I'm just getting started so the list isn't too lengthy, but I look forward to it growing over time.

My listing in the The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is HERE.

A list of viewable PDFS of my non-fiction publications is HERE.


Published works



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Coffin Rider

This story was my first paid fiction sale and was published in Beyond the Stars: Infinite Expanse: a space opera anthology in 2020.

This story was inspired by a book called Last Post: The Final Words from Our Soldiers of the Great War by Max Arthur. That 2004 book is a series of short interviews with the final twenty-four surviving British veterans of World War I. Their descriptions of the war, their lives afterwards, and their thoughts about what it all meant to them was deeply moving and has stayed with me since I read it. Getting a glimpse into their lives shows how much the world has changed.

I plan to write a novel that tells the full story of the space war alluded to in this story from a variety of perspectives, but the experience of Jonathan Casper Huang demanded to be told first. We should never forget that war is not just a topic in history class or an abstract force of nature; war is violence fueled by the lives of people. Warriors do the exceptional, but that experience is only part of their full identity.

Copies of the anthology are for sale HERE.

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Limits to Evolution

Strictly speaking this isn't fiction, but my first fiction-adjacent publication was in Analog Science Fiction and Fact in 2000 when I was in graduate school. This science-fact article gives an overview of the various categories of evolutionary constraints that have been identified. Among other things, it explains why most dragons on screen are unrealistic (Reign of Fire and Game of Thrones being possible exceptions) and how genetic mutations are often double-edged weapons. The article was published in the October 2000 issue and was nominated for the Best Fact Article that year.

The listing for this article in the The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is HERE.

Physical copies of the issue appear to be for sale HERE.

Currently working on ...


In addition to writing some stand-alone short stories, I have two major works-in-progress.

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The Callings

(tentative title pending copyright checks and subject to revision)

This is an ambitious series with multiple POV characters in a fantasy world in which a multi-generational war has been raging against the backdrop of a world in which everyone receives a personal experience with their patron God. Major themes will involve magic, the effects of warfare, conspiracies, economics, and seafaring.

My hope is to get this into the same conversation as Game of Thrones when I have these out - it's a high bar, but spawling epic fantasy with lots of characters is something I've been searching for myself.

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Magecode

(tentative title pending copyright checks and subject to revision)

This is a less expansive series with two main POV characters in a cyberpunk future with magic. This is inspired by Shadowrun, Carnival Row, the Dresden Files, and Mieville's Bas-Lag series. Major themes will involve ethnic identity, culture and folklore, conspiracies, found families, and the double-edged sword of technology.

The goal is for these novels to be more stand-alone in nature (albeit I have an overarching arc planned) and more straighforward than the fantasy series. In fact, I started this one as a practice series to develop my skills so I can tackle the fantasy series properly.

I go back and forth between these two as I write, but they're both on my mind at all times.

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