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I'm a speculative fiction author who tends to write dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and modern fairy tales.

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- Abra Staffin-Wiebe*

* Pronounced "AWE-bruh STAFF-Inn WEE-bee," in case you were wondering!

What's New for 2016?

Upcoming Events and Appearances

Market Listings and Other Free Writers' Resources
Walker Library, Minneapolis, MN
September 10, 2016, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

MinnSpec Meetup - all are welcome.

Female Authors in Genre Discussion
Magers & Quinn Books, Minneapolis, MN
November 9, 2016 (date tentative, time TBD)

A panel discussion of current genre politics and how they affect the work of female SF/F authors, with readings. Panelist lineup TBD,includes myself, Victorya Chase, and Kelly Barnhill.

Past Events and Appearances

4th Street Fantasy Convention
St.Louis Park, MN, June 17-19, 2016

CONvergence Convention
Bloomington, MN, June 30 - July 3, 2016
Panels I will be speaking on.

Térata Extravanganza!
Big V's Saloon, St. Paul, MN, July 24, 2016
A delightful event filled with music, art, and dark fiction!

Submit It Now! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Short Stories
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, August 6th AND August 13th, 2016
Teaching a 2-day workshop on submitting short stories.
Space is limited. Register now!

MidAmeriCon II (AKA WorldCon 74)
Kansas City, MO, August 17-21, 2016

New Releases

Coming Soon...

October 2016
(Exact Date TBD)

"Dear Miss Dilemma," interstitial material in Pete Sutton's novel, Sick City Syndrome, coming soon from Kensington Gore.



Philosophy in action! Fluffy pink murderbear aliens! "In Their Image" is now free to enjoy in text or in podcast over at Escape Pod. Readers compare it positively to Speaker for the Dead.


When I stepped off the shuttle and breathed in the dry grass scent of Trade City, I was still confident I could launch the first human church on Landry’s World. My fellow passengers had been politely non-interested when I explained the mission my church had sent me on. A few had shaken their heads as they glided away. I thought maybe they objected to a female preacher. Or maybe it was because I’m an ex-marine. I’m an “ex-” a lot of things: ex-marine, ex-atheist, ex-drunk, ex-wife, and ex-mother–that last because I was a poor enough mother that when my kids grew up, they washed their hands of me.

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Stories about unlikely academia! Librarians, monsters, teachers, metaphysics, and more. The Journal of Unlikely Academia includes my story, "And Other Definitions of Family," about a xeno-anthropologist who takes a very intimate approach to field research.


"You are the female human who rents out her reproductive system?" his translator chirped.

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See also: special bonus material for "And Other Definitions of Family" (Warning! Includes spoilers.)

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