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Sentinel Chickens

Analog magazine, May 2013

Mosquitos, mass delusions, and epidemiologists.

Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2013

The Axiom of Choice Nebula Awards   2011 Nebula Award

The New Haven Review, Winter 2011

Free will or Determinism? You choose.

Originally appeared in The New Haven Review, Winter 2011

Podcast on Podcastle, 5 June 2012

Reprinted in Nebula Awards Showcase 2013, Catherine Asaro (ed.), Pyr, 2013.

Reprinted in Nowa Fantastyka, December 2013.

Reprinted in Science Fiction World, August 2021

The First Conquest of Earth

Analog magazine, January/February 2011

The sweetness of conquest. Also the ropy mucus.

Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2011

Podcast on The Drabblecast, 23 January 2013

Reprinted in Science Fiction World, March 2021

Health Tips for Traveller

Nature, 2 September 2010

“Since the short time from mutual greetings of worlds, many Earther wish to visit the lovely world of the Pooquar peoples.”

Originally appeared in Nature, 2 September 2010

Podcast on Toasted Cake, 15 January 2012

Reprinted in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Presents Flush Fiction

Podcast on Escape Pod, 29 November 2012

Reprinted in Nature Futures 2, Colin Sullivan and Henry Gee (eds.), Tor, 2014.

A Talent For Vanessa

Analog magazine, May 2010

Now that the Greater Depression is over, you need a Special Talent like you need a hole in your head.

Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2010

Podcast on Escape Pod, 19 August 2010

Invasion of the Pattern Snatchers

Analog magazine, September 2008

Biological warfare—measures and counter-measures, human and otherwise. Plus Flemish.

Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 2008

The Last Man’s First Year on Earth

Helix logo

Some sex, lots of drugs, and a bit of rock & roll on a future Earth where some things have changed.

Originally appeared in HELIX Speculative Fiction Quarterly, January 2008


Analog magazine, December 2007

Eighteen years after a failed revolution, one of the rebels is hired by her government to locate a missing artifact crucial to the colony’s survival.

Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2007

Radical Acceptance

Analog magazine, January 2007

A space-otter helps humanity get over angels.

Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2007

Reprinted in Prime Codex (Paper Golem, 2007)

The Story of His Life

Writers of the Future, XXI

In a future world where life consists of role-playing, one character decides to rewrite his story—including his death.

Originally appeared in Writers of the Future XXI (Galaxy Press, 2005)

Clip art courtesy of Clipart ETC Homepage

David W. Goldman

David W. Goldman finished paying off his loans from a well-known Boston trade school by moving to the Pacific Northwest, abandoning his trade, and becoming a software company. Eventually he wised up and found himself a day job. Now living in Portland, Oregon with his multi-talented wife and the obligate pair of feline distractions, he finally has time to pursue his childhood dream of writing the Great American SF Novelette.

(Yes, there’s more to David’s life than part-time writing. Perhaps someday he’ll mention some of the rest.)

Contact David at <david@the-obvious-domain>.
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