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Landfall: Book Three,The Stranger Trilogy

 

Available in ebook and print.

Sequel to Unmoored and The Seer.

In the third and final book of The Stranger Trilogy, Amarta unwraps secrets within secrets, coming to understand the cost of getting what she wants.

Innel at last gains a chance at redemption for all he has done, but can he pay the price?

The Seer and The Lord Commander’s paths come together again, but their paths have changed them. They meet as strangers.

Shelter from the Storm

Anthology Leather Tomes and Spiderwebs, edited by Blaze Ward and Leah Cutter

Susan Langley is not entirely sane. Nor is she quite crazy enough to be stripped of her grandmother’s fortune.

Differently-sane, perhaps.

Maelstrom: Book Two,The Stranger Trilogy

Available in ebook and print.

Sequel to Unmoored and The Seer.
In this sequel to Unmoored, the hunted becomes the hunter. Amarta travels the world, seeking the truth about herself and learning to wield power in ways that she did not foresee, at a cost that she could not imagine.

Though they walk separate paths, Amarta and Innel’s questions are one and the same: Who am I now?

The Angels’ Share

Re-released July 2020.

First in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Dec 1996
If you’re rich enough, you can pay someone else to rehab for you, while you vacation in their young, healthy, beautiful body at Paradise, an exclusive resort that only a few can afford.

This is Phantom’s last time at the resort—his real body can’t take any more chemo. Unless he can pull some more strings.

“The unsparing integrity of Angel’s Share does not give an inch. Remarkable.” —Barry N. Malzberg

Touchstone

Available in all the usual places.

First published by Baen Books, 2016.
Prequel to The Seer.

Two children, the brothers Innel and Pohut, are thrust into palace life and royal intrigue.

All they need to do to survive is find the right bell. The silver bell. Quickly.

Unmoored: Book One,The Stranger Trilogy

The sequel to The Seer. Available pretty much everywhere..

The next two books 7/20 & 9/20 in 2020; sooner to subscribers via my Patreon account.

Book Cover: The Stranger: Unmoored, by Sonia Orin LyrisUnmoored—the first book of The Stranger Trilogy—begins new adventures for Amarta, The Seer.

Come explore this rich world, follow the court intrigue, and learn the truth about power.

 

Happy Birthday

Imps and Minions, anthology, edited David F. Shultz. Aug 2019. Available in paperback and kindle here. The best thing about birthdays is the surprise presents.  Right?

Right?

When Strangers Meet

Dispatches from Anarres: Portland Writers Pay Tribute to the Vision of Ursula K. Le Guin, edited by Susan DeFreitas. Publication  pending. Alien-Human first contact, pre-game.

First publication in New Legends anthology, Greg Bear.

The Seer

Still in print, in ebook, paper, and audio.

From Baen Books, 2106. 

 

Book Cover: The Seer, by Sonia Orin Lyris

Everyone wants answers. No one wants the truth.

In a remote mountain village, a young girl named Amarta sells prophecies to keep her family from starving. A dangerous game, this, when her predicti
ons gain Amarta and her family too much notoriety than is good for them.

In a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta becomes the key to everyone’s ambitions. To survive, she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.

Done

LORE vol. 2, no. 5; published April 2014. Out of print, but occasionally available here, on Amazon.

lore_v2_no5_thumbA rich man wants his wife gone, and hires someone to do the wretched deed.

These things are rarely simple, and this one gets strange, fast.

Jay and Me – A Story in Three Short Acts

The Jay Wake Book: A Celebrahardcopytion of Jay Lake, Edited by Sandra Tayler, July 2013
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This collection of pictures, remembrances, and fiction was created for JayWake, Jay’s pre-mortem celebration. The hardcopy version of the book is the best, with full-color pictures, but there are also PDFs you can have for free. Low Res (7MB) and High Res (72MB)

Biggest Fan! Ever!

Flush Fiction: 88 Short-Short Stories You Can Read in a Single Sitting from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, 2012

 

UJBRFF

A letter from a fan to the greatest scientist of the age, about his dog, time travel, and saving the world.

Descent

Anthology Dark Descents from Hazardous Press, Dec 2012.

Out of print, and not available anywhere, so if you have a copy, don’t lose it. Sadly, Hazardous Press is no more.

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This three-story collection begins with my dark and bloody urban fantasy novella about love, power, and the apocalypse. Also in the collection are reprints of “The Green” and “Motherhood”. 

(Alas–no longer in print. If enough people want it reprinted, it could happen. Contact the author.)

Romance, with Mice

Dadaoism AnthologyChomu Press, 2012. Still in print.

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From the submission guidelines: “…an anthology that will be the literary and psychic equivalent of a tour around the edges of a dying galaxy in a spectacularly malfunctioning space vehicle.” I found this call irresistible and wrote Romance, with Mice. It would have been unpublishable almost anywhere else, so I was really pleased when they said yes. Pick up the anthology here or here.

