Short stories, essays, and poetry are, to me, the writer’s laboratory. It’s a concentrated form wherein you can explore an idea, a technique, a device, a voice, what have you. This blog has become my de-facto essay testing ground, but for short stories and poetry, well, those take more than a few hours’ work and deserve a longer-lived page.
Since I’ve never considered short stories to be a money-making activity, I’ll be bringing them to you, gratis, as time permits.
In order of publication…
- “Sum of the Angles“— The first story I ever wrote, the first story I ever sold. I put it up here, unedited, in all its cheesy glory.
- “Supplanter“— My second sale, strict science fiction.
- “Veiled Glimpses“—Midnight Zoo, vol 2 nbr 5, 1992
- “Still Falling“—The first of many genre-blending works; I like this one: it’s odd.
- “Spencer’s Peace“— An unusual fantasy, wherein I start playing with the idea of magical “threads.”
- “Bio-Dome“—Year 2000 #1, 1995
- “Intaglio“— A tale of war, occupation, and forgiveness
- “Of Light and Color“—Talebones, Fall 1997
- “Long Distance“— Inspired by a Lisa Loeb song, a tale of scientifically possible time travel.
- “Ploughman’sSon“— This short story eventually became two novels (bit of a spoiler, so I won’t publish it here. Read the book instead!)
- “The Duenna“— Modern fantasy with an historical twist; plus some extrapolation on the magical threads idea.
- “Destrier’s Will“— A short fantasy tale with an unusual POV—Reynald’s first appearance in my fiction.
- “The Text“— Hope in a dystopic future.
- “The Revitalization of Emily“—A novelette of cryonics and the near future, available via the Kindle Store (Mouse Road Press, 2013)
Unpublished stories, provided here for some fun:
- “The Book of Solomon“—Historical fiction, old Seattle, a departure from most of my other works.
- “Bring Them Up Right, Marguerite” PG13—The last man on Earth sets the record straight.
- “Channeling History” PG13—A humorous sf what-if.
- “Carp” PG13—A tale of dark humor and black cats; it’s partly a true story, but which part?
- “Kodachrome” PG13—A dark twist on an old Wilde tale.
- “Cast in Stone” PG13—Part of my “The View from Here” series on how to rewrite and edit, a story of a disabled artist and his amanuensis.
- “Antelope Hunting with Sir John” PG13—A character study in four parts.
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