The distance between violent conflagration and utter desolation is much shorter than you think.

A facility generates power by obliterating aesthetic beauty from parallel universes; a “pink brick” defies the analytical capacity of a team researching an alien culture; a world struggles to cope with the ecological impact of its moon's descending orbit; a young man with relationship problems is tormented by his own reflection; a deadly poisonous organism masquerades as an art show piece.

Transmutations combines the best stories of two previous collections, Lore & Logos and Transmutations of Fire and Void. The most recent edition features a new cover by Zhivko Zhelev and a new paperback interior design.

Read if you are interested in…

  • short stories (lots of them)
  • artificial sentience
  • our conception of our place within a grand history of societies
  • impact of rampant commercialism on aesthetics
  • cats (science-fictionally)


It’s not easy to pin down any one inspiration here. I wrote most of these stories at two writing groups that I attended between 2015 and 2017. All my usual suspects are here, though: how technology is changing us, what technology itself might become, human societal development over time, our changing aesthetic sensibilities. And also, cats.


Title Classification
Adaptive short story
A Programmer’s Tale short story
Bastards short story
Binary short story
Conifer short story
Fair Trade short story
Felis Catus short story
Ghost Daemons short story
Halls of Power short story
Lunar Eclipse short story
Meerkat and Lynx short story
Our Algorithm Who Art Perfection novella
Revelation short story
Right and Proper short story
Rune-Driven Spellcraft short story
Shadowplay short story
Temple of the Setting Sun short story
The Abcontinuum short story
The Blazrath short story
The Keyhole short story
The Worlds of Things short story
We Were Here First short story
Xenosociology short story


ISBN Release Date Status
978-1-62802-024-3 November 6, 2020 in print
978-1-62802-018-2 January 21, 2019 out of print