Short Fiction


‘The City Still Dreams of Her Name’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. A city incarnated in human form pursues her instances across timelines, seeking to change the terrible destiny of the woman she loves.

‘We Will Become as Monsters’ in The Future Fire. A scavenger who lives near a deadly monster-labyrinth comes upon a dying general, who promises her wealth, concubines, and more power than she’s ever dreamed of.


‘That August Song’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. For ages uncounted, humanity is defended from the monsters of sea by pilot-priests, who combat them within the living weapons known as vanquishers. Mecha fantasy.

‘Where Machines Run with Gold’ in The Future Fire. A soldier takes on a beheading dare and comes to meet her agreed-upon sentence in a small, strange city. Space opera Sir Gawain and the Green Knight retelling, takes place in the same universe as And Shall Machines Surrender.

‘Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster’. On a remote planet, a convent harbors a deadly secret buried beneath quiet violence–a secret that the woman known only as the Alabaster Admiral will obtain at any cost. A story from the perspective of a young woman forced into religion by violent imperialism. Takes place after ‘Where Machines Run With Gold’ but before And Shall Machines Surrender.

‘Tiger, Tiger Bright’ in The Dark Magazine. A woman in contemporary Bangkok harbors a lifelong curse. A woman who calls herself a tiger offers help.


‘The Five Secret Truths of Demonkind‘ in Big Echo. The earth is cursed; humans are doomed to become monsters. A demon breaches virtue’s fortress in search of God.

‘Red as Water, White as Ruin’ in Mythic Delirium. An expedition journeys to a land devastated by an unknown apocalypse, navigating an impossible curse and an impossible survivor. Secondary-world horror/dark fantasy.

‘The Owls of Juttshatan’. On a cold world of slow-moving terns, a child grows in the shadow of her mother the war hero. She is a creature of peace, raised in quiet among maps and dreams and owls. But she can be more, if she chooses. A space opera novelette of brutal bildungsroman. Prequel to ‘Autodidact’


‘You and I Shall be as Radiant’. Hu Feilin is a survivor of genocide, one of the last of her world. She knows of only one other, her sister Hu Liyan, a child selected by the tyrants for military training. To get Liyan back, Feilin will overcome anything: ancient ghosts, a genocidal army—or her own sister’s wish.

‘After-Swarm’. In the far future, soldiers are sent to fight a proxy war on a distant planet to solve the question: who owns Earth? But with the war resolved, soldiers no longer have a use. Emilia, once valued for her machine affinity, must return to the life she left behind and face a world ordered anew.

‘No Pearls as Blue as These’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Bidaten is a bulwark, one of those bred as living weapons to fight horrors from beyond the high, vast walls that keep humanity safe from monsters. Duty is all she knows until her lord brings home a beautiful foreign bride.

‘Fade to Gold’ in Pseudopod (audio reprint). Narrated by Jen Zink.

‘The Universe as Vast as Our Longings’ in The Jewish Mexican Literary Review. In a far future, a country of tyrants conquers a world and takes in its children to raise as willing collaborators. When all you have is nothing, living itself is resistance. 6,200 words.

‘The Sun Shall Lie Across Us Like Gold’ in Clockwork Cairo (ed. Matthew Bright, Twopenny Press). Post-colonial steampunk in 19th century Thailand. Sequel to ‘The Governess and We’. 3,500 words.

‘Parable of the Cocoon’ in Big Echo. When the aliens came it was not to invade, but to uplift humanity for the purposes of an inscrutable war. Human subjects are selected for alien communion, given to perceive time in parallax… or perhaps something else entirely. 5,800 words.


‘We Are All Wasteland On the Inside’ in The Future Fire. Noir meet tragic Spirited Away. A woman haunted by her childhood visit in Himmapan Forest attempts to help an old spymaster solve her murder in a world slowly decaying from its contact with myth. 4,700 words.

‘The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire’ in Apex. Queer desert epic fantasy lightly influenced by Arthuriana, deconstructing gendered language and prophetic tropes. 7,200 words.

‘Under She Who Devours Suns’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Melishem and Sikata should both have been champions for Tessellated Talyut. On the tension between love, duty, sacrifice, and the self-destructive obsession with becoming the best. 5,900 words.

