Friday, November 13, 2020

Go ahead, judge the book by this cover


Well, here it is. The cover of my newest novel, done by the remarkable Cole Johnson. The book officially comes out January 6, 2021. Thank God. The year 2020 just doesn't look right. You can't even correct for it, no matter what kind of lens you grind. 

This is a wrap-around, and the back is just as intriguing as the front. And that's not me bragging, as I had nothing to do with it. If I could illustrate this well, I'd probably never write another novel.

Untouchable will be available in print or epub. Hope you check it out. 



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

My Cup of Tea


Check out the other Martineck's writing in the Autumn edition of My Cup of Tea.  Nina Martineck's short story "Streetlight" is a quick flash of night in New York, that sadly reminds me of a city more romantic and sparkly, with the kind of prospects one might welcome, as opposed to requiring bed rest or hospitalization.

(Photo note: When the magazine arrived, Nina tossed it down on the table, next to a cup of tea already sitting there, as one always is, and took the shot. No staging.)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


Loving this article in Strange Horizons. I'm not anti-capitalist, but I'm not blind to its flaws, either. Which is why I wrote The Milkman and its sequel, The Link Boy. Check it out. ""SOMETHING OF FREEDOM IS YET TO COME": THE ENTANGLED HISTORIES OF SCIENCE FICTION AND CAPITALISM" by Olav Rokne, author and co-fonder of the Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog

I'm also glad there is still some interest out there in economic-based science fiction. I thought I was the only one carrying a sign at my demonstration.

Friday, September 11, 2020

New Book


I may have a new novel coming out soon. It’s a mystery. As in the book is about a crime and because I can’t seem to reliably predict any moment in my immediate future. Long term, sure, things are going to be great. Two weeks from now? Halloween or Thanksgiving? No idea. So who knows when the tome will hit your shelf. I’m going to guess at a late fall release of my next book, The Untouchable.

Watch this space.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Handler

Melania Trump, 2020 RNC Convention
Melania Trump, 2020 RNC Convention

Russian Military Uniform
Russian Military Uniform


I think this is the moment in the movie when the masks come off (metaphorically - you keep 'em on out there) and we realize Melania has been Donald's handler all this time. She's obviously a general in the Russian military. She's really in charge and to be honest, that might be for the best.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Conway the Machine

This is a picture of me and Buffalo rap artist Conway the Machine, who bought breakfast for every bus operator, rail operator and mechanic at Metro. What a freakin' nice guy. He didn't want transit workers to be forgotten during this COVID crisis. They put themselves out there, everyday, like grocery store workers, postal professionals, healthcare workers and first responders. It is a poignant acknowledgement.

He's also pretty talented. I'm partial to Land O' Lakes.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

This is approximately the ten-year anniversary of my novel Cinco de Mayo. A book about a global, mind-altering event. I can say now, I pretty much nailed it. Pat on back. Pat. Not that it was too difficult. People are the same in their variety. Some people can adapt to change, some can’t. Some people can accept that the path ahead will not look like the one behind and turn and face backward. Others will keep moving forward even though they don’t have any idea what lies ahead. They know – we all should know – it will, at the very least, be novel.