“Pilot Go” at Whiteside Review

Pilot Go

My short story “Pilot Go,” about a dog fighting his way through a hostile alien world, is available today at the new science fiction website Whiteside Review.

This one came about as a bit of a writing challenge. I’d been writing a lot of downbeat stories last winter, and my wife suggested I tackle something about dogs. (Well, our dogs specifically. This I did not do.) I settled upon a simple science fiction story which – I only recently realized – was a subconscious take on the famous Albert Camus essay “The Myth of Sisyphus.” But I promise this story isn’t as pretentious as I just made it sound. How can it be, when it features a dog fending off sinister and lethal plants?