Friday, April 14, 2017

New Story Podcast - Places We Call Home

I'm happy to announce that my novelette titled "Places We Call Home" is now available in the April 2017 issue of Perihelion. It can be read as free online text, but even better, it's available in podcast form (also free), narrated by the talented Lauren Harris and produced by Bryan Lincoln.

In this story, Bronwyn realizes that her younger sister Faren is suffering from neeranji, an alien form of homesickness. With time of the essence, Bronwyn must ask herself what she is willing to sacrifice to make things right.

I started this story in the year 2000 while attending Clarion West, but it just wasn't working. In the years since, I returned to this story over and over, trying to capture a specific emotion that eluded me. Aside from the first paragraph, which remained unchanged during fifteen years of revision, I finally got the rest of the story just the way I wanted it. Now I consider this my most fully realized story to date.

Read -- or, better yet, listen to -- the story here.

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Several of my other stories are available as podcasts as well (click on "Read more" for links):

(* this episode consists of several bear-themed flash stories) Read more!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hugo Nominations

This post is woefully late, since the nominations for Hugo Awards close tonight. I'm afraid personal circumstances have prevented me from posting for several months, and from finishing up my short fiction reading project the way I intended, but for what it's worth, these are some of the works I just nominated for the Hugo Awards. (I nominated other works as well, but these are the ones that I would like to draw attention to, for a variety of reasons.)


- "The Long Fall Up" by William Ledbetter, F&SF May-June 2016

- "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" by Lev Grossman, Summer Days and Summer Nights (anthology), St. Martin's Griffin, 2016


- "Sparrows" by Gary Emmett Chandler, Flash Fiction Online, May 2016

- "Millepora" by Shannon Peavey, Flash Fiction Online, March 2016

- "The Right Sort of Monsters" by Kelly Sandoval, Strange Horizons, April 2016

- "The Opening of the Bayou Saint John" by Shawn Scarber, Strange Horizons, February 2016

- "Walls of Nigeria" by Jeremy Szal, Nature, August 2016


- Arrival

- Passengers


- Beautiful Dreamer, directed by David Gaddie, based on the short story "Memories of My Mother" by Ken Liu"

If you are eligible to nominate, please do, even if you only nominate a single work or person. Every nomination counts!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Short Story at "Escape Pod"

Captain Drake Learns His Lines

I'm happy to share the news that a story I co-authored with Kate Suratt recently appeared on the podcast Escape Pod. This story introduces the hapless Captain Drake, who just can't seem to catch a break.... You can listen to the story or read it online here.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

New Short Story in "Abyss & Apex"

Study. Learn. Know.

My short story "Study. Learn. Know." is now available in the 2016 4th quarter issue of Abyss & Apex. This is a far future science fiction story about hermit crabs, scholars, and AI programs. Read it free here!

Funnily enough, my biography at the end of the story, which I just e-mailed to the magazine a day or two ago, says that my husband and I live in upstate New York. Except we moved to Houston almost thirteen years ago. Freudian slip?

Short fiction reviews coming within the next few days....

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