Roundup: Anthropocene Rag, Marvel, Walking Dead, Asimov’s, Dystopia Triptych

It’s been quite a while since I updated here, largely because my desire to be an active self-promoter is always undercut by my reluctance to self-promote. But today I have won that battle, so there follows a list of things I have been or will be up to:

I have a loosely sequenced trio of stories — “Red Sky at Morning,” “Print the Legend,” and “Blackberries” — in the three volumes of the Dystopia Triptych, edited by John Joseph Adams, Christie Yant, and Hugh Howey. This is a cool format, three anthologies containing linked stories moving from the eve of a dystopian situation to its aftermath.


A new novella, “Glitch,” is due to appear in Asimov’s sometime early next year…it’s got streaming personality backups (that sometimes get corrupted), body-swapping, white supremacist terrorism, and a partially flooded near-future Portland, Maine. Don’t miss it!


And don’t forget about Anthropocene Rag, which came out on March 31, right when the pandemic was getting terrible here in the US. If you didn’t catch the news then, who could blame you? But now you know, and you can, by the magic of a single click below, find a number of ways to make this book your very own.


On the games front, I’m just now hitting four years writing scripts for The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. Man, that’s a lot of zombies! (Also Saviors, Whisperers, and a bunch of new characters I created just for the game!)


And this year has seen the launch of two new Marvel games I wrote: Marvel Super War and Marvel Duel.



I’m also walking on a third, as yet untitled, Marvel game that won’t be out for a year or so…more as I know it.

Stay safe, everyone–and support your local bookstore!

Anthropocene Rag Is Out!

O frabjous day! Anthropocene Rag is loose in the world! Thanks to everyone on the publishing team for making it all happen, and thanks in advance to everyone who will read it. I’m grateful to be able to do this for a living, and that gratitude and excitement is renewed every time a new book finds its way into the world.

Given world events, this is a hell of a time to launch a book, but I’m proud of Anthropocene Rag and I think it will reward your attention. Need some encouragement? Read on…

A “wondrous, playful, but still weighty science fiction odyssey.” –Publishers Weekly

“Somewhere between the hallucinatory worlds of Philip K. Dick and the alien exploration of human culture’s remains in Samuel R. Delany’s The Einstein Intersection.” Booklist (starred review)

“The notion of a self-replicating tech that is both fascinated by stories and utterly unable to discern between fact and fiction is so clever and cleverly realized; the stretches when the book really leans into that disparity are gleefully, gloriously, evocatively weird. Seriously – it’s just so cool.” The Maine Edge



We’re flying a bit under the radar with this book, so every reader can help. If you read the book and like it, please tell your friends! Leave a review at the outlet of your choice!

Buy from your local bookstore! — or Powell’sAmazon, Books-a-Million, or Barnes and Noble. And if you cannot be satisfied by anything less than a copy signed just for you, Print: A Bookstore has got you covered.

Would You Like a Signed Copy of Anthropocene Rag?

If you are the sort of person who likes signed books, and you want me to write something in a copy of Anthropocene Rag for you, here’s what you do:

Contact Print: A Bookstore and let them know. I’ll go over there and inscribe your book in a safe, socially-distanced manner. They will ship it to you. Everybody wins!


(PS this goes for all my other books too.)

Chicago Review of Books on Anthropocene Rag

chireviewlogoThe Chicago Review of Books features a monthly column on literature and climate change, called Burning Worlds. This month editor Amy Brady features Anthropocene Rag and asks me some thought-provoking questions about the book. Check it out, and if you don’t already read her column, definitely check out previous editions.


Anthropocene Rag is out in two weeks (actually 13 days!). Be the first on your block to get a copy by preordering now!

Anthropocene Rag Launch Shindig

printlogoMark your calendars! If you’re in or near Portland on March 31, the day Anthropocene Rag is unleashed into the world, please do swing by the launch party at Print: A Bookstore. There will be books. Maybe beer too!

Also keep an eye out for other events in the next couple of months…more as the dates get firmed up.

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