My latest publication is in fine company in this 4th volume of the Brave New Girls series. From interstellar escapades to near-future locales, this anthology of sci-fi stories has something for everyone. Girls who use their mechanical acumen to save interstellar colonies and design super-powered armor. Young women who apply their knacks for numbers to finding criminals and solving environmental problems. Ladies who use brainpower and intellectual skills to defeat zombies, space pirates, evil aliens, and more.
My new story, “Bound, Determined”, features zebras, terraforming, indentured servitude, and a certain plucky young woman.
The 2nd volume, Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme also contains a story by me. Pick up a copy of that: here.
Pick up a copy of volume IV today for your child or your local library. Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos is available in ebook and print. Proceeds from sales are donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.
Let’s show today’s girls that they, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.
Mystery/crime short stories used to be all about the clever puzzle with only small glimpses into human nature. Nowadays, they can be so much more.
My latest crime story, in the format of a police transcript, appears in The Dark City mystery magazine. “Long Way Down” is about how far a woman can fall after society has shaped her perceptions.
My previous story for The Dark City, “A Little Knowledge”, is in Volume 3, Issue 3. “Long Way Down” is in Volume 4, Issue 4 at Magzter. Pick up a copy today!
I’m very pleased to have a story in the 22nd issue of this iconic Canadian speculative fiction anthology.
Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts, edited by Lorina Stephens and Susan MacGregor, is “a collection of twenty-three stories based on actual historical artifacts combined with fantastic historical fiction. The stories meld culture, concept and incident into a rich collection of ‘what if’ speculations that provide warnings yet revel in the cultural celebrations we continue to observe today. They are the touchstones that resonate with all who listen to and learn from the past.”
The ebook is available now and the print book will be out in September.
My story, “Holding Our Own”, is based on a well-known catastrophe with an added fantastical element. It’s one of the most challenging stories I’ve ever written.
Order the ebook of Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts from Edge Publishing today!
The Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC has a long and venerable history. One incident is rather (in)famous — spoilers here. When Atthis Arts announced a unique anthology theme — short fiction covering just five minutes and taking place in a specific fictional hotel — I knew I had to write something based upon that incident. It shifted on me, as some stories do, and became something quite different.
As Stormcove editor E.D.E. Bell says of the anthology editing process: “Hotel Stormcove turned into its own character…an interdimensional anchor that serves as both a location for amazing stories [and] a metaphor for refuge, compassion, and connections.”
“Diffidence in White and Gray” is just one of many fine stories in this hefty anthology. Pick up a copy of Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove today at the Atthis Arts website.
(photo courtesy of Fairmont Empress Hotel)
Seeing a story appear in print for the second, third, or nth time is rewarding for a short fiction writer. New readers are always a treat, especially readers who approach the piece in a different way than the previous audience. Fiction is enhanced with each read.
Here are some recent reprints of mine — everything from space opera to steampunk to climate fiction. Enjoy!
- “Across the Hard-Packed Sand”, first published in Writers Resist, was reprinted in Wizards in Space in February as well as at Flash Fiction Online last year. The journey from immigrant to participating citizen tends to be unnecessarily difficult to navigate.
- “Generation Gap” appeared several years ago in Bundoran’s Lazarus Risen anthology and was recently podcast on StarShipSofa. A senior citizen, dying from lack of health care, counsels a wealthy young man.
- “Stewardship”, first in Unsung Stories, reappeared in Little Blue Marble last year as well as in the Well Said, O Toothless One anthology. A cautionary tale about environmental protection gone wrong.
- “Two Steps Forward”, originally in World Weaver Press’ Scarecrow anthology, found a second life at Gallery of Curiosities. A scarecrow must face his steampunk origins.
Upcoming reprints to watch for include:
- “Hat and Stick”, originally in Evil Girlfriend Media’s Speculate, will soon be in Villainous Press’ Mechanical Miscreants anthology. In a world where surveillance is so pervasive that it’s almost impossible to commit a crime unseen, a cop struggles to solve a murder.
- “Copy That”, a fun little story that appeared in Stupefying Stories, lives again in a slightly different flavor in the soon-to-be-released Hamthology. The advent of 3-D printers may change how we live our lives–and how we relate to others.
- “The Pink of Perfection”, which came out in Parsec’s Triangulation Appetites anthology a while back, will appear as a podcast in Centropic Oracle soon. A chef struggles to maintain her standards while preparing an important meal for an alien race under hostile conditions.
- “Hurry Up and Wait”, originally in Perihelion SF, will appear in Wagonbridge’s Lost and Found anthology with a new title, “In with the Tide”, to suit the theme. An apocalypse survivor is initially happy he is “lost” until he realizes there is more than one way to be “found”.
Isn’t it so great that there’s always more to read?
I’m always keen to see my stories appear as podcasts. “Generation Gap”, originally published in Bundoran’s Aurora-nominated Lazarus Risen anthology, is no exception. It’s available now on Starshipsofa, one of the top SF audio magazines.
I’m in good company. Starshipsofa has podcast stories from such luminaries as Michael Moorcock, Joe Haldeman, Bruce Sterling, David Brin, Harry Harrison, Ted Chiang, George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, and many more.
Listen to “Generation Gap” here.
As well, I hope you’ll enjoy listening to other stories I’ve written, too. Here’s a partial list:
Online interactive text-based games are an interesting phenomenon of the internet and I was pleased to discover Sub-Q magazine’s contributions to the field.
My first game is out now. The Vector III’s Potluck Sign-up Sheet involves a merchant spaceship crew embroiled in relationship difficulties. The crew takes extreme action–including holding a potluck.
Play the game for free, leave a comment, and support Sub-Q by subscription or Patreon as you are able.