Short Fiction

I've been writing fiction since I was eight or nine. I wrote several (really, really bad) science fiction and fantasy stories, a few of which appeared in my high school literary magazine, and I continued writing through college. It wasn't until my junior year in college (1973) that Denise and my best friend at the time (and fellow aspiring writer) Earl House convinced me that I should send out some of the stories collecting dust in my desk drawer. Under their continued insistence, I finally did so. Like everyone else, I collected enough rejection slips to paper a small room, but about a year and a half later, I also sold my first story...

After 1978, though, my short work started appearing at longer and longer intervals. In 1979, I started writing my first novel, SLOW FALL TO FAWN, which sold in 1980 and was published in 1981. Since then, most of my creative efforts have gone into novels. Nearly all the short fiction I wrote from 1987 - 1995 was for the WILD CARDS series. After the WILD CARDS series folded (temporarily, as it turns out), I experienced a five-year hiatus in short fiction (1996-2000). In a way, I regret that. I like writing short stories. I really do.

The good news is that more recently, I've started to write short fiction again, thanks mostly to invites from anthology editors. Given my schedule, I rarely have the 'extra' time to set a novel aside for a bit and write something shorter, but I've been trying to make the effort...  And as of 2008, “S.L. Farrell” is writing some short fiction as well.

With the advent of e-publishing, I've put out two collections of my short fiction for sale in as ebooks...

TwelveTalesCover A TAPESTRY OF TWELVE TALES is a collection of twelve short stories and novelettes, originally published between 1982 and 2009, including "You, by Anonymous," selected for Rich Horton's "Best of the Year" anthology.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • "Tapestry"
  • "Green Stone"
  • "Among the Pack, Alone"
  • "Evening Shadow"
  • "Flamestone"
  • "Chaos Theory"
  • "Staying Still"
  • "They Also Serve"
  • "Transformation"
  • "Sweeter Far Than Flowing Honey"
  • "The Gods of Every Other Wednesday Night" (available separately for 99 cents on amazon | B&N | or from Apple iBooks)
  • "You, by Anonymous"

Each story is prefaced by an introduction giving background on the story and its genesis. These dozen stories span fantastic worlds and universes, everything from the medieval past to the far future

Order TAPESTRY on: Amazon | B&N | Apple iBooks | Kobobooks | Sony ebookstore

AllianceStoriesCover A RAIN OF PEBBLES for the first time collects all of Stephen Leigh's "Alliance Universe" short fiction in one place. The Alliance Universe was also the setting for the "Hoorka Novels" (SLOW FALL TO DAWN, DANCE OF THE HAG, and A QUIET OF STONE), and also several short stories, including the title story, "A Rain of Pebbles," which was chosen as Best Short Story of the Year by the readers of Analog Magazine. The short stories and novelettes included in this collection are:

  • "Answer In Cold Stone"
  • "Encounter"
  • "A Rain of Pebbles"
  • "The Mask of Night On His Face"
  • "Chaos Night"
  • "In Darkness Waiting"
  • "When We Come Down"
  • "Shaping Memory"

Each story is prefaced by a brand new introduction reflecting on the story and how it came to be written. Enter the Alliance Universe, where strange creatures and stranger worlds await.

Order RAIN on: Amazon | B&N | Apple iBooks | Kobobooks | Sony ebookstore

THE SHORT FICTION LIST

Below is a reverse chronological listing of my short fiction -- the first appearance only, minus all the various reprints. different editions of the books. foreign sales, etc...

