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I'm a speculative fiction author who writes mostly 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?

Events and Appearances

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

CONvergence Convention
Bloomington, MN, June 30 - July 3, 2016

Submit It Now! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Short Stories
Teaching 2-day workshop at The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
August 6th AND August 13th, 2016

Space is limited. Register now!

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

New Releases


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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