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Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is the first in a series of funny science fiction spy thrillers. He has written for Ninth Step Station and Machina on Serial Box.
Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Oregon Reads Aloud, and elsewhere. His homebrew cat feeding robot was displayed in the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops.
You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month. And yes, there is a puzzle hidden in each of the KANGAROO book covers! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader.
Published Oct 14, 2020 · 3,761 words (14 minutes) · 1 view
A lightly edited excerpt from my NaNoWriMo 2010 project (CAVE CANEM), based on the unsold short story ("Working Graves") that got me accepted to Viable Paradise 2008. Inspired by real life locations in San Francisco, California.
Fiction Series: Complete 2 Chapters
Updated Aug 28, 2020 · 6,661 words (25 minutes) · 1 like · 8 views
Published Mar 31, 2020 · 4,182 words (16 minutes) · 373 views
"The time has come," the astronaut said, "to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of presidents and quarantines."
Published Feb 25, 2020 · 4,124 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 634 views
Bailey the cat provides commentary as his human starts getting her first universal basic income payments. She doesn't quit her job or waste her money on frivolous spending. But she does have to adjust to this change in her life.