• “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.

  • “Change or Die” in Vex Mosaic

    “Change or Die,” my second essay for Vex Mosaic, is out now.  It explores ways that civilizations can fail or succeed, through the lens of Neal Stephenson’s most recent novel, Seveneves.

  • “The Last Mission” in Empyreome

    Fewer than eight hours were left before the end of the world, and Jamie still had one thing left to do.  Read my new story, “The Last Mission,” in Empyreome Magazine’s Weekly Flash series.

  • Midnight Legion, Book 2: The World Reborn

    Midnight Legion, Book 2: The World Reborn is available now from the publisher, Studio 9, and for preorder from Amazon.  The World Reborn is a standalone, interactive science fiction novel and the sequel to Operation Deep Sleep.

  • “His Brilliant Eyes” out now in MYTHIC

    My new story, “His Brilliant Eyes,” is out now in the Summer 2017 issue of MYTHIC.  Please head over to get the issue or subscribe.

News and Updates

Human Rights reviewed in ONE COUNTRY

Human Rights in an Advancing Civilization is reviewed in the current issue of ONE COUNTRY (“Where human rights have come from — and where they are likely to go“): …Mr. Emmel takes readers on a tour of the history of human rights, going back to the concept of sanctuary in Jewish and, later, Roman law. […]

All the Countries in the World

Yesterday at DC’s Awesome Con a huge crowd turned out for Pinky and Brain voice actors Rob Paulsen and  Maurice LaMarche.  At one point LaMarche mentioned that Paulsen had only required a single take for the Yakko’s World song on one of their other shows, Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs, and he urged Paulsen to sing it […]

Reflections on Business Plan Evaluations

The judges for the GW Business Plan Competition semifinal round met on Monday to decide which teams are going to the finals on April 11.  It was great to see so many good ideas, and to be able to send the best ones through.  But in my opinion the feedback the teams got was just […]

GWupstart Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Over the past week I’ve been evaluating business plans for the annual George Washington University Business Plan Competition.  I’m a judge for the semi-final round of the new GWupstart Social Entrepreneurship Prize Track, which encourages student social entrepreneurs to “create effective solutions to the most pressing global and local social and environmental problems.”  There are […]

The Prediction Engine

My new story, The Prediction Engine, is out now from Every Day Fiction. It’s a flash fiction steampunk Western.  It’s also based on a story I wrote more than a decade ago, and which on a whim I decided to update and submit. I enjoyed working with Every Day Fiction…they have an entire team of […]

New story on its way: “The Prediction Engine”

My next short story, “The Prediction Engine,” is a flash fiction steampunk Western.  It will be appearing in Jan. or Feb. in Every Day Fiction.


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