Semantics & Sociolinguistics
Fantasy & Science Fiction


Welcome to my corner of the Web at The Eyrie. Feel free to browse around, read free fiction, and learn about my research in linguistics. (The preferred pronunciation of my last name is 'pie', like the Greek letter.)

I am a Second Place winner of the Writers of the Future Contest (volume XXIII), a 2008 Prix Aurora Awards nominee in the category of "Best Short-Form Work in English" for my novelette Metamorphoses in Amber, and a Finalist for the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


New WordPress Blog at

Hi all, going forward, I'll be putting up new material at This site will remain up for archival purposes mostly, but also for Academy of Super-Heroes stuff. Thanks!


The Gold Silkworm" will soon be live at Fantasy Magazine - December 13, 2010!

Recent Publications

"A Sweet Calling", Clarkesworld #44 (May 2010, short story/historical fantasy)
"Silk and Shadow", reprinted in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (2009, novelette/dark fantasy)
"The Character of the Hound", The Dragon and the Stars (DAW, 2010, short story/alternate history fantasy)
"Night of the Manticore", Abyss & Apex (Q1 2010, novelette/fantasy)
"Dynamics of a Hanging" (reprint), The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (September 2009, short story/mystery)

Most Recent and Forthcoming Publications

"The Gold Silkworm", Fantasy Magazine (December 13, 2010, short story/historical fantasy)
"Cygnet's Shadow", ON SPEC (TBD, short story/high fantasy)
"The Paragon Lure", Alembical 2 (Paper Golem, 2010, novella/contemporary fantasy)
"The Curse of Chimère", Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Oct 7, 2010, short story/fantasy)

Podcasts, Interviews & Articles

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes interview with John Joseph Adams

John W. Campbell Award nomination interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

Aurora Award nomination interview with Suzanne Church

Intergalactic Medicine Show story background with Edmund Schubert

PODCAST: Writers of the Future Interview at Adventures in SciFi Publishing 33

Cinema Studies article by Bart Testa

Free Stories

For a quick sampling of my past work, try these links to a few free online stories.

A Sweet Calling, Clarkesworld #44 & podcast (2010, short story/historical fantasy, links to site)

Metamorphoses in Amber, Abyss & Apex #24 (2007, novelette/contemporary fantasy, links to site)
  Nominated in the 'Best Short-Form Work in English' category, 2008 Prix Aurora Awards

Silk and Shadow, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #11 (2009, short story/dark fantasy, links to site)

Zeno's Last Paradox, Abyss & Apex #16 (2005, short story/historical fantasy, links to site)

Dynamics of a Hanging (audio, in an episode of THE HOUR OF THE WOLF radio program on WBAI New York).