More Love for “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas”

September begins with more love for “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas,” featured last month in Lightspeed #99.  Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Fiction Roundup included it on their monthly shortlist, noting that now is “a great time to be a reader of science fiction and fantasy short fiction.”  Maria Haskins writes:

When I finished reading this science fiction story, I only wanted more. . . . It’s a rollicking, thrilling SF adventure that plucked every one of my heartstrings like a maestro. Compelling storytelling from start to finish.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful stories Barnes & Nobles recommends–especially “Jewel of the Vashwa” by Jordan Kurella and “The House of Illusionists” by Vanessa Fogg.

Over at Tangent Online, Victoria Silverwolf adds more praise:

The author creates an imaginative, detailed background, which never becomes confusing. The writing is vivid and stylish. Fully realized characters make the story come to life.

While Lightspeed has already moved on to issue #100 (be sure to check out “Her Monster, Whom She Loved,” by Vylar Kaftan), “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas” will remain available for free on the Lightspeed site.  You can support Lightspeed’s efforts to make great science fiction and fantasy accessible to all readers by subscribing.

Flashback at Flash Fiction Online: “Beholder

Recently Anna Yeatts, the editor of Flash Fiction Online, reached out to me about featuring my 2013 flash story, “Beholder,” in an upcoming all-reprint issue.  That issue is now live! 

Here’s Anna’s commentary on my oldest and best-loved science fiction story:

When I’m approached by writers new to the craft or readers looking for an example of well-written flash fiction, time and again, “Beholder” by Sarah Grey is the story I recommend.

There are no world-ending catastrophes or serial killers lurking beneath the stairs. But some stories don’t need to jump up and down to get our attention. Sarah Grey’s “Beholder” is a small, quiet story – technically strong, beautiful in its prose, and focused on the smallest of details.

The resonance in this story never fails to knock me on my heels. “Beholder” works, not because our emotions are skillfully manipulated, leaving us feeling used and cheap, but because we recognize the genuineness of a mother’s love – a small, anonymous act of kindness to a stranger.

I dare you to read “Beholder” aloud and not be moved.

Five years after its first appearance, I’m thrilled to see “Beholder” appear in print again.  I hope you’ll take a look at it, as well as the other wonderful reprints featured in this issue.

First Impressions: “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas”

Charles Payseur over at Quick Sip Reviews has some lovely spoiler-free comments about “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas,” which is available right now in Lightspeed‘s August 2018 issue:

It’s a piece that captures the fear of making the wrong decision and the bit of freedom that can come in letting go of that fear in the face of the evidence that there’s really no right decision. . . . [S]ome systems twist everything they touch, and trying to reform those places alone can be impossible. A great read!

I’m so grateful Charles took the time to read this.  You can read Charles’ full review at his website.  And if you haven’t checked out Lightspeed‘s current issue, don’t miss it!  As usual, it’s full of excellent stories.

“Makeover” at Polu Texni

As of last week,* my poem “Makeover” is up at Polu Texni.  An excerpt:

Look at me now.
Brown roots and sinkholes
swallowing plum-rouged bone.

You can read the whole thing over here.

Polu Texni‘s a neat little zine with lots of great poetry–including a number of 2018 Rhysling Award nominees–and an equally cool name.  From the zine itself:

Polu Texni (πολύ τεχνικός) is a Greek phrase meaning many arts. It’s the same root word as polytechnic. Polu Texni is a web magazine about mixed-media arts and speculative or weird fiction. We’re interested in the intersection where different media, styles, crafts, and genres meet to create something more interesting than what they would be alone.

*I’m terrible at timely self-promotion.  Don’t judge.

“This Side of Time” featured at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

I’m very proud to open this renovated website with a new story announcement: you’ll find “This Side of Time” in the May 2015 issue of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

You are Husband Seven-Sixty-Five.

You do not know Emily, yet; she’s only fifteen, after all. But she’s identified you and recorded you in the stacks of spiral-bound notebooks she keeps in her parents’ attic . . . .

Other stories featured in the May issue include “Little Fox” by Amy Griswold and reprints by Sarah Totton, Bruce Coville, and Alex Shvartsman.  Take a look!