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
September 1, 2014 -- My reprint for September is "Swap-out", a look at how the cutting edge can cut those on it. The specific scenario it imagines is still ahead of us, but it's definitely getting closer.
August 1, 2014 -- The August reprint is "A New Man". It's the first story I've reprinted from my "First Impressions" series, though it's the third of that series. On rereading, I'm gratified to say that it stands very well on its own, not needing previous installments to follow the plot. I did not begin at the beginning for a few reasons, one of which is that I took a few bad guesses about terminology of the future in that first story. I'm unsure whether to leave them as they are in a reprint and look dumb, or alter them and look insincere. (They don't seriously affect plot, but they're still annoying.) The future, as usual, will tell.
July 1, 2014 -- My monthly reprint for July is "Nanoweights". Here's another story that may be showing its age: were it written today, it would likely take its starting point from mixed martial-arts fighting rather than boxing. As to how I was writing about boxing, even futuristic boxing, in the first place, I may do an Insights entry some time to explain. Not today, though. Something more to look forward to in the future.
June 4, 2014 -- A three-for-one deal in June reprints, but with a catch. These are short-short stories, what Analog has for a long time collected under the title of "Probability Zero." The titles are "I Don't Know And I Don't Care", "Wrong Answers", and "Messengers". The first one may have drifted out of date, with electronic filing of income taxes now so prevalent ... but perhaps not. The IRS has recently been proposing to do some taxpayers' filing for them, with the implicit assumption that we can trust them to be diligent with their math and applying all the right deductions. If and when this comes to pass (and I suspect it's more the latter), we may have the innovation I wrote about, just in a different form.
May 3, 2014 -- My reprint for the month of May is "Image of an Imperfect God". This story about human cloning came about soon after Dolly the sheep, and while a certain Dr. Richard Seed was promising to do likewise with us. His project never developed, but this story did, with certain 20th-century guesses about what might go awry. As often happens, what goes awry is us.
April 2, 2014 -- The monthly story for April is "The Long Way Home", just my second professional sale. This doesn't mean I'm filling in the list in alphabetical order: it's just the way I zigzagged this month.
March 9, 2014 -- Time for something new at the website: regular updates! (Only half-joking.) Every month, I will be posting one of my stories at the site. For March, it's the 2002 short story "Spoilers". Keep checking back as my backlist fills in -- and I may slip in a surprise or two.