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Tom Marcinko

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Tom Marcinko's short fiction has appeared in Rosebud, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Ellen Datlow’s EventHorizon.com, and other venues. He is shopping a novel, writing another one, and getting frighteningly close to earning his Master’s in Humanities.

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Heretics

Published Feb 15, 2021 · 3,242 words (12 minutes) · 74 views

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The usual warning for me: This story contains sex and religion in ways that might not be considered nice by everybody. It appeared in the first issue of Future Orbits, edited by Tom Vander Neut. There's a nice entry about the magazine on the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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Deep Space Sein

Published Feb 15, 2021 · 1,925 words (7 minutes) · 64 views

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For some reason this story feels like an artifact of the 1990s. Scott Edelman published it in Science Fiction Age with a beautiful and hilarious illustration by Charles Demorat. I'll see if I can get permission to post it.

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Whiter Teeth, Fresher Breath

Published Jan 17, 2021 · 3,976 words (15 minutes) · 149 views

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Author note: Caution: This story includes alien sex and dentistry (also alien). This was my first fiction sale ever, to David Pringle at Interzone, in the remote former lifetime that was 1994. I'll see if I can get the OK to post the gorgeous illustrations here.

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The Nixon Wrangler's Tale

Published Jan 10, 2021 · 3,089 words (12 minutes) · 136 views

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A warning: This story contains many things that might offend some readers, including semi-explicit sex, "sci-fi violence," four-letter words that somehow retain a certain power, and a general spirit of meanness. Ellen Datlow said she liked it in spite of herself, and published it in 1998 on EventHorizon.com, a site you need the Wayback Machine to find today. The theme park name in this story was stolen from Judith Berman, who I hope forgives me.

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Henry the Human Flea

Published Dec 2, 2020 · 1,016 words (4 minutes) · 139 views

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This story was published way back in the last century, in a British magazine called The Edge, edited by Graham Evans. It was originally conceived as a pitch for an anthology of Spider-Man stories, but the editor who sent me a polite rejection said it was "too weird for Marvel." (How's that, again?) It's fortunate that I was able to capitalize on the superhero craze years before it was ripe for monetization.

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A Close Personal Relationship

Published Dec 2, 2020 · 3,714 words (14 minutes) · 164 views

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Some people might be offended by this story's language, to say nothing of its religious concepts. This story was published in Realms of Fantasy, edited by Shawna McCarthy, in 2010. An earlier version was published in New Writings in the Fantastic, ed. John Grant.

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