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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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Learning to write a mystery: Last End

Published Feb 20, 2020 · 400 words (2 minutes) · 5 views

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I'm writing this and you can, literally, watch. Will I fail? Maybe. Will it be ugly? Possibly. Will I be humbled and frustrated and punch-drunk confused? Most definitely.

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Someone Like You

Published Feb 18, 2020 · 2,234 words (9 minutes) · 10 views

Humor Mystery Satire Science Fiction Women Hysteria

"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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jumpin’ for joy

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As They Get Warmer, They Give A Little

Published Feb 14, 2020 · 3,689 words (14 minutes) · 19 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 · 183 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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Made with Canon 5d Mark III and loved analog lens, Leica APO Macro Elmarit-R 2.8 / 100mm (Year: 1993)

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Dandelion Girl

Published Feb 11, 2020 · 3,857 words (15 minutes) · 21 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction Dandelion Girl Caren Gussoff Modern retellings Reimagined Golden Age Fiction

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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