Angels and Wormholes – sale on my book

I just put my book, Angels and Wormholes, on sale from $3.99 to 99c. It’ll be at that price for the next two weeks. I would love if you would pick up a copy. And please leave a review, if you’re up for it (Amazon reviews are really, really valuable for writers).

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Some reviews of the book (from the first draft on Wattpad):

“The story is too excellent! I’m still trying to fathom what the heck goes on in the writer’s mind for his to be able to create this well thought-out universe.”

“Wow! That was bind blowing!”

“Thanks for such an excellent story. I haven’t been so Completely chained to a book in years.”

“Just…wow. I have never read such a complex sci-fi novel with so much detail in it!”

“Wow! I really didn’t want this book to end, well done!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed it, struggled putting it down.”

“beautiful character development and diversity!”

I hope those reviews are enough to encourage you to pick up the book from Amazon. And for the next couple weeks, it’ll be cheaper than a coffee!

My Rhysling eligible poems for 2018

The Rhysling awards nomination period is running from January 1 to February 15. I’ve got a few poems from the previous year that are eligible:

My favorite of these is Goodnight. My second favorite is first date.

Please consider my poems for nomination! Thanks very much!

Book ‘The New Jim Crow’ banned in some New Jersey prisons

The 2010 book ‘The New Jim Crow‘ is banned in some New Jersey prisons, apparently because prison officials don’t want inmates reading about bias and corruption.

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I don’t like censorship. I find it morally repugnant, and I don’t think it should happen in a democracy.

On an individual level, censorship is a violation of personal autonomy. Your free will is taken away if different ways of looking at the world are hidden from you. It’s paternalistic and authoritarian. On a social level, censorship is detrimental to the health of democracy. You need to share and discuss ideas for democracy to work. That’s why freedom of speech is one of the pillars of democracy. Democracy isn’t just voting freely. It’s also reading and writing freely. Censorship is anti-democratic.

One way to fight back is by reading and promoting works that people are trying to censor. I think of it as my democratic responsibility to seek out the ideas that people are trying to suppress.

Here is a link to buy the book if you’re interested.

Publication in Abyss & Apex

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My collection of very short poems, ‘spatial arrangement‘, was just published in Abyss & Apex, where it is available online to read for free. Each poem represents notable objects in our solar system, beginning at the sun and moving outwards through all the planets (also including the moon, Pluto, “planet x”, and beyond). Check it out if you have a minute!