‘The Finch’s Wedding and the Hive That Sings’ in Clockwork Phoenix 5 (ed. Mike Allen, Mythic Delirium). In the Cotillion, the Song is all. A commander bargains with an oracle for favorable omens, but her bid for war is complicated by that most difficult of all battles: marriage negotiation between the powerful. Poly marriage, politics, a theocracy of birds and music. Think WH40K, but queer and intersectional. 7,200 words.

‘Comet’s Call’ in Mythic Delirium. Hu Ziyi is both arms dealer and weapon, veteran of many wars, summoned to a dying city built on a legacy of genocide to lift a curse. 4,100 words.

‘That Which Stands Tends Toward Free Fall’ in Clarkesworld Magazine. In a not-too-far future, the geopolitical map has changed irrevocably and war has become the default. A retired soldier has spent years in Ayutthaya, avoiding her former duties, until they catch up in the shape of her commander and her AI child. Ghost in the Shell meet post-colonialism in Thailand meet lesbian soldiers. 5,800 words.

‘In Them the Stars Open Like Doors’ in Flesh: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (ed. Cassandra Khaw and Angeline Woon, Buku Fixi). In suburban Thailand, a woman gives birth, over and over, to galaxies. Soon, they will kill her. Magic realism. 2,600 words.

‘Dream Command’ on Harlot Media. Soldier women in a dangerous game. Military SF thriller in the near future, with a kinky queer bent (graphic sex). 6,700 words.

‘The Beast at the End of Time’ in Apex Magazine. As the world marches toward the guillotine of its finale, a beast wakes and a woman heavy with her mothers’ legacy seeks to repair humanity’s last refuge. A bit Jekyll-Hyde, a bit Beauty and the Beast circa nanomachine apocalypse, all lesbian. 4,000 words.


‘The Occidental Bride’ in Clarkesworld Magazine. Heilui, a Hong Kong anthropologist, buys an ex-mafia Finnish bride. Her new wife Kerttu must learn to adapt to civilian life in an unfamiliar land, an unfamiliar culture… and perhaps together the two of them will catch the terrorist behind the war that sank Europe. 6,700 words.

‘The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Yin Sanhi is the woman who foments and leads revolutions, knowing always that she’s one step from her fall – and Empress Narasorn proves her equal. Epic fantasy in 6,000 words.

‘The Petals Abide’ in Clarkesworld Magazine. Petals fall from Twoseret’s mouth, prophetic. They predict her life, death, loss. But they may prove fallible after all when an assassin is sent to her as a gift. 6,200 words.

‘And the Burned Moths Remain’ on Long ago Jingfei sold the world of her birth, Tiansong, to the Hegemony. Kept as a political prisoner, she bides her eternal sentence in the company of her countless bodies. An envoy arrives with an offer: a bargain to undo history and redeem Jingfei’s name. 6,100 words.

‘Provenance’ in She Walks in Shadows (ed. Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press). On a space station, Pth’thya-l’yi slumbers. Eldritch noir. 3,500 words.

‘Desert Lexicon’ in Meeting Infinity (ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books). In the desert, all choices are poor. But making none is simply death of another sort. 4,900 words.

‘Mermaid’s Teeth, Witch-Honed’ in TFF-X: Ten Years of The Future Fire (ed. Djibril al-Ayad, Cécile Matthey and Valeria Vitale). Mermaids are soldiers; mermaids are weapons. 2,700 words.


Scale-Bright, a novella from Immersion Press. Shortlisted for the British SF Association Award.

‘Chrysalises’ in Dangerous Games, edited by Jonathan Oliver (Solaris Books).

‘The Governess and We’ in Steampunk World, edited by Sarah Hans (Alliteration Ink).

‘Synecdoche Oracles’ in Upgraded, edited by Neil Clarke. Laithirat is best known for its oracles: algorithms which generate perfect prophecies at the moment of their death. A hunted soldier comes to bargain for these seers. 4,600 words.

  • Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s Griffin).

‘Ningyo’ in Phantasm Japan, edited by Nick Mamatas (Haikasoru). In a post-apocalyptic world, a woman hunts a mermaid for her flesh.

