This year, Furry Book Month crept up and surprised us, so we didn’t have anything prepared. However, now that we’re down to the last day — which is also Halloween! — we have two new furry stories to present, and since one is about a haunted cafe and the other about a werewolf in space, we’ve packaged them up with two new ghost stories to create a spooky Halloween issue! Continue reading “Sweet Spooky Treats”
I’ve been seeing a lot of interest in my robot stories, ever since “The Three Laws of Social Robotics” came out in Analog. So this page is a guide to where readers can find more of my stories about Maradia’s robots. Continue reading “Maradia’s Robots”
Okay, so, realistically, I had way too many stories come out in 2018 for anyone to keep track of them all — 26 stories total, and almost all of them are furry. So, I’m going to list them all here, but I’m also going to filter them out a bit — putting a few of my favorites at the top of the list, and then arranging them by how easy they are to read online.
First, my novel The Snake’s Song: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel came out in 2018 and is eligible for awards! I’ve received permission from the publisher, ShadowSpinners Press, to reprint the first chapter here on Deep Sky Anchor! So, here ya go, The Snake’s Song: Chapter One.
And now… some of my favorites of my furry short stories from 2018:
- Wing Day (Daily Science Fiction — already nominated for a Leo Award!)
- Not All Dogs (Dissident Signals — already nominated for a Leo Award!)
- Winged Folk Only (Daily Science Fiction)
- Thirty Honey Feasts To Go (Theme of Absence)
- Welcome to the Arboretum, Little Robot (Analog)
Next up are all the rest of my furry stories from 2018 that can be read easily and freely online:
- Go High (Daily Science Fiction)
- The Pink Agate (Daily Science Fiction)
- Hypercrystal Wish (Daily Science Fiction)
- The Oldest One (Daily Science Fiction)
- Veins of Black, Dust of Gold (Daily Science Fiction)
- Jetpack and Cyborg Wings (Daily Science Fiction)
- Queen Doripauli and the Sproutlings (Daily Science Fiction)
- Waking Up In The Genie Shop (Daily Science Fiction)
- Of Starwhals and Spaceships (Daily Science Fiction)
- Heart of the Gas Giant (Daily Science Fiction)
- Chrysalis Party (Kaleidotrope) — less furry, has a human main character
- Anger is a Porcupine, Sadness is a Fish (Electric Spec) — less furry, but involves transformation
And now we get to the stories that are either hard to read online, not available online, or not really furry… but they exist! And they came out in 2018!
- The Otter’s Mermaid (Furry Trash)
- Rapscallions (What The Fox?!)
- The Rocky Spires of Planet 227 (Exploring New Places)
- Tortoise Who (Exploring New Places)
- The Promise of New Heffe (Exploring New Places — writing as Kary M. Jomb)
- The Night Janitor and Alien Oceans (Typewriter Emergencies — free to read, if you page through the zine)
- The Blood Portal (Electric Spec — free to read, but not furry)
- Geese and Gingerbread (Fantasia Divinity — free to read, if you scroll down the page, but less furry)
- When the Ghost of the Future Catches Up (Fantasia Divinity — free to read, if you scroll down the page, but less furry)
Finally, I’m the editor of ROAR 9 and the new furry e-zine Zooscape. ROAR 9 is eligible as an Other Literary Work, and Zooscape is eligible as a Magazine. If you’d like to check out Zooscape, it also has free-to-read, awards-eligible furry stories in it.
Apparently, today is Unicorn Day. So here’s a fresh hot cup of unicorn stories, newly available here at Deep Sky Anchor:
- Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn — The Dragon and Unicorn come calling. [~1,000 words]
- Feral Unicorn — Janie’s in over her head when her pet unicorn’s horn comes in, and he starts working mischievous magic around the house. [~4,800 words]
And if you need some more, we do have a few stories that have been rattling around the site a bit longer:
- Cyclops on Safari — A normal day on safari, in a different world. [~800 words]
- The Carousel of Spirits — When Artie finds a ghost haunting his carousel, it’s time for him to build a new horse. [~3,700 words]
And Happy Unicorn Day!
