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Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Writer of speculative fiction as the result of a horrible childhood incident involving Klaatu and a robot named Gort.

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Born in California, raised in Nebraska, Maya’s fascination with speculative fiction dates from the night her dad let her stay up late to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Mom was furious. Dad was unrepentant. Maya slept with a nightlight until she was fifteen and developed a passion for things that came from outer space or went bump in the night. Maya started her writing career sketching science fiction comic books in the back row of her elementary school classroom. Since, her short fiction has been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, Century, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, and Jim Baen’s Universe, and often anthologized. She’s also been a finalist for the John Campbell, BSFA, Crawford, and Sidewise awards. Her debut novel, THE MERI, was a Locus Magazine Best First Novel. She penned a series of Star Wars novels with Michael Reaves, including the New York Times Bestseller, STAR WARS LEGENDS: THE LAST JEDI. Her most recent novel is THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER: A Gina Miyoko Mystery from Pegasus Crime, and marks her first steps into the world of detective fiction. Maya is a founding member of Book View Café (www.bookviewcafe.com) and lives in San Jose where she writes, performs, and records original and parody music with her husband Jeff. The duo have plumbed the depths of absurdity with a series of parody music videos, including the viral “Midichlorian Rhapsody”. The song is on their Grated Hits CD. The couple has also produced three musical children: Alex, Kristine, and Amanda. Links to websites: www.mayabohnhoff.com, www.jeffandmaya.com & www.bookviewcafe.com

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Hobbits

Published Sep 6, 2019 · 3,946 words (15 minutes) · 45 views

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Stephen King once said that he used his writing in the horror genre to confront his worst fears. His philosophy was to call them out, not hide from them. I decided to try this out and got one of my favorite science fiction stories out of it. It first appeared in Analog magazine and was later anthologized in a fantasy anthology from Questar, placed firmly in the midst of actual fantasy stories. Did writing "Hobbits" really help deal with a mother's fears? It did.

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A Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Published Jul 4, 2019 · 11,590 words (43 minutes) · 1 like · 125 views

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This story has a checkered past. It started life as a 7500 word science fiction story but, after a very helpful critique by Shawna McCarthy at Realms of Fantasy (when she rejected it), it ended up as a 11,500 some odd word fantasy novelette in Interzone and later anthologized in INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD, from Twilight Times and in the "Dark" part of my WindyCon Guest of Honor collection, BIMBO ON THE COVER. It is broken into fourteen parts—each corresponding to a Station of the Cross.

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Shaman - Part 2

Published Jun 5, 2019 · 7,981 words (30 minutes) · 114 views

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Part 2 of Rhys Llewellyn's very first adventure as the advance negotiator for the interplanetary corporation, Tanaka Corp. The first of a series of stories involving this character, "Shaman" is the dream-fueled collision between research in the fields of corporate culture and archaeology.

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Shaman - Part 1

Published Jun 5, 2019 · 8,297 words (31 minutes) · 162 views

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I got the idea for Rhys Llwewllyn and his particular role in Tanaka Corp. from a Human Resources magazine I subscribed to once upon a time. In the magazine was an article on how much corporate culture resembled tribal cultures around the world. And that got me thinking….

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The Resident

Published May 22, 2019 · 2,264 words (9 minutes) · 1 like · 155 views

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This is another tale that appeared in Jim Baen's Universe. Most of the story was from a vivid dream that stopped just a few paragraphs shy of the end. It was as if the Writing Muses had designed a test in which I must choose whether the story I was telling was humor or horror. Me, being me, I opted for both. It's about an estate agent and a "haunted" house.

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O, Pioneer

Published May 13, 2019 · 10,562 words (39 minutes) · 192 views

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1211 AD: Their king dead, remnants of the royal household of Hang Zhou escape the Mongol invasion by fleeing in a tiny fleet of vessels. Led by the king's steward, Wei Li, they reach the shores of the New World where they integrate into the society of the coastal tribes. Almost 300 years later, a merchant named Cristobal Colonne (Christopher Columbus) comes to the New World. In this re-imagining of the "discovery" of the American continent, things turn out a bit differently than history records.

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The Nature of Things

Published May 7, 2019 · 7,777 words (29 minutes) · 7 likes · 399 views

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Harry Ferguson, assistant DA, is facing two mysteries: the location of a missing murder weapon, and why his family's new house seems to have a mind of its own. To solve both these cases, he'll have to take an unorthodox approach to witness interviews—and take a hard look at what goes bump in the night.

Ahead of the weekend, enjoy this longer read by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. A founding member of Book View Cafe, she’s been shortlisted for the John Campbell, BSFA, Crawford, and Sidewise awards. Her debut novel THE MERI won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and she co-authored The New York Times best-selling STAR WARS LEGENDS: THE LAST JEDI.

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The Accumulating Man: A Missing Journal of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Published Mar 27, 2019 · 13,968 words (51 minutes) · 325 views

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“Still, thou canst listen to me and grant me thy compassion. I demand this from you. Hear my tale. It is long and strange...” — Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley // This story is the genesis tale for the Shadow Conspiracy series of steampunk anthologies from Book View Cafe. It appears as the first "chapter" of the original Shadow Conspiracy tome.

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As the Angels in Heaven

Published Mar 15, 2019 · 5,756 words (21 minutes) · 1 like · 190 views

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Birch and Melt are young archaeologists in love—but their love is considered crime for the simple reason that they're married ... to each other. This istory appeared originally in Analog SF magazine and was anthologized as part of a Circlet Press erotica anthology ... without me changing a single word. One Analog reader wrote a letter to the editor stating that he found it "erotic in a wholesome sort of way." How so? Read it and find out. ;=)

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The Boy Who Loved Clouds

Published Mar 5, 2019 · 7,717 words (29 minutes) · 195 views

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Adyahksa Samahita left India as an aspiring writer and returns as an acclaimed but jaded darling of the literary world ... and a writer who has run out of stories to tell. Out in the countryside of Uttar Pradesh, he meets someone or something that challenges everything he thought he knew about writing and life. This story first appeared in Amazing Stories and was later anthologized in Best Erotic Fantasy, edited by Cecilia Tan.

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