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Curtis C. Chen

Curtis writes mostly science fiction and fantasy. MOSTLY.

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Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is the first in a series of funny science fiction spy thrillers. He has written for Ninth Step Station and Machina on Serial Box.

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 the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops.

You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month. And yes, there is a puzzle hidden in each of the KANGAROO book covers! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader.

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What I Found in My Neighbor's Garbage

Published Jan 15, 2021 · 322 words (2 minutes) · 2 likes · 128 views

Literary Fiction whatever

Created during Shannon Fay's Clarion West online workshop "Keep It Short: Writing Microfiction" (January 2021)

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Misty Suburban Neighborhood

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Midnight at the Comedy Club Under the Bridge

Published Dec 15, 2020 · 829 words (4 minutes)

Fantasy Humor Satire trolls your mom

In my mind the audience is entirely goats

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Goat

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Million Dollar Mustard

Published Nov 24, 2020 · 2,423 words (9 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Literary Fiction Science Fiction Historical protests empires progress

The condiment that brought down an empire?

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Working Graves

Published Nov 6, 2020 · 7,636 words (28 minutes) · 1 like · 397 views

Fantasy Horror Mystery contemporary fantasy defund the police old world sorcery

CONTENT WARNING: police protagonist, violence involving children.

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San Francisco cable car at night

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You Can Take the Dog Out of the Park

Published Oct 14, 2020 · 3,761 words (14 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Horror Mystery not grimm magic dogs police san francisco

A lightly edited excerpt from my NaNoWriMo 2010 project (CAVE CANEM), based on the unsold short story ("Working Graves") that got me accepted to Viable Paradise 2008. Inspired by real life locations in San Francisco, California.

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Petunia and the city night lights

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Fiction Series: Complete 2 Chapters

The Long Hello

Updated Aug 28, 2020 · 6,661 words (25 minutes) · 1 like · 8 views

Science Fiction Romance space lesbians

https://twitter.com/GayOliveGarden/status/1287058098516119553

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Space Helmet with red lights in the background and foreground

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Kinky Bots

Published Jun 30, 2020 · 3,718 words (14 minutes) · 13 views

Science Fiction disability avatars_inc sexbots

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The body electric

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Dragger’s End

Published May 31, 2020 · 1,073 words (4 minutes) · 356 views

Science Fiction Starships were meant to fly

Pioneers and plumbers

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When Second Is Actually First

Published Apr 29, 2020 · 4,349 words (16 minutes) · 1 like · 512 views

Science Fiction capitalism eat the rich fair is fair

Capitalism is dead, long live capitalism?

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It Takes Two

Published Mar 31, 2020 · 4,182 words (16 minutes) · 503 views

Horror Science Fiction Romance get your ass to mars reverse war of the worlds did i just blow your mind

"The time has come," the astronaut said, "to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of presidents and quarantines."

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Little Growing Plant