On the Eyeball Floor & Other Stories

From the Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin comes Tina Connolly’s first full-length collection, with two dozen stories spanning a decade of writing.

These inventive and compelling stories contain tales of transcending cyborgs, shapeshifting bears, sentient hands, rogue GPSs, superhero moms groups, zombie chipmunks, and a story told from the point of view of a paddle in Pong.

Her stories have been described as original, charming, delightful, unexpected, poignant, mystifying, beautiful, horrific, intricate, darkly funny, imaginative, fascinating, and just plain weird.

The 25 stories and 3 poems include her prequel story to her YA Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen, as well as one new story exclusive to the collection.

Enticingly varied first collection . . . Connolly writes with a vividness that immerses the reader in her scenarios and makes their unpredictable endings all the more fulfilling.

-- Publishers Weekly

One of the August Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You'll Want to Read

-- Kirkus Reviews

Tina Connolly's On the Eyeball Floor is both visionary and insightful.

-- Real Change


Connolly tells mesmerizing, emotional stories through a range of voices that is as varied as it is impressive. . . .like a great character actor she makes this masterful variety seem effortless.

-- Alex Shvartsman, UFO Publishing

Frequently profound, sometimes bizarre, and at other moments, laugh-out-loud hilarious: this collection of Tina Connolly's eclectic stories packs the full range of the human experience into one book.

-- Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger series

Connolly’s debut collection brings together two dozen stories that feature the same fantastical strangeness as her celebrated novels . . . Darkly funny, imaginative collection.

-- Joel Cunningham, Barnes & Noble SF Blog


(PS to younger readers who've wandered over here from Seriously Wicked: Although many stories are YA-friendly, they are not all YA stories, and the collection as a whole is darker than Seriously Wicked. (About like Ironskin, say. Plus some swear words.))

On the Eyeball Floor: Stories of Climbing, Falling, and Spare Body Parts

  • On the Eyeball Floor
  • “On Glicker Street: A Seasonal Quartet”
  • “Selling Home”
  • “Left Hand”
  • “Rehydration”

Recalculating: Stories of Journeys, Dead-Ends, and the Friends Riding Shotgun

  • “Recalculating”
  • “The Bitrunners”
  • “Standard Comfort Measures in Earthling Pregnancies”
  • “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day!”
  • “That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda’s One Hundredth Birthday Party”

See Dangerous Earth-Possibles: Stories of Families, Baseball Bats, and Zombie Chipmunks

A Million Little Paper Airplane Stories: Stories of Myths, Legends, and the Uncatchable

Hard Choices: Stories of Tough Choices, Tough Love, and Fairy Dust

  • “Hard Choices”
  • “How Frederika Cassowary-Jones Joined the Ladies’ Society of Benevolent Goings-On”
  • “Inflection”
  • “Silverfin Harbor”
  • “As We Report to Gabriel”


Whether hilariously funny or unflinchingly intense, Tina Connolly's stories resonate at a human emotional core.

-- Scott H. Andrews, World Fantasy Award Winning Editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies