Aspettate e Odiate

Enemy of the Mediocre

Alec Austin
Los Angeles, California, United States
Punahou School - Honolulu HI (1991 - 1997)
Reed College - Portland OR (1997 - 2001)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge MA (2005 - 2007)
Interests: (39)
alternate reality games, anime, battlestar galactica, character development, chinese history, classical chinese literature, collectable card games, comic books, convergence, european metal, exalted, fan cultures, fantasy, finnish metal, gaming, house m.d., japanese history, literary criticism, lost, magic: the gathering, manga, market research, media convergence, modern politics, narrativity, netrunner, organizational theory, political intrigue, product placement, rpgs, science fiction, screenwriting, tv dramas, v:tes, veronica mars, video games, visual storytelling, writing, wuxia
For those of you who don't know me in person, I'm Alec Austin, a professional computer game designer and graduate of the Comparative Media Studies department at MIT. I'm also a graduate of the Clarion West & Viable Paradise workshops, a former nuclear reactor operator, and freelance writer. I've drafted several novels, published a variety of articles (as well as a D&D adventure) and tend to post about books, TV, and game design. I tend not to comment on current events very much, because the news makes me angry.

My Friends Policy: I put people on my friends list if I'm interested in reading what they have to say on a regular basis. Reciprocation is by no means required. By the same token, I won't necessarily reciprocate if you put me on your friendslist-- and if I don't, odds are I haven't even noticed the change. (It's also possible that I like the content of your entries but the formatting makes my eyes bleed, or something similar.)

Notable Publications & Sales:

Quality in Epic Fantasy, an essay published on Strange Horizons.

"Gates of Oblivion," a D&D adventure published in Dungeon #136.


"The Vigil", my first published poem, in Stone Telling #4.

"Imperial Mercy", in Star*Line 35.3.

Short Fiction:

"Volition", my first published story, on Daily Science Fiction.

"Empty Houses", on

"Brief Interviews With Therianthropes" (written with Marissa Lingen), on Daily Science Fiction.

"Ironheart", in Apex Magazine #38.

"And We But Players", in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #56.

"The Hateful Brilliance of His Eyes", on Strange Horizons.

"Casualties", in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #110.

"Matron Saint of Murder", in Crowded #1. (iOS only)

"Blood Remembers", in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #117.

"Milk Run" (written with Marissa Lingen), in Analog, July/August 2013.

"On the Weaponization of Flora and Fauna" (written with Marissa Lingen), in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #129.

"The Young Necromancer's Guide to Re-Capitation" (written with Marissa Lingen), forthcoming in On Spec.

"Atonement", forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

"Kitchen Help", forthcoming in Nameless Magazine.