My new roundup of excellent speculative fiction anthologies is now live at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. It lists 17 anthologies that span genres and styles, and it's full of awesome stories. 17 Recent Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthologies to Celebrate Short Story Month The wonderful artwork that goes with this post, is from the… Continue reading Read my new anthology roundup for #ShortStoryMonth at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
My story "Three Pieces of Gold, Three Pieces of Silver" is now available to supporters on Patreon and subscribers at Curious Fictions. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/26695135 Curious Fictions: https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2060-maria-haskins-three-pieces-of-gold-three-pieces-of-silver It's only available to supporters and subscribers, so you have to kick in a buck or two to read it, and I'd be grateful for any and all… Continue reading Story day: read my story “Three Pieces of Gold, Three Pieces of Silver” at Patreon and Curious Fictions!
My review of the anthology New Suns - Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl and with a stirring foreword by LeVar Burton is now at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Read my review of New Suns This is a really great anthology, featuring the work by a group of great… Continue reading Read my review of NEW SUNS – ORIGINAL SPECULATIVE FICTION BY PEOPLE OF COLOR at B&N
For International Women's Day, I picked some great speculative fiction reads "for any reader who wants to gauge the true measure of women’s contributions to fantasy, science fiction, and horror". You can read the list over at B&N: 10 Fantastic Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthologies to Celebrate International Women’s Day They are great reads for… Continue reading Read my latest at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog – 10 great reads by, for, and about women in speculative fiction
My story "A Strange Heart, Set in Feldspar" from the anthology Abandoned Places, is now at PseudoPod as part of Artemis Rising 5. It is beautifully narrated by Jen R. Albert in an episode hosted by the team at The Know Fear Cast. Listen to the story. Huge thanks to the team at PseudoPod, and… Continue reading Story day! Listen to “A Strange Heart, Set In Feldspar” at PseudoPod!
I read quite a bit of YA and middle grade fiction. Why? Well, I have kids, and I have kids who still (sometimes, if I'm lucky) let me read to them, and sometimes I read "their" books because they look good, and sometimes I just read books because I don't really care if something is… Continue reading Book review – “Sal & Gabi Break the Universe” by Carlos Hernandez
It's been a busy time of reading and writing and reviewing for me this last little while. My short fiction roundups for February are coming soon, but I also have two anthology reviews for B&N. My review of A People's Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams My review… Continue reading Two new anthology reviews by me at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
It always makes me feel good to see reprints of my stories. I mean, first of all it means I wrote something that someone wanted to reprint, and the stories might also end up in all sorts of wonderful publications in really great company. That's the case right now. I have two reprints in two… Continue reading Available now: “Gorgon – Stories of Emergence” & “Curiosities #5”
Belated happy new year, everyone! So far, this year has been busy and sort of scatter-brained, but still good. (By the way, if you want to receive this bi-monthly recap as a newsletter, you can sign up here.) It's still the season of nominating stories and making recommended reading lists. My awards eligible stories from… Continue reading Writerly recap of December 2018 & January 2019
Awards season is upon us, and it's glorious, because I have an excuse (as if I needed one!) to heap praise on the stories, publications, and people who do great work in speculative fiction. I'm nominating and voting for as many faves as I can and I always wish there was space for more. (Btw,… Continue reading Why I am nominating E. Catherine Tobler for best editor (short form), AKA #AHugoForElise
It's mid-December as I write this, and I am just back from a wonderful quick getaway to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. (I had a birthday. I hid.) This recap of October and November is a bit late, but I'll use that birthday as an excuse. By the way, if you want to receive this writerly… Continue reading Writerly recap for October & November 2018
First of all, a disclaimer. This list, like all my roundups and lists and reading recommendations here and elsewhere, is a selection of what I had time to read. It's just a slice of what's available, and no doubt I have missed stories that are awesome, because nobody can read everything. Second, if you want… Continue reading My 2018 recommended reading list
You can get your copy of my latest flash fiction collection Dark Flash 3 right now! At Smashwords / Apple iBooks / B&N / Kobo / At Amazon: US / UK / CA / AU / DE / FR / ES / IT / NL / JP / BR / MX / IN It's available in paperback and as an ebook, and contains all the stories I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year. Table of contents: Mabel’s Pack The Troll Bridge Recovered Audio File #27… Continue reading DARK FLASH 3 is now available for purchase!
As I write this, Goodreads informs me that I've read 41 books so far this year. Strange how my pile of reading material doesn't seem to have shrunk at all, though... It's a mystery! Anyway, here are some of the books I read and loved this year. Some novels I read and loved: Restoration, by… Continue reading Some excellent books I read in 2018
This year has been an embarrassment of riches when it comes to published stories for me. Here are the ones that are eligible for awards consideration. I will update this list since I have a flash fiction story forthcoming in Pseudopod in December! Free to read online: IT’S EASY TO SHOOT A DOG – in Beneath Ceaseless… Continue reading My awards-eligible stories from 2018
The anthology The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now is now available from Paper Dog Books and all your usual online book retailers! About the anthology: We are headed for convergence. The separation between mind and matter, robot and man, the artificial and the sublime is becoming less every day. Will we crash into… Continue reading Book birthday! Read my story “The Maker” in The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now!
Dark Flash 3, my latest collection of flash fiction from R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is now available for pre-order! Release date is December 7th! I published the first collection, Dark Flash, in 2016, followed by Dark Flash 2 in 2017. So, I guess now it's a trilogy of sorts! This year, I wrote nine… Continue reading Cover reveal & pre-orders for DARK FLASH 3 + paperback news!
I have stories in two upcoming anthologies and you can pick up pre-order copies of both right now. These anthologies include stories by some amazing authors, and I hope you'l check them out. My story "The Maker" is part of the science fiction anthology The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now from Paper Dog… Continue reading A Kickstarter & a pre-order