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Full Bibliography - Your complete field guide to locating more Kabza
Newer publications are toward the top. If a story's been repinted, translated, or podcasted, dates and places are noted in the original entry.


How Black the Sky

"How Black the Sky"
Motherboard
November 2016

800 words, science fiction




The Garden of Ending

"The Garden of Ending"
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
October 2016

2,800 words, fantasy

Podcasted (simultaneously), Beneath Ceaseless Skies


Pen-Ultimate II: A Speculative Fiction Anthology

"Sputnik 2, Interior," "The Harvest," "Our Abstract World," and "North"
Pen-Ultimate II: A Speculative Fiction Anthology (anthology)
July 2016

200 words, 100 words, 200 words, and 100 words, respectively; all science fiction




This Is a Letter to My Son

"This Is a Letter to My Son"
Strange Horizons
April 2016

5,000 words, science fiction

Podcasted (simultaneously), Strange Horizons

"Concise. Beautiful." —Katherine Nabity, The Writerly Reader
"Recommended." —Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank



All Souls Proceed

"All Souls Proceed"
Flash Fiction Online
March 2016

700 words, fantasy

"Elegant and ethereal... read this one. Like right now." —Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews



Daily Science Fiction Logo

"Castles in the Clouds"
Daily Science Fiction
February 2016

200 words, science fiction




If You See Him on the Road

"If You See Him on the Road"
AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review
January 2016

2,400 words, science fiction



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2015

Her Echo

"Her Echo"
F&SF
November 2015

600 words, fantasy

Translated, Ha'meimad Ha'asiri (The Tenth Dimension), August 2016

"Brilliantly done." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu
"Just fine." —Steve Fahnestalk, Amazing Stories
"This fable works perfectly." —Lois Tilton, Locus Online


Daily Science Fiction Logo

"Road Test"
Daily Science Fiction
August 2015

300 words, science fiction




Rowling in the Year 3000

"Rowling in the Year 3000"
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination
April 2015

1,100 words, fantasy

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 4th Quarter 2010

Reprinted from IN PIECES


The Greatest Prophecy of All

"The Greatest Prophecy of All"
Plasma Frequency Magazine
March 2015

1,900 words, fantasy

"Short and sweet." —Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews

Reprinted from IN PIECES


Steady on Her Feet

"Steady on Her Feet"
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
March 2015

5,600 words, fantasy

Notable Story, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2016) (anthology)

"If Dickens had written science fiction." —Terry Weyna, Fantasy Literature
"Heartwrenching perfection... an ending with just the right tone." —Charlotte Ashley, Apex Magazine


Daily Science Fiction Logo

"Gallery"
Daily Science Fiction
March 2015

200 words, fantasy



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2014

The Bomb-Thing

"The Bomb-Thing"
F&SF
November 2014

6,100 words, science fiction

Reprinted, Starship Sofa (podcast), May 2015

"Pure fun." —C.D. Lewis, Tangent


UNDER STARS

UNDER STARS
Smashwords
October 2014

103,000 words, various genres (short fiction collection)

Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Kobo | Blio

Honorable Mention (for "Copyright 2113"), Writers of the Future Contest, 3rd Quarter 2010
Semi-Finalist (for "The Land of Stone and Stars"), Writers of the Future Contest, 1st Quarter 2010

"Seemingly effortless world building." —Katherine Nabity, The Writerly Reader
"There are no weak links to this anthology." —Colleen Chen, Write Brain
"One of the most original new talents." —Jeffery A. Carver, Pushing a Snake Up a Hill


Ghost Town

"Ghost Town"
Dreams & Nightmares
September 2014

100 words, fantasy




Every Day Fiction Logo

"A Matter of Perception"
Every Day Fiction
June 2014

100 words, science fiction




Bed 17

"Bed 17"
AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review
June 2014

1,800 words, science fiction




Tourists

"Tourists"
SpeckLit
June 2014

100 words, science fiction

Second Place, The Best of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter 2014 (reader poll)


The Other Half

"The Other Half"
SpeckLit
May 2014

100 words, fantasy



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2013

The Soul in the Bell Jar

"The Soul in the Bell Jar"
F&SF
November 2013

10,300 words, dark fantasy

Recommended Reading, 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List
Recommended Reading, 2013 Tangent Recommended Reading List
Riot Round-Up: The Best Books of 2014, Book Riot

"The writing in this story is incredible." —Colleen Chen, Tangent
"Classic horror." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu
"Worthy of Edgar Allan Poe." —Eamonn Murphy, SFcrowsnest
"A fantastic dive." —Keirce Sevren, Keirce Sevren Tells Tales
"Fabulously creepy." —Becky LeJeune, No More Grumpy Bookseller
"Up my alley... a Frankenstein tale in overdrive." —Katherine Nabity, The Writerly Reader
"A ghost/mad scientist story from a new angle." —Melody, JC's Book Haven
"Really stand[s] out." —Jackrabbit Slim, Go-Go-Rama

