Short Fiction

Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas

  • “Reckless Eyeballing.” Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror, 2023. 6500 words. A cop who begins to see the living eyes behind car headlights will do anything – anything – to to bring them to justice.
  • “Emergency Skin.” Amazon Original Stories: Forward, 2019. 8000 words. After humanity’s best and brightest abandon Earth, a soldier returns to search the detritus of a dead world. Also available in audio.
  • “Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death.” A People’s Future of the United States, 2019. 2500 words. After the towers and the camps came the plagues — including dragons. But there’s more than one way to fight back.
  • “Henosis.” Uncanny, September/December 2017. 2000 words. A famous author, hoping to win a prestigious award, is kidnapped by his greatest fan.
  • “The Evaluators.” WIRED, December 2016. 3000 words. Someone’s fast-tracking the trade agreement with an alien world. Further study is warranted.
  • “Red Dirt Witch.” PoC Destroy Fantasy, December 2016. 7400 words. The White Lady is coming for the future of Emmaline’s family, but the red soil of Alabama grows a different sort of magic in defense.
  • “The City, Born Great.”, September 2016. 6300 words. The rebirth of New York into an ancient battle, by the hand of its reluctant midwife.
  • “Sunshine Ninety-Nine.” Popular Science, August, 2015, 332 words. You too can own a home in the community of the future! Read the fine print.
  • “The Awakened Kingdom.” An Orbit ebook, 2014, approximately 41,000 words. After the events of the Inheritance Trilogy, the first new godling born in millennia must make her way in the world.
  • “Stone Hunger.” Clarkesworld, July 2014, 7888 words. In the hungry twilight of a volcanic winter, a hunter stalks her prey. Also a podcast.
  • “Walking Awake.” Lightspeed, June 2014, 6009 words. Long after the conquest, slaves still find ways to fight back.
  • “Valedictorian.” After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, 2012, 5939 words. Reprinted in Lightspeed, 2014. In the universe of “The Trojan Girl”; YA dystopian cyberpunk. Humankind, an endangered species, eats its own. Also an Escape Pod episode!
  • “On the Banks of the River Lex.” Clarkesworld, 2010, 4687 words. Life after people, with cephalopods. Also in audio at Clarkesworld.
  • “The Trojan Girl.” Weird Tales, 2011, 6500 words. Reprinted here on my site for free, for this reason. The wolves of cyberspace are on the move, hunting for a little girl who is more than she seems. Also in audio at Escape Pod.
  • “The Effluent Engine”. Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Tales, Torquere Press, 2011, 10,700 words. A swashbuckling adventure-romance set in 1800s New Orleans with secret societies, derringers, and bustles. Also reprinted in Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and Heiresses of Russ 2011.
  • “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters”.
    Originally published in Postscripts #22/23, 2010, 7400 words; reprinted in Uncanny #6, 2015. In the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a young drug dealer faces horrors both existential and magical. Also a Podcastle episode!
  • “Non-Zero Probabilities”. Clarkesworld, 2009, 3360 words. 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, 2400 words.
    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?
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