ISBN 1-59093-185-2, 2005, pp.451-460 (out of print).
An ironic look at how artificial intelligence might impact future writers.


Analog April 2016Most Valuable Player
In Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2016, Vol. CXXXVI, No. 4, ISSN 1059-2113, pp.70-72.

A washed-up baseball star finds unexpected redemption in mathematics.



Imaginarium 4Túshūguăn
In Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing edited by Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart, ChiZine Publications, ISBN 978-1771483384, 2016, pp. 35-43. Also in AlliterAsian, edited by Julia Lin, Allan Cho and Jim Wong-Chu, Arsenal Press, ISBN 978-1-55152-620-1, 2015, pp.229-242. First published in Ricepaper, Issue 19.3, Fall 2014, ISSN 1481-9945, pp.5-9.

Two young boys find an unusual treasure in a post-apocalyptic Vancouver.

Carbide Tipped PensShe Just Looks That Way
In Carbide Tipped Pens, edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi, Tor Books, ISBN 978-0-7653-3430-5, 2014, pp.256-281. Available in hardcover (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble), trade paperback (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble), ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play) and audio book (Barnes & Noble, Audible, Overdrive).

Beauty really is more than skin deep.

Far Orbit

From a Stone
In Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures, edited by Bascomb James, World Weaver Press, ISBN 978-0-615959-24-5, 2014, pp.174-201.  Available in trade paperback (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo).  Check out my SciFi4Me interview and my Q&A with World Weaver Press.

Astronauts exploring an asteroid make a remarkable discovery.

Rocket ScienceMaking Mars a Nicer Place to Live
In Rocket Science, edited by Ian Sales, Mutation Press, ISBN 978-1-907553-03-5, 2012, pp.74-90.  Available in trade paperback (Amazon).

Non-fiction essay examining the science behind the terraforming of Mars as portrayed in science fiction.  [Article]


In The Astronaut From Wyoming and Other Stories, edited by Toru Nakamura, Hayakawa Publishing, ISBN 978-4-15-011769-6, 2010, pp.289-342.  First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Vol. 18, No. 12 & 13, ISSN 1055-2146, November 1994, pp.154-178. Winner of the 1994 Asimov Award (now Dell Award) for undergraduate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing.
A team of astronauts on Mars struggle to survive after their rover is damaged in a meteorite shower.

The Dragon and the StarsThe Son of Heaven
In The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, DAW Books, ISBN 978-07564-0618-9, 2010, pp.205-227.  Available in mass market paperback (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play).

The Chinese rocket scientist Tsien Hsue-shen (钱学森) is persecuted during the Red Scare in America in the 1950s.


footprints_coverAnother’s Treasure
In Footprints, edited by Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books, ISBN 978-0-9819243-9-7, 2009, pp.115-120.  Available in trade paperback (Amazon).

In the far future, alien explorers try to make sense of what we left behind at one of the Apollo landing sites.


spaceinc_coverA Man’s Place
In Space Inc., edited by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW, ISBN 0-7564-0147-X, 2003, pp.82-107.  Available in mass market paperback (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play).

 A cook on a lunar base becomes an unexpected hero.


orbiter_coverJust Like Being There
In Tales From the Wonder Zone:  Orbiter, edited by Julie E. Czerneda, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, ISBN 1-55244-020-6, 2002, pp.1-20.  Available in trade paperback (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble).

An astronaut contemplates the rewards and risks of human vs. robotic space exploration.


In Northern Suns, edited by David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant, Tor, ISBN 0-312-86461-2, 1999, pp.25-45.  First published in Tesseracts6, edited by Robert J. Sawyer and Carolyn Clink, EDGE, ISBN 1-895836-32-8, 1997, pp.5-26.

An alternate history in which Québec separation divides Canada – both on Earth and in space.

arrowdreams_coverThe Coming Age of the Jet
In Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas, edited by Mark Shainblum and John Dupuis, Signature Editions, ISBN 0-921-833-51-2, 1997, pp.127-144.

An alternate history of Avro Canada’s legendary jet. No, not that one, the other one.