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"Yep, I do have a
fish in my pocket.

Why do you ask?



Here's some stuff my master wrote ... READ IT MEAT!


WORKS PUBLISHED!


TALES OF WEUPP: Little People Must Surrender
(ISBN: 0-9797903-1-X & 978-0-9797903-1-7)
On Earth, her home world (or is it?) Myla Trogsen
suffers from a rare genetic defect (or is it?)
and lives a lonely, isolated life.
But on the magical world of Weupp
she fits right in (or does she?)
and there's a prince to rescue.

Cover art & 6 interior illustrations by Jesse Bunch
Published by Sam's Dot Publishing
Sold at Sam's Dot Bookstore
and READ MORE ABOUT THE FIRST TALE OF WEUPP



Nothing Succeeds Like SUKS-X
He's just your everyday traveling salesman, but his crashed flying saucer is going to
destroy Earth. With the Air Force on his tail, a snot-nosed junior-college professor
as his mentor, and his best Earth girl by his side, Yorpsat races to discover Earth's
galactic coordinates, so the Saucer Klub can tow his saucer home and save the world.

Featuring other fiction by:
Bruce Durham, Martin Turton, Richard Berrigan Jr.,
Hannah Steenbock, Danny Birt, Lyn McConchie,
Aaron French, Robin Widmar, and Jeff Parish

Now Appearing in the first issue of Abandoned Towers
Order a copy ComiXpress



Running the Slash
Genetically defective humans mine the very substance that can 'heal' them, Bloodstones.
Riches beyond dreaming, the only ticket off planet, and the promise of a normal body
keep them writhing through "The Slit" into a brutal maze of sweltering, sulfurous caves.

In issue #37 of Hub



Fruits of Multiplication
A colony of young humans gets ready to land on their new home,
when an alien star ship beats them to it.
Now it's down to one genetic wild-card man and one ditto alien.
Who, or what, will survive?

Now Appearing in Ed McFadden's Cosmic SF



A Healthy Breath of Morn
A mile and a half below sea level, a debt ridden
scientist plans to trash a seamount habitat for its gold.
But the denizens of the deep have other plans.

Now Appearing in Blood Rose



A Damsel In This Dress
Princess Alysia has planned her wedding down to the smallest detail,
including hiring a dragon to snatch her away at the alter.
But she didn't plan on being attracted to the beast!

In the Fantasy Readers Wanted - Apply Within anthology
edited by Nick Aires & James Richie (Silver Lake Publishing)
Order through Barnes & Noble

EPPIE 2005 Finalist



The Walking Man
The old man is spotted on the moon, then out on Mars.
How does he survive dressed only in an old tux? And what's he searching for?
Fibber Bartlett & Hack, regulars at the "Mars Bar," trek the red planet's storm driven dunes
to find him ... and the answers.

Now appearing in In the Outposts of Beyond anthology
edited by Tyree Campbell (Sam's Dot Publishing)
Order at The Genre Mall



What's the Buzz?
~ appears in the Jul/Aug/Sep 2002 issue #27 of FUTURES MYSTERIOUS ANTHOLOGY MAGAZINE ~
Order a back copy HERE for $10.95 +postage



Blessed Slumber
~ Appearing in the July 2002 issue of SCIFIDIMENSIONS.COM ~
~ 3rd Place Winner of SciFiDimensions.com Original Fiction Contest 2002 ~



Death and Toil
~ Appeared in the June 2001 issue of SCIFIDIMENSIONS.COM ~
~ 1st Place Winner of SciFiDimensions.com Original Fiction Contest 2001 ~



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COMPLETE BIBLIOGRAPHY

- FICTION -

Novel Length:

  • The Search For Power - YA, science fiction, adventure
        100,000 words
    *Currently in Submission to Strange Chemistry
    The story of a young handicapped tribal boy's quest for his own place in life.
    His discovery of an alien power changes his—everyone's—world forever.



Novelette:

  • TALES OF WEUPP: Little People Must Surrender - fantasy adventure
        13,000 words
    *Rights currently unavailable
    On Earth, her home world (or is it?), Myla Trogsen suffers from a rare
    genetic defect (or is it?) and lives a lonely, isolated life, but on the
    magical world of Weupp, she fits right in ... and there's a prince to rescue.
    AN ILLUSTRATED TRADE PAPERBACK FROM SAM'S DOT PUBLISHING!

    and The Weupp Web Site



Short Stories:

  • Blessed Slumber - science fiction/horror
        3000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    All the space cloud wants to do is sleep—for eons, ages, eternity
    —but a ship from Earth wakes it. The cloud just hates that!

