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Robots Beyond

Meet robots both familiar and fantastic within this anthology.

Contains ”How Coyote Made Robot“ by John W. Oliver

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What This Guy's About

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"John W. Oliver is a San Diego writer of horror and fantasy, obligated to the customary number of mammals found in most writers' households."

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Though currently living in San Diego, I'm a native of California's San Francisco Bay Area. When I was growing up, I wanted to do a lot of things—astronaut, archaeologist, inventor, FBI agent. I quickly realized I would not be able to do many of these things, but I determined I could write about them and vicariously live these lives I'd fatasized.

My first reading loves that I remember were the Dragonlance Chronicles, and my tastes remained with high fantasy for a long time. However, my tastes grew to encompass sci-fi with my discovery of Phillip K. Dick's works (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, A Scanner Darkly, etc.).

I've also played role-playing games. When I was growing up, two revolutionary games hit the market at that time —Vampire: The Masquerade and Shadowrun. Through the years, these games altered my tastes in gaming, reading, and writing to something a shade darker than what they had been.

Alas, role-playing can be a black hole to one's time. After a while, you find yourself gaming instead of doing laundry, dishes ... or writing. Moving down to San Diego was the major break that allowed me to refocus myself back into my writing. Since then, I've been able to find my dark fantasy voice and produce more than I ever had before.

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes up next along the way.

Recentlly Released

  • "The Calling" appears in SQ Mag, International Speculative Fiction eZine.
  • "The Blemish" appears in Dark Discoveries, a magazine of dark fantasy.
  • "Nonreturnable Merchandise" appears in Brave Blue Mice, an online magazine of speculative fiction.
  • "How Coyote Made Robot", appears in Robots Beyond, a cross-genre anthology of robot tales.
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