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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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nothing ever ends

Published Jun 20, 2019 · 3 words (1 minute) · 2 likes · 27 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 · 19 words (1 minute) · 80 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) · 45 views

it's getting hot out there

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Milestones

Published Apr 25, 2019 · 345 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 109 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) · 64 views

Behind the scenes of "At Long Last, Love"

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I'm Back!

Published Apr 8, 2019 · 178 words (1 minute) · 68 views

No excuses, just reasons.

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Eat drink and be married sign

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Happy [X]alentines Daze

Published Feb 16, 2019 · 139 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 74 views

I know this is late, DGAF

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A friend was looking for heart images for Valentine’s day… so I made a heart out of coffee beans. Lots of natural light comes in through our big windows in the kitchen - I love how the light hits the beans in this shot!

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For Your Consideration

Published Feb 8, 2019 · 214 words (1 minute) · 73 views

srsly tho don't vote for me

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What I've Been Reading

Published Jan 29, 2019 · 133 words (1 minute) · 73 views

If you care about such things.

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This quaint sign hangs outside Desperate Literature, an international bookstore in downtown Madrid. Took this during a bookshop photowalk with some friends from my book club.

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Ninth Step Station: "The Fallen Executive"

Published Jan 24, 2019 · 41 words (1 minute) · 77 views

A powerful corporate chairman crashes to his death on a Tokyo pavement. Is it suicide? Or murder?

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Foggy skyscrapers