My story, Dilemma with Omnivore, is coming out in the new “Paradoxical Pets” anthology from Word Balloon Books.
What do you do when your pet eats anything inanimate?
(This story first appeared in Little Blue Marble in 2019.)
James and Cheryl Maxey, who run World Balloon Books, have a kickstarter for this anthology. They’re hoping that a good response will let them publish more great speculative fiction anthologies for kids. The cover art (by Kelsie Brumet) is fantastic. Just look at that!
“Ghost dogs are friendly, but space cats are smarter…
You can read about both if you fund our Kickstarter!
“Awesome science fiction and fantasy stories for readers 8 and up are found in Paradoxical Pets! Dinosaurs, dragons, dodos, and kraken join cats, dogs, hamsters and rats in these tales of weird and wonderful animal companions! Be among the first people to get your copy by supporting our Kickstarter today!”
Look what arrived in the mail while I was away in India!
It’s the paperback anthology of 2019 stories from The Little Blue Marble magazine. It includes my story, Dilemma, With Omnivore… which features a very omnivorous little monster. This is a very nicely-produced publication, and I’m really proud to have my story in it.
It’s that time of the year, and I thought I’d list the new stories I’ve had published. The score for this year may be my best ever, with four new stories published and four edifying reprints.
A Scent of Roses in Constellary Tales, February 2019. In a deeply traditional world, a newborn child isn’t allowed to survive.
Octonet in Escape Pod, March 2019. This is my Octopuses get Smartphones short story. It’s also a sweet love story in around 5K words.
In Dreams Awake in Flame Tree Fiction Newsletter, August 2019. Virtual Reality for a small child as the world ends. It’s flash fiction, about 1000 words.
Dilemma, with Omnivore in Little Blue Marble, September 2019. A light-hearted Litttle Green Monster story, with a darker environmental subtext. Also a flash short story, about 1000 words.
I was delighted when Escape Pod republished my story, Light and Death on the Indian Battle Station, and did a fabulous podcast of it. And I was thrilled that Working Futures anthology chose to republish my story Genetic Changelings. And when the Two Hour Transport anthology republished my story, Nor Yet Feed the Swine. Finally, Mysterion republished my story Lepers, which might now be my most-republished story.
My story, Dilemma, with Omnivore, is out in Little Blue Marble!
The first part of this story was written long years ago, when I was a teenager. It reflects the feeling of magic I’d get at the marvelous little Tibetan shops in Janpath in New Delhi. One day, I ran across the old piece, typed it into my computer, and started to revise it.
All these years later, it’s a new story and it’s come out today. Click HERE to read the story.