Chris Van Dyke was raised in a small town of 1200 people on the Southern Oregon Coast. Which is why it seems so unlikely that he would have spent the last 17 years living and teaching in New York City, but such is the way of Fate. When he is not hoping to interest teenagers in the public school system in reading and writing, he is himself reading and writing. He has written a dozen short stories and is currently querying his first finished novel, the epic-fantasy "Dragon's Curse," and editing his second novel, "Love Songs for NeoTokyo" and YA Sci-fi romance.
There may be an episode of Steven Universe that doesn't make him cry, but he can't think of it right now.
Part literary magazine, part writing club, part cult, and all creativity, Tales From the Year Between is a semi-annual speculative fiction anthology with a unique premise. Twice a year it gathers a disparate group of authors from all across the globe to collaborate in shared world-building and creative writing. Using a modified version of Avery Alder’s fabulous game The Quiet Year as a massive writing prompt, each volume of The Year Between begins with nothing more than a simple premise (“a desert fantasy world, like D&D’s Dark Sun”). Contributors participate in a week-long “game” to create a shared canon of people, places, events, and themes. From this chaotic melange of ideas, each participant then creates their own stories, poems, letters, and even recipes, all set in the world they created together. Intrigued? Sound like fun? Contact us to see how you could be part of the next volume!
Postcards from NeoTokyo is an ongoing series of novellas all taking place in a shared dystopian future where robots rule the world and humanity teeters on the brink of existential extinction ... or liberation. The series follows Jennifer Yanchez, a private-eye struggling to move past the death of her girlfriend. There are mysterious dames, double-crosses, whiskey, car-chases, and plasma cannons as Jennifer struggles between her desires to be left in peace and her impulse to do the right thing. Each book tells a stand-alone tale, but together the Postcards from NeoTyoko tell of a woman learning to live again while just maybe helping to save the world.
At the crossroads between Mieville’s New Crobuzon and M.T. Anderson’s Viriconium, on the border of Dhalgren and D&D, just to the left of Terry Pratchett's Discworld and Mad Max’s Fury Road … lies Achten Tan. A new anthology of dark fantasy set in an original world with stories by 30 different authors.
In the robot-controlled city of NeoTokyo, private detective Jennifer Yanchez manages to stay one rent payment away from eviction and one drink away from going over the edge. Ever since her girlfriend Hiro was killed after joining an underground resistance movement, Jennifer has focused on two things: her job and drowning herself in sake. Postcards from NeoTokyo collects her first two adventures.
Ten years after the death of her girlfriend Hiro, private eye Jennifer Yanchez continues to drown herself in work. But a job tracking down a kidnapped child dredges up maternal impulses Jennifer thought she’d buried long ago. Facing the merciless droids of NeoTokyo’s Central AI, Jennifer will need all her private-eye wits and hacker skills to survive ... or even know if she's on the right side.
A decade after her girlfriend Hiro was killed, private detective Jennifer Yanchez is still trapped deep in the bottle and even deeper in debt. However, when a rich socialite from the Upper region of NeoTokyo hires her to find her missing husband, Jenifer thinks her luck is changing. But between the totalitarian robot overlords and revel terrorists, nothing about this job is going to be easy ...