Short Fiction

My short fiction tends to be very short. Indeed, my most natural writing length feels like the short-short story (1,000 words or fewer), though I have been trying to extend myself of late. After all, one can make a career out of short-short stories, but in a field that pays by the word, it becomes very difficult to make a living of them.

My professionally published short fiction includes:

“Godding About and Sleeping Around: Zeus’ Conversation with Tantalus” in the anthology TV Gods: Summer Programming!, May 2017

“The Necessary Enemy” in the anthology If We Had Known, May 2017

“Shall Not Perish From the Earth” in the anthology Altered States of the Union, July 2016

“It’s not ‘the lady or the tiger?’, it’s ‘which tiger?’” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2014

1-9-4-blue-3-7-2-6-gamma-tetrahedronNature, January 5, 2012

Mars is the Wrong ColorNature, October 2, 2008

“All the Things That Can’t Be” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2007

  • reprinted in: Best New Tales of the Apocalypse edited by D.L. Snell and Bobbie Metevier (Permuted Press, October 2013)

“Get Me to the Job on Time” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May 2003

  • later appeared as a podcast on Escape Pod, May 6, 2009

“You Gotta See This!” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2002

“Ego Boost” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2002

“How I Won the Lottery, Broke the Time Barrier (or is that ‘Broke the Time Barrier, Won the Lottery’), and Still Wound Up Broke” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2000

“It’s the Thought That Counts” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 1998

“Living It Is the Best Revenge” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, February 1996

  • winner of the 1996 Analytical Laboratory Best Short Story award
  • reprinted in Mind’s Eye Fiction
  • winner of Best of the Web 1998, Eternity Online

“Without An S” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 1995

“The Ears Have It” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 1993

“A Glance Backward” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 1993

“Fermat’s Legacy” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 1992

  • reprinted in Eternity Online, April 1998