Mirror Test

Tomorrow Project: Seattle from Intel Corporation, 2011. Freely downloadable.
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In 2011, Intel put out the call for science fiction describing the future of some of their key R&D technologies for this anthology. I combined virtual reality, machine learning, and facial recognition to explore what happens when software can tell intimate things about what meatware (that’s us) is thinking. The anthology pdf is available here, courtesy of Intel. There used to be podcast interview with me about the story here, but it seems to have vanished.

The Rejection Saga

Journal of Universal Rejection, 2011
JOUR_smallMeta-fiction, meaning fiction within layers. Yes, like an onion. This work led me to an editorial position. It’s all wrapped up in a nice little package here.

Payback

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, June 1997

 

Out of print.

Payback has to do with an ancient theme, the granting of wishes, which so often goes not at all as we expect.

And Peace Shall Sleep

HarperPrism, 1996

No longer in print, but available from various places including the obvious.

Exploring the classic fantasy themes of heroism, non-traditional families, and explosives.PEACE SHALL SLEEP

Stands on its own — you don’t need to be a Magic the Gathering player to enjoy the story.

MTG Wiki plot summary here

Multiply and Conquer

  An essay dressed up as fiction, and connected to the story, “A Hand in the Mirror”.

Chef’s Surprise

Anthology Distant Planes, Wizards of the Coast, 1995

As far as I know the anthology is out of print. Let me know if you find out otherwise.

“Chef’s Surprise” is the origin story of The Underground Cookbook, a fictional work referred to in the flavor text of the card Granite Gargoyle. It was work-for-hire, so I don’t own it, but I am indeed the author.

There are some interesting posts about this book, among them these two: The Throat Wolf card and what I did with it in the receipe book and this excellent summary of the story itself.

And Vincent? A tribute to Mr. Price, of course.

Scroll to the end of this page to see some of my favorite fan artwork for this story.

When Strangers Meet

New Legends anthology, edited by Greg Bear, 1995
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“When Strangers Meet” is one of the strangest stories to ever flow out of my fingers. Stranger still, editor Greg Bear wanted it for this prestigious anthology with almost no edits. One of my teachers, Howard Waldorp, once told me that if a writer is lucky, she gets one good story in a lifetime that writes itself. This one.

The Going Price

Wizards of the Coast, anthology Tapestries The seed story for And Peace Shall Sleep. It’s about exploding dragon eggs and obnoxious heroes. And seduction, of course.

The Jesus Construct

Pulphouse, issue #18, 1995 Religion, consciousness, and virtual reality in university politics.

A Hand in the Mirror

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Aug, 1993. Cover story. Also Cyberdreams anthology.

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An early look into collaborative virtual reality and academia. I have brought the story current and extended it into a novel-length work with the working title MirrorMind, as yet unpublished.

The Green

Expanse Number 3, May 1994.

Also, Dark Descents, from Hazardous Press, 2013.

Out of print, alas.

What’s worse than growing up in a big-city apartment with roaches? 

There is a Season

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Dec 1993 When a beloved relative is bed-bound in the hospital, when he doesn’t have a lot of choices, what does he want?

It Might be Sunlight

In print and available here.

Original publication: Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Nov 1993
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Eleven light-years from Earth, in a place beyond time, Kelly struggles with an alien captor for her freedom. Or at least the truth.

Hardcopy only because I want you to hold it in your hands.

Motherhood

Pulphouse, issue #16, Sep 1993. Reprinted in the collection “Dark Descents” from Hazardous Press, 2013. It’s about motherhood.

Also, sanity. Go figure.

The Animal Game

Anthology Infinite Loop: Stories About the Future by the People Creating It : Software Development’s Own Anthology of Science Fiction, Ed Larry Constantine, pub. Miller Freeman, 1993
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I wondered if I could write a story with six characters and no dialogue, about virtual reality gaming.

Yes, it turned out, I could. And it turned out to be humor. FTW!

Carnival

 

Willamette Writers Kay Snow First Place Winner, 1993. Available here on Smashwords

 

In “Carnival,” I  touch on the theme of how fleeting are transcendent experiences. It’s all so obvious, so clear, so easy, when you’re there. Then it’s gone.

This story won the Kay Snow award in 1993.

Eyes of the Beholder

Midnight Zoo (Vol. 2, No. 1), Jan 1992

 

 

I workshopped this gruesome tale at a SF&F convention in 1991. One of the pros took me aside afterwards and said: “rewrite it without pulling your punches, and I’ll publish it.” I thought the story was already over the line. She assured me it wasn’t.

So I rewrote it, took it to the limit, and she published it. My first sale. Available to my patrons. Subscribe here.

Blades

 

 

First place winner, Kay Snow Writing Contest  1992, Willamette Writers.

Available on Smashwords.

 

bladesMy first professionally published story.

It’s a bit edged, and leaves in the mouth a taste somewhat like iron.

In the Kitchen with Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar ("Asmor" for short)
In the Kitchen with Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar (“Asmor” for short), from CHEF’S SURPRISE. Artist Samuel Barnhart

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