This is so exciting! My first column for Strange Horizons is now available to read. It's called SHORT FICTION TREASURES, and it's a quarterly roundup of great short fiction, great SFF zine issues, novellas, short story collections, and anthologies -- whatever strikes my fancy. The theme for this first installment is hope and happiness, resilience… Continue reading Read my first SHORT FICTION TREASURES roundup at STRANGE HORIZONS
My dog horror story "Good Girl" is now available at Cast of Wonders 407: Little Wonders 24 – Dogs and Monsters. It is beautifully narrated by the wonderful Katherine Inskip, and was originally aired at TeamPodUK. Listen to the episode at Cast of Wonders. The dog protagonist of this story, Wawa, is named after and… Continue reading Listen to my story “Good Girl” at CAST OF WONDERS
My story "Scent", originally published in Flash Fiction Online, is now available in audio on Gallery of Curiosities podcast! It is narrated by Maria Rose, and part of a double feature with the story "Fixable" by Sheliah Lindsey. Listen to the podcast. "Scent" is also available in the Curiosities #5 anthology: Buy the anthology from… Continue reading Listen to my story “Scent” at GALLERY OF CURIOSITIES
The Stone Wētā by award-winning New Zealand author Octavia Cade (who also has a PhD in science communication) is a deep, thoughtful, and thrilling science fiction novel set in what feels like a not too distant future. In this future (which actually seems much too probable and familiar), powerful governments and corporations are doing their… Continue reading Book review: THE STONE WĒTĀ by Octavia Cade
My fairytale-ish flash fiction story "Silver and Shadow, Spruce and Pine" is now available to read in the March issue of Flash Fiction Online. It's my fourth story in FFO, and I am so happy to have a story in this wonderful zine again. Huge thanks to the fabulous team at FFO for giving this… Continue reading Read my story “Silver and Shadow, Spruce and Pine” in FLASH FICTION ONLINE
My dog story "Good Girl" is now available online through Escape Artist's Premium Content Patreon. It was read, live, as part of the show "Escape Artists' Live" at PodUK not too long ago. "Good Girl" is read (so very well) by Katherine Inskip. A recording of the show, and the full text for each story,… Continue reading My story “Good Girl” is now available on ESCAPE ARTIST’s Patreon Premium Content
There's a new episode of The Word Count Podcast, and it includes a new flash story by me called "Come and See". Our story prompt for this episode was a photo of an adorable koala, and it was a prompt, "inspired by the horrific fires and loss of animal life in Australia". Listen to the… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Come and See” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
City of a Thousand Feelings is a fantasy novella by Anya Johanna DeNiro, published by Aqueduct Press, and it's a story that I am still turning over in my mind days after reading it. I first fell in love with DeNiro's writing when I read her divine (literally) story "Faint Voices, Increasingly Desperate" in Shimmer… Continue reading Book review: CITY OF A THOUSAND FEELINGS by Anya Johanna DeNiro
A.J. Fitzwater's new book contains seven linked tales about Cinrak, a very dapper lesbian capybara pirate. My short and quick review of the book is this: if you're looking for fantasy full of dazzling fun with a joyful and giddy sense of adventure, set in a world where everything from the stars to the wind… Continue reading Book review: THE VOYAGES OF CINRAK THE DAPPER by A.J. Fitzwater
This story was written for the first Word Count Podcast episode of 2020. The prompt for this episode was a picture of a white rat. My mind went to the lab and into the maze. Listen to the episode. Maze and Buttons When Rat wakes up in the dark warmth of his nest, the first… Continue reading Read my flash story “Maze and Buttons” from R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
It's been a hectic few months with holidays, and writing, and translation work, and what-not, but here we are and it's 2020. It’s still awards-season, and all my eligible stories are in my 2019 Eligibility Post. As always, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content there. (If you’re not familiar with… Continue reading Writerly Roundup of December and January
My dog story "Mothers, Watch Over Me" is now available in podcast format at Cast of Wonders! It is narrated by Amy Sturgis, and I am SO thrilled this story was picked up by CoW. It was originally published in Mythic Delirium's final issue. Listen to "Mothers, Watch Over Me" at Cast of Wonders -… Continue reading Listen to my story “Mothers, Watch Over Me” at CAST OF WONDERS!
My latest short fiction roundup is now available at Curious Fictions. I picked 20 stories for the first roundup of 2020. Read My Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup for January 2020 Audio version is on YouTube. The artwork for this roundup includes a detail of the cover art for Uncanny #32 by Nilah… Continue reading Read my new Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup at CURIOUS FICTIONS!
The first episode of the Word Count Podcast for 2020 is now live, and it includes my rat story "Maze and Buttons". Listen to the episode. Our theme this year is animals, and the photo prompt for the episode was the white rat cutie below. I thought of the many rats and mice that have… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Maze and Buttons” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
R.B. Lemberg's novella The Four Profound Weaves (forthcoming from Tachyon later this year) is a lyrical and gripping journey that begins in a sunlit desert full of sand and bones, continues into a city haunted by memories and ghosts, and eventually takes the reader into the the light-less depths beneath the earth. It's a story… Continue reading Book review—THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R.B. Lemberg
Sometimes, unexpected news is the absolute BEST news. Today, I found out that my story "Deepster Punks" from the anthology A Punk Rock Future is on the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Awards longlist, and it is in magnificent company! The full BSFA Awards longlist. I am equal parts thrilled and flabbergasted. Huge thanks to… Continue reading “Deepster Punks” on the BSFA Awards longlist!
My story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block" is now available in Black Static #73. You can pick the issue up from TTA Press, and it will soon be available from other online retailers as well, including Weightless Books, B&N, and Amazon. Buy it (or subscribe) from TTA Press Buy it from Weightless Books Buy it from… Continue reading Story day! Pick up BLACK STATIC #73 and read my story “Cleaver, Meat, and Block”
My latest speculative short fiction roundup is now at Curious Fictions! It features 16 amazing stories I read in December 2019. The post is free to read, but tips are welcome! Read my latest roundup. Listen to the audio version on Soundcloud. The artwork for this roundup includes a detail of the cover art for… Continue reading My sci-fi, fantasy & horror short fiction roundup for December 2019 is now at CURIOUS FICTIONS
My story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block" will be in the January/February issue of Black Static and that issue is available to order right now -- or, even better, you can subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format. I really can't wait to share this story about Hannah, who is navigating a world after… Continue reading Sneak peek at my story in BLACK STATIC — “Cleaver, Meat, and Block”
It's that wonderful, harrowing time of the year when everyone makes lists and starts thinking about what stories and books to nominate for various awards. Really, this is sort of an exercise in futility: there are SO MANY great stories and books that are worthy of attention and awards. If you want to see what… Continue reading My Recommended Reading List – 2019