I write a little of everything: shorts and novels, spec fic and mainstream, science fiction and fantasy and horror, and uncategorizable variants of all of the above. Here’s the stuff you can (or will soon be able to) read.
The Inheritance Trilogy
The Dreamblood Duet (page coming soon!)
- “Valedictorian.” [TBA, 2010.] In the universe of “The Trojan Girl”; YA dystopian cyberpunk. Humankind, an endangered species, eats its own.
- “On the Banks of the River Lex.” Clarkesworld, 2010. Life after people, with cephalopods.
- “The Trojan Girl.” Weird Tales, 2011. The wolves of cyberspace are on the move, hunting for a little girl who is more than she seems.
- “The Effluent Engine”. Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Tales, forthcoming from Torquere Press in early 2011. A swashbuckling adventure-romance set in 1800s New Orleans with secret societies, derringers, and bustles. I’ve put this one online as part of the Post A Story for Haiti fundraiser, after the devastating earthquake there.
- “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters”.
Out now in Postscripts #22/23, 2010. In the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a young drug dealer faces horrors both existential and magical.
- “Non-Zero Probabilities”. Clarkesworld, 2009. Falling air conditioners, projectile Italian Ices, derailing trains, luck gone haywire. Just another day in the big city. Nominated for a 2009 Nebula Award and 2010 Hugo Award!
- “The You Train”. Strange Horizons, 2007.
Dead trains. Trains that never were. If one of them stops for you, will you get on? Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 21st collection.
- “Playing Nice With God’s Bowling Ball”. Baen’s Universe, 2008.
Little Jeffy didn’t mean to get his best friend sucked into a black hole. Honest. Honorable Mention in the Year’s Best Science Fiction.
- “Bittersweet”. Abyss & Apex, 2007.
On the hostile planet called Bittersweet, war is extinct but so is privacy. What is the price of freedom?
- “The Narcomancer”. Helix (2007) reprinted in Transcriptase (2008).
An evil master of sleep-magic torments a small village in the land of Gujaareh. Cet, a priest of the Dream-Goddess, must overcome both the narcomancer and his own temptations to survive. Also a Podcastle episode!
- “The Brides of Heaven” Helix (2007) reprinted in Transcriptase (2008).
On the planet Iliyin, a colony of women struggles without men. Is a mysterious pool of alien water a blessing from God, or a deadly curse?
- “Cloud Dragon Skies” Strange Horizons, 2005.
The sky has turned red and the clouds now dance. A tale of the Earth’s final days. Also an Escape Pod episode!
- “Red Riding-Hood’s Child” Fishnet, 2004.
Wolves are hunting a youth named Anrin. Some of them are human. Also a PodCastle episode! Reprinted in Running With the Pack anthology. Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Horror, 2010.
- “L’Alchimista” Scattered, Covered, Smothered anthology (2005), reprinted in Escape Pod (2006). On a snowy Milano night, a stranger walks into a restaurant with some very strange ingredients. Is Franca chef enough to cook them? You better believe she is. Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 18th collection.
- “Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows” Ideomancer (2004), reprinted in Riffing on Strings (2008).
Can love survive the end of the universe?
- Shortlist, Tiptree Award 2011 (for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
- Nominee, Prix Imaginales, for Best Translation (for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
- Finalist, Gemmell Morningstar Award, 2011
- Winner, Locus Awards, 2011 (First Novel, for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
- Nominee, Hugo Awards, 2011 (Novel, for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
- Nominee, Nebula Awards, 2011 (Novel, for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
- Nominee, Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010 (for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
- Winner, Romantic Times Book Reviews Award, Fantasy, for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
- Shortlist, Crawford Award, (Novel, for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
- Nominee, Hugo Awards, 2010 (Short Story, for “Non-Zero Probabilities”)
- Nominee, Nebula Awards, 2010 (Short Story, for “Non-Zero Probabilities”)
- The Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2004 Travel Grant, using “L’Alchimista” as writing sample.
- Recommended Reading Shortlist for the “Parallax Award”, Carl Brandon Society, for “Cloud Dragon Skies”, 2006.
My novel-length fiction is represented by Lucienne Diver of the The Knight Agency.