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Ben Serna-Grey

Ben Serna-Grey is working through some stuff, often by way of worryingly depressed robots.

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Ben Serna-Grey is a writer and musician currently located in the Pacific Northwest, with music degrees from UBC and UNLV. He has original compositions published through Subito Music Publishing, and he also writes for the heavy metal site Toilet Ov Hell, the album reviews department of New Noise Magazine, and he reviews short fiction on SFF Reviews. He has an electronic music project under the name Mother Anxiety, which put out its debut EP in January of 2019. His fiction has appeared in various venues, including Apex Magazine, Broadswords and Blasters, Flash Fiction Magazine, Two Cities Review, and others.

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Choice Cuts

Published Apr 10, 2019 · 3,907 words (15 minutes) · 2 likes · 68 views

Satire Science Fiction disposable people gluttony consumption class system cannibalism single use culture regeneration disposable culture consumerism disposability

A piece I wrote in response to a personal rejection from another story where the editor told me it was good, but there wasn't enough different and new for him. "I'll do something different," I said and thought up the weirdest phrases I could, until I landed on "edible elevator." I ended up with a bleak and horrific dystopian SF piece about conspicuous consumption in a world where everything and everyone is edible. Originally published in issue 7 of the ever-wonderful Broadswords and Blasters.

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Obit

Published Apr 3, 2019 · 253 words (1 minute) · 73 views

Literary Fiction Romance death poetry Grief love poem Mourning

A bleak love poem originally published in the erstwhile With Candlelight on May 10, 2017. I hope those dudes are doing alright. The idea was to write a love poem that wasn't the usual platitudes. Someone who hopes they were loved enough that those who love them would be wracked with grief when they died, because they would feel the same if their lover died.

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Murmur

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 3,524 words (13 minutes) · 2 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction loneliness washington post-apocalypse post-apocalpytic survival climate change bleak science fiction grimdark Mourning old man death utopia

A story set in the same universe as "Sigh," and one that unfortunately has had a pretty rough publication history. Follows an old widower as he tries to make his way in this burnt out, dead world.

Featured March 21, 2019

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Sigh

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 1,995 words (8 minutes) · 12 likes · 948 views

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My first piece published by an actual literary journal, and also the one that marked a substantial uptick in quality in my opinion. This is the one that made me think "oh hey I might actually have something here," and it still has a soft spot in my heart. Originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of Two Cities Review.

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Calamus

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 1,022 words (4 minutes) · 45 views

Fantasy sisterhood Forests Hidden desires Fortune teller Wise old hag

One of my earliest published pieces, originally published on February 8th, 2017, for Flash Fiction Magazine. Two sisters under care of an ailing fortune teller head out to look for healing herbs, and end up finding something much more sinister.