• The Bigger Picture Podcast: Future Vision

    In May I joined three fellow authors for a panel discussion at Balticon 52 on the topic of finding optimism in a world that doesn’t always seem to warrant it.  The panel was moderated by Charlie Brown and hosted by Vex Mosaic, the online magazine of speculative thought to which I’ve contributed two essays.  The […]

  • “Twelve Months” wins Apparition Lit’s June flash fiction contest

    My story “Twelve Months” has won Apparition Literary Magazine’s June 2018 flash fiction contest.

  • New, Limited Edition Midnight Legion Adventure: Last Recruit

    There’s a new Midnight Legion mini-adventure! Tomorrow, Studio 9 will release a limited edition prequel to the Midnight Legion trilogy, Midnight Legion 0: Last Recruit, for Free RPG Day.  Go here to find out whether your local hobby shop will carry it.  And if you miss it, don’t worry—it will be featured as one of […]

  • “Irini” in Broadswords and Blasters

    When a coup drives out Princess Irini’s family, she has to decide where her true home is.  My new story, “Irini,” is out now in Broadswords and Blasters.

  • “A Small Price to Pay” in Planet Scumm

    Solana bribed her way back onto Earth to retrieve secrets from her past, but it turns out others want her there for reasons of their own.  My new story, “A Small Price to Pay,” is out now in Planet Scumm.

News and Updates

Human Rights in The Review of Faith & International Affairs

      Human Rights in an Advancing Civilization was reviewed not long ago (Vol. 12, Issue 2, 2014) in The Review of Faith & International Affairs.  From Benjamin Schewel, PhD: Some of Emmel’s most thought provoking insights emerge in the two chapters that narrate the gradual expansion of human rights from the time of […]

The Woman Who Read Too Much

Tonight at the University of Maryland I saw author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani speak about her new (for the United States–previously published in Europe) novel, The Woman Who Read Too Much.  Nakhjavani’s work has had a major influence on me, particularly her emphasis on the importance of challenging fundamentalism and asking questions, including the questions we’re afraid […]

New sci fi game in the works

For the past couple of years I’ve been working on a new sci fi game for Studio 9.  This week the overview will be introduced to retailers at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas in preparation for the official launch.

Quadratura Circuli

My latest short story, “Quadratura Circuli,” is out now in Two Cities Review.  

City Builder: A Villagers & Villains Expansion

My Zanjan collaborator C. Aaron Kreader has a new game in the works, the City Builder expansion for Villagers & Villains.

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