My Year in Review – 2016

I like to post my Lessons Learned on the anniversary of my return to fiction (July 4). But friends tell me I should also do a year-end review post. So here it is.

Today I Am Paul (5,000 words, reprint)

This little story is my 800-pound gorilla, dominating the rest of the year’s news. Besides winning the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award and being nominated for the Nebula Award, the story was reprinted in the following venues:  

·       The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois

·       The Best Science Fiction of the Year, edited by Neil Clarke

·       The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 Edition, edited by Rich Horton

·       The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8, edited by Allan Kaster

·       The Long List Anthology Volume 2: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List, edited by David Steffen

·       VISIONARIUM präsentiert: Arcanum. Geschichten aus der Zukunft (German translation)

·       Bli Panika (Hebrew translation)

·       XB-1 (Czech translation)

·       Angle Mort (French translation)

·       Quasar (Italian translation)

·       Nowa Fantastyka (Polish translation)

·       Science Fiction World (Chinese translation)

Today I Am Santa Claus (5,000 words, December)

If you liked the Caretaker and its family from “Today I Am Paul”, you can read the next story of their lives in Christmas Caring II: A Christmas Charity Anthology, edited by DawnRay Ammon. This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. All proceeds will be donated to Legacy Initiative of Utah.

Bookmarked (2,400 words, September)

Of everything I wrote in 2016, this is the one I’m most proud of (Though “Today I Am Santa Claus” runs a very close second). It’s a tale of love beyond death, written as a tribute to Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon, a great man and educator whom we lost this year. It appeared in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 22, September 2016, edited by Mike Resnick.

The Vampire’s New Clothes (5,000 words, July)

This was my other Galaxy’s Edge story for the year, appearing in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 21, July 2016, edited by Mike Resnick. This story was inspired by Mike’s novel Stalking the Vampire, and is my way of answering a question raised by that book.

Black Orbit (10,000 words, December)

Inspector Park Yerim must find the secret message from a dead agent, hidden on an incoming mining load. Appearing in Analog Science Fiction, December 2016, edited by Trevor Quachri.

Visits (with a Stranger) (5,800 words, November)

A time travel story of redemption. But whose? Appearing in Time Travel Tales, edited by Zach Chapman.

Green Girl Blues (6,000 words, October)

The gene modder Niko gets involved with a young girl who wants to escape her world. Niko tries to help her without revealing his secrets… or hers. Appearing in Humanity 2.0, edited by Alex Shvartsman.

Early Warning (3,500 words, April)

A man visits his past self to try to set things right… and drink cheap beer. Appearing in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2016, edited by Trevor Quachri.

Pallbearers (5,400 words, reprint, April)

A soldier on a distant world is trapped in his own powered armor. Appearing in Ctrl Alt Delight: Digital Science Fiction Anthology, edited by Michael Wills.

The Troll Under the Fridge (760 words, reprint, April)

It’s the Big Game, and the billy goats want to get snacks. The troll has other ideas. Appearing in Quickfic Anthology 1: Shorter-Short Speculative Fiction, edited by Michael Wills.

In its Shadow (8,700 words, April)

Throughout their history, the Afim have wondered about the strange Sphere in their midst. Now one determined scientist will find the truth. Appearing in Trajectories, edited by Dave Creek.

Murder on the Aldrin Express (19,000 words, reprint, February)

The original Carver and Aames story. Appearing in Forever Magazine Issue 11.


·       23 publications.

·       8 original works.

·       15 reprints.

·       4 year’s best reprints.

·       7 international translations.

·       1 Nebula nomination.

·       1 SPA award.

You know, I may be doing something right here…

Now for next year! Back to work on that novel about a certain android and a certain family…

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