Ticket to Ride: North America (Day 1)

The draft for Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize is complete!

So, I wanted to expand our Ticket to Ride board game. I’m working on an extended map that will include Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Canada, and Alaska (most of North America).

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Salisbury Viaduct

Several workmen died during the construction of this historic trestle.

This photograph shows the Salisbury Viaduct, formally a railroad trestle that now serves pedestrian traffic along the Great Allegheny Passage. The viaduct is just a few miles outside of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania.

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Ensnared in a Childhood Fear: “Floating over a Spider” and “Montanha do Aranha”

A couple of short stories about deadly spiders (some extraterrestrial and one the product of island gigantism) spinning doom.

When I was a child, I had an intense fear of spiders. My dread of those little eight-legged monsters has somewhat eased in my adulthood, but I continue to hesitate whenever I encounter an arachnid Continue reading “Ensnared in a Childhood Fear: “Floating over a Spider” and “Montanha do Aranha””

“Indigo Skies on Proxima b”: A Celebration of the Alpha Centauri System

A new day begins for the first human settlers on Proxima Centauri b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth.

I originally wrote “Indigo Skies on Proxima b” a few years ago. Proxima Centauri b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, was discovered in 2016 and the subsequent conjecture surrounding the planet was a great source of inspiration to me. Artistic conceptions of the surface of this distant place also fired my imagination.  Continue reading ““Indigo Skies on Proxima b”: A Celebration of the Alpha Centauri System”

“Apocalypse Moon”

A collision of Earth and the Moon is genuinely possible if both endure for another 65 billion years.

I wrote “Apocalypse Moon” in August of 2018 with 101 Words in mind. I was fortunate that 101 Words ultimately selected this piece to appear in November of that year. 101 Words has a simple premise (as you’ve probably already guessed): short stories that are exactly 101 words in length.  Continue reading ““Apocalypse Moon””