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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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This Is a Poem I Guess? That I Wrote in November 2020

Published Mar 10, 2021 · 152 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 131 views

poem hope truth

After Election Day but before we knew the results.

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Seeking the one who is higher than us. Lifting our hands to calling his name. Surrendering all of our being through worship.

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More to Come

Published Feb 14, 2021 · 68 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 86 views

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If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about?

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Good Riddance 2020

Published Dec 15, 2020 · 58 words (1 minute) · 118 views

at the closing of the year

BUH-BYE

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Card discarded on a front lawn.

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Basically an Unsold Pilot

Published Nov 6, 2020 · 68 words (1 minute) · 127 views

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September catch-up story

Published Oct 14, 2020 · 260 words (1 minute) · 146 views

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I Lied.

Published Oct 1, 2020 · 32 words (1 minute) · 136 views

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Marionettes 2

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Promissory Promises

Published Sep 24, 2020 · 90 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 137 views

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Live long and prosper!

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Second Dates, AMIRITELADIES

Published Aug 28, 2020 · 34 words (1 minute) · 160 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) · 216 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) · 204 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.