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

Short weird fiction, 2,800 words. Call me old fashioned–and I’m not saying we should go back to the way things were–but it feels wrong to see kids taking selfies with H.P. Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones at the Miskatonic Zoo. [Commentary]

L’Appel du Vide” in Metaphorosis 39

Short fabulist fiction, 3,900 words. You know how it goes. You get laid off from your job. You’re untethered. You float around the office, trying to grab your stuff. You dive off the side of a building. And you start to float away. “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. It’s possible to keep hold of love in Hieronymus Bosch’s Hell, but you have to watch out for those Birds. [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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