J. Tynan Burke

Hi there!

Welcome to my spartan corner of the web. I'm a software engineer and writer living in New York City. You can reach me at tynanburke -at- gmail.

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Reading 5X5 x2: Duets

Out now from Verdage Press! I have five stories in this wonderful collection. To the blurb:

How do authors' voices change when they collaborate?

A round-robin of great science fiction and fantasy stories: five authors each collaborating with each of the others and writing solo. Epic duels both human and divine, alien spaceships, a train full of sacrifices barreling straight toward a god’s seat of power, and much, much more.

This one was a lot of fun, and includes my favorite story to date, Sudden Oak Death. You really ought to check it out.

Other short fiction

  • My urban fantasy short story The Bagel Shop Owner's Nephew was published in the August 2018 issue of Metaphorosis Magazine. It is available on their website, and as part of the wonderful Metaphorosis Best of 2018 anthology.
  • You can read my high fantasy short story A Brief Pause Between Floods in the February 2020 issue of Swords and Sorcery Magazine. I hope to revisit the world soon for another entry in the Floodlands Cycle.


  • Samwise the enormous cat
    I review books, blog about the Internet and LGBT rights, and post cute pictures of my cat Samwise at Balloon-Juice.
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Software engineering

I work up and down the stack, generally from the web server on back. These days I'm mostly working with TypeScript and Ruby applications, served via Google Cloud Platform. During downtime I enjoy producing better tooling, improving CI setups, and keeping up with emerging tech.

I'm on GitHub as thearchduke, and here's my LinkedIn profile.