Hamlet: So, What’s the Actual Problem?

Working title: The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke

Act I

Scene I. Elsinore. A platform before the castle.

[Enter Horatio and Marcellus]

I begged him not to follow that creepy ghost,
Did I not, Marcellus? But off he went!
And we are left to wonder what new fardels
This noble prince must wearily bear through life.
First of all, a father dead, and then,
A mother to an uncle wed. What next?
And what small part may comrades play to ease
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks?

Maybe you can yap a little less?
What the hell’s a fardel anyway?

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Mars Rover Diary Excerpt: Sol 1022-1027

My unauthorized story about the inner life of a Mars rover is in the first edition of The Antihumanist:


The issue is full of funny, thought-provoking stories, a combination I always strive for.

“A Night Out” at Space and Time Magazine

My story “A Night Out” is available in issue 137 of Space & Time. I wrote the first draft of this story several years ago. When I dug it up this February, I realized I’d learned a few things about writing in the intervening time and was able to give it a good polishing.

What’s most surprising about it being published now is that it actually seems timely, dealing as it does with being cooped up at home, though for a very different reason than a pandemic…

Space and Time Magazine, Summer 2020

Score: an SFF symphony

Score: an SFF symphony is a series of stories arranged to an emotional score. So, the first story focuses on longing and joy, the 4th story focuses on curiosity and respect, the 14th story focuses on hatred and fun, etc. Each story linked to the next like notes in a musical score. Interesting, no?

My story focuses on boredom and tension — yes a story about boredom, but hopefully not boring!

Score: an SFF symphony

Here is the short interview I did about writing the story:

David Hammond (“That Moment You Realize”) – Boredom + Tension

“Suzy’s Friend” at Metaphorosis

“…Dear Dr. Hanover,

I am writing on behalf of the Octopus bimaculoides in your office aquarium whom you call Suzy. The water is too warm. Please reduce the temperature to 18℃. She would greatly appreciate it.

Suzy’s Friend…”

Read the rest at Metaphorosis

or get the Kindle eBook here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LSV95G9