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J.W. Alden
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Author, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Money Flows Toward the Creator
For the past few months, my fiancee Autumn and I have been posting sporadically to a shared blog called Pictures and Prose . Most of our posts have been light and casual, but when we first had the idea, we wanted to spotlight some of the conversations she a...
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Read "Braving the Morrow Candle's Wane" in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
The latest issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies , a magazine of literary adventure fantasy, just released. Inside, you can find a story of mine called Braving the Morrow Candle's Wane. Braving the Morrow Candle's Wane is a story about faith, war, and growth. Wh...
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Look at These Awesome Flash Drives With My Name on Them
I got a nice surprise in the mail earlier this week: a box full of flash drives with my logo on them! A company called USBMemoryDirect reached out to me and offered to send these custom drives in exchange for a shout out on my blog if I liked them. And I do...
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"The Sun Falls Apart" is now available on Amazon
The Sun Falls Apart , the story of mine that won Writers of the Future in 2016, is now available on Amazon . The Sun Falls Apart is about a teenage boy named Caleb who has never seen the sun. Boarded windows and a fortified door have kept the outside world ...
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Listen to "The Tentacles Never Lie" on Cast of Wonders
The newest episode of Cast of Wonders , a Young Adult fiction podcast featuring tales of the fantastic, dropped today. It features a story of mine called The Tentacles Never Lie. The Tentacles Never Lie is about a saleswoman working for a mega-conglomerate ...
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Read "Möbius" in The Future is Nigh
The Future is Nigh , a free anthology of short works from ten Writers of the Future winners, releases today. Inside, you can find  Möbius , a flash piece of mine that originally appeared in the pages of  Nature in 2014. Also featured within are stories by t...
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Check Out the Flash Fiction Online 2016 Anthology
Volume 1 of the Flash Fiction Online 2016 Anthology released this week , which includes my story Project Earth is Leaving Beta . This volume of the anthology collects science fiction stories published by FFO in 2016. Project Earth is Leaving Beta first saw ...
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Listen to "The Sun Falls Apart" on StarShipSofa
You can hear an audio adaptation of my story  The Sun Falls Apart  on the Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa this week. The Sun Falls Apart is about a teenage boy named Caleb who has never seen the sun. Boarded windows and a fortified door have kept the outs...
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Read "Project Earth is Leaving Beta" in Flash Fiction Online
Project Earth is Leaving Beta  is reprinted today in Flash Fiction Online . This humorous flash piece is written in the style of a Kickstarter update sent to backers of "Project Earth," the elaborate MMO game that is our lives. You can read it alongside awe...
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WotF Recap, Part 3: The Workshop
In part one of this series, I shared some info about my contribution to Writers of the Future Vol. 32 , "The Sun Falls Apart." In part two , I introduced you to the talented illustrator who brought the story to life. Now, I'll attempt to provide a glimpse i...
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