Short Fiction Sampler

Alex’s short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and has been reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014 and Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. One, “Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints”, was described by The Literary Omnivore as “as burning as Russ’ own anger”. Below is a sampler of recent stories, including science fiction, fantasy, space, gender and foxes.


“Pocket Atlas of Planets” : Interfictions Online, 2014

“Women in Sandstone” : Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2014

“Because I Prayed This Word” : Strange Horizons, 2014

“Written on the Hides of Foxes” : Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2014

“An Orange Tree Framed Your Body” : Lackington’s, 2014

“Found” : Clarkesworld Magazine, 2013

“Singing like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” : Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2013

“Thin Slats of Metal, Painted” : Crossed Genres Magazine, 2013

“Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints” : Strange Horizons, 2012

“Fox Bones. Many Uses.” : Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2012


“Iddad Library Catalogue of Surviving Foxes” : Gigantic Worlds, eds. Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto & Michael Barron, Gigantic Books (2015)

“Inari Updates the Map of Rice Fields” : Phantasm Japan, ed. Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington, Haikasoru (2014)

“Popular Images from the First Manned Mission to Enceladus” : Solaris Rising 3, ed. Ian Whates, Solaris Books (2014)

“Coastlines of the Stars” : Upgraded, eds. Neil Clarke, Wyrm Publishing (2014)

“Under Falna’s Mask” : The Other Half of the Sky, eds. Athena Andreadis & Kay Holt, Candlemark & Gleam (2013)

“Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu” : The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, ed. Sean Wallace, Running Press | Constable & Robinson (2012)


“Дай ми прахта на светците ни” (“Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints”), translated to Bulgarian by Petar Toushkov : Сборище на трубадури, 2013

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