he fiction I write tends to be quite often of the science-fiction, fantasy, or surreal variety, though not all of it is. I am represented by Cameron McClure at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. If you would like to be put on an email list to be apprised of recent developments, upcoming events, or other fiction-writing news, send me a note through my contact page explaining as much. I promise to be merciful in the length and frequency of such notices. Feel free also to use the contact page just to say hello. If you are interested in having me write something for you, just ask. I like assignments.


  • The Family Hightower (Seven Stories Press, forthcoming)
  • Lost Everything (Tor Books, 2012). Winner of the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award.
  • Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America (Tor Books, 2008). Click here to read the first chapter.
  • Spaceman Blues: A Love Song (Tor Books, 2007). Click here to read the first chapter.

Reviews of my books have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Believer, Edmonton Journal, Las Vegas Weekly, the Onion A.V. Club, Boing Boing, and io9. I have been interviewed on the radio shows The Leonard Lopate Show, Hour of the Wolf, Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib, and Changesurfer; the magazines Geek Monthly and ChronicArt; the websites Bookslut, Amazon, Huffington Post, the Brooklyn Eagle, and the Mumpsimus; and the podcasts The Bat Segundo Show and The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Short Stories


  • Red Giant, an operetta. Adam Matlock composed the music. I wrote the libretto. The work was commissioned by Rhymes with Opera and performed in New York and New Haven in June 2012. Rhymes with Opera then did a full production in January 2014, with shows in Baltimore, Brooklyn, and Jersey City.
  • The Last of the Real Small Farmers, an illustrated book conceived and edited with Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, April 2009.


  • Pictures from a Liberation, recorded in March 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. This is a full-length album that uses passages from Liberation as lyrics, performed by the best band I could have asked for and professionally recorded. We're all totally thrilled by the results. If you are, too, please buy a copy; we'd love to do something like it again.
  • Here is a reading from Spaceman Blues, also performed with a live band, though recorded not nearly as well.
  • Brooklyn songwriter John Pinamonti has a song on his album End of Smith inspired by Spaceman Blues, which delights me to no end. Click here to hear it.