‘Tis that time of year…where writers howl into the void, unleashing the chaos of their hearts, offering up their stories for the abyss to judge, and the abyss wails back at them. It is… SFF AWARDS SEASON The Nebula Awards have opened for nominations (and this year, both Active and Associate members can vote!) and soon… Read More 2018 Awards Eligibility Post
I’m delighted to share the first story for Robot Dinosaur Fiction, Rachael K. Jones’ adorable, feels-inducing “Five Functions of Your Bionosaur.” It has a terrific illustration by Rhiannon R-S, too! This story hatches a summer of flash fiction about robot dinosaurs, from a fantastic line-up of authors and artists. 😀 We have a Kickstarter running… Read More Welcome to ROBOT DINOSAURS!
What is good in life? ROBOT DINOSAURS! I’m delighted to announce the official launch of a Kickstarter to fund a summer of robot dinosaur fiction by a fantastic line-up of authors and artists! So what is this project? Robot Dinosaur Fiction! is a virtual anthology: each Friday from May through August, 2018, a new flash… Read More ROBOT DINOSAURS! Kickstarter is live!
Short fiction published in 2017 that is eligible for awards.… Read More Awards Eligibility 2017
How Grandma Saved the World And Invented Intergalactic Diplomacy by A. Merc Rustad Grandma was the first person to encounter the aliens, and because of that, we’re alive decades later and I get to tell you the story of how she saved the world. It goes like this. Grandma always believed in being kind.… Read More How Grandma Saved the World And Invented Intergalactic Diplomacy
Forthcoming from Lethe Press in May 2017! You can preorder now. The artwork is by the fantabulous Matthew Timson, and the interior layout is by Inkspiral Design.
The Nebula Awards nomination period is open and SFWA members can nominate until February 15th, 2017. I’m very proud of the work I had published this year, and would be honored if you were to consider any of my stories. So, I present to you my award-eligible works from 2016: This Is Not a Wardrobe Door * (1,800 words)… Read More Award Eligibility 2016
I have launched a Patreon and now published my first story on that platform! 😀 It is a 1,400 word SF ghost story with feels. Merc’s Patreon I’m so excited to share this! I’ve also posted a “behind the scenes” analysis post about how this story came into being, which is on the $5 dollar… Read More New on Patreon: “Our Nights Of Waking Dreams”
September launches with a few exciting updates from your friendly neighborhood Merc! Shimmer Issue 33 is here! It has gorgeous fiction from Fran Wilde, Lora Gray, Ryan Row, and me! “What Becomes of the Third-Hearted” will be available online 9/18/16–and of course you can read it right away in the ebook (along with a bonus interview). Diabolical… Read More Patreon and New Stories!
Thrilled to share my dark fantasy story about a trans guy assassin who plays the long game to get what he wants. The Gentleman of Chaos It’s up at Apex Magazine, along with an interview with me conducted by Andrea Johnson! This issue has a fabulous TOC and I am honored to be a part… Read More THE GENTLEMAN OF CHAOS + author interview published at Apex Magazine!