    Publishing/Award History




  • "Blossoming Around Unstable Stars" - science fiction
    (former title: Blossoming Under Sable Skies)
        7000 words
    *All rights available except First Australian Serial
    In the far future mankind's genetically engineered descendants
    are threatened with extinction unless one of them returns to
    Earth for instructions to maneuver the Star Ark, Brigadoon.
    The only 'volunteer' is the rebel son of a dead hero,
    whose motives are dubious.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Child of Luna, Child of Earth - science fiction
        5500 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Doran was the first human born on Luna. Eri came to the moon only
    to help her father get settled, then she's definitely getting out of there.
    They're as different as their two respective planets. Until a lava tube
    cave-in forces them to cooperate in finding their way back to L-City
    through unknown, raw tubes -- and they don't know which direction is which.

    Publishing/Award History




  • "A Damsel In This Dress" - erotic fantasy
        5000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Princess Alysia has planned her wedding down to the smallest detail,
    including hiring a dragon to snatch her away at the alter.
    But she didn't plan on being attracted to the beast!

    Publishing/Award History




  • "Dawn to Dusk" - horror
        1200 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Dawn has been very bad. She was also caught at it
    and decided to take the only way out—or is it?

    Publishing/Award History




  • "Death And Toil" - dark science fiction/horror
        4000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    A virus has decimated Earth's population. But Dr. Quaid has the cure ... or has he?
    Young Ali, who has just had to mercy-kill her long-suffering daughter, means to find out.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Earth in a Handbag - humorous science fiction pseudo-essay
        650 words
    *All rights available
    What's behind the latest "Let's Put Down the Earth" fad.



  • Friendly Weapon - science fantasy romance/adventure
        5500 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Skipper the dolphin and a dog named Jack are best friends,
    but Skipper is under orders from her mate to eliminate Jack.
    The fate of humankind balances on her decision.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Fruits of Multiplication - science fiction/war adventure
        2200 words
    *Reprint rights available
    A colony of young humans gets ready to orbit their new home,
    when an alien star ship beats them to it.
    Now it's down to one of us and one of them.
    Who will survive?

    Publishing/Award History




  • Galactic Exchange - SF/humor
        2600 words
    *FNASR are available
    Gunther and Candy have crashed into a satellite belonging to a member
    planet of the Galactic Union and they must pay reparations ... but how?
    Earth Money is just paper—even gold, platinum, and uranium are worthless.
    A representative of the Exchange tries to find something of value the Earthers possess,
    but it doesn't help matters at all that he looks just like the creature from "Aliens"

    Publishing/Award History




  • The Gift of Immortality - fantasy/adventure
        4000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Resting in France, Holger Danske, third son of the Danish King, Gottrick
    and first vassal knight of Charlemagne, receives a summons from his best friend
    & worse enemy, the Saracen sorcerer, Carvel, (who is male in this saga) needs the
    Viking prince to journey to the Saudi and exorcise a tormenting ghost.

    Publishing/Award History




  • The Gift of Life - fantasy/adventure
        3000 words
    *All rights available
    On his eighteenth "Naming Day" Holger remembers every detail of his past,
    but for the first time can no longer 'recall' his future. A French duke has
    shown up, in Charlemagne's name, to claim him as hostage. But first the
    young prince of Denmark must face the trickster god, Loki, who may have
    other plans for him. All his life Holger has forseen this day as his last
    —will Loki be the instrument of his death?

    Publishing/Award History




  • "A Healthy Breath of Morn" - deep-sea horror
        2500 words
    *Reprint rights available
    A mile and a half below sea level, a debt ridden scientist
    plans to trash a seamount habitat for its gold.
    But the denizens of the deep have other plans.

    Publishing/Award History




  • How We Did It - science fiction
        1800 words
    *All rights available
    In the next millennium one man tries to do the unthinkable
    ... and succeeds.



  • King - horror/timeslip/alternate reality
        4000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    An entertainer is hunted through the streets of Memphis by a strange
    beast. He ends up in a place of null time where he must decide who is
    to return to their life: himself ... or his greatest idol.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Larrd through a Gooze - sf humor
        4500 words
    *All rights available
    After J.D. Hooter, up-and-coming galactic hero, gets early retirement
    from Star Flotilla, he turns to gambling in order to earn enough space
    bucks to buy the star freighter of his dreams and be a star trucker just
    like his old man. But his pa fleeces him and J.D. must follow him
    "where no man has ever wanted to go before."



