Short Fiction

There’s a complete list of all my short fiction (more than sixty stories) in the Bibliography.

New Stories

Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Unidentified Funny Objects 5 by

The fifth annual volume of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series!

Aztec Astronauts, Punster Prophets, Apocalyptic Apps, Cantankerous Cryptids, and the Duck Knight! The fifth annual volume of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series features eighteen lighthearted science fiction and fantasy tales from the masters of the genre. Read about planetary adoptions, secret agent princesses, alien cooking reality shows, rigged elections, magical insurance agents, and much more.

Laura’s story, “The ∏ Files,” is a mash-up of The X-Files, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek, and (her favorite movie) Casablanca.

Editor: Alex Shvartsman

The Details

Publisher: UFO Publishing
Published: September 2016
ISBN-10: 0988432897
ISBN-13: 978-0988432895

"Achilles Piquant & the Elsinore Vacillation"

"Achilles Piquant & the Elsinore Vacillation" by

A starship, an indecisive hero, and an android with a Belgian accent...

Laura makes her first appearance in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, edited by some guy named Mike Resnick, in the November 2016 issue!

When the captain of the USS Elsinore dies suddenly, Lieutenant Hamlet becomes convinced that something is rotten in his starship. So he procures the services of Achilles Piquant, an investigative android from New Belgium, to uncover the truth—and unmask a murderer.

Read it online.

The Details

Publisher: Galaxy's Edge
Published: November 2016

"Galatea: A Modern Myth"

"Galatea: A Modern Myth" by

Arc Manor has launched a new romance magazine, available online and also in ebook and print formats, called Heart’s Kiss. Edited by my longtime colleague and friend Denise Little, who acquired one of my romance novels (Fever Dreams, written as Laura Leone) back in the day, as well as editing many of my short stories over about a 15 year period, when she was with the late, great Marty Greenberg’s company, Tekno Books.

Years ago, I wrote a novella, just to see if I could, but I never really did anything with it—until discussing the new mag a few months ago with Denise and Arc Manor publisher Shahid Mahmud. So Heart’s Kiss is running my novella in serialized format, in the first 3 editions of the magazine. It’s a contemporary version of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea—and what I suspect the challenges are in a relationship with a man who’s only able to love a perfect statue of his own making…

You can read Part I online here.

In addition to the usual booksellers, you can also buy Mobi or ePub formatted ebooks of the magazine directly from the publisher. See the links at Heart’s Kiss.

The Details

Publisher: Arc Manor
Published: February 2017
ISBN-10: 1612423353
ISBN-13: 978-1612423357

Collected Short Fiction

Highway To Heaven

Highway To Heaven by

Twelve Blasphemous Short Stories

The blasphemy collection is here! Campbell Award winning fantasy author Laura Resnick takes on heaven, hell, salvation, eternity, and Yahweh in this volume containing twelve of her short stories.

  • Highway To Heaven
  • Creation: The Launch!
  • No Room For the Unicorn
  • A Wind From Heaven
  • She of the Night
  • The Capo of Darkness
  • Confessional
  • The Infernal Revenant Service
  • Upon A Midnight Dreary
  • Jesus H. Christ
  • The Spear of Destiny
  • Project: Creation

In Resnick’s otherworldly collection, the Lord God commissions a wiseguy to clean up the road to salvation, the US army retrieves the Spear of Destiny from Nuremburg with the help of a mysterious operative, Professor Yahweh attempts to design Creation intelligently, and a Hollywood screenwriter seeks help from an archangel to dissolve his writer’s block.

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The Details

Publisher: Blonde Trifecta
Published: February 2011

Maybe You've Heard of Me?

Maybe You've Heard of Me? by

Fifteen Fantastical Tales of Famous Figures

In this collection of fifteen of her previously published short stories, Campbell Award winning fantasy author Laura Resnick riffs on the fantastical misadventures of the famous and infamous, both human and otherwise.

  • Camelot’s Greatest Hits
  • By Any Other Name
  • Under A Sky More Fiercely Blue
  • The Lily Maid of Astolat
  • The Abominable Snowman
  • The Fortunes of Temperance
  • Qadishtu
  • The Adventure of the Missing Coffin
  • Licensed To Reclaim
  • Grievous Wounds
  • Those Rowdy Royals!
  • The Spin Wizard
  • Curren’s Song
  • The Quin Quart
  • Avant Vanguard

Robin Hood experiences supply and demand problems, Merlin the Magician tries to turn a recalcitrant musician into a war leader, a lonely boy meets the Loch Ness Monster, Ramses the Mediocre hires a spin wizard to turn him into Ramses the Great, King Arthur looks for meaning in his life as he faces his death, the world’s most famous consulting detective assists a bloodsucking client who wants to be immortalized by an Irish novelist, and Santa tries to find work in a tropical clime for the abominable snowman.

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The Details

Publisher: Blonde Trifecta
Published: February 2011