Naomi Kritzer’s short fiction

Hey! I have a SHORT STORY COLLECTION called Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories that is now available from Fairwood Press! You can also buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you’d like a signed copy, my two local SF/F bookstores, Uncle Hugo’s and Dreamhaven, can set you up! This collection includes most of my short fiction published 2011-2015, minus the Seastead stories because they link together into a novel (and my agent is trying to sell that) and including a few older stories plus two stories that have not been previously published.

The list of my short stories with links to the online ones is below. (Including the fiction too recent to have been included in my collection.)


The Dragon Project, Clarkesworld, March 2022. Also available in audio! (And in Chinese! — the story was originally written for Future Affairs Administration’s Spring Festival Gala, so it actually appeared in Chinese before appearing in English.)

“The Shape of the Particle,” The Reinvented Heart: Tales of Futuristic Relationships, edited by Cat Rambo and Jennifer Brozek. Released in ebook form in March 2022; coming in print in May 2022.


I had no new short fiction appear, but Chaos on CatNet came out in April, A Star Without Shine was re-published by Zooscape, and I wrote a short story for the anthology The Reinvented Heart, which will be coming out in March 2022.


MonsterClarkesworld, January 2020.

Little Free Library,, April 2020

This is an essay rather than a short story, but it’s about one of my short stories — Didn’t I Write This Story Already? When Your Fictional Pandemic Becomes Reality., April 2020. (It’s about my story So Much Cooking, which was published in Clarkesworld in 2015.)

A Star Without Shine, originally written for the New Decameron Project Patreon in May 2020. Link goes to Zooscape, which reprinted it with some lovely art.


I had no short fiction come out in 2019! I did, however, have a novel come out.


“Prophet of the Roads,” Infinity’s End (edited by Jonathan Strahan), July 2018. If you squint, this might be a far-far-far-future sequel to “Cat Pictures Please.”

Field Biology of the Wee FairiesApex, September 2018. There’s also an interview with me about the story in which you can see some photos of the protagonist, who is based on my mother.

The Thing About Ghost StoriesUncanny, November/December 2018. This story was also featured on their podcast, which includes an interview with me.


“Evil Opposite,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2017.

Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place CafeClarkesworld, March 2017.

ParadoxUncanny, June 2017


Zombies in Winter, Persistent Visions, December 2016.

“Cat Pictures Please,” translated into Chinese by Geng Hui, ZUI Found, March 2016.


So Much CookingClarkesworld, November 2015. Audio version.

“Cleanout,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2015.

“The Silicon Curtain: A Seastead Story,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/August 2015.

WindApex, April 2015.

The Good SonLightspeed, March 2015. (Reprint — originally appeared in Baen’s Universe.)

Cat Pictures PleaseClarkesworld, January 2015. Nebula Award finalist, Locus Award winner, Hugo Award winner.

“Jubilee: A Seastead Story,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2015.

“Artifice,” Translated into Russian and published in ESLI, October 2015.


“Containment Zone: A Seastead Story,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014.

“Artifice,” Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 2014.


BitsClarkesworld, October 2013. Audio version available here. Note: adult content.

“The Wall,” Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2013. Winner of the 2013 Asimov Reader’s Award.

“Solidarity: A Seastead Story,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2013.


“High Stakes: A Seastead Story,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2012.

“Liberty’s Daughter: A Seastead Story,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2012. Reprinted in Year’s Best SF 18, David Hartwell, editor.

“Scrap Dragon,” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2012. Reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction: 2013 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, 2013.


“Isabella’s Garden.” Appeared in Realms of Fantasy in August 2011. (Almost the last issue, sigh.)

“What Happened at Blessing Creek.” Appeared in August 2011 in Intergalactic Medicine Show.

Prior to 2011

If you like my short fiction, you could buy one (or both) of my short story collections, in which I collected my short fiction from prior to 2011.

Comrade Grandmother coverComrade Grandmother and Other Stories

Comrade Grandmother
Russian blood and Russian tears, Russian breath and Russian bones, why have you come? 
Published in Strange Horizons in 2002. Available online.

The Golem
The golem woke on December 1st, 1941, and saw the future before her like an unrolled scroll.

Honest Man
You can cheat an honest man. Or you can cheat a dishonest man with a clear conscience.

The old woman who raised Eleanor told her that she had no fortune.

Three Wishes
Caroline says that fairy godmothers don’t have wings anymore due to underground nuclear testing.

Spirit Stone
Sarai’s small hands could turn the most difficult breech birth, and stanch the worst bleeding

The Good Son
I needed a family to back up my story. So I went to find one.

Faust’s SASE
Thank you for showing me your soul, but it didn’t quite grab me, alas.

The Long Walk
We are grateful for your sacrifice, but you have to understand; you’re a danger to us now.

Unreal Estate
It was Bernie who decided to try to sell Manhattan to Ted Turner.

When Shlemiel Went to the Stars
We want a great big planet. The biggest one available.

Buy Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories on for Kindle ~ on for Nook

WinterKingGift of the Winter King and Other Stories

Brother Mac, You Are Healed!
I’ll pay you a hundred bucks if you can raise this computer from the dead.

St. Ailbe’s Hall
There was a Siberian husky in the last pew of the church, holding a hymnal and singing. Published in 2004 in Strange Horizons in two parts: available here and here.

Gift of the Winter King
The Winter King came to bring order.

The first thing I noticed about Mira was the candle she was holding.

On Mascherata, I could be who I was, without fear.

Mages don’t have babies; you’re a mage. You’ll get used to the idea.

The Price
I am a murderer, but I don’t remember who I murdered, or why.

In the Witch’s Garden
There are no other Gerdas here. We don’t need numbers.

Don’t scream; if you do, they’ll all scream.

The Manual
Jesus: A dynamic speaker, someone who might have been to Franklin Covey training.

Kitchen Magic, With Recipes 
Light candles, call the quarters, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Buy Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories on for Kindle ~ on for Nook


8 thoughts on “Naomi Kritzer’s short fiction

  1. I found your website because I was looking for political information. Your posts were way more helpful than MPR! And then I got to this page and was reminded that you wrote Cat Pictures Please. That story was hilarious! Now I’m going to have to read all your stories (after I finish my thesis. Must finish thesis.)

    Anyway, thanks!

  2. I just finished So Much Cooking. This story definitely hit hard on so many inarticulate leveled for me. I think you hit so many feelings and emotions I think we all have been feeling from the start of this very real pandemic. Even down to all the creative cooking storms that went on in everyone’s house at one point or another.

  3. Count me in for the Seastead fixup novel, too! I read the first story recently, somewhere and it was really, really good. Can’t imagine why it hasn’t sold. Maybe you need to add a few CATs! 😻 Maybe you need a new Agent?

  4. Hi Naomi, I’ve been a fan since… well, 2018 I guess, because Wee Fairies is the first one I read. I love your stories and I was wondering if you’re planning another collection? I’d also love to know what’s happening with Seastead. Hope you’re keeping well!

    • I think I have almost, but not quite, enough short stories to fill another collection — not counting the Seastead stories, which are kind of their own grouping. So, probably at some point? Thanks for the note!

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