Where to begin…? I’m a former New Yorker, born and bred, but a Michigander as of 2018. I studied Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina. I have been a member of the Critters online writing workshop since 2009. My first paid publication (“Affirmations”) was in 2011, and my first publication in an SFWA qualifying market (“A Time for Peace”) was in 2013. I am probably best known at the moment for “Asymmetrical Warfare” – a flash-fiction story that became a finalist for the 2016 Hugo Awards.
If “Asymmetrical Warfare” brought you here, I hope you will read some of my other work, in particular my short stories and novellas. Many of my stories are available for free, and I think you’ll find them worth your while.
If there is a theme to my work (and I have been told that my work is eclectic), it is the transformational power of science. Science appears in many guises, ranging from physics to genetics to ecology to psychology. Science is not about lab coats and rayguns. It is a methodology rooted in experience and measurement.
If we seek to understand our world and challenge our preconceptions, we might find new solutions. We can – and often should – seek solace in fantasies and traditions. We are right to be skeptical. However, science fiction is uniquely suited to exploring new perspectives.
In each of my works, I hope to offer a new perspective – a starfish or a symbiote, a thermophile priest or vampire postdoc. Whether you agree with them or not, I hope they intrigue you and give you something to think about.
You can reach me at sralgernon at gmail.com or go to my contact me page.