  • The Lynching of Jack Cutter - science fiction/western
        5000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Jack Cutter is pursued across time by the murdering fiend, Elat.
    He lands in Wyoming in 1888. The sheriff is suspicious, the saloon
    girl ... tempting, and Jack is wondering how long he can stay
    before his staunchest fan finds him this time.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Miracle on Thyrttee Phoyrfstryt - science fiction
        1900 words
    *All rights available
    On a remote colony planet, a young girl discovers Christmas. She makes
    a wish for a present, but can Santa find her when Earth is 160 years away
    by hibership, and her parents are dirt poor farmers with nothing to give?
    Wait! Who's that at the window?



  • Nothing Succeeds Like SUKS-X - science fiction/humor
        5000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    He's just your everyday traveling salesman, but his crashed flying saucer is going to
    destroy Earth. With the Air Force on his tail, a snot-nosed junior-college professor
    as his mentor, and his best Earth girl by his side, Yorpsat races to discover Earth's
    galactic coordinates, so the Saucer Klub can tow his saucer home and save the world.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Rivers of Time - science fiction/horror
        5500 words
    *All rights available
    An archaeologist strives to find the reason for his obsessive work ethic,
    which even caused him to sacrifice his wife and son. In a wild, torturous
    race around the globe he follows the Sphinx down the "Rivers of Time."



  • Running the Slash - science fiction adventure
        6000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    Genetically defective humans mine the very substance that can heal them, Bloodstones.
    Riches beyond dreaming, the only ticket off planet, and the promise of a normal body
    keep them writhing through "The Slit" into a brutal maze of sweltering, sulfurous caves.

    Publishing/Award History




  • The Science Center Coup - contemporary horror/humor
        2500 words
    *Reprint rights available
    The staid old museum must revamp itself to appeal to the city's youth.
    But the child-hating director makes sure the project will fail.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Tunnels - horror/humor
        3000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    The horrible fiends are coming ... closer and closer each night,
    and Rueben's only hope of survival is in the hands of Kenny,
    the pimply-faced kid down at the local nursery.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Waking Up Is Hard To Do - science fiction/humor
        4000 words
    *All rights available
    Larry Whitson has his troubles with women—especially Linda
    —and he's the worst employee at the bank
    ... until his computer terminal wakes up and takes over.



  • The Walking Man - science fiction
        6000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    The old man is spotted on the moon, then out on Mars.
    How does he survive dressed only in an old tux?
    And what's he searching for?

    Publishing/Award History




  • What's The Buzz? - horror/timeslip/alternate reality
        3000 words
    *Reprint rights available
    On the remote, peaceful planet of New Britain, someone has murdered a
    beautiful iconoclast. The prime suspect is Old Hadley, a transplanted
    California surfer dude and the church grounds keeper. Father Cullen, a migrant
    Hong Kong priest, tries to solve the mystery as doctors resurrect the victim.

    Publishing/Award History

  • Wisdom's Folly - sf.
        3500 words
    *All rights available
    On a has-been space station, a distant, out-of-touch management decides to sell
    the hardware for scrap. There's only one problem: getting rid of the population.
    A derelict former doctor and a partition of management's main computer fight back.
    -->



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- YOUTH FICTION -




  • The Christmas Ball - children's fairy tale
        750 words
    *All rights available
    Lena and Claus wish for their mischievous elf to make it snow on a green Yuletide Eve.
    They get their White Christmas, but Skiggans gets the last laugh.



  • The Elf, The Ghost, And The Lost Spoon - children's fairytale
        1000 words
    *All rights available
    Lena and Claus search for the elf's lost spoon.
    If they find it he'll tell them his name
    ... giving them the power to make wishes.



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- NONFICTION -




  • The Con Experience - article about my experiences at EuroCon99
        1500 words
    *No rights available
    Where I met a bunch of great writers, famous and on the way to fame.

    Publishing/Award History




  • The Fire Arrow - humorous true-life
        1000 words
    *All rights available
    The true story of how I rescued my old Cub Scout
    Pack from a disastrous weekend camp-out



  • Living Abroad - humorous essay
        900 words
    *All rights available
    Being an expatriate (I like the term "remote citizen" better)
    is not all it's cracked up to be ... it's better!



  • SF Elsewhere - article on science fiction
        650 words
    *Reprint rights available
    My viewpoint of the state of Scandinvian SF.

    Publishing/Award History




  • Water Fairies - humorous article
        750 words
    *All rights available
    Environmental compromises are no easier in Fairy-Tale Kingdoms.



  • Writing Abroad - whimsical personal essay
        750 words
    *Reprint rights available
    The trials and tribulations of writing for the
    American marketplace when you live overseas.

    Publishing/Award History




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