It’s award nomination season in the science fiction/fantasy field, and I am thrilled that I have some eligible stories for 2018. I’d be honored if you’d take a read.
“The Kite Maker,” a science fiction short story (7,100 words) published in Tor.com.
After aliens arrive on earth, humans do the unthinkable out of fear. When an alien walks into a human kite maker’s store, coveting her kites, the human struggles with her guilt over her part in the alien massacres, while neo-Nazis draw a violent line between alien and human.
N.K. Jemisin said of it, “Such a powerful story.”
It can be found here: https://www.tor.com/2018/08/29/the-kite-maker-brenda-peynado/
“The Dreamers,” a fantasy/magical realism short story (6,000 words) published in The Southern Review.
In a world where people can stay awake for most of their lives and then sleep all their lives’ sleep at once, a high school girl must wake her boyfriend from his sleep coma in time for prom, though her traitorous ex-best-friend stands in her way, the town’s Dreamcatcher is out prowling, and if she’s not careful, she could succumb to a sleep coma as well.
It can be found on Project Muse or in the Nebula’s reading list. https://www.sfwa.org/forum/topic/13388-the-dreamers-brenda-peynado/ https://muse.jhu.edu/article/690478
“What We Lost,” a fantasy story (1,600 words) published in The Sun.
When a mysterious leader gets elected, promising to make the country better, citizens’s magically start to lose part of their bodies.