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

New! 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

"A Salt Moon" in TERRA NULLIUS, an anthology of science fiction stories focusing on "life at the edge of the universe," edited by Kate Coe and Ellen Croshain.


Available in paperback & for Kindle.

2018 Appearances

  • Can*Con, October 12-14, Ottawa, Canada  * These are my scheduled activities:

    Saturday October 13
    Reading, Salon B, 3-3:25 – I'll read from the in-progress sequel to Substrate Phantoms, and a bonus as yet unpublished weird fable about an ice bear in a haunted forest. Followed by the incomparable Kelly Robson's reading!

    Sunday October 14
    Panel, Penthouse A, 1-1:50 - Beyond Romantic Entanglements– Every great story needs at least a romantic subplot, right? Novels, films, TV shows and even video games or plays often include character romance somewhere. Why does this seem to be so essential in our stories (spoiler: it doesn’t)? How can alternatives to a romantic relationship accomplish the same outcomes, and what works have done this? KT Bryski, James Alan Gardner, Jessica Reisman, Kelly Robson (Moderator)

    I will otherwise be around and about and probably smiling my goofy big smile, because I will be happy to be there.

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anxiety as premonition (Wed, 10 Oct 2018)
When I was a kid and a teenager, and periodically on into adulthood, I had debilitating anxiety. I described it as feeling like I was walking on an unreliable dock over deep, dark, oily liquid nothingness, catastrophic black waters, with the sense that things really weren’t all right or okay, under the surface—and the surface was not solid. Learning to meditate at 11, and eventually, as an adult, taking anti-anxiety & depression medication, gave me a sense of solid footing, in myself, in my breath, in love and connection. Now I find myself thinking that the description of the anxiety I experienced as a kid sounds a lot like a premonition of the future we humans were making, and that of the animals who are cursed with our presence on this planet. The good stuff is still real, but we really do have dangerous abyss at our feet, and the surface we tread day by day is not as solid as we think; and that abyss is formed, in part, of oil and greed and the darkness of a refusal to see. comment count unavailable comments
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