I’m a writer, editor, reviewer, musician, and general media junkie, with a passion for science fiction, music, hockey, movies, spy fiction, coffee, video games, good friends, and far too many television shows. I grew up near Buffalo, New York and have also lived in New York City, Iowa City, and Los Angeles. I currently live and work in Portland, Oregon.

I started reading and writing fiction in my early teens and have been pursuing a writing career, more or less, ever since. I’m primarily a writer of genre fiction: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, spy fiction, and blends of the above.

After high school I pieced together a special studies writing degree from New York University, SUNY at Fredonia, and Michigan State University — the latter for credits from the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Workshop, which I attended in 1994. My first short story was published in 1998, and I’ve since sold to a number of markets in the SF and fantasy genres, including Asimov’s SFCosmos, Interzone, LightspeedTalebones, and The Third Alternative. From 2004 to 2010 I was the fiction editor for Futurismic. New novels and stories are in the works. In 2012, I attended the Taos Toolbox Writer’s Workshop.

Contact me at chris<at>christopher-east.com, or sign up for my newsletter (see header form) to receive periodic writing and review updates.

Short Fiction

“Introduction to Immersive Memory-Crafting”


March 2020

The Men Who Change the World


January 2020

An Inflexible Truth


August 2017

  • Honorable mention, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 35th Annual Collection (Gardner Dozois, editor)


Asimov’s Science Fiction

December 2014

  • Honorable mention, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 32nd Annual Collection (Gardner Dozois, editor) 
  • Recommended Reading, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (Rich Horton, editor)

“Frame of Mind”

Cosmos Online

September 2008

  • Honorable mention, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual Collection (Gardner Dozois, editor)

“The Scarlet Number”


January 2008 (#42)


Lone Star Stories

April 2007 (#20)

“Divining Rod and the Countess”


January 2007 (#5)



Winter 2005 (#31)

“Bastogne v.9”


May/June 2005 (#199)

  • Honorable mention, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 23rd Annual Collection (Gardner Dozois, editor)

“A World of His Own”


March/April 2005 (#198)

“Pure Moment”

Say…what time is it?

May 2003


Tales of the Unanticipated

April 2002 (#23)

“Skullier than the Average Bod”

Challenging Destiny

November 2001 (#13)

  • Reprinted in Best of the Rest 3, 2002



Fall 2000 (#20)

“The World Stops”

The Third Alternative

Summer 2000 (#24)

“Gallery of the Eighth Day”

The Third Alternative

Fall 1999  (#21)

  • Honorable mention, Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 13th Annual Collection (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, editors)

“Sharp Relief”

Terra Incognita

Summer 1998  (#3)

“The Chaldron”

Aboriginal Science Fiction

Summer 1998  (#57/58)

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