"A Sharp Breath of Birds"

You are two on the day you see your first personal bird.

The piece is heartfelt and magical, your resolve and comfort in your own body and desires a sword and shield and ship with which to sail into brighter skies and daring adventures.

-- Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews

"The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections"

  •, July 2018.
    • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus finalist for Best Novelette

Saffron takes her customary place at the little round table on the dais of the Traitor King.

It’s a subtle and aching story about loss and about the weight of injustice, and how even those without political power can be vital in standing up to corrupt systems and governments. . . . Just a wonderful read!

-- Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews

"Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work"

There was so little on this ship, and everything counted. Yet she had pleaded for the children to have this work to do. Everyone needed work. Humans, children—androids.

Uncanny in November-December features a very effective story by Tina Connolly . . . about an android on a generation starship who faces a transition as they reach their destination.

--Rich Horton, Locus (recommended)


  • Lightspeed, Women Destroy SF! issue, June 2014. (flash)

The ad blinked at you online, between the x-ray glasses and the grainy picture of how to lose fourteen pounds and get real wings, and you gave them your father's address, because your stepfather opens your mail.

The mix of the spontaneously weird and the brutally mundane makes this short piece a solid one. It certainly was the bit of flash fiction that stuck with me most from the whole group. It's only a few pages, but it only needs a few pages to make its point delicately and with unflinching clarity.

-- Brit Mandelo,