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Coming November 2019 from Fairwood Press, The Arcana of Maps & Other Stories, first-ever collection of some of my short fiction. Wahoo!

SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS

Available from Resurrection House Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigoor ask for it at your library or local book store.

 

"Substrate Phantoms is beautifully written and richly imagined, with themes and imagery that remind me of Samuel R. Delany's Babel-17. It's a lovely book; I hope we'll see more of this universe and these characters."
—Judith Tarr, award winning author of Forgotten Suns

 

 

"An out-and-out breakthrough, with mystical and sociological roots trailing back to Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. Indeed, true aficionados of humane hard SF will applaud Ms. Reisman for bequeathing them this beautiful tale of a heretofore uncreated tomorrow."                                    

                  —Michael Bishop, author of A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire

 

"A deep dive into prose-poetry sci-fi and mind-stretching mystery."Kirkus Reviews

Some older published stories of mine that are out of print or hard to find are available for perusal at Curious Fictions. I will be slowly adding to the library there; currently available:

  • Two Hearts In Zamora - two teenage girls in 1975 Florida are transported to the world of the comics they read
  • Brilliance - on the planet Athkiyar, Jet & the crew of the Bosch find intrigue, danger, and a tangle of questions about life, death, and what they owe each other
  • When the Ice Goes Out - after Isobel's sister Rosetta drowned, she woke hungry
  • Raney's Hounds - Calvert's been living the hobo life a long time, riding freight trains, taking what comes, but he's never seen anything like these hounds, or the man who appears with them, Kade.

  • Flowertongue - Rappaccini's Daughter meets orchid hunting meets weird adventure tales, with an epistolary flourish.

  • Our Lady of the Mantilla - When the things haunting the books in the archive get loose, this team is on the case.

2019 Appearances

  • August 2-4 - ArmadilloCon 41
  • October 26-17 - Texas Book Festival
  • November 1-3 - World Fantasy Convention

The Storyrain Blog

(Wed, 10 Apr 2019)
I will now share, and annotate, the lyrics of a (popular) song I have been liking lately. Yes, it is Gang of Youths, and popular. Avert your eyes is ye are offended. "Let Me Down Easy" You want someone to want you for who you are I want someone to try, then let me down easy, easy tonight Easy, easy tonight Honey, it's no secret that with matters of the heart Unreserved, I'm irrational and rarely ever start* But since the world's dark and often inhumane Relish our condition, come drinking in the rain** 'Cause you remember when, after Paris We all decided the best way to fight it was Drink wine, dance here and pray And make love*** that lasts with a vengeance So you can join the cowards all aboard the outrage train You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave And scratch the little itch 'til you're moving like a motherfucker Up in this bitch (*well, yeah, I do rarely ever start ** these two lines really speak to me ***in my own personal understanding of the world, there are many ways to make love, and only a couple of them involve sex) You wanted to fight for a cause Then go out and fall in love Don't stop, don't stop believing In truth and grace in the grievance**** You want someone to want you for who you are***** I want someone to try, or let me down easy, easy tonight Easy, easy tonight (****yeah, don't *****well, yeah, most of us do, guy) So look at me and tell me what I already know That I trialed and I failed and it's good to let it go+ Sometimes life sucks, everything is lame++ Not everything's as easy as making lemonade^ And so dismembering our state of balance With lust requited, a gaze undivided With a cool mind and warmth in your face A good heart, a grace under pressure You give me a good reason to be heartsick again To be here, to be strong, to be oddly and boldly estranged From the loss and bitter years I found myself descending into tedium and fear (+this, too speaks to me ++I do not support this ableist use of the word lame, I reject it ^ I like lemonade) You wanted to fight for a cause Then go out and fall in love Don't stop, don't stop believing In truth and grace in the grievance You want someone to want you for who you are I want someone to try, or let me down easy, easy tonight Easy, easy tonight If it's late, you're drunk and wanting A reason, some reason to live I always, I always say Just put on some Whitesnake+++ (+++ :) ) Honey, it's no secret that I've been losing my way In the weirdest of moments and the stupidest of ways But hey, I'm still young++++ and it's gonna be okay I got solipsism, baby, and I brought lemonade I'll surrender then, all my balance And be excited and drink to tonight It's not a, a bad time, time spent with you+++++ There's cool lights and songs with good lyrics We never have to talk again, whatever, up to you But since you're putting up with me Here's another toast just to you Let's dance, off the beat Then mosey out together and say goodbye on the street (++++ I am not particularly young +++++ true) You wanted to fight for a cause Then go out and love someone Don't stop, don't stop believing In truth and personal freedom I want someone to want me for who I am I want someone to try, or let me down easy, easy tonight Easy, easy tonight *+* Wikipedia says this song is baroque pop +*+ Yhe band is Australian Here's a lovely young human using the song in a project: comment count unavailable comments
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