Stories by Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇)

CURTIS C. CHEN - photo by Folly Blaine


Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, Kangaroo Too, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets.

Curtis is the current Secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and a co-founder of Puzzled Pint.

Premieres January 9, 2019, only on Serial Box:
Ninth Step Station on Serial Box

In the future, two mismatched cops must work together to solve crimes in a divided Tokyo.

Publishers Weekly ★ review
KANGAROO TOO by Curtis C. Chen
Kangaroo's back!
And this time it's personal... maybe?

2017 Locus Awards Finalist
2017 Endeavour Award Finalist
Meet Kangaroo,
a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet:

Oregon Reads Aloud - Have Spacesuit, Will Travel
includes "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel"

The 2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide - Laddie Come Home
includes "Laddie Come Home"

Mission: Tomorrow - Ten Days Up
includes "Ten Days Up"

SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror - Making Waves
includes "Making Waves"

Leading Edge issue 65 - Somebody's Daughter
includes "Somebody's Daughter"

BUY Blaze of Glory
includes "Don't Fence Me In"

BUY From the Porch Swing
includes "At Long Last, Love"

BUY 100 Stories for Haiti
includes "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"
Meet me at the Jolabokaflod book fair (12/30 Portland OR)
More author events...


KANGAROO TOO (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017)
    "as smart and sassy as its title character" - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
    "Anyone who loves science fiction is sure to love this book." - The Oregonian
    "kept me turning pages well past my bedtime" - Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin

WAYPOINT KANGAROO (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016)
    2017 Locus Awards Finalist, First Novel Category
    2017 Endeavour Award Finalist
    "an engaging character and a rich, believable world" - Kirkus Reviews
    "[a] rollicking splice of mystery and high-tech SF" - Publishers Weekly
    "a great, fun read for anyone who loves a mystery or a spy story" - Booklist

Curtis is represented by Sam Morgan at Foundry Literary + Media.

Short Fiction

In Print
"Fire in the Pocket" (Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers, forthcoming)
"Go, Space Racer!" (Playboy, 2018)
"Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" (Oregon Reads Aloud, 2016)
"Ghost Patrol" (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, 2016)
"Laddie Come Home" (2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, 2015)
"Ten Days Up" (Mission: Tomorrow, 2015)
    "suspenseful" - Locus Online // "often satirical, sometimes hopeful" - Publishers Weekly
"Making Waves" (SNAFU, 2014)
    "a tale that's begging for [a] film version, preferably directed by Guillermo del Toro" - Horror Talk // more reviews...
"Somebody's Daughter" (Leading Edge Issue 65, 2014)
"Don't Fence Me In" (Song Stories: Blaze of Glory, 2013)
"At Long Last, Love" (From the Porch Swing, 2010)
"The Stories We Tell Ourselves" (100 Stories for Haiti, 2010)

Ninth Step Station (series contributor, Serial Box Publishing, forthcoming)
"Players" (Kaleidotrope, 2018)
"Like a Ghost I'm Gonna Haunt You" (Daily Science Fiction, 2016) + audio podcast (Toasted Cake, 2018)
"Bounty Call" (Perihelion Science Fiction, 2015)
"Godwin's Law" (The Future Fire, 2015)
"It's Machine Code" (Unlikely Story #11: The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, 2015)
    "a story that gets best right at the end" - Charlotte Ashley // more reviews...
"Zugzwang" (Daily Science Fiction, 2014)
    "not in the least bit groundbreaking, but still enjoyable" - Psocoptera // more reviews...
"Born to the Legion" (Sledgehammer Writing Contest, 2013)
"Restart" (Strangetastic, 2009)
"Love Lucy" (365 Tomorrows, 2007)
"Ghosts of Earth" (365 Tomorrows, 2006)
"Birthdays" (365 Tomorrows, 2006)
"Antique" (365 Tomorrows, 2006)
FREEFALL: an outer space adventure serial (1995-)

512 Words or Fewer
A weekly anthology of flash fiction (2008-2013), now collected in THURSDAY'S CHILDREN
    "some of the tales would make great bedtime stories. Others will keep your kids up at night." - GeekDad

My Audio Narrations of Other Authors' Stories
"To the Moon" by Ken Liu (cast member, PodCastle, 2018)
"The Heaven-Moving Way" by Chi Hui; translated by Andy Dudak (Apex Magazine, 2018)
"A Spirited Education" by Tony Pi (PodCastle, 2017)
"Or Be Forever Fallen" by A. Merc Rustad (PodCastle, 2017)


On Writing

Eating Authors: Curtis C. Chen (, 2017)
Reddit AMA (r/Writing, 2016)
The Kanga-Roundup (CKL's HotSheet, 2016)
Special Synopsis Sauce (SFWA Blog, 2016)
My Murdered Darling — "The Crazy Flirty Lady" (KatTales, 2016)
The Page as Performance (NaNoEdMo, 2016)
The Joy of Deadlines (ShadowSpinners, 2016)
I applied to Clarion West SIX TIMES (CKL's HotSheet, 2016)
original WAYPOINT KANGAROO query letter (Query Shark, 2013)
Me and Ken Levine (CKL's HotSheet, 2008)


On ProgrammableWeb
Netflix Open Sources "Resilience Engineering" Code Library
Tracking Hurricane Sandy via Social Media Data
W3C Proposes Push API Specification
Why Amazon Needs a Kindle API--and Will Never Have One
NASA Wants You to Help Build More APIs
...and more!

On Wired How-To Wiki
Get Your PC Wires Under Control
Make a Podcast
Open Docx Files
Read a Barcode
Set Up a Firewall


CKL's HotSheet
What Non-Aardvarks are Pondering.  Subscribe in a reader
Travels With Our Cats (2008)
CKL+D drive across the USA with Jasper and Bayla.

Curtis is not an aardvark.
Last modified: Friday, 07-Dec-2018 11:48:41 PST