Reprinted, The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six (anthology), May 2014
Reprinted, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2014 (anthology), June 2014


The Color of Sand

"The Game Room"
F&SF
September 2013

3,800 words, fantasy

Recommended Reading, 2013 Tangent Recommended Reading List

"A lot of imagination." —Chuck Rothman, Tangent
"Fascinating, unique, imaginative story." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu


The Flight Stone

"The Flight Stone"
Daily Science Fiction
July 2013

1,000 words, fantasy




In the Shadow of Dyrholaey

"In The Shadow of Dyrhólaey"
Pen-Ultimate: A Speculative Fiction Anthology (anthology)
July 2013

3,700 words, fantasy

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 2nd Quarter 2011
Reprinted, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, April 2014
Interview, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, April 2014
Reprinted, Dragons, Droids, and Doom (anthology), November 2015


The Color of Sand

"The Color of Sand"
F&SF
July 2013

7,000 words, fantasy

Recommended Reading, 2013 Tangent Recommended Reading List

"A charming tale with an original premise. RECOMMENDED." —Lois Tilton, Locus Online
"Such a pleasure to read. Smart and funny." —Colleen Chen, Tangent
"Exactly what the very best fantasy should do." —Guy Stewart, Possibly Irritating Essays
"An excellent fairy tale." —Eamonn Murphy, SFcrowsnest
"Rich in magic, quite fantastical, and very beautifully told." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu


The Separatists

"The Separatists"
Nature
March 2013

900 words, science fiction



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2012

The Terms of Our Alliance

"The Terms of Our Alliance"
Like a Breath of Flame (anthology)
November 2012

1,300 words, WARNING: erotica




Heaventide

"Heaventide"
F&SF
November 2012

8,400 words, fantasy

Recommended Reading, 2012 Tangent Recommended Reading List

"Intelligent and sublime – a powerful combination." —Barbara Melville, Tangent
"Quite touching." —Eamonn Murphy, SFcrowsnest


Nathan and the Amazing TechnoPcket NerdCoat

"Nathan and the Amazing TechnoPocket NerdCoat"
Daily Science Fiction
October 2012

3,100 words, science fiction

"7 out of 7." —Steven W. Gordon, Songs of Eretz Poetry Review


Something to Be Tamed

"Something to Be Tamed"
Buzzy Mag
May 2012

6,200 words, science fiction

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 1st Quarter 2011



Heart of Brass

"Heart of Brass"
Fantastic Fiction Publishing
March 2012

10,800 words, WARNING: erotica

Reprinted, Of Passion and Steam (anthology), January 2017
Interview, Forbidden Fiction, January 2017

Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Sony | All Romance Ebooks | Fantastic Fiction Publishing



The Idiot

"The Idiot"
Big Pulp
March 2012

8,000 words, fantasy

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 1st Quarter 2009



Gnarly Times at Nana'ite Beach

"Gnarly Times at Nana'ite Beach"
F&SF
March 2012

7,500 words, science fiction

"Does not end as you'd expect, but in an even better way." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu


Flash Fiction Online Logo

"Surface Tension"
Flash Fiction Online
February 2012

1,100 words, fantasy

"A very good, subtly written tale." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

Reprinted, Far Fetched Fables (podcast), September 2014

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2011

Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey

"Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey"
WTF?! (anthology)
December 2011

7,500 words, fantasy

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 1st Quarter 2008
Nomination, by Publisher, WSFA Small Press Award, 2011

"Just brilliant." —April L'Orange, Aging Backwards


Brain Harvest Logo

"The Expurgated Version"
Brain Harvest
November 2011

400 words, science fiction




Get Happy

"Get Happy"
AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review
August 2011

1,700 words, science fiction

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 3rd Quarter 2009
Reprinted, Beam Me Up! (podcast), December 2011


The Ramshead Algorithm

"The Ramshead Algorithm"
F&SF
July 2011

13,500 words, fantasy

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 2nd Quarter 2008
Interview, F&SF blog, July 2011

"Worth the trip." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu
"Fascinatingly weird." —Brit Mandelo, Mandelo at Work
"There's an exact tone of the gonzo here, over and above the arcane. A fun read." —Lois Tilton, Locus Online
"Quite effective." —Rich Horton, Locus
"A well-structured, entertaining romp. RECOMMENDED." —Joey O'Donnell, SFF World
"A tantalising end." —Mark Watson, Best SF


IN PIECES

IN PIECES
Smashwords
June 2011

75,200 words, various genres (short fiction collection)

Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple | Kobo | Blio

Honorable Mention (for "The Vision of Miss Elaine"), Writers of the Future Contest, 4th Quarter 2008