‘Five Hundred and Ninety-Nine’ in The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures, edited by Sean Wallace (Running Press). 9,600 words.

‘When We Harvested the Nacre-Rice’ in Solaris Rising 3, edited by Ian Whates (Solaris Books). On a planet engaged in secret war, everyone is a combatant. 5,000 words.

  • Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 edited by Rich Horton (Prime Books).

‘Sixty Years in the Women’s Province’ in GigaNotoSaurus. Sixty years in the life of a girl born into the women’s country and the demon who drifts in and out of her life. Family, old age, mortality, and the compromises we make toward the end. 9,200 words.

‘Elision’ in La Femme, edited by Ian Whates (NewCon Press). A private detective is engaged to investigate mysterious footage where a woman dies again and again. 3,800 words.

‘Golden Daughter, Stone Wife’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (April 2014). An immigrant sorcerer, her lost golem, and a compromise of winter. Podcast read by Folly Blaine. 7,500 words. Subscriptions.

‘Autodidact’ in Clarkesworld Magazine (April 2014). A sentient starship, a psychologist, a soldier, and the battlefield they make of one another: on brutal psychology, survival, and parenthood. Podcast read by Kate Baker. 5,800 words.

  • Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 edited by Rich Horton (Prime Books).
  • Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s Griffin).

‘Zeraquesh in Absentia’ in The Dark (Feb 2014). Weightless Books. A police officer and a private eye seek a missing person in the haunted city. 2,800 words.


Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade in Clarkesworld Magazine (Dec 2013). Amazon | Weightless Books. A general is brought back from the dead to conquer the world of her birth. 5,200 words. Podcast read by Kate Baker.

‘Fade to Gold’ in End of the Road edited by Jonathan Oliver (Solaris Books). Amazon | Amazon UK. Desire, monstrosity, and a journey home. 4,800 words.

‘Paya-Nak’ in Scigentasy. Love after death. 4,900 words.

‘Vector‘ in We See a Different Frontier edited by Djibril al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes. Amazon | Amazon UK | Wizard’s Tower.

  • Reprinted in The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane (Running Press).
  • Reprinted in Heiresses of Russ 2014 edited by Melissa Scott and Steve Berman (Lethe Press).
  • Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois.

‘The Bees Her Heart, The Hive Her Belly’ in Clockwork Phoenix 4edited by Mike Allen. A woman with bees instead of a heart. Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Barnes and Noble.

‘Annex’ in Clarkesworld Magazine (April 2013). Memory and music. 3,800 words. Podcast read by Kate Baker.

‘The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate’ in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (April 2013). A sun goddess finds herself. 8,500 words.


Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon in GigaNotoSaurus (Nov 2012). Houyi the Archer brings down the nine suns. 14,900 words.

Chang’e Dashes from the Moon in Expanded Horizons (Aug 2012). Chang’e escapes with help from her wife and a descendant. Sequel to ‘Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon’. 6,000 words.

‘Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods’ in The Future Fire (Sep 2012). Two young women find love and loss in a time of war. 11,200 words.

6 thoughts on “Short Fiction

  1. Sutinna R.

    ็Hi. I saw your name in this year Hugo’s Ballot. What a pleasant surprise to find a fellow Thai there! It’s hard enough to find a female Thai SF reader, let alone a writer who caught Hugo panel’s eyes.

    Anyhow, I’d love to read your stories. Is there any available individually as e-book? My to-be-read piles are rather to big to add thick anthologies on the top.

    Keep on your good works!

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  3. Currently reading (i.e. gobbling) your free stories from Smashwords, having first met your work by way of ‘Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade.’ I am in love with your work. (And sentient starships? Did I mention sentient starships? As reader and writer both, I adore them.) It’s like meeting the long-lost writerly cousin I never knew I had. Your descriptions have the lightning-stroke brilliance of poetry. I am reading giddily as a Fan while trying to keep my Writer’s Industrial Espionage Hard Hat on. I have already recommended your work to my best writer-buddy (Chinese-American first-gen who is also the Consulting Microbiologist for my vampire and mummy-resurrection tales).

    May you live long and have many literary offspring, whether a flock of lapidary short stories or big fat epics. Matters not to me because I will read them all.

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