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DAVID ERIK NELSON —Raconteur

David Erik Nelson is an award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. Some of Mr. Nelson's speculative fiction is available for free online—occasionally without his knowledge or consent (no hard feelings, though). Other bits can be purchased. His latest non-fiction book is Junkyard Jam Band: DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers.

FREELANCE

Having 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, technical, and commercial copy and consulting.

David Erik Nelson is available to work on your promotional, educational, informational, or diabolical campaign. Learn more about his freelance writing and consulting services.

BOOKS

Junkyard Jam Band

Making music doesn't have to be about dropping big bucks in the guitar shop or endlessly fiddling with expensive software. When you build your own instruments, creating your own sound comes naturally. Junkyard Jam Band: DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers is a step-by-step guide to building and modifying a full array of complete musical projects—no previous carpentry or electronics experience required. The book includes a soldering primer for total beginners, along with extra circuits to customize your instruments even further, and a crash course in music theory.

A free sample projects, and audio or video of every project of the book is posted on the publisher's site.

There's a whole lot to like about Junkyard Jam Band: it's written in an easy manner; has heaps of information on physics, acoustics and electronics; a great introduction to electronics skills and if I called the crash course on musical theory anything other than brilliant I would be under-selling it.
— the Renaissance Geek

I received a copy of this book two weeks ago and it's already bookmarked, dog-eared and scribbled. Author David Erik Nelson gives step-by-step instructions for some of the craziest freak-out instruments ever to make it in a DIY book …. Highly recommended!
— Shane Speal, Guitar World

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

His original geeky craft book, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids, continues to be 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."
— Rob Malda, founder of Slashdot.org

Check out sample projects on sewing a sock squid or sock Cthulhu and building and tuning cardboard boomerangs.

FICTION

His notable stories include “There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House,” “The Traveling Salesman Solution”, and his celebrated steampunk novella “Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate.” His work has been featured in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, StarShipSofa, and anthologies like The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Del Rey, 2007), Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (Tachyon, 2010), Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (Tachyon, 2012), and The Best Horror of the Year (Volume 10), (Nightshade, 2018).

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.
— Nick Gevers, Locus, September 2003 (Recommended Story)
included in the anthology The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

[“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.
— Rich Horton, Locus, July 2008 (Recommended Story)
now available as a standalone illustrated ebook

“Whatever Comes After Calcutta” … is really scary horror. One day Lyle is shot by his wife after he discovers her in bed with another man. He survives, and decides to follow them to some place near Calcutta (Ohio). On the way, he happens across a crazy group of cultists trying to hang a woman they are convinced is a witch. So Lyle does the right thing and stops them…. All this is blackly funny, and then Nelson pulls the other one, and the story takes a dark (if still horrifically funny) turn.
— Rich Horton, Locus, March 2018 (Recommended Story)

It was only after reading “There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House” by David Erik Nelson that I realised I hadn’t recognised him as the author of “Where There Is Nothing, There Is God”, a ‘New Guys’ time-travel novella from last December’s Asimov’s SF. That one was a lively and entertaining story which I enjoyed, and I liked this one even more. … This is a very entertaining and readable story, and what makes it even better is the sheer amount of incidental detail that Nelson includes. At the end, just when I thought it was coming off the boil a little, there is a neat little twist that pulls it back up again, as well as allowing for sequels. One for the ‘Best of the Year’ collections.
— Paul Fraser, SF MAGAZINES, November 2017 (four-star review)

That [“The Traveling Salesman Solution”] was a very disturbing story.
David Gerrold, novelist, screenwriter, creator of Tribbles

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.

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