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Caren Gussoff Sumption

Caren writes emotionally messy sci fi that hits you in the feels.

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The author of 5 books and more than 100 short stories, Caren Gussoff Sumption's been awarded a Hedgebrook Elizabeth George Award, the Speculative Literature Foundation's Gulliver Grant, a stint as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Geek of the Week, and honors from the European Commission on Science and Society. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2008, was the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. Her latest is a novella, "The Women," in Rise of the Beast (Abbadon/Rebellion, 2018).

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The Moon Illusion

Published Apr 13, 2020 · 1,799 words (7 minutes) · 2 likes · 228 views

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I wrote The Moon Illusion as a way to make sense of my father's organic dementia. He moved near us after my mother passed, then in with us after a broken shoulder. Prone to flights of fantasy, my father was also a product of his culture -- lost to him after many years of estrangement from his family, as distant from him as another world. This piece first appeared in mixer (2012)

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Stealing Purses

Published Mar 9, 2020 · 999 words (4 minutes) · 132 views

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"You love Jacob. He would give you anything, but never thinks to do so." Late 20s ugly crying in lit fiction form. From my second book, The Wave and Other Stories, originally published by Serpent's Tail.

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Emeritas

Published Feb 26, 2020 · 3,550 words (13 minutes) · 127 views

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"Not only am I known as the emperor of invention, he says, the genius who lit the world, the patron saint of modern physics, but I am a very talented dancer. Not many people know that. " And even fewer know that Nikola Tesla became a vampire. Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal (2013) .

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Someone Like You

Published Feb 18, 2020 · 2,234 words (9 minutes) · 136 views

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"I'm more of a private dick, but you hear all the penis jokes when you track rogue uteruses." Meet the Columbo of hysteria. An early humor piece, written in 2005.

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As They Get Warmer, They Give A Little

Published Feb 14, 2020 · 3,689 words (14 minutes) · 153 views

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The silliest version of the apocalypse, in tight leather pants. Originally published in After The Fall, edited by Alex Davis (2014) and SKEW, edited by Ben Lehman (2013) .

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Cicada

Published Feb 12, 2020 · 1,699 words (7 minutes) · 3 likes · 421 views

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Cicada is a diver: an information broker who knows how to reach the Brimstone, the elusive under-under-belly of the internet. But the Brimstone isn’t just hard to get to—it’s devilishly hard to return from.

Author Caren Gussoff Sumption lives in Seattle and has published five novels and over 100 short stories. She was the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Gulliver Grant, and was the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. She’s also new to Curious Fictions, so give her a warm welcome!

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Dandelion Girl

Published Feb 11, 2020 · 3,857 words (15 minutes) · 112 views

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Originally published in Geek Force Five, Vol. 2 (2014) , this "Dandelion Girl" is a response to Robert Young's classic 1961 "Dandelion Girl."

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