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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 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.

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Promissory Promises

Published Sep 24, 2020 · 90 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 13 views

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Live long and prosper!

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Second Dates, AMIRITELADIES

Published Aug 28, 2020 · 34 words (1 minute) · 38 views

die hard on arrival

better late than never

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This is our LGBT rainbow pride flag that we have flying outside of our home in Ogden, Utah. It was a windy, stormy day when I took this photo.  I love the motion, the message of equality, acceptance, and love that it sends, as well as all the beautiful colors.

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It's True: I Am The Worst

Published Jul 31, 2020 · 52 words (1 minute) · 92 views

more to come

And my name's not even BURR

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Half Moon

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The Future is Female

Published Jun 30, 2020 · 164 words (1 minute) · 72 views

craft issues diversity equity inclusion

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An 18 year old person covered in rainbow body glitter in support of the LGBTQ community and to celebrate gay pride 2018. We used a synthetic cosmetics brush to paint clear hair gel on their torso and then they laid down and I sprinkled the glitter on their body, one stripe at a time. We were able to touch up by dabbing more glitter on after they stood up. We used water-proof adhesive bandages to cover the sensitive areas on the chest and the belly-button.

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The Last Day of the Month

Published May 31, 2020 · 191 words (1 minute) · 100 views

space time spacetime timespace spimetace waaah

physics is weird

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Pink Heart with Lights

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I Can Tell You Exactly How Much Is Too Much

Published Apr 29, 2020 · 100 words (1 minute) · 112 views

puzzles gaming the system fintech

A billion dollars is too much.

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an anti-capitalist at the March for Life

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Better Late Than April

Published Mar 31, 2020 · 157 words (1 minute) · 192 views

March 2020 pandemic reading don

of presidents and quarantines

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Pour One Out for Andrew Yang

Published Feb 27, 2020 · 180 words (1 minute) · 169 views

the democrat 2020

Le sigh.

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New Year, New Stories

Published Jan 29, 2020 · 84 words (1 minute) · 250 views

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EOY Already?!

Published Dec 9, 2019 · 147 words (1 minute) · 177 views

promises promises time flies i dont want to miss a thing

oy vey

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Eventually everything hits the bottom, and all you have to do is wait until someone comes along, and turns it back again. ⌛️