Switch

"Switch"
Like Heaven and Hell (anthology)
April 2011

5,300 words, WARNING: erotica




Scales Made Manifest

"Scales Made Manifest"
New Myths
March 2011

4,000 words, fantasy

Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future Contest, 2nd Quarter 2009
Interview, New Myths, March 2011


Every Day Fiction Logo

"Hero"
Every Day Fiction
February 2011

600 words, fantasy

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2010

One Year Later

"One Year Later"
Daily Science Fiction
November 2010

700 words, science fiction

"Something Special. Recommended." —Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots


Boulder No. III

"Boulder No. III"
On the Premises
November 2010

4,100 words, fantasy

Nomination, by Editor, Million Writers Award, 2011


Every Day Fiction Logo

"The Perfect Find"
Every Day Fiction
November 2010

300 words, regular-type




Every Day Fiction Logo

"How the Snake Got the Fork in His Tongue"
Every Day Fiction
October 2010

1,000 words, fantasy




Now Open

"Now Open"
Flash Fiction Online
September 2010

600 words, fantasy

"A clever little piece." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu


Ovum Tempi

"Ovum Tempi"
Bards and Sages Quarterly
April 2010

1,000 words, fantasy




The Leafsmith in Love

"The Leafsmith in Love"
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
March 2010

7,600 words, fantasy

Finalist, Writers of the Future Contest (3rd Quarter, 2007)
Recommended Reading, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 (Rich Horton, ed.)

"Delightful fantasy." —Lois Tilton, Locus Online
"Kabza's voice is engaging and confident." —Sean Aldous, Rise of the Brass Army

Reprinted, The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year 2 (anthology), September 2011
Reprinted, Ceaseless Steam (anthology), July 2012


No Image

"Forever in Heaven"
Everyday Weirdness
February 2010

100 words, horror




Every Day Fiction Logo

"One-Sided"
Every Day Fiction
February 2010

300 words, science fiction



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2009

No Image

"You Don't Know Where That's Been"
Spaceports and Spidersilk
December 2009

1,300 words, fantasy




Brain Harvest Logo

"We Have an Objective"
Brain Harvest
August 2009

200 words, slipstream




Upriver

"Upriver"
Tower of Light Magazine
July 2009

2,400 words, fantasy




Billions of Stars

"Billions of Stars"
Flash Fiction Online
May 2009

500 words, fantasy

"Very clever, indeed." —Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

Reprinted, Beam Me Up! (podcast), March 2012


No Image

"Other Than This"
580 Split Online
March 2009

200 words, slipstream




Hi Jason

"Hi Jason"
Transcendent Visions
January 2009

1,500 words, regular-type




No Image

"Super Hero, Uncensored"
The Town Drunk
January 2009

2,600 words, fantasy



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2008

No Image

"The Hornets' Nest"
Spaceports and Spidersilk
December 2008

1,300 words, fantasy




Circlet Press Logo

"In Case of Apocalypse"
The Circlet Press website
September 2008

600 words, WARNING: erotica




Epiphany Sale

"Epiphany Sale"
Every Day Fiction
February 2008

200 words, regular-type

Reprinted, The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008 (anthology), December 2008

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2007

Happinex

"Happinex"
Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths (anthology)
December 2007

3,800 words, horror




Solidly Grounded

"Solidly Grounded"
The Ranfurly Review
December 2007

500 words, regular-type




No Image

"Merry Christmas and Lucky Jibblewooch"
KidVisions
December 2007

2,700 words, science fiction




From Mutsumi

"From Mutsumi"
Quantum Kiss
November 2007

1,300 words, science fiction

Reprinted, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, August 2015


Every Day Fiction Logo

"Flow"
Every Day Fiction
November 2007

400 words, science fiction



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2006

::CRICKETS::
chirp, chirp, chirp

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2005

::TUMBLEWEEDS::
fwooooshhh

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2004

Jakkit's Ferocious Mount

"Jakkit's Ferocious Mount"
Beyond Centauri
July 2004

2,000 words, fantasy



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2003

This Girl

"This Girl"
Happy
November 2003

500 words, regular-type




If Looks Could Kill

"If Looks Could Kill"
Kisses for Kids
June 2003

2,800 words, fantasy

Reprinted, Beyond Centauri, October 2003


No Image

"Memories of Happy Childhood"
The Fifth Di...
March 2003

900 words, science fiction

"A good twist; a good read." —Dennis Kriesel, Kansas City infoZine

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2002

No Image

"Cat Fight"
Kisses for Kids
December 2002

2,200 words, horror




Watch Out, It's Catching

"Watch Out, It's Catching"
Short Stuff Magazine
November 2002

500 words, fantasy




You Make Bath Times Much More Fun

"You Make Bath Times Much More Fun"
Kisses for Kids
September 2002

900 words, horror

Reprinted, Portals (anthology), October 2003
Nomination, James B. Baker Award for Genre Fiction (from Sam's Dot Publishing), 2002


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