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
December 2, 2014 -- Errr ... maybe we should be glad my monthly reprint schedule held up as long as it did. A wave of work with The Hardball Times threw me off track, but with baseball season over, I can turn my attention back to my SF works.
So naturally, December's reprint is a baseball story. It's "High and Away", a story I did for the sadly short-lived Artemis Magazine. The hook is, baseball on the Moon. The real fun will be spotting all the baseball events that didn't go as I forecast fifteen years ago. Certain Northeasterners will have an especially joyous time with this.
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.