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The Sympathy
Lightspeed, April 2012

The apartment was in his name, and the Accord was in hers. It took Lauren less than a minute to step out one door and into the other. She put her suitcase in the floorboard and her laptop bag in the passenger seat. Her container garden fit snugly in the back.

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The Harrowers
Lightspeed, May 2011

Christ, I thought. And then: Of course—P.K.: Preacher’s Kid. Should’ve caught that earlier. I finished off the Yanjing, then opened the cooler and unscrewed a jar of whiskey. I’d heard of harrowers before, but never met one alive.

  • Honorable Mention: The Best Horror of the Year 4, ed. Datlow

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Miguel and the Viatura
Futurismic, June 2010

Miguel still wasn’t certain how Joaõ managed to find the old man. He’d done it countless times now, on birthdays and holidays, even in the years before he quit school and left the Boys’ Campus. He must have had some contact of a contact among the excitadors, Miguel guessed, some crooked (or earnest) young recruit at Buraq. Another Boner, maybe. Miguel knew so little about his brother’s life: it spun in a wild, elliptical orbit which now and then intersected with Miguel, tugged him onto brief, strange paths.

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The Earth of Yunhe
Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction
Solaris Books, April 2010

The jail was lit by a single yellow bulb. I strode down the hall of open doors to the lone locked cell at the end, and my shadow pitched across the walls like a drunk. There was a tripod stool outside of Xiaohao’s door; I rapped twice on the thick metal and sat down. After an uncertain moment of silence, I heard my brother stir on the other side. He shuffled around for another minute, grunting quietly, then peered at last through his small barred window. He wasn’t fat, but his face had filled out during his years with the Ecclesia. His left eye was red, encircled by an ugly bruise that had only gotten uglier since the last time I visited him.

  • Honorable Mention: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 28, ed. Dozois

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Salt’s Father
Strange Horizons, August 2009

As far as he could tell, the servitor was wild. That was rare, but not unheard of — now and then an electrical storm mixed up the things’ programming, left them running on instinct or wild AI or dead memories. Where it had come from was anyone’s guess. Perhaps the estate of a nearby technocrat, perhaps the Little City itself. The old man had briefly (very briefly) considered asking around in town—had anyone heard about a lost servitor? But he was afraid it might be put down or recycled. Besides, it suited him to have something strange to care for.

  • Locus Recommended Reading List 2009
  • Honorable Mention: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 27, ed. Dozois
  • Honorable Mention: The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010, ed. Horton
  • StorySouth Notable Story 2009

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The Transmigration of Aishwarya Desai
Interzone 223, July 2009

Every summer, Ganesha Colony invited a major scholar to spend a month on their outrageously monied premises, six jumps from Earth on a planet that only the wealthy could love. There were lectures and workshops, reading groups and research, and at the end of the month there was a twist. This year, Simon Trung was the major scholar. I was the twist.

  • Honorable Mention: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 27, ed. Dozois
  • Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2009

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Blood God Blood
Black Static 7, October 2008

When first she met him, she heard his music—a low gospel that followed him like a light-loving moth. Or not gospel, exactly, not good news, but quiet holy blues, a little hymn to loneliness. His deafness to the music was nothing short of heartbreaking.

  • Honorable Mention: Best Horror of the Year Vol. 1, ed. Datlow

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The Redaction of Flight 5766
Sybil’s Garage 3, August 2006

  • Honorable Mention: The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, ed. Link, Grant, and Datlow

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You and I in the Year 2012
LCRW 16, July 2005


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