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A Villain and His Options

Sometimes a baddie gotta mull shit over…

In my tradition of not making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve decided to be as I ever was and not blog in a very timely fashion.  In the latest installment of “Where’s Beamon?” I was nearing the end of book 3, which of course ran into my real world needs of trying to prepare for a VMware exam.  And while both of those things were and are happening, a villain dropped.

I’m speaking of “A Villain Considers His Options,” which subscribers to Daily Science Fiction should have already seen in their inboxes a couple weeks ago.  This is the start of a series featuring the villain I call Dastard Fantastic.  The second one “A Villain Turns Mad” will also appear at DSF sometime in the near future.  And for those who have subscribed to my newsletter, you folks will be the only ones who get the third and (currently) final installment of the series, “A Villain’s Patented Approach.”

That’s how a villain would do it, by holding this delicious carrot over the heads of you folks who’ve yet to sign up.  It’s not too late, just sayin…

Of course, that’s sometime in the nearish future.  Meanwhile, you folks can enjoy “A Villain Considers His Options” today.  Of funny note with this story is the bio.  DSF used to ask me for a bio but this time they didn’t.  I figured they were just gonna use my last one until I saw it and they were pretty much like “this is his 5th time, y’all already know who this dude is.”  Apparently, I’ve hit vet status with DSF!  What’s funnier is that this was actually my 6th time at DSF, which is apparently only something I’m keeping track of.  Well, me and DSF’s own search database when you type in Beamon, but, you know, it’s a new year.


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The Free Giveaway is Here!

Hey everybody, your opportunity to get over 200 bucks worth of entertainment is here!  The Codex Swords and Spaceships SFF Giveaway has started, with over 20 authors giving out their awesome reads for free.  You can grab my stuff along with other gifted Codexians.  You wouldn’t walk past 20 dollars on the ground so don’t browse past 200 bucks waiting to delight and enthrall you on whatever reading device you’re using.  Post is over… click the link and get this stuff already!


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New Story on Quantum Shorts!

Hey guys,

I know some of you were wondering what the heck and hellfire has been up with your boy.  I’ve been writing and I’ve been expecting good news every day for like two months now.  Maybe tomorrow for some of the stuff  down the pipe but in the meanwhile, my latest flash story is freshly up at Quantum Shorts.

To Boldly Go is a near future SF story, full of beautiful vistas, relevant politics, and quantum entanglements.  For everybody wondering where I’ve been this year, this is the first in what I hope is a string of good news and glad tidings.  And this one gives power to your vote… the more votes it gets, the more visibility.

So check me out here!  Vote on it!  Come back here and tell me what you think.


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UFO 4 Needs You!


Hey gang,

Been a minute since our last one-sided conversation in cyberspace, right?  Soon I’ll update you with news on what I’ve been up to, but in the meanwhile UFO 4 is dropping!  Once again I’m on board as an associate editor, reading anonymous stories in the slush.  That’s going down in April, but right now the Kickstarter’s active, it’s coming down to the last ten days and we need your support.

You guys aren’t new to this if you’ve seen me work.  And there’s a lot to love about the 4th installment.  Stories by Neil Gaiman and G.R.R. Martin top the list of headliners, specializing in dark humor.  That’s right folks, UFO 4 is all dark humor this time and around.  This kind of stuff has always been a favorite of mine because of the wicked fun of it all.  Who doesn’t wanna laugh at something we should probably not be laughing about?

If I can get it into my mind to do something appropriately dark and funny I may have a story in it as well… we’ll see.  In the meanwhile, head on over to the site, check it out and preorder/support the cause!


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