Short Fiction

SF by ScientistsFixer 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 paperback (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) and ebook (Amazon, !ndigo, Barnes & Noble, Kobo). First published in  Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2014, Vol. CXXXIV, No. 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.


Generic Analog CoverDecrypted
Forthcoming publication in the May/June 2017 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
In a world without public key cryptography, a man’s past online activities come back to haunt him.



northwest passages coverPlot Device
Forthcoming publication in Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela, edited by Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy, 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 what it means to be a “writer” – in more than one sense of the word.

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, Downpour, 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.