Selected Works

Physics & Metaphysics
Young Adult Fiction
A trip through the multiverse with Jacobus Rose and his posse affirms that there's no place like home--not even home.
Short Fiction
The first entry in a collection of stories about small redemptions.
Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda come face to face at a Gilded Age soirée that also includes Sarah Bernhardt and William James.
A Stephan Raszer short
short story
A New Stephan Raszer short
Alternate Realities
"Nowhere-Land may be the first truly 21st-century mystery I’ve read. It feels new, radical, in the way that the movie Blade Runner felt new. Stephan Raszer is the thinking man's private eye."
Detective Fiction/Fantasy
"Stephan Raszer is a hero in the grand lineage of sleuths with a taste for the esoteric, who rely on unexpected allies and more than the usual five senses as they tackle extraordinary crimes."
--Otto Penzler, founder of The Mysterious Bookshop
"Dollops of humour and horror and eroticism, a good solid conspiracy, and a hero who is a James Bond for the spiritually uncertain 21st century. Reads like Ludlum by way of Thomas Pynchon!"
--Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels
Short Story
Featured in The Absinthe Literary Review, summer/fall 2004.
Cover Story, L.A. Weekly, May 2005.

Weblog From Nowhere-Land

Unnatural Selection

April 13, 2017

Tags: Darwinism, Evolutionary Psychology, Fate, Luck, Poverty, Survival of the Fittest

"Let us understand, once and for all, that the ethical progress of society depends, not on imitating the cosmic process, but in combating it." -- Thomas Huxley, "Evolution and Ethics"

I sometimes ask myself why Providence has left me with relatively little in the way of wealth and status to show for a lifetime of impassioned effort. (more…)

Resolution At The End Of A Dreadful Year

December 28, 2016

Tags: New Year's resolutions, Trump, Resistance, the Coming Conflict, 2016

I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. —Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

I hear the voices of reason—those urging us to come together—but mine won’t be among them this time. You can’t “reason” with the willfully ignorant. (more…)

A Hymn To Obamacare (& Ali)

November 16, 2016

Tags: Obamacare, Trump, health care, families

Obamacare, this is my testimony
Ali, this is my song of praise

When my family returned to the U.S. after a rocky three years in Europe, we were dead broke. And when I say broke, I mean we left every stick of furniture behind (more…)

The Name Of The Rose

October 14, 2016

Tags: Sex, Trump, sexual assault, rape culture, Fifty Shades, Paula Jones, Bill Clinton, the New Puritanism, The Joy Of Sex

One day, when the living nightmare of the 2016 election has passed, and Donald Trump has been sent into the wilderness of Gehenna, America is going to need to work out its shit on the subject of sex. (more…)

Trump & The Inversion Of Reality

August 10, 2016

Tags: Trump, Second Amendment, Thanatos, End Times, End of Days

With Trump, we're quickly approaching what a cosmologist and an ethicist (after a few drinks at the proverbial bar) might jointly describe as an inverted reality. (more…)

The Cool Guy

July 1, 2016

Tags: Cool Girl, Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, Romantic Expectation, Romantic Projection

Ever since I first encountered Gillian Flynn's now iconic "Cool Girl" speech from her debut novel, GONE GIRL, I've wondered if, in the minds of men, there might also be a "Cool Guy" persona that we feel similarly pressured to live up to, and similarly resentful about having to maintain. (more…)

Bruce Springsteen and the Celestial Radio

August 31, 2015

Tags: Springsteen, Born To Run, 40th Anniversary, Backstreets, She's The One, E Street Band

"One soft, infested summer..." Home from college, waiting for the next reel of my life to unspool, I lie feverish in the bedroom of my disconsolate childhood on the too-small single bed with the Moby Grape poster still on the wall, trying to sleep off a hangover made of equal parts gin and party drugs. (more…)

What Is Malick Saying?

May 9, 2015

Tags: To The Wonder, Terrence Malick, Emmanuel Lubezki, Olga Kurylenko, Respighi, Gorecki

Farther down this page and back in time I relate a story told by legendary film producer and Paramount head of production, Robert Evans, about the reaction to an early draft of Robert Towne's CHINATOWN, a script he would ultimately produce to great acclaim, as well as a certain amount of head-scratching. (more…)

A Vulcan Analysis of the "Blurred Lines" Verdict

March 14, 2015

Tags: Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Marvin Gaye, Got To Give It Up, Copyright Infringement

Because my own command of logic is hampered by my right-brain bias, and I am frankly stumped by this case, I have summoned from a distant space-time locus perhaps our greatest logician, Mr. Spock, to iron things out. Here is an excerpt from my interrogatory. (more…)

Why We Need To Watch the Latest ISIS Video

February 16, 2015

Tags: ISIS, Mass Execution of Coptic Christians, Copts, Al Hayat, Islamic State Video, Beheadings

"Since I had peeped over the edge myself, I understand better the meaning of his stare, that could not see the flame of the candle, but was wide enough to embrace the whole universe, piercing enough to penetrate all the hearts that beat in the darkness. He had summed up — he had judged. 'The horror!'" --Marlow, speaking of Kurtz in Conrad's Heart of Darkness (more…)