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Short Fiction

Corpse Soldier

Everything started here: A broad plain of yellow grass, the stalks crushed and smeared with blood, and the sounds of dying men—yes, all men—sobbing and praying to the rusty pink sky. The high grass hid their forms and faces. They were bodiless voices, as if ghosts already, rising above the field like ashes to heaven. Read on […]

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The Plague Givers

She had retired to the swamp because she liked the color. When the Contagion College came back for her thirty years after she had fled into the swamp’s warm, black embrace, the color was the same, but she was not. Which brings us here.

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Plague Givers

Lately, Inspector Abijah Olivia has found most of her answers at the bottom of a bottle. But when she takes a private contract to figure out why the bodies of dead young men keep washing up on the beaches of her colony world, a single golden button will tell her everything she needs to know—perhaps […]

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Fisherman and the Pig

Nev sat on the end of the charred pier, casting his line again and again into the murky water in the hopes of catching a corpse.

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When We Fall

I don’t remember the first time I was abandoned and forgotten, but I have told the story of the second time so often that when the memory boils up it feels hot and gummy, like the air that day.

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The Red Secretary

The ride out past Sorintov Station to the monument the soldiers held hostage was bumpy and hot. Every time the sun sank below the horizon during one of its ten daily sunsets, Arkadi welcomed the cooler air, and the quiet.

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“Warped Passages”

A prequel story to The Stars are Legion, edited by John Joseph Adams. Appearing in Cosmic Powers, released 4/18/17 by Simon and Schuster’s Saga Press.

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