Cover art by Stephanie Hoover

A Mars colonist accepts a deal with a mining company to start a new life on humanity’s off-world frontier; but idealism turns to unease when reality becomes darker than the fine print foretold. With his farm under biological attack and the most powerful player on the planet as an enemy, Mahela has no choice but to flee with information vital to the future of millions.

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Short Stories

Cover art by Patricia Revolinksy

Saveen has been selected out of many candidates to become the Storyteller, a person who will represent humanity to an unnamed entity via the Swirl, an orbital interface in spacetime. The task is mentally taxing and estranging, and he must also undergo various biotech enhancements that come with ethical and emotional costs. Meanwhile, humanity has some hard questions to answer about its past, and the future it is creating for itself. When the Swirl is activated, all does not go according to plan… and Saveen learns that the role we play in history may not be the one we intended.

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Amanthi is a teenage student in a not-so-distant future school system of hyper-testing and top-down control. In this world, creativity is a liability — but Amanthi is not deterred from dreaming. “The Parched Lands”, delves into the tangled issues of race, tracking, high-stakes testing, and creativity starvation that run through America’s public school systems. This short story was published as a part of Issue 7: Expectations of Crossed Genres Magazine.

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Remembering Turinam tells the tale of Salai, a scholar-monk who lives in Turinam, a colonized territory occupied by the Rytari Republic. Salai returns to his childhood home to reconcile with his dying grandfather, who fought in defense of Turinam during the Rytari invasion many decades ago. He comes with turbulent questions — he leaves with a mission. The Future Fire published this short story as part of the colonialism-themed, speculative fiction anthology We See a Different Frontier in September 2013. It received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 31st Edition.

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In Work

Short Stories in circulation :

  • Refuge (science fiction)- From its vantage point on a planet known as Refuge, an alien intelligence contemplates climate change on Earth, and encounters a new form of life – the origin story for the Tibetan Buddhist concept of Beyul
  • The Karma of Ponds (fantasy) – a parable about climate change told across four generations, using fantastical elements drawn from South Asian mythology
  • Tafoni / Tomorrow / Petrified (various) – a set of two micro fiction (300 word) stories and one poem submitted in response to visual prompts for the CWC Vision and Verse Ekphrastic Book

Novels in work:

  • Covenant of the Seasons (fantasy) – Alderis Shi Ka Wys, the ostracized scion of a noble family discovers the secret that keeps a pan-national religious order in power and leads a sweeping reformation to liberate a continent magically tied to the changing seasons. An exploration of family politics, institutional power and oppression, and the power and beauty of nature — told through a mythos and magic system drawn from Hindu, Buddhist, and pagan Celtic traditions.
  • Rassam’s Eye (science fiction) – Nimasha Vaas returns to the backwater planet where she left as a child, from the far more technologically-advanced neighboring star system where she grew into adulthood and started her career as a researcher. What starts as scientific exploration turns darker, as Nimasha’s journey leads her deeper down the warrens of identity, family, and interplanetary politics than she ever meant to go, against the backdrop of a budding interstellar war over her home planet.