David Steffen is a writer, editor, and software engineer. He edits Diabolical Plots, which began publishing original fiction in 2015. He runs the Submission Grinder, a tool for writers to find markets for their work. In December 2015 he published The Long List Anthology, which is a collection of 21 stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list last […]
Marley and Cratchit by David Steffen STAVE 1: THE MARVELOUS MACHINE In those days Jacob Marley was full of life and vigor. His smile shone so that anyone who saw him soon smiled widely in return. A moment in his presence would make one’s worst burdens seem lighter. His optimism and generosity brought […]
This Is Your Problem, Right Here by David Steffen “This is your problem, right here.” The plumber’s deep voice resounded from beneath the maintenance hatch by the main pool at Cascade Reef water park. “You’ve only got one troll left. For a pool this big, you need fifty minimum, seventy-five if you want everything to […]
Color Contacts Bethany Powell Crap, the lens is slipping, and it’s driving my eye crazy. I can barely focus to get out my credit card to hand to the clerk. It can’t come out now, I’m in public—and of course she’s as cute as that actress I liked last year, which is completely my luck.
Chrysalis by Jennifer Lee Rossman The love of my life died on July third, 1983, at the respectable age of one hundred and nineteen. Oldest man on Earth, according to the good Doctor Hippen. I can’t say his death came as a shock; when a man reaches that advanced an age, only the absolutely […]
Listen above or download here. Show Notes Hello everyone, this is Alasdair, the voice of Escape Artists. This is our 2016 metacast to present the stories we ran in 2015 which are eligible in the upcoming Hugo nomination season. First, a quick plug four ourselves. All four EA shows – Podcastle, Pseudopod, Escapepod and Cast […]
Hello everyone! The 2014 Parsec Awards nomination window is now open, and every one of the stories listed below is eligible for nomination in the Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) category. The nomination window is open until May 31st, 2015, so spread the word on whatever social media platforms you like. Cast […]