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Curtis C. Chen

Curtis writes mostly science fiction and fantasy. MOSTLY.

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Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, CURTIS C. CHEN (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, KANGAROO TOO, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, MISSION: TOMORROW, and OREGON READS ALOUD. 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.

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Reprint for August: "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel"

Published Aug 1, 2019 · 97 words (1 minute) · 27 views

SMART kids in space

from Oregon to orbit

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Art installation by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno at the K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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July 25, 2019

Published Jul 26, 2019 · 118 words (1 minute) · 37 views

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RayBan sunglasses

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Alternate Astronauts Ahoy!

Published Jul 18, 2019 · 190 words (1 minute) · 38 views

apollo50th from the earth to the moon ch-ch-ch-changes

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing!

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

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Reprint for July: "Laddie Come Home"

Published Jul 9, 2019 · 144 words (1 minute) · 73 views

artificial intelligence accessory decolonizing

This month, a trip to Indonesia with a talking computer!

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nothing ever ends

Published Jun 20, 2019 · 158 words (1 minute) · 3 likes · 65 views

sigh

it's neverending

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Our travel took us to an empty place in the north-east of Spain, where we decided to make real the idea of the life as a cycle that never ends, enveloped by an overpowering darkness. We wanted to combine the milky way surrounded by the stars and the light trail but there was a lot of clouds all over us impeding to take the perfect photo. The picture makes me feel trapped into the mysterious ambience that was created.

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That's Why It's Hotter Under the Water

Published Jun 11, 2019 · 324 words (2 minutes) · 117 views

Lovecraft cthulhu underthesea

Yeah we in luck here, down in the muck here!

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Summer Reading

Published May 7, 2019 · 101 words (1 minute) · 87 views

it's getting hot out there

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Milestones

Published Apr 25, 2019 · 345 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 139 views

How "Defeated" came to be: a story about collaboration

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Love in the mountains

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The First Story I Sold

Published Apr 12, 2019 · 138 words (1 minute) · 88 views

Behind the scenes of "At Long Last, Love"

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I'm Back!

Published Apr 8, 2019 · 178 words (1 minute) · 106 views

No excuses, just reasons.

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Eat drink and be married sign