Writing

I work both "live", writing serials that update on set schedules, and traditionally, offering e-books and print editions. You can find my work on Amazon and Smashwords, as well as online. Below are my current offerings in print, e-book and online, with descriptions and recommendations of what order to read them in.



Serials in Progress!

Serial #1: Black Blossom. Return to Kherishdar and the mannered world of the Ai-Naidari aliens in this sequel to The Aphorisms of Kherishdar and The Admonishments of Kherishdar. Updates weekly on Mondays.

Serial #2: A Rosary of Stones and Thorns. A story of love, redemption and the apocalypse, featuring a cast of angels, a priest, two high schoolers, a doctor, a grackle, several horses... and a demon or two. Updates weekly on Saturday.



E-Fiction and Paperbacks

Note: All my e-books are DRM-free, including my Amazon offerings.

The Jokka: Gender and Loss Among Aliens
The Jokka are aliens with three sexes—female, male and neuter—who also have a chance to turn from one sex to another at two separate puberties. Recent climate changes have been harsh on them, and the breeding sexes are particularly prone to strokes and other forms of stress-related disability. These stories deal with gender, identity and loss and are not light reading. They were among my first published pieces. If you want to travel to a completely different world and be immersed—there are no humans in these stories—try these. The list below is chronological by the world's timeline.

     • Freedom, Spiced and Drunk (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N) Made the secondary Tiptree Reading List; recommended for a Nebula.
     • New Stories (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • A Trifold Spiral Knot (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Money for Sorrow, Made Joy (Smashwords | B&N)
     • Unspeakable (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N) Finalist for 2003 Spectrum award; won the 2002 Strange Horizons Reader's Choice award.
     • Unknowable (Smashwords | Amazon)
     • Anadi Dolls (Smashwords | Amazon )
     • His Neuter Face (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • The Smell of Intelligence (Smashwords | Amazon)
     • Fire in the Void (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • The Worth of a Shell (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N) Also available in hard copy.
     • Stone Moon, Silk Scarves (Smashwords | Amazon )

Additionally, many of these short stories have been collected into a single volume entitled Clays Beneath the Skies, which can be purchased in paperback or as a kindle e-book. Most of the covers of the Jokka stories use a beige title bar.

Kherishdar: Civilization and the Role of the Individual
The stories of the Ai-Naidar are also sociological science fiction... about society, civilization and the balance between individual and community. The Ai-Naidar place more emphasis on the latter, and their caste-based empire makes for very different values. The Aphorisms was my first sustained effort at crowdfunding, and deals with the virtues of the empire of Kherishdar; the Admonishments, the companion volume, deals with its sins. If you want something more meditative in tone, or only have time to read very short pieces, try these.

     • The Aphorisms of Kherishdar (Smashwords | B&N ) Also available in hard copy.
     • The Admonishments of Kherishdar (currently only available as a website or a hard copy).

The Pelted SF: Adventure and Ethics, with Gengineered Furries
The Pelted's relationship with humanity, who created them via genetic engineering centuries ago, is the subject of my non-military SF in the Paradox universe. Of those, "A Distant Sun" is the best introduction for new readers. The rest are lighter in tone, ranging from frankly humorous to happy-ending stories, all with humanity and their effect on the Pelted hanging in the background. If you want light biology-leaning sociological SF, or you like furries, try these, in this order:

     • A Distant Sun (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Rosettes & Ribbons (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • The Elements of Freedom (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Pantheon (Smashwords | Amazon)
     • Tears (Smashwords | B&N)
     • Butterfly (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Even the Wingless (Amazon | Smashwords). A novel of the Eldritch, the Pelted... and the Chatcaava.

Many of the covers of the Pelted SF stories use a light blue title bar.

The Pelted Military SF: Action in Space, with Gengineered Furries
The Pelted developed their military based on hazy memories of Earth's and came up with something a little softer-core in mission and behavior. In much the same way, my Pelted SF is a lot more relationship-based than typical. Nevertheless, it does have its share of explosions and space-based crises. Most of the Pelted military SF revolves around Alysha Forrest and the women who will eventually crew her battlecruiser, the UAV Stardancer. Here's the order to read these stories, if you want a bit of crunch with your soft toffee center:

     • Alysha's Fall (Smashwords | Amazon)
     • Second (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • In the Line of Duty (Smashwords | Amazon) Won the 2003 Ursa Major for Best Short Fiction.
     • Dark Lighthouse (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Season's Meaning (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Stormfront (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)

The covers of the Pelted military SF use a dark blue-violet title bar (with the exception of Alysha's Fall, which uses the hard copy cover).

The Tsipia: Serenity in the Face of Storms
The Tsipia-seekers (later Tsipia-aliens) were once called "bipedal Buddhist dinosaurs" by a friend reading them, and this description suits them as well as any. Their stories take place in two timelines: their historic time-period, on their homeworld (the setting for the first story, "Songs From a Conch Shell Whistle") and their high-technology post-human contact period (the setting for the story "Living the Moment").
     • Songs From a Conch Shell Whistle (Smashwords | Amazon)
     • Living the Moment (Smashwords | Amazon )

The Le'enle: To Be Immortal
The Le'enle are magical immortals, and so one would expect their stories to be full of epic-fantasy-like derring-do. Instead they end up as meditations on the limitations of power, relationships and the consequences of being almost omnipotent. These are mood pieces, some of them drifting into horror. If you want an anodyne to "super-powerful heroes solve everything," try these.

     • For the Love of Mortals (Smashwords | B&N)
     • Useless Tears (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Breaths Long as Years (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Not Now, Not Ever (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)

The covers of the Le'enle stories use a rose title bar.

Standalone Work: Fantasy
I have several standalone fantasy works. "Bitter Apples" is a story in the mode of classic fairy tales. "A Divine Consistency" is traditional sword-and-sorcery work about a woman knight. "The Copper Bodice" is a dark fantasy about the ill-fated love between maid and unicorn, while "The Perfect Totem" is urban fantasy humor. "Fire Queen, Dark Lady" is a cubicle myth, combining magic and the workplace.
     • Bitter Apples (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • A Divine Consistency (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N )
     • The Copper Bodice (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N )
     • The Perfect Totem (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N )
     • Fire Queen, Dark Lady (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N )

Standalone Work: Contemporary/Romance
My one office romance set in modern-day is a F/F meet-cute, selling well enough that I'm working on a sequel.
     • Skip-Leveling (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)

Standalone Work: YA
My single YA is a paranormal romance short, about a teen and an eccentric stranger who's more than he seems.
     • Salome (Smashwords | Amazon)

Standalone Work: Furry
"The Blade to Your Hand," originally published in the magazine Anthrolations, is a F/F furry fantasy, with pirates.
     • The Blade to Your Hand (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)

Standalone Work: Science Fiction
Finally, in science fiction, "Snow in Summer, Flowers in Fall" is a first contact that involves a kabuki play. Spots the Space Marine is a download of the first 25 chapters of the military SF serial still in progress.
     • "Snow in Summer, Flowers in Fall" (Smashwords | Amazon | B&N)
     • Spots the Space Marine, Chapters 1-25 (Smashwords)

Poetry Chapbooks
I am experimenting with poetry chapbooks; the first, Blueberries, features ten poems on the topic of relationships, loss and nostalgia.
     • Blueberries (Smashwords | Amazon)


© 2012 M. C. A. Hogarth