(If it’s still 2021, then this page may yet be updated with further publications before the end of the year, especially since there’s one slated to come out in Nature Futures.) Continue reading “Award Eligible Work by Mary E. Lowd in 2021”
You made it to 2021! Congratulations!
What better way to start the year than by reading a pair of space opera stories about new beginnings? Continue reading “Happy New Year!!!”
This is my round-up of original fiction I had released this year. I’d be honored if readers would consider these works for award nominations, but I’d also be really happy if people simply read and enjoy them.
My novel ENTANGLEMENT BOUND was published by Aethon Books in December, 2020. Continue reading “2020 Awards Eligible Work by Mary E. Lowd”
Merry holiday season!
It’s been a long, hard year for a lot of us, so we’re sharing three stories today as a Christmas present for anyone who needs one. These three flash fiction stories fit together, following the voyages of a starship carrying scientists from world to world, making first contact with alien species, bringing small touches of hope and connection from the stars. Continue reading “A Small Present in Three Parts”
by Mary E. Lowd
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx
“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” — Groucho Marx
There’s a question that floats around the furry writing community occasionally: how do you define furry fiction? At first glance, this question seems similar to the age-old, what’s the difference between sci-fi and fantasy? A nit-picky question about the borders of a genre that can be endlessly debated. Hours can be lost to arguing over whether Star Wars is sci-fi because of spaceships, or fantasy because of the Force. I would expect arguments about furry fiction to fall along similar lines. For instance, does Robert T. Bakker’s Raptor Red anthropomorphize the raptors enough to count as furry? Or is it simply a piece of speculative naturalism? Continue reading “Am I Furry? — Fandom vs. Genre”
Okay, theoretically, this is an Awards Eligibility Post… except, I had so much fiction published this year that thinking of it that way will probably melt people’s brains. So, instead, here’s a guide to learning about the fiction I had come out this year, in case you want to read it. If when you get to the end, you can still remember that awards exist, then I’d absolutely be honored by any award nominations my fiction might receive.
First off, my books…
Nexus Nine, published by FurPlanet, counts as a novel for the Ursa Major Awards and Cóyotl Awards, and a novella for the Leo Literary Awards.
Tri-Galactic Trek, Jove Deadly’s Lunar Detective Agency (co-written with Garrett Marco), and ROAR 10 were all published by FurPlanet and count as Other Literary Works for the Ursa Major Awards and as Anthologies for the Leo Literary Awards and Cóyotl Awards.
Now for short stories! I had 29 short stories come out in 2019. Many of them are furry, and many of them are free to read online. Links provided.
First of all, I’d like to particularly draw attention to the following four stories; they’re not furry, but I think they’re particularly strong pieces of my mainstream sci-fi/fantasy writing. So, if you’re able to nominate stories for the Hugos or Nebulas, I would be honored to have these considered:
- The Three Laws of Social Robotics (Analog Science Fiction & Fact)
- When He Stopped Crying (Electric Spec)
- Brain-Dead Baby Jesuses (Kaleidotrope)
- The Spider In Her Lungs (Abyss & Apex)
Now for the Definitely Furry Stories:
- Katelynn and the Hummingbird (Empyreome)
- Black Out In Space (The Rabbit Dies First)
- This Dog For Hire (Jove Deadly’s Lunar Detective Agency) — note: this one counts as a Novella for the Cóyotl Awards
- Ecto-Cafe (The Daily Grind)
- Looking for Sentience (Luna Station Quarterly)
- Sandbeard the Pirate Otter (Furvana)
- The Words In Frosting (Daily Science Fiction)
- Clever Hansel 2000 (Daily Science Fiction)
- For the Sake of the Mushrooms (All Worlds Wayfarer)
- Galactic Garden (Furvana)
- Heart of an Orca, Grace of a Cat (Furvana)
- Encounter at Hoppalong (Lost in Time)
- Welcome to Ob’glaung (Midwest FurFest)
- Ecto-Busters One (Midwest FurFest)
- Ensign Mewly (Tri-Galactic Trek)
- Fact and Myth (Tri-Galactic Trek)
- Skin of Reflection (Tri-Galactic Trek)
- The Farther One Travels (Tri-Galactic Trek)
And, uh, now for even more stories…
- The Ugly Sapling (Empyreome)
- Sparky (Galactic Goddesses)
- The Emperor’s New Bird (Daily Science Fiction)
- Salvador Dali Smile (Daily Science Fiction)
- The Fisherman’s Robot (Daily Science Fiction)
- Shiny Red Chassis (Daily Science Fiction)
- Crystal and Rainbow (New Myths)
Like I said at the beginning, it’s a brain-meltingly long list. Now, since my brain is definitely melted… time to go write more stories, so that I can do this again in future years.
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!