Dennis Short thought his tour of duty was over…but now he has stepped into another war.
Short, a Navy medical corpsman stationed in Hawaii after his ordeal in Vietnam, is looking forward to his two-week excursion to the island of Kahoolawe. He’s there as the medic for a team of forward observers whose job is to coordinate the bombing, strafing, and shelling of the island’s massive target ranges. All he expects to do besides watching the fireworks is work on his tan and get in a little fishing and hunting on an exclusive, untamed preserve. But from the first day, he is plagued by an oppressive sense that he is being manipulated. Each night, he slips into a dreamlike world of half-human mythical creatures who tempt him, frighten him, force him to become part of their battles with one another.
He thought Vietnam was the way to hell. But a new portal is opening wide for him on a supposed island paradise.
"Nebula Award nominee Smeds should only enhance his his reputation with this well-crafted dark fantasy set during the Vietnam War. Mixing distinctly diverse elements into a coherent story with success, Smeds has created one of the better fantasies to come out of the Vietnam experience." — Publishers Weekly
This is one of the most gorgeous photos of a nebula I’ve ever seen. Make you want to do science!
"The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament displays His handiwork." - Psalm 19
"Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is a direct evidence of the revelation within it of the attributes and names of God, inasmuch as within every atom are enshrined the signs that bear eloquent testimony to the revelation of that Most Great Light." - Bahá’u’lláh
A model of a refinery done in neon tubes.
And while I’m on the subject of creative talent, I’d like to give a shout out to Marc Scott Zicree, the creative mind behind the MAGIC TIME novel series, of which I wrote Book Two: ANGELFIRE (Yes, you can buy them on Amazon).
Marc is also the mind behind a new series of movies for which he and my amazing collaborator Michael Reaves are writing the screenplays. Marc and Michael are creating a new…
Not long ago, I was asked to write a prequel story for a new comic book series called Alt Control Delete. Somehow the story I wrote ended up possibly being the “origin story” for the series AND being used for one of the rewards for a contribution to the campaign that will allow the creators of ACD to go into business.
The story I wrote for the series anthology is entitled “Mindwyrm”. It’s a…
It is because of him that I write fantasy and science fiction. It is because of him that I love words and strive for lyrical, evocative, luscious, vibrant prose. It is because of him that I learned something important about science fiction and fantasy: It is not escapist fiction the…
My newest release—ALL THE COLORS OF TIME—is now available in Kindle format from Amazon as well as at the friendly Book View Cafe website. So, if you’re an Amazon frequent-flyer, you can now buy this collection of time travel stories from your favorite source in your favorite format.
Plus, no Digital Rights Management (DRM) and you can share the book with your family!
All for the low, low price of…
Scott Snyder, Mark Osier, and Paul Kwinn—Rooster chorus
In the studio this week, we have the fabulously funny and uber-talented Scott Snyder, working on a new CD.
Title to come.
Here’s a pic of Scott hamming it up—er, I mean performing in the backup chorus for Kristoph and Margaret at Consonance 2013.
So, here’s what I’m wondering—if female backup singers are “chick” singers, are male backup…
Katy & SMac
I’m very tired but happy. Yesterday I wrapped an intensive two week recording session with Katy Dröge-Macdonald and Steve Macdonald. Katy and Steve are now performing as Twotonic. We’ve completed all their vocal and guitar parts for “Rowan and Storm”, their album of cover songs. Since they came from Germany to record, we were under a bit of time pressure to get everything done,…