DAVID ERIK NELSON —RaconteurDavid Erik Nelson is a fiction author, freelance writer, and columnist. Some of Mr. Nelson's speculative fiction is available for free online, as is his monthly column for the Ann Arbor Chronicle. His latest non-fiction book is Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids.
FREELANCEHaving written or edited several hundred reference articles and almost a dozen textbooks (such as Perspectives on Modern World History: Chernobyl and Teens and Sex), Mr. Nelson now focuses his freelance energies primarily on marketing copy and the occasional piece of legitimate journalism. David Erik Nelson is available to work on your promotional, educational, informational, or diabolical campaign. Learn more about his freelance writing and consulting services.
BOOKSHis geeky craft book, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids, is now available in all fine real and virtual bookstores. Learn basic soldering, sewing, carpentry, woodburning, and screen printing while making x-ray drums, guitar effects, steam ships, boomerangs, kites, games, a sock squid, and more.
Seriously: order this soon.
FICTIONHis notable stories include “Bay,” “You Were Neither Hot Nor Cold, But Lukewarm, and So I Spit You Out” (co-written with his lovely wife), and his celebrated novella “Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate.” His work has been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, praised in Locus magazine, honorably mentioned in several volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, recommended for a Nebula Award, and anthologized in The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Del Rey, 2007), Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (Tachyon, 2010), and Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (Tachyon, 2012).
Best of all is “Bay” by David Erik Nelson, a recontextualization of ghosts that is authentically surprising, genuinely horrifying—an extraordinary achievement in a hackneyed subgenre.
[“Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate”] is at one level nearly wacky, but it has deeper concerns, reflected in the examination of the treatment of such disadvantaged individuals as alcoholics, Confederate veterans, the Chinese, Jews, and of course clockwork ex-soldiers. It all comes together very effectively.
In 1999 Mr. Nelson co-founded Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k) with Fritz Swanson and Morgan Johnson. For about a decade the three served as co-editors, writing her weekly Giant Squid advice column. Since July 7, 2011 Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k) has operated in automated archival “classic” mode, offering a weekly taste from her vast and terrifying archive of back issues. Mr. Nelson continues to post to Poor Mojo’s daily Newswire weblog, and to co-author Giant Squid columns and stories for periodical, anthology, and ebook publication.
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