Welcome to my Work In Progress
You probably know me from my science fiction writing,
mostly in Analog
magazine. (Been there since 1998. It's almost like home now.)
Some of you might know me from humorous projects I've done on
the side. And a few of you may just be family members peeking
in. (Hi, Mom.)
I hope to have something for all of you here. I'll be
featuring stories I've published
over the years, along with insights
into selected ones. I'll be showing off some of the other writing I've done, with greater or
lesser connections to science fiction. And there will be
random stuff I'll throw in from time to time, to keep things
Right now, this website remains a work in progress. I'm still
planning to put more of my stories
up here, but that's not as quick a process as it once was.
Keep peeking in for updates on what
Eventually, that should include a slightly better photo of
me. I'll get that posted just as soon as the camera quits
acting like it works at the DMV, and making me look like --
well, you don't need to hear about that.
There will also very likely be stylistic updates, just as
soon as I can bone up properly on web design. Nothing too
fancy-schmancy, though: I'm going to try to stick with
substance over style here. Until I learn some style,
So take a look around, please. Navigating buttons are on
your left: they'll get you where you need to go, and with no
dead ends. Ten of my stories are posted here for your reading
pleasure, along with an award-winning article. And if you run
out of interesting stuff to read, don't worry, there will be
If you want to drop me a note -- even, or especially, to
point out glitches here at the website -- my mailbox is always
open. Not to spam, though, so I'll have to be careful spelling
shane at (the URL, minus www.)
And if that doesn't stymie the spambots, nothing will.
"From An Antique Land" -- Analog, December 2012
March 8, 2013 -- The good news: My Hugo-nominated story "The Return of Spring" is finally available on the website. The not-as-good news: SABR announced the winner of the Analytics Research Award in my category, and it wasn't yours truly. It was, however, a colleague at The Hardball Times, Dave Studeman for his article "The Most Critical At-Bat of All Time". Go take a look, and congratulations, Dave.
January 27, 2013 -- The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is inaugurating its Analytics Research Awards this year -- and I've made the short list! My very first article for The Hardball Times is a finalist in the Historical Analysis/Commentary category. To read "And That Ain't All, He Stole Home!", as well as all the other finalists, take this link to the announcement page at SABR's website, and look over some of the best baseball writing of 2012.
November 13, 2012 -- Okay, now the link to "From an Antique Land" should be working.
November 8, 2012 -- I have posted "From an Antique Land", my most recent published story, on the website. Go take a look.
September 23, 2012 -- My latest SF story, "From An Antique Land," is in
the current (December 2012) issue of Analog. It's the last story I ever wrote for deprating editor Stanley Schmidt. End of an era.
August 29, 2012 -- Analog editor Stanley Schmidt announced his retirement today, after 34 years at the helm of the magazine. This is an earthquake beneath my feet. Stan gave me my first SF story sale (though I doubt he'd say that he gave me anything that I hadn't earned) and has been the personification of Analog for as long as I have been
writing. I wish the best of luck to his successor, Trevor
Quachri, and I don't think I'm springing any surprises on him
to say that he has sizable shoes to fill.