Ever wondered what might happen if a bunch of genius female astronauts got together to build a space colony on a faraway exoplanet? (Hint: no, they don’t sit around painting their toenails and gossiping about men.) My latest story, “A Handful of Stardust”, explores this concept with just a touch of romance and potential alien contact. Give it a read as part of the Pioneers & Pathfinders anthology from JayHenge Publishing, available from Amazon now!
I absolutely love submitting to new magazines. There’s just something exciting about joining someone else in the start of a new adventure. So I’m proud to announce one of my stories, “Dead Legends”, appears in the second issue of The Weird and Whatnot, now available from Amazon here! If you like superheroes, dystopias, and jungle fires, head on over and take a look.
In addition–and I’m quite late with this, but such is life!–my magical realism short story, “Combustion”, which was published in Metaphorosis last year, was selected to appear in the Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 anthology, edited by B. Morris Allen! This is the first ‘Best Of’ anthology I’ve ever appeared in, and I certainly hope there will be more in the future.
To this day, “Combustion” remains one of my favorite stories in terms of social commentary, and I will always be proud of its opening line: “Jaxon has just finished doodling Captain Fiero’s victory pose when the math teacher explodes.” If it piques your interest, head on over to Amazon here and have a look!
Every once in a while (okay, more than once in a while), I write politics into fiction. Usually it’s subtle, and I try not to let the agenda take over the story. When I fail, you get something like “Float”.
Appearing in the May/June issue of Interzone, “Float” follows a young girl who grew up on a space colony and has now been deported back to Earth, confused and in culture shock. The story was inspired by the predicament of Dreamers, but you don’t have to be in the US to hear the heartbreaking stories of immigrants being deported for no reason other than ignorance and fearmongering.
No matter your political inclinations or beliefs, I hope you’ll enjoy my little piece of empathy for those who are suffering today.
Do you see this cute cover? It’s for the Hidden Histories anthology by Third Flatiron, a collection of speculative short stories revolving around revisionist and alternate histories. And one of my stories is featured! “Fire, Steel, and Flaming Pearls” tells of a high school student learning the secret of her family’s past and its connection to ancient Chinese dragons that may not have been so mythical after all.
Available in ebook and paperback from Amazon here. Have a read and let me know what you think!
Tattoos have always been something of a fascination for me. In my line of work, I come across a lot of people with them, and I have a couple myself. So when I happened to come across a YouTube video about Fang-Od, an elderly Filipino woman who is one of the last practitioners in the world of a traditional form of tattooing, it was only natural that I would decide to write a story about a woman who weaves stories of her own via magical tattoos.
It’s rather funny because, around this time last year, I was listening to PodCastle in my car and thought to myself, “How nice would it be to get into this Artemis Rising thing?” A year later, I hope you enjoy “The Weaver Retires”, available now as the final story rounding out PodCastle‘s Artemis Rising 5 event. This, I suppose, is what “dream comes true” feels like.