Well, well, well…we
meet post again. As the new awards cycles roll around (a perpetual motion machine of author anxiety) it is time to do a recap of what I had published last year! Which was a fair amount and I am super proud of all the stories! Yay words! ^_^
A note: stories in print anthologies will be listed under a previous name (A. Merc Rustad), but as of July 2019, I write under the name Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, so please do use that one when listing me as an author. Thank you!
Our Aim Is Not To Die
A People’s Future of the United States
(ed. by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams)
a story about Sua, an autistic non-binary student, who chooses to help their best friend and an AI entity rebel against a totalitarian regime. near SF dystopia about gender politics, bodily autonomy, and art in defiance of tyranny.
The Judith Plague
Do Not Go Quietly
(ed. by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner)
a story about androids, Hollywood, 80’s slasher/monster movies, bodily politics, and ridding the world of men who would abuse those without power.
Through Dark and Clearest Glass
Unlocking the Magic
(ed. by Vivian Caethe)
a story about a non-binary priest haunted by the ghost of a man they accidentally killed; depression, friendship, mental health advocacy, redemption, and magic.
a story about a virtual reality game (game’s haunted), consent, and the terror of sleep and dreams. (Do you want to play Vore?)
Twitter / Strange Horizons (fund drive backer reward)
when the earth insists you belong only to the ground, but you are made of air and want to fly, how far do you go to be your true self?
Short stories and novelettes are eligible for nomination in the Nebula Awards (science fiction and fantasy), the Hugo Awards (science fiction and fantasy), and the Shirley Jackson Awards (dark fiction, horror).
I would be honored to have any of my stories considered for your ballot, and as always, thank you SO much for reading and for your support. ❤ Happy 2020, everyone!