  • "Babel's Tower". High Stakes, edited by George RR Martin, Tor Books, Aug. 2016
  • "Temporally Full". Temporally Out of Order, edited by Joshua Palmetier & Patricia Bray. Zombies Need Brains LLC, Aug. 2015
  • "Bones of Air, Bones of Stone". Old Venus, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois. Bantam Books, March 2015
  • "The Bright Seas of Venus". Galaxy's Edge Magazine (Vol. 1, #1), edited by Mike Resnick. Arc Manor Press, Rockville, MD. 2013
  • “Hope We Die Before We Get Old”. Fort Freak, edited by George RR Martin. New York: Tor Books, 2011
  • “Gardener’s Baobab” (as S.L. Farrell). Suicide Kings, edited by George RR Martin. New York: Tor Books, December 2009
  • “The Gods of Every Other Wednesday Night” (as S.L. Farrell). Gamer Fantastic, edited by Kerrie Hughes and Martin H. Greenberg. New York: DAW Books, July, 2009
  • “Dirge In A Major Key” (as S.L. Farrell). Busted Flush, edited by George RR Martin. New York: Tor Books, December 2008
  • “Gardener’s Confessional #2” (as S.L. Farrell). http://americanhero.wildcardsbooks.com/#gardenerconfess (Tor Books’ promotional website for Inside Straight). April 2008
  • “DB’s Confessional #3” (as S.L. Farrell). http://americanhero.wildcardsbooks.com/2008/03/confessional-mi.html (Tor Books’ promotional website for Inside Straight). March 2008
  • “DB’s Confessional #2” (as S.L. Farrell). http://americanhero.wildcardsbooks.com/2008/02/confessional--2.html (Tor Books promotional website for Inside Straight). March 2008.
  • “Gardener’s Confessional” (as S.L. Farrell). http://americanhero.wildcardsbooks.com/#gardenerconfess. (Tor Books promotional website for Inside Straight). February 2008.
  • “DB’s Confessional” (as S.L. Farrell). http://americanhero.wildcardsbooks.com/2008/01/confessional-mi.html (Tor Books promotional website for Inside Straight). January 2008.
  • “Incidental Music For Heroes” (as S.L. Farrell). Inside Straight, edited by George RR Martin. New York: Tor Books, January 2008
  • “Transformation.” Man vs. Machine, edited by John Helfers. New York: DAW Books, July, 2007
  • “Chaos Theory.” Time Twisters. Edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg. New York: DAW Books, January, 2007
  • “They Also Serve.” Space Cadets. Edited by Mike Resnick. Los Angeles: LA World Science Fiction Convention original anthology, August 2006
  • “Altar Ego.” Chapter 8 of The Omega Egg, a round-robin novel edited by Mike Resnick. Fictionwise website: http://www.fictionwise.com. 2005
  • “Sweeter Far Than Flowing Honey.” Women of War. Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Tanya Huff, and Alexander Potter. New York: DAW Books, July 2005
  • “ ‘You’ by Anonymous.” I, Alien. Edited by Mike Resnick. New York: DAW Books, April 2005
  • “Among The Pack, Alone.” Sirius: The Dog Star. Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Alexander Potter. New York: DAW Books, June 2004
  • “Staying Still.” Men Writing SF As Women. Edited by Mike Resnick. New York: DAW Books, November 2003
  • “Promises.” Deuces Down (Wild Cards 16). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: iBooks, Simon & Schuster, June 2002
  • “Green Stones.” Assassin Fantastic. Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Alexander Potter. New York: DAW Books, July 2001
  • “Hartmann’s Death.” Black Trump (Wild Cards 15). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Baen Books, September 1995
  • “The Color of His Skin.” Marked Cards (Wild Cards 14). Edited b George RR Martin. New York: Baen Books, November 1993
  • “The Ashes Of Memory.” Card Sharks (Wild Cards 13). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Baen Books, February 1993
  • “Bloat’s Triumph.” Dealer’s Choice (Wild Cards 11). Edited by George RR Martin. NEW York: Bantam Books, August 1992
  • “The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat.” Jokertown Shuffle (Wild Cards 9). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Bantam Books, September 1991
  • “Sixteen Candles.” One-Eyed Jacks (Wild Cards 8). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Bantam Books, January 1991
  • “Hartmann’s Fall.” Ace In The Hole (Wild Cards 6). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Bantam Books, February 1990
  • “The Hue of the Mind.” Down and Dirty (Wild Cards 5). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Bantam Books, December 1988
  • “Evening Shadow.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, August 1988
  • “The Tint of Hatred.” Aces Abroad (Wild Cards 4). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Bantam Books, June 1988
  • “Strings.” Wild Cards (Wild Cards 1). Edited by George RR Martin. New York: Bantam Books, November 1986
  • “Shaping Memory.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, September 1985
  • “Flamestone.” Afterwar. Edited by Janet Morris. New York: Baen Books, June 1985
  • “Tapestry.” Berkely Showcase #5. Edited by Victoria Schochet. New York: Berkely Books, October 198
  • “When We Came Down.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, July 1978
  • “After Stone & Steel.” Eternity #1, May 1978.
  • “In Darkness Waiting.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, October 1977
  • “The Mask of Night On His Face” Future Pastimes. Edited by Scott Edelstein. Nashville: Aurora Press, May 1977
  • “Encounter.” Destinies #3. Edited by Jim Baen. New York: Ace Books April 1977
  • “A Rain of Pebbles.” Analog Magazine, April 1977
  • “Answer In Cold Stone.” Analog Magazine, December 1976
  • “With No Gods Before.” Fantasy and Terror Magazine, 1975.
  • “And Speak of Soft Defiance” Eternity Magazine #4, 1974