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I decided to put in some serious effort into  short stories this year while I work on the novels for HarperCollins. One, because there’s a lot you can do with the form (Damon Knight and Ted Chiang, anyone?). Two, because it lets me practice my craft, work with people I like, and explore moonshot concepts over weekend writing binges.  

[novel] The Inhuman Race (The Commonwealth Empires Trilogy #1)
Complete, awaiting publication by HarperCollins 90%
[novel] The Inhuman Peace (The Commonwealth Empires Trilogy #2)
Worldbuilding 20%
[short] Omega Point (Standalone)
Published! 100%
[short] Genesis (Collaborative graphic short)
Published! 100%
[short] Deep Ocean Blues (Anthology: 2054)
Publsihed! 100%
[short] The Writing Contest (Anthology: Future Visions)
Published! 100%
[collaborative short] Messenger (Anthology: The Expanding Universe, Volume IV)
Awaiting publication 90%

Empires that bounce back

A wonderful writers’ group I’m part of recently started discussing civilization. There were many sub-discussions, but one thing struck my interest: someone pointed out that our civilization, unlike any that has gone before is global, networked across the entire planet. And thus, how it might fall cannot be predicted from studying past empires, which were just isolated pockets without the network effects.