Things Are Hotting Up – On Climate Change, Speculative Fiction, and Short Story Anthology HOT MESS.

Carlos Porto /

My first summer in New York City was hot. Not “better put on flip flops and a tank top” hot. 105 in the shade hot. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and having just spent four years living in Scotland, I remember calling my mom as I walked home from work one day. She could probably hear the sweat in my voice. “What was I thinking?” I asked her. She had no answer.

Most of the year, NYC is a climactically pleasant place to be.  But every summer I’ve been there, without fail, has included one or two miserable days – at the least. And every winter has been a little bit less extreme. In 2011, those miserable summer days came in mid-July, and with them an idea for an anthology of short stories that could examine the idea of climate change and its impact on the way people live in and relate to their world.

Always one for pulling other people into my Big Ideas, I went in search of indie authors whose work I respect and enjoy, and have been working with them over the last few months on both their stories and mine. As of this week, drafts are being turned in and fine tuned, and the anthology itself is starting to take shape. We’ve hit an exciting tipping point.  I couldn’t be more excited. Exploring where our species/civilization/culture might take ourselves in the future, whether in regards to our physical or philosophical environments, is pretty much my favorite thing to do in the world.

So I’m happy to announce that in March of 2012, the speculative fiction anthology HOT MESS will be available for sale via Amazon Kindle. More information will be forthcoming as we near the release date.

In the meantime, you can read an example of my short fiction here, or head over to Amazon and check out my award-winning play POST – currently free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.