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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. The anthologies I’m in show up on my Amazon author page.

“In Roaring She Shall Rise” in Escape Pod

Flash science fiction, 500 words. “When the octopuses first came to the city, they learned by manipulating slides, levers, and knobs. They embraced it down to their self-edited RNA, growing strong enough to open doors against the water’s press, sprouting tentacles at the tips of their arms to better manipulate the tools they found. Their brains grew, as did their numbers. The ubiquity of walls gave the octopuses a strong territorial sense, but they became social for defense against a parade of invaders.” [Coming September 2020]

“Local Hero” in Dream of Shadows issue 2

Short fantasy fiction, 1,200 words. “Across the gallery from Garga stood Sheketh’s massive statue of Borag the Liberator, down on one knee, muscles coiled with power, his massive arms holding up his great shield to the sky as if to blot out the sun. Borag the Rebel, who defied the Dark Lord and shepherded the Halflings to the very Mountain of Fire, destroying the tyrant’s power and freeing the Black Land. Borag the Defiant, who lifted the Halflings on his shield to their rescue, even as a molten river consumed him, leaving only his shield to tell the story.” [Commentary]

Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?” (Reprint) in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 5

Short dark fantasy fiction, 3,500 words. “Before the arch was the Gatekeeper, tall and sinister in his feathered cloak and tufted helm. He allowed some of those who approached to pass. Others, he punished horrifically, their remains strewn across the courtyard to crawl and knit themselves together. Jaan remembered that, but trying to discern a pattern was like grasping at smoke.” [Coming May 2020] [Commentary]

“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.” [Factor Four closed down publication, so the contract to publish this story was invalidated.]

GOP Talking Points For President Trump’s Fifth Avenue Massacre” on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Satire, 400 words. “MYTH: “The President stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot [somebody].” FACT: It was East 57th Street, the President was on the sidewalk, and there were multiple targets.” [Commentary]

Lord of Chaos (Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time) Book and Chapter Summaries on Dragonmount

Nonfiction resource. Book and chapter summaries for the sixth book of Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time. Dragonmount has assembled summaries as a resource for new fans before the release of Amazon Prime’s television adaptation.

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 has assembled summaries as a resource for 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 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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