Karen (K.G.) Anderson is a speculative fiction writer in Seattle. She writes urban fantasy, space opera, alternate history, Weird West tales, near-future science fiction, and mystery. She attended the workshops Viable Paradise (2013) and Cascade Writers (2011).
• “Patti 209”
(short story: speculative fiction – 2017)
A visionary architect, acclaimed for her design of “the aging environment of the future,” finds herself 30 years later a numbered inmate in the decaying facility. Medicare and Social Security are long gone. Dignity is a luxury. Patti 209 confronts life—and death—decisions.
Buy “Patti 209” in the anthology Alternative Truths. 24 authors explore a post-truth world. Jim Wright (of Stonekettle Station) imagines Trump giving the Gettysburg Address. Blaze Ward, Daniel Kimmel, Janka Hobbs explore dystopias. Marleen Barr and Adam Troy-Castro envision humorous, kinky, and scatological endings.
• “My Job Is Hell”
(short story: fantasy – 2017)
“Up at 5, take the hellhound walkies, then catch the Underground to Styxbridge for a bagel with sulfur spread. They say Hell is other people, but somehow I’m always alone. I trot along the hot lavawalk to the office, clutching my flaming triple espresso. Sure, we’ve got Eternity here, but I’d rather not be late…”
Read the rest of “My Job Is Hell” online at Every Day Fiction.
(short story: fantasy – 2016)
Ellie, a distraught mother of a runaway teen, returns to her great-aunts’ summer cottage where her family vacationed in better times. The great-aunts reveal magical talents and disturbing family secrets, tempting Ellie with glimpses of what her life might have been — and could be.
Buy “Unraveling” in the anthology Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. Stories by James Van Pelt, Sandra M. Odell, Manny Frishberg, and others delve deep.
Soon you’ll be able to listen to “Unraveling” on Far Fetched Fables, a District of Wonders podcast.
(short story: science fiction – 2016)
“I’ve never seen an ocean, but I grew up playing “Rowboat” in my family’s cramped living module on level C of Xinxin Colony. The worn blue carpet was the water, the concrete floor beyond it, a sandy shore. With a broomstick as an oar, I pretended I was Gramma Jen, rowing hard against the tide to get us home…”
Read the rest of “Rowboat” online at Metaphorosis. Or buy “Rowboat” in the anthology Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016 (Best Vegan SFF). Stories by B. Morris Allen, Stewart Baker, Kelly Sandoval and others.
• “The Bookman” (flash fiction – 2016)
“The stranger at the bus stop held a tattered book with a faded pink-and-white dust jacket — a $950 first American edition…”
• “His Last Victim”
(short story: alternate history – 2015)
A young police officer volunteers for a novel undercover role, one for which he is uniquely suited. Thus disguised, he witnesses the Ripper’s last horrific crime — and glimpses the high-level cover-up that drew the curtain over the killer’s identity.
Buy “His Last Victim” in The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (paperback). Edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Little, Brown in the UK and Running Press in the US). The anthology includes short stories by Carol Anne Davis, Martin Edwards, Richard Godwin, Michael Gregorio, Peter Guttridge, Rhys Hughes, Barbara Nadel and others, all exploring possible identities for Jack the Ripper.
• “Escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse”
(short story: Weird Western – 2015)
Mail-order bride Shulamit Pelz flees New York with her grandfather’s golem, pursued by Kabbalists seeking the creature’s magic. When her stagecoach is robbed in the New Mexico desert she joins forces with a handsome outlaw — a man destined, with her help, to become a Wild West legend.
K.G.’s essay on the lure of the Weird West appears in Nicole Givens Kurtz’s blog Other Worlds Pulp.
(short story: science fiction – 2015)
Therapist Moira Clark meets her most challenging client — the surviving half of the alien dyad that serves as the Vedan ambassador to Earth.
Buy “Grief” in the Aurora Award-winning Second Contacts anthology edited by Michael Rimar and Hayden Trenholm for Bundoran Press. Set 50 years in the future, the stories explore the aftermath of alien contact, for us and for the aliens. (Cover by Dan O’Driscoll, winner of the 2015 Aurora Prix for Best Artist.)
See the YouTube trailer for “Grief.”
Read the review of “Grief” at All Our Words: Diverse Science Fiction.
“For me the best was “Grief,” which involves an alien race where two entities function as one—not quite Trill, but you get the point. When one dies, the other part is inconsolable, so they get a human grief counselor to help.” — Review on Amazon.
K.G. Anderson read her poem “Soup” at the Moore Theater as part of the April 24 launch party for Poetry on Buses (2017 Theme: Your Body of Water).
K.G. Anderson read at the Dec. 8 meeting of the It’s About Time Writing Series at the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public library.
She appeared at the Lucky Seven reading with the Ballard Writers Collective in Seattle Nov. 4. She read an excerpt from the horror story “Captain Carthy’s Selkie Bride.”
She appeared at Westercon 69 in Portland on these panels: Conventions of the Pacific Northwest (with Gene Armstrong, Gregory Gadow, and Gibbitt Rhys-Jones); Choosing a Writing Workshop (with Curtis Chen, Manny Frishberg and Lindsay Schopfer); What Happened to Virtual Reality? (with Sean Robinson, Sara Stamey); and Conscious and Unconscious Elements of the Creative Process (with Mark Chapman, Manny Frishberg, and James Glass).
K.G. Anderson appeared at Sasquan (The 2015 World Science Fiction Convention) on these panels: To Include or Not to Include…Evaluating Writing Critiques, and Science and Technology of Discworld.