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Laurie Tom

Laurie Tom is a Chinese American author living in southern California. She likes books, video games, and anime.

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Laurie Tom is a Chinese American author living in southern California. She likes books, video games, and anime. You can follow her on Twitter as @writerrat.

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Kite Dancer

Published Oct 14, 2019 · 6,036 words (22 minutes)

Fantasy Historical steampunk alternate history World War I WWI

In an alternate World War I, the German Empire lures China to its side of the war with the promise of returning the land taken from them by the Japanese. For Germany, the largest benefit is gaining the considerable talent of China's kite dancers and their ability to command the wind. For Ke-fung, she wants the freedom of her hometown, and a way to prove her worth in the wake of the injury that has taken her sight.

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Kite dancer curious fictions cover

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The White Snake

Published Sep 30, 2019 · 899 words (4 minutes) · 15 views

Fantasy folklore

She tried to tell him she wasn't human, but why would he believe her?

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Clínica

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Confidence Game

Published Sep 16, 2019 · 6,396 words (24 minutes)

Science Fiction space opera heist adventure

Daryl Yagami quit being a con man and established himself on a remote outpost as a stage magician so he could break free of his past. However, his past catches up with him and soon Daryl is forced to do another job, this time for the government, to steal captured alien technology from a deadly cartel. Fortunately for Daryl, there's a lot about stage magic that is useful for committing a heist.

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The Held Daughter

Published Sep 2, 2019 · 6,551 words (24 minutes)

Fantasy

Gwan-yu is the Fourth Princess of Kwan, held back from marriage as a contingency while her father the Emperor tries to sire a son. As the years pass, she learns how to manage the empire, how to become her father's heir should her service be required, but she also meets Jing-lung, the son of a general, who is not a part of her father's plans at all.

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Hunters of the Dead

Published Aug 19, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes)

Fantasy dark fantasy undead

The mindless undead rise in the borderlands in the wake of the Ravaging a century ago. Bereft of the king's protection, the people of the borderlands now rely on hunters to protect their homes and help reclaim the land that was once safe for humans to live.

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Dark forest

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The World That You Want

Published Aug 5, 2019 · 4,031 words (15 minutes)

Fantasy Horror post-apocalpytic dark fantasy

The world has ended and demons now rule a land of ghosts where scattered humans scavenge like rats to survive. But the world does not have to remain this way, and Joan finds herself on a reluctant journey to the place where humanity's future can be reborn.

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After a long flight from Europe, I woke up at around 3am local time and searched for what to do… I found a trail to hike from just north of Hollywood to the Griffith Observatory. An incredible experience as the sun rose over the city of millions. Good morning and a good Friday to all!

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Between Earth and Exile

Published Jul 22, 2019 · 9,076 words (34 minutes) · 1 view

Science Fiction aliens space opera space battle adventure Space Pirates

As a teenager, Alexa fled an alien-occupied Earth for a scrappy future in space as an exile. Going home was not supposed to be an option, but six years later, she finds herself unable to let go. Now an adult, she hatches a plan to rescue the family she left behind.

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Ocean clouds seen from space

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Living Rooms

Published Jul 8, 2019 · 13,139 words (48 minutes)

Fantasy magic Magicians

Rill has not seen her father in eight years, and when she finally comes home she discovers he has passed away, leaving behind a magical house where the rooms come to life. But before she can claim it, she will need to fend off a rival magician, who wishes to take her father's home for himself.

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Mccormick Ranch House

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The Final Gift of Zhuge Liang

Published Jul 8, 2019 · 5,175 words (19 minutes)

Fantasy Horror Historical Lovecraftian Romance of the Three Kingdoms

When the great general Zhuge Liang falls, it is up to Jiang Wei to lead the remainder of the Shu army to safety, but he does not fully understand the pact or the powers that his predecessor possessed.

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Unfilial Child

Published Jul 8, 2019 · 3,986 words (15 minutes) · 9 likes · 433 views

Fantasy dark fantasy folklore urban fantasy

June tries to be a dutiful granddaughter, always bringing gifts on her weekend visits (if not a husband or great-grandchildren). But when her grandmother takes in a mysterious infant, June learns her own childhood⁠—and her parents’ disappearance⁠—may not have been what it seemed.

Author Laurie Tom lives in Los Angeles, and her work has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, IGMS, Crossed Genres, and many more.

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This picture was taken late in the day on my first full day in NYC. One of my life long dreams is to travel to China, so I felt like a visit to Chinatown might give me a tiny taste of what it might be like. It exceed my expectations in almost every way. This part of the trip reenforced desires to travel abroad, specifically Asia and China.