Christopher J. Burke
Writer, Webcomic creator, Math Teacher
And I occasionally post fan works to Archive of Our Own and to my subreddit r/xwhy
04/12/2021: Is In A Flash 2020 family friendly, appropriate for pre-teens?
I was asked this during an online reading at HeliosphereNY this past weekend. And while I can say that most of my writing fits into the category of Family Entertainment, which is my own Comfort Zone, and that mature things are left "off camera", if you will, I have to say that there are a couple of stories in In A Flash that don't quite rise to that level.
First and foremost is the story "Warp Space and Chill" which is about a hustler and the hustled. While not explicit (because, frankly, I'd feel silly writing scenes like that), it contains mature situations. I refer to this as the "Out of My Comfort Zone" story in the book. The other warning goes with the horror story, "Block", which my older brother found a little disturbing, although I'm not sure if it was the contents that bothered him, or the fact that he didn't expect it from me. In any case, it is not a supernatural horror story. It is grounded in "realism", which might make it troubling for younger readers.
Beyond that, without spoilers, there's nothing that coulnd't be shown on broadcast television. Actually, I guess that doesn't say much because those other two would probably be fine on network TV as well. However, there's minimal amounts of violence. On the other hand, there are talking kittens. And "The It Girl" is likely the most chaste story in the book.
04/11/2021: After a long delay, the penultimate chapter in the "U.S. 1" serial has been posted to Archive of Our Own. "U.S. 1" is a story of the Driving Tigers/Road Wolves, set in the Autoduel America (aka Car Wars) universe of Steve Jackson Games.
Coming soon: I will have three short pieces in a new eSpec Books anthology this summer, Devilish and Divine, (formerly Horns and Halos) edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and John L. French. I'm delighted at the company of authors that I'm joining in this volume.
Selected Writing Credits
Steve Jackson Games
Driving Tigers Magazine