Clarion West Write-a-thon 2021

CURTIS CHEN

June 7, 2021 - July 31, 2021

My Write-a-thon Information!

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a Locus Awards and Endeavour Award Finalist) is the first in a series of funny science fiction spy thrillers. He has written for the Realm Media originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and Echo Park 2060 (forthcoming). Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Oregon Reads Aloud, and elsewhere. His homebrew cat feeding robot was displayed in the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum. He is a graduate of Clarion West 2014. Want to know a secret? There are visual clues hidden in the Kangaroo book covers that lead to online puzzle trails! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader.

Who am I?

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a Locus Awards and Endeavour Award Finalist) is the first in a series of funny science fiction spy thrillers. He has written for the Realm Media originals Ninth Step StationMachina, and Echo Park 2060 (forthcoming).

Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science FictionOregon Reads Aloud, and elsewhere. His homebrew cat feeding robot was displayed in the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum. He is a graduate of Clarion West 2014.

Want to know a secret? There are visual clues hidden in the Kangaroo book covers that lead to online puzzle trails! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader.

Publications List

Novels:

Selected Short Fiction:

Forthcoming in 2021:

Complete bibliography at CurtisCChen.com/stories

My Writing Goals

For 2021: finish revising the next Kangaroo novel, working title TRUE BLUE KANGAROO.

Writing Sample

Some first lines from recent stories on Curious Fictions:

Seriously, who kidnaps a robot?
-- "Kinky Bots"

Monday: a little plastic baby doll in the used coffee grounds.
-- "What I Found in My Neighbor's Garbage"

“I’ll give you a million dollars for that jar of Fweran mustard.”
-- "Million Dollar Mustard"

 

Writing Progress

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  • Shannon Fay Go for it Curtis! July 2021 $25.00
  • Anonymous July 2021
  • Marnee Chua July 2021 $25.00
  • Beth Tanner July 2021 $10.00
  • Jeffrey Lemkin Can't wait for K3! Thank you for your always strong support of Clarion West. Cheers, Jeffrey Lemkin July 2021 $200.00
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  • Jeffrey Lemkin Can't wait for K3! Thank you for your always strong support of Clarion West. Cheers, Jeffrey Lemkin July 2021 $200.00
  • Shannon Fay Go for it Curtis! July 2021 $25.00
  • Marnee Chua July 2021 $25.00
  • Jennifer Dumont July 2021 $25.00
  • Beth Tanner July 2021 $10.00
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