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Aspettate e Odiate

Enemy of the Mediocre

Alec Austin
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 AEscifi.ca.

"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.