It’s award season, and so we’re doing a round-up of Mary E. Lowd’s furry short stories published in 2017. There are a lot of them! All but one of these stories can be read online for free; four of them can be read right here at Deep Sky Anchor! If you love any of these stories, please consider taking a moment to nominate them for the Ursa Major Awards, or if you’re a qualified nominator, the Leo Literary Awards.
On Deep Sky Anchor:
- The Moon Like an Unhatched Egg (The Symbol of a Nation)
- The Unification of Worlds (Arcana: A Tarot Anthology)
- The Best and Worst of Worlds (Dogs of War)
- Hidden Intentions (Analog: Science Fiction & Fact)
On Daily Science Fiction:
- One Alien’s Wreckage (Daily Science Fiction)
- The Crowds on Crossroads Station (Daily Science Fiction)
- Principles Over Profit (Daily Science Fiction)
- Inalienable Rights (Daily Science Fiction)
- Crescent Horns and Tall Ears (Daily Science Fiction)
On various zines around the internet:
- Many Tiny Feet (New Myths)
- One Alien’s Wings (Empyreome)
- Sky River (Theme of Absence)
- Galaxy Shaker and the Celestial Rainbow Dragon (Every Day Fiction)
- An Aldebaran Sugar Cookie for Star Shaker (Fantasia Divinity Magazine)
- Treasure Moon (Fantasia Divinity Magazine)
- Elephatine Daydream (Fantasia Divinity Magazine)
- True Feast (Typewriter Emergencies)
- Chestnut Wish (Typewriter Emergencies)
Available for purchase, all money goes to support the SPLC:
- Moon Dust (Werewolves Versus Fascism)
As a special bonus, we have a coupon for free e-books of Otters In Space 3: Octopus Ascending, which is also eligible for awards! Just use the code YP35J on Smashwords. We also highly recommend each of the stories in ROAR Volume 8, and the anthology itself is eligible for the Ursa Majors in the Other Literary Work category.
The Ursa Major Awards are open for nominations through February 15th, and anyone can nominate. It only takes a minute, and every nomination counts!
Last week, we gave you a treat — two Shreddy the cat stories. Today, we have the corresponding trick — a trio of bite-sized stories that add up to a mouthful of nightmare:
- FemCloud Inc. — Every action is a choice. [~400 words]
- Birthing Class — Daniel has a sinister alien life growing inside him. [~2,700 words]
- Take Them to the Happiness Zoo — A mother considers an impossible choice. [~400 words]
For the last week of Furry Book Month and the week before Halloween, we have two stories for you…
Mice raised from the dead! Zombie puppies! Foolish dogs! And a grumpy cat who’s too clever for his own good! Read the story that started it all, the very first story about Shreddy the cantankerous tabby cat — The Necromouser. And then read the story where Shreddy first meets his unwanted companions, Cooper the empty-headed toy Labradoodle and Susie the lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel — Shreddy and the Zomb-dogs.
If you enjoy these two stories, there are more tales of Shreddy and his techno-mystical adventures in The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, on-sale from FurPlanet for the rest of the month and also available through Amazon. It would make a great book to read for the end of Furry Book Month.
Happy Furry Book Month!
This year, to celebrate Furry Book Month, I’d like to talk about an anthology series published by FurPlanet. It’s called ROAR, and there have been eight volumes so far.
I personally discovered ROAR the first time I attended a furry convention. I was still getting my bearings, trying to figure out what furry writing was all about, so I picked out a few books from the FurPlanet table to buy and take home. One of them was ROAR Volume 2. Perhaps that’s why I’ve always thought of ROAR’s role as being the perfect introduction to furry fiction. Continue reading “Let’s talk about ROAR”
At the end of 2016, we had big plans for publishing a lot of flash fiction this year. Well, we have good news and bad news… Obviously, it’s September, and we haven’t published a lot this year. However, that’s because the stories we were going to publish have instead been picked up by other markets — many of them by Daily Science Fiction! Continue reading “So Much Flash…”
Three of our stories have been nominated for Best Short Story in the Ursa Major Awards! This is truly exciting news! Thank you so much to everyone who helped nominate them! Here are the three stories: Continue reading “Ursa Major Nominated Shorts!”