Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze

Creating Speculative Fiction, Pop-Culture and Social Commentary

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About Thaddeus Howze

Formerly called Shameless Self-Promotion
A Patreon Newsletter by Thaddeus Howze

<Dragged kicking and screaming into the room by burley orderlies and strapped to his chair. The keyboard sits quietly in his lap as the frothing stops, dabbed by said unfortunate orderly. Suddenly his fingers begin to fly and everyone leaves the room.>


We are changing the name of this newsletter from SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION to HOW GOES THE CAMPAIGN? Shameless Self-Promotion never felt true and so I have decided to rededicate this blog to a mindset I am more comfortable with.

I am a former military person and recognize what drives a campaign are the logistics behind the scene. My plan is to organize my work logistically. Each piece lending itself to the furthering of a Great Work. Thinking like this, I feel less like I am promoting myself and more like I am promoting a meaningful creation like a monument or a grand work of art.

Which brings me back to self-employment. We are embracing my creative bent and this means writing stories for <gasp> money. And to be fair, it has been happening. Nothing famous, but legitimate work, just the same. One of those avenues is my Patreon. Hey Patrons, I sent you three new stories today. Enjoy. More is coming.


THE GOOD NEWS: I have 51 Patron subscribers. Up by fifteen since the start of summer.

THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS: I had hoped for 100 subscribers by now. This is an unfortunate but curable turn of events.

I have been wondering if I should take a page from my favorite radio station, NPR and have a Pledge Week?

Oh my god. I have become The Man...


Rather than sending out Saint Celestine to ravage your worlds in the name of the Imperial Treasury, we can all agree sending money to the Emperor's tribute is the best solution to the Cost of the Galactic War Effort.

I have over three thousand friends. On Facebook.

Yes, I know about the Dunbar number. What's 3000 minus 150? 2850.

Okay, so there are still 2850 friendly associates with which I can still feel less awkward promoting my wares.

But if we're being honest: Where are all the rich friends at?

I am not asking you to break me off a Porsche. Unless you can.

Then, I am not saying I won't take your gift of vehicular largess, but if you aren't Porsche rich but not undiscovered artist poor, then I am still hopeful you will share with a hard-working, cat-loving, child-raising, care-taking personality like myself.


There is a mysterious patron who does not show up among my Patreon patrons. They donate privately whenever they can. But when they do, it is an outstanding gift.

You know who you are Mystery Patron.

I acknowledge your blessing. Thank you.

And if any of you want to become Mysterious Benefactors, please feel free to do the same at

If you like my work, tell a friend and let's see if we can get them to subscribe. The better the subscription base, the better, richer and more diverse my creative output will be.

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My wife and I are working on Visiting Hours, my next collection of short stories and essays.

Or he sends someone who does the heavy lifting...


Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Thaddeus' speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has published two books, 'Hayward's Reach' (2011), a collection of short stories and 'Broken Glass' (2013) an urban fantasy novella starring his favorite paranormal investigator, Clifford Engram.

Thaddeus works as a writer and editor for two magazines, the Good Men Project, a social men's magazine as well as for Krypton Radio, a sci-fi enthusiast media station and website. He is also a freelance journalist for and Panel & Frame magazine. Thaddeus is the co-founder of Futura Science Fiction Magazine and one of the founding members of the Afrosurreal Writers Workshop in Oakland.

Before his career reinvention as a writer, Thaddeus was a technology executive who worked in the Bay Area as the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Services for John F. Kennedy University. He was also an adjunct instructor of Computer Science and the technology manager of the Computer Science department at Laney College.

Thaddeus' career in information technology spanned two decades and included network design, desktop publishing, educational curriculum design and industry-related coaching.

In his identity as The Answer-Man he answers questions about science fiction, media culture, movies, anime, comics and superheroes all over the Internet. He has appeared on a variety of podcasts and convention panels as a comic historian and inspirational writing coach promoting Afrofuturism and speculative fiction writing.

Hayward's Reach (Collection, 2011)
Broken Glass (Novella, 2013)

The Future is Short III (2016)
Visions: Moons of Saturn (2015)
The Future is Short II (2015)
Au Courant Press Journal (2014)
Awesome AllShorts (2014)
Visions of Leaving Earth (2014)
Scifi Ideas (2014)
The Future is Short (2014)
Mothership, (2014)
Scraps (2013)
Genesis Science Fiction, (2013)
Possibilities (2012)

Quora's Top Writer Award 2016
Quora's Top Writer Award 2017
Quora's Top Writer Award 2018

Writer (2014 - Present) - 370 Short stories, essays, reviews, political and social commentaries

Published in:, Basic Income, Coffeelicious, Arc Digital, Be Epic, Blacks in Technology, Hacker Noon, Panel & Frame, The Creative Cafe, Startup Grind, The Creator's Path, The Mission, The Writing Cooperative, The Mission, Happiness Weekly

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