a nice review of Altered States of the Union


On her blog, JL Gribble has written a nice review of the 2016 alternate history anthology Altered States of the Union, including very kindly singling out my story “We Seceded Where Others Failed.”

An excerpt:

Special shout-outs go to “Shall Not Perish From the Earth” by Ian Randal Strock for the interesting narrative style and “We Seceded Where Others Failed,” by Keith R.A. DeCandido for the much-needed boost of levity. And though I didn’t feel that David Gerrold’s “A Brief Explanation of How Budapest Became the Taco Capital of the World” necessarily fit the brief of alternate history story, it was a solid and entertaining work of science-fiction.

Check it out!


new on Kickstarter: Pangaea III, featuring me!

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Michael Jan Friedman of Crazy 8 Press has just put up a new Kickstarter for the third and (likely) final anthology in the Pangaea shared world series — an alternate history in which the continents never drifted, and so human civilization developed on one continent instead of seven.

The first Pangaea anthology came out in 2015, with the second one — subtitled The Rise of Dominjaron — came out in 2016, and they included contributions from Kirsten Beyer, Ilsa J. Bick, Michael A. Burstein, Adam-Troy Castro, Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, Ron Marz, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Geoffrey Thorne, Marie Lillian Vibbert, and Dayton Ward.

Now Mike is putting together a third anthology, which we’re shooting to have out next spring. Given that Mike’s shooting for a March publication date, we’re likely going to try to have copies at Farpoint 2020, where many of the contributors will be.

And who will those contributors be? Well, back for more are Ilsa, Michael, Russ, Peter, Kevin, Mike, Bob, Glenn, Paul, Ron, Aaron, Lawrence, Geoff, Marie, and Dayton.

In addition, there will be three new voices in this one: Mary Fan, Tiffany Trent, and me! I’m going to be doing a story for this, my fourth outing with C8P (having previously contributed to Altered States of the Union, They Keep Killing Glenn, and Thrilling Adventure Yarns). I’ve been fascinated by the alternate history of Pangaea since I first heard about it back when Mike first conceived it. I was sadly unable to participate in either of the first two, but Mike remembered my interest, and invited me to play along the third time. I’m very much looking forward to it.

So check out the Kickstarter, and please consider supporting this nifty-keen anthology!