Ghost Flotilla U-Boats: Embarkation!

Available now on-line is my new novella, Ghost Flotilla U-Boats:  Embarkation (free).

You can find it on

This is a departure for me.  It’s a story about a German WWII U-boat whose prior exposure to the famous ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, seems to have sent it — when it sank in the Arctic Ocean in 1945 — through a “Bermuda Triangle” sort of experience so that it surfaces in Lake Superior in 2005.

I have Plans for my Ghost Flotilla, but this is where they all begin, so please do go check it out!

More later,


Bubonicon this weekend!

I’m very much looking forward to attending Bubonicon in Albuquerque this weekend — I’m going down Thursday evening to get rested (grin).  I’ll be reading a scene from the early pages of the next Jurisdiction novel, Crimes Against Humanity, featuring Karol Vogel and someone who’d been important in Joslire Curran’s life just prior to the opening pages of An Exchange of Hostages but not in a good way.  The convention has also generously afforded me time on Sunday morning for my “Twenty Years Under Jurisdiction” presentation  in which I like to natter on about how long I’ve been working with this story versus how long Uncle Andrej’s career in print has extended so far, and related topics . . . and confidently anticipating just plain having a lovely time!  See you soon, Bubonicon!

Readercon here I come!

Tomorrow afternoon (June 12th) I’ll be checking in to the Readercon hotel (Boston Marriott in Quincy, Mass) for a happy weekend of conventioning.  It’s been some time since I attended a Readercon, but they were really really nice to me way back when, and I’m looking forward to it.

Here’s what’s up:  Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. I’ll be participating in the Broad Universe rapid-fire reading, followed immediately at 9:00 p.m. by a panel on “Our Human Limits” (I’m moderating).

Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. I’m leading the panel discussion on “The Global Roots of Speculative Literature,” where we’ll get to talk about some of the world’s oldest and greatest narrative traditions outside the Western European tradition.  Since I love The Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Chinese) and the massive Mahabharata (India) I can’t wait.

On Saturday, I’ll be signing autographs (and giving away fountain pens) at 11:00 a.m.  I’ve got “Settlement Strategies:  Adjust, Adapt, or Mutate” at 10:00 a.m. and “Embracing Artistic Risk” at 1:00 p.m.  In “Embracing Artistic Risk” in particular I’ll be talking about the choices a person takes in writing about someone like Andrej Koscuisko and that line between “Okay, do we all clearly understand the nature of this man’s work?” and goobly-glub nastiness simply for the sake being horrific.

And I’ll otherwise be all over Readercon’s events (grin).  Maybe see some familiar faces there!



LibertyCon This Weekend!

Tomorrow I fly out for Chattanooga, Tennessee, to participate in LibertyCon.  Woohoo!

My schedule includes a signing on Friday evening at 7:00, reading on Friday evening at 9:00, the Baen Traveling Sideshow at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon, and a kaffeeklatsch on Sunday morning at 10:00.

On Saturday night at 10:00 I’ll be doing my one-woman show (grin) titled “Twenty Years Under Jurisdiction:  The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who is Not a Nice Man.”  It’s a retrospective look at the evolution of the series from inception, to its debut in print in 1996, till now; with maybe some words on going forward.  Also, there will be fountain pens.  And gossip.

If you’re at the convention it would be lovely too see you!

(I regret the fact that I’ll have to leave the kaffeeklatsch early to catch my shuttle-bus to Nashville for my trip home Sunday.  I’ll talk that much faster.  Coffee should help, there.)

Convention activity 2017

I have a full slate scheduled between now and the end of the year; I’m celebrating the release of “Blood Enemies” with everything I’ve got.  I made separate posts for each convention, and I think I got them stacked in chronological order.  Here’s a summary:

ConQuest in Kansas City, KS May 26 – 28 (I’m coming in Thursday evening)

LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN June 30 – July 2 (I’m coming in late Thursday afternoon)

ReaderCon in Quincy, Mass July 13 – 16 (I’m coming in Wednesday.  Ha ha!  You were expecting Thursday, weren’t you?  Okay, this convention starts earlier in the week.)

Bubonicon in Albuquerque, NM August 25 – 27, and I’m coming in on Thursday but it’ll be way laterish, but I’m staying over till Monday, so, hey, dinner on Sunday evening, anybody?

Orycon in Portland, OR November 17 – 19, and I’m coming in on Thursday afternoon.

. . . and that’s it for this year!  Come and see me and we can have a cup of coffee!  Or tea!  Or rhyti, but not if anybody’s driving, because in its =original= form, that was kind of a unique formulation of black tea, rye whiskey, anise seed, and sugar.  Just don’t quote me.  The rhyti Andrej Koscuisko drinks hasn’t got any rye whiskey in it.

Hope to see you (all) at (one of the) there(s),


Attending Convention: ConQuest in Kansas City

. . . three weeks from now!  Eeeeeeeee!

I remember ConQuest from ten years ago, probably about the last convention I was able to attend outside of driving distance before things started getting really complicated on the home front (elder-care requirements).  I had a great time.  And there was barbecue.  I’m looking forward to that, too.

ConQuest is coming up over Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28.  Baen’s sent postcards and bookmarks and a =beautiful= poster of the cover of “Blood Enemies” (showing also the covers for omnibus “Fleet Inquisitor” and omnibus “Fleet Renegade”).  I get to hang out with some fellow Baen writers like Bryan Thomas Schmidt — and maybe you!

Here’s their web site:


Attending Convention: LibertyCon

This one is a new one for me.  It’s been nearly fourty years since I was in Tennessee last, and I’ve never been to Chattanooga.  It’ll be end-June, June 30 through July 2nd, but I’ll be coming in on Thursday the 29th . . . which’ll be here before I turn around, the way things are going around here.

It’s sold out at this time, I understand, but I’m totally up for meeting people for a glass of iced tea in and around the convention space if (a) you’re in the area and (b) hadn’t planned on necessarily attending the convention per se.  If they have day memberships, I’m having a kaffeeklatch on Sunday, I love those things.

I’m looking forward to it.  Here’s the convention’s web site:

Attending convention: Readercon

I’m just delighted to be attending Readercon again this year, after having been away for quite some time.  It’ll be in Quincy Mass in mid-July (July 13 through 16).

(I’ll remind you later . . . hee hee . . . )

Here is the Readercon web site: