What’s your lot in life?

For two colonists, their farm lot is rife with challenges.

“Home on the Range”, in the Jan/Feb 2018 Analog, is a fast-paced adventure that starts when Helma and Jady’s livestock suddenly disappear.

Who or what took them “adds a good bit of tension” according to Rocket Stack Rank and how the exoplanet’s ecosystem functions is a “nice invention of the native fauna” according to SF Revu.

Pick up an issue today! It’s a lot of fun!


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Where can I find Middle Grade science fiction with diverse characters?

I hear this question a lot lately. One answer is the 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, now available from Dreaming Robot Press via various sources and formats.

I’ve wanted to have a story in this anthology ever since I read the 2016 and 2017 issues. Attuned for ages 8 to 12 (Grade levels 2 through 6), it offers inclusive, imaginative science fiction of all kinds. And new Nancy Kress stories are always a treat, regardless of intended age level.

My story concerns an adventurous little girl who sneaks out of her habitat home on planet Skag3, defying her mother’s orders. Will she learn that her actions have consequences? It’s one of twenty-four stories in this year’s wonderfully thick anthology.

As the Kirkus starred review says, “…this stellar collection will appeal to both teens and grown-ups who dream of future worlds”.

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Optimism is the New Black

There’s enough dystopic fiction out there. I try to make my stories hopeful and uplifting when I can.

It’s not always easy.

When I set out to research a story about water for this anthology, I learned that people had been very inventive in their attempts to save glaciers from melting, trying everything from operating snow-making machines over them to covering them with white paint to reflect the sun. In “The Knells of Agassiz”, my character does something rather…different.

In Reality Skimming’s Water anthology, six authors provide optimistic stories about what Earth will be like in terms of water in the near future.

Step into the light and muse with us about the world of water. Available here.

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

I’m not a fan of traditional bodice-ripping romance fiction for all the obvious reasons–unrealistic expectations of relationships, misogyny or at least unbalanced gender roles, unchallenging stereotypes, need I go on? So when ID Press approached me to write just such a story for the next anthology in their Particles of Fiction series, I gave the genre a raised eyebrow and a fresh look-over. Turns out that modern romance fiction can have smart, capable people falling in love and finding out they are better together than apart.

This story has all the elements of standard romance, including Happily Ever After. And, naturally, I added some science fiction to it. What if technology let you actually know your partner’s thoughts intimately? Really get inside their head? How would that change relationships?

“Depth Perception” appears in the just-released Allucinor anthology. Find it in Kindle format here. Hope you ❤ it!

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Resistance Is Not Futile

Writers Resist is a literary collective born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. It publishes creative expressions of resistance by diverse writers and artists from around the globe, and is dedicated to challenging all things that diminish the quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all—-while having a bit of fun.

My latest story, “Across the Hard-Packed Sand”, is only 1700 words but hopefully it punches above its weight class. Find it here on Writers Resist.

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Do the clothes make the person?

The expression “the clothes make the man” is derived from the classical Greek, more accurately translated as “the man is his clothing”.

What if your clothes really did provide more than an imperfect snapshot of status and style?

What if your clothing actually possessed magical properties?

My latest story, “Twisted Threads”, explores that idea and a lot more. Find it in the current issue of Wild Musette.

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Text Against Tyranny

Speculative fiction can change the world but only if it’s openly available.

Annually, September 24th to 30th is internationally celebrated as Banned Books Week, raising awareness of the importance of free and open access to information.

My latest young adult story, “The Scent That Treason Brings”, narrated brilliantly by Katherine Inskip, examines the ways that tyrants attempt to rewrite history. It’s now available for listening or reading at “Cast of Wonders.

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