Another scifi poem blasts into the publishing world

Today, Calamus Journal published my poem “The martian comes to me” in their second issue.

I’m always honored when my poems are accepted for publication in new journals. When a literary journal is just starting up, it’s a magical time. There’s so much possibility, so much slush pile to read through, so much that could go wrong.

When an editor (really, a person who truly believes in literature/poetry/voices/sharing writing, really, just a person) decides to start up a lit mag, it’s no small feat. I’m always impressed by new lit mags starting up and thriving, trying to make themselves heard and create a strong space for good writing, or even failing. It’s an impressive accomplishment to create a lit mag — so thank you, Eric Cline and Trevor Richardson, for sharing your new literary magic with me.

This poem was a fun reflection on transportation, and what another lifeform might think of our messy traffic and the ways we get around.

🚄 It starts on a subway in Paris.

🚌 Moves to a bus in Chile.

🚢 Sinks into depths in a German submarine.

✈️ Takes off in an American airplane.

🚀 All for the martian to find the method of commuting that reminds her most of her spaceship. To find out more about transportation and herself.

You can read the poem here.

‘Forecast: 4015’ in Nebula Rift

What happens to Washington, D.C. in the future? I envision the city’s hovering Metro as nuclear-powered in the year 4015, which gets the two main characters, Gideon and Selah, hunting for answers in the EPA’s old, unused computers. Find out what they uncover in my newest forecast story.

Forecast: 4015” was published in Nebula Rift on April 22. This issue of Nebula Rift, with five futuristic sci-fi stories, is only $3.99.

In these Forecast stories, I’m examining climate change, sea level rise, future technology, and extreme weather events. I’m working on a whole series, so stay tuned to read more when I get them published!

District Lit: Space Issue

District Lit, the literary magazine where I’m the Poetry Editor, is having a Space Issue! We’ve been impressed with some of the scientific and space-themed works we’ve gotten, so we wanted to dedicate a mini-issue to space.

Send us your work that searches the stars, sends us into warp, touches strange worlds, or knows how to use a phaser, blaster, or lightsaber. The theme for this issue is that last great unknown: space. We’re looking for work about science, exploration, sci-fi, alien life, or anything else out of this world.

You’ve got two weeks to submit to the Space Issue! Send us into orbit with your writing 🚀🌌👽.

You can submit here.

Short story in “Dear Robot” anthology

Dear Robot cover

My short story “Duo-13-trip” was published in Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction, edited by Kelly Jacobson. The writers in this collection include Jacquelyn Bengfort, Diana Bolton (founding editor of District Lit), Tara Campbell, Christina Keller, (and me!).

You can buy the book on Amazon or Createspace for $10!

There will be a book launch on January 13, 2016, at Upshur Street Books at 7 p.m.

Science fiction as hope

Matt Gemmel, a Scottish writer and novelist, wrote a blog post about what science fiction is. It’s inherently hopeful, he said. Despite all of the dystopian and end-of-the-world themes that come up in science fiction, it’s really an optimistic genre.

That’s what science fiction is about, of course: hope. It’s inherently optimistic, even if some of its specific flavours are dystopian. Science fiction says we’ll still be here. We may still be fucking things up completely, but at least we’ll still be around.

—Matt Gemmel