J.D. Moyer

"Raccoon Ascendant," fiction, Issue 50, March 15, 2020

J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His Reclaimed Earth science fiction series (The Sky Woman, The Guardian) is published by Flame Tree Press. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Compelling Science Fiction. His novelette The Icelandic Cure won the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction contest. 

Get to know J.D....


June 11, which I share with Peter Dinklage!

When did you start writing?

Since I was seven years old, but more seriously in 2008 when I became a dad.

When and what and where did you first get published?

My first published story was “The Beef” published in Strange Horizons in 2016, about a cattle rancher deciding what to do with her herd once artificial meat fully takes over.

Why do you write?

Like many writers I enjoy the feeling of having written. Sometimes I enjoy the writing process itself, when the words flow effortlessly and a great scene arises seemingly out of the ether.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I’ve dabbled in fantasy and horror but mostly I like to write plausible science fiction about possible futures and future problems of humanity. It gives me hope to imagine grim scenarios for humanity and possible ways to rise and/or evolve out of those situations.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

Octavia Butler is one of my all time favorite authors. Many of her darker societal predictions have unfortunately come true, but there is also a hopeful streak in her writing, an optimism about human potential.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

That human/animal nature is mutable, and that what we think of as normal is constantly and rapidly changing.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Nothing clever, just something about being a good friend, husband, father, son, etc. I’d be happy to be remembered for good relationships.

Do you blog?

I do blog, at jdmoyer.com. Though I have been blogging less since I have been writing more novels. My Reclaimed Earth anthropological science fiction series is published by Flame Tree Press — I’m currently working on Book 3. Don Sakers’ review in Analog Magazine said of The Sky Woman (Book 1) that it was “reminiscent of Ursula K. LeGuin” which to me is a huge compliment. 

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