Brooke Bolander

Brooke Bolander is an absolutely astounding writer. Her debut novella (but not her first published work, ohhhhh no, see below), THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING, is getting rave reviews from everyone who reads it, and deservedly so. Bolander is superb at taking unconnected historical events and linking them into a compelling, surreal romp through the best and worst aspects of human nature. Take a look at her web site for more information.


Here’s a list of her work to date — LOTS AND LOTS OF FREE SHORT STORIES. Go read them. SERIOUSLY.


“Her Words Like Hunting Vixens Spring”
Lightspeed, February 2012

“Tornado’s Siren”
Strange Horizons, February 2012; reprinted in The New Voices of Fantasy, edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman, 2017

“Sun Dogs”
Lightspeed, September 2012; reprinted in Aliens: Recent Encounters, edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane, 2013

“The Beasts of the Earth, the Madness of Men”
Nightmare, November 2013; Honourable Mention in The Best Horror of the Year 6, edited by Ellen Datlow

“The Legend of RoboNinja”
Lightspeed, April 2014

“Darlings”
Superficial Flesh, April 2014

“Mechanical Animals”
HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!, July 2014

“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead”
Lightspeed, February 2015; reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”
Uncanny, November 2016; reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017, edited by Paula Guran

The Only Harmless Great Thing

Tor Dot Com Publishing, January 2018

“Endlings”
Tor.com, 2018