Category Archives: Fiction

Mad Hatters, Jews, and Aliens: What I Published in 2015

I didn’t publish much in 2015. People who know me well will know that I’ve been dealing with health issues (and related writers block) for a few years now. I hope last year was the nadir, as far as publishing … Continue reading Continue reading

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New Story, “Tea Time,” in Lightspeed Magazine

A new story of mine, “Tea Time,” is now available from Lightspeed Magazine. It is never polite to go out-of doors without a hat. One’s hat should remain on one’s head no matter the extremity. Even if the rest of … Continue reading Continue reading

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New Story, “Tea Time,” in Lightspeed Magazine

A new story of mine, “Tea Time,” is now available from Lightspeed Magazine. It is never polite to go out-of doors without a hat. One’s hat should remain on one’s head no matter the extremity. Even if the rest of … Continue reading

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Red Pills and Ants

Recent events at a blog that rhymes with Shmetal-Moptimized reminded me of the existence of sociobiology and of people who imagine that human beings – and ants and bonobos and every other species — are driven primarily by biological imperatives, … Continue reading

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Other Life Forms Release Party!

Hey! I wrote a novel. And that novel is coming out this weekend! And you should come to the release party! There will be champagne and a zine-making table! You can win a free copy of the book! YAY. Here’s … Continue reading

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RIP, Ray Bradbury

RonF has commented twice, now, that Ray Bradbury’s passing has passed without comment here. I have to admit I’m a little puzzled, myself. Here we celebrate, among other things, creative endeavor, including writing and speculative fiction. If this non-commentary state … Continue reading

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I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.

R.I.P., Mr. Sendak. You created one of the great anarchic works of literature, Where the Wild Things Are, which in its brevity is far deeper than most thousand-page novels. If you missed Sendak’s unbelievably amazing interview with Stephen Colbert, or … Continue reading

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A Short Story for Today

If you have not yet had the opportunity to read Amanda Ching’s marvelous dystopian short story “ILU-486,” you need to clear ten minutes and do so. Now. A brief excerpt: Rachel Saunders had three kids and two bedrooms. Both boys … Continue reading

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2 Novelettes and a Short Story by Rachel Swirsky

I’ve been busy reading books for the Norton Award so I didn’t put aside the time to do as all the other writerettes do and post a few pieces of mine that were published in the previous year. Fields of … Continue reading

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Reviewing SF&F for Young People Part I: Akata Witch, All Men of Genius, Anna Dressed in Blood, Anya’s Ghost, Between Sea and Sky

This year, I’m binge reading science fiction and fantasy books that are accessible to young adult and middle grade audiences. I’ve picked about thirty to review (1). They’re books that I felt I had something to say about, not necessarily … Continue reading

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