Curtis C. Chen

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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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Don't Fence Me In

Published May 7, 2019 · 3,517 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 24 views

Fantasy Historical weird western magic bullet unrequited love

You can run. You can hide. But you can't escape forever.




At Long Last, Love

Published Apr 12, 2019 · 1,447 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 363 views

Literary Fiction Romance television the universe and everything

When was the last time you were truly happy?


Vintage television



Go, Space Racer!

Published Feb 8, 2019 · 5,942 words (22 minutes) · 6 likes · 669 views

Humor Science Fiction

Unscripted! Raw! Rocketship rivalry! Reality TV takes to the cosmos


neON Racer
Featured January 16, 2019



Somebody's Daughter

Published Jan 15, 2019 · 13,367 words (49 minutes) · 4 likes · 782 views

Mystery Science Fiction

Detective Jake Lanosky is rarely moved these days—not since the death of his wife—but when a cloned girl at death’s doorstep turns up and insists she’s his daughter, he’s thrown into the investigation of a lifetime. Author Curtis C. Chen writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO was a finalist for both the Locus and Endeavour awards, and its sequel KANGAROO TOO is now available from Macmillan.