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Fiction and other works published in other venues, and written by Rajiv Moté. A few of my stories show up on my GoodReads author page.

“Hear Me Roar” in Factor Four Issue 7

Flash fantasy fiction, 670 words. “But it’s true that when ogres start to rage, they can’t stop. They keep working themselves up until the explosion, and only then can they eventually calm down. I know the drill. I’ve gone through the repair bills.” [Coming soon]

New Spring (Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of TimeBook and Chapter Summaries on Dragonmount

Nonfiction resource. Book and chapter summaries for the prequel book to Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. Dragonmount is assembling summaries as a resource to new fans before the release of Amazon Prime’s television adaptation.

The Old Ones, Great and Small” in Diabolical Plots Year 5

Short weird fiction, 2,800 words. “School’s out, and everybody wants to see the Great Old Ones in their new, “natural” habitats: the line into the Miskatonic Zoo doubles back and winds out the gates.” [Commentary]

L’Appel du Vide” in Metaphorosis 39

Short fabulist fiction, 3,900 words. “Isaac rode the wind, banking between buildings and circling landmarks laid out below him. At this height, the noise of the city was drowned out by the rush of air past his ears. Nobody could touch him here. Nobody could reach him. City blocks become patterns of multicolored geometry.” “The Call of the Void” is a phenomenon where a person standing at a precipice has the unreasonable, outrageous urge to step out into the abyss. [Commentary]

Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?” in Honey and Sulfur

Short dark fantasy fiction, 3,500 words. “All eyes drew skyward. The black, jumbled shapes of wings, beaks, and talons burst through the sooty clouds in utter silence. There were birds and there were Birds, and these were the latter. Insufficiently tormented souls eventually drew Birds. They were living voids, bird-shaped holes in the universe, and they inspired primeval horror beyond all torture when they appeared.” [Commentary]

Matchstick Reveries” in Truancy 5

Short fantasy fiction, 2,700 words. The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth. The X-Men meets “The Little Match Girl” in the Retributive Social Justice Phoenix Saga. [Commentary]

Artisanal Software: Fostering a Culture of Ownership” in Cars.com Tech Blog

Nonfiction, 1,200 words. If you want software developers to own their work, their workplace should be more like a craftsman’s workshop than an assembly line.

Remember the Ifrit” in Cast of Wonders 242

Flash science fiction, 500 words. The video just doesn’t capture it. Do you remember that time we took a skyboat through the candy-colored clouds of Hyperion and saw a live Ifrit? [Commentary]

Old Customs” in Unlikely Story 12.5

Fabulist fiction, 2,000 words. Sometimes the brightest festivals can be born from darkness. Now it’s a huge celebration of color and music, attracting tourists from all over the world, but looking back through the generations reveals painful origins. [Commentary]

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