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Rebecca Schwarz

Naturally, fiction, Issue 33, December 1, 2015

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, flash fiction, Issue 35, June 1, 2016

By day, Rebecca Schwarz is a mild-mannered editorial assistant for a scientific journal, by night she writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in InterzoneBourbon Penn, and Daily Science Fiction. She is currently writing her first novel. You can read about her writing life at

Get to know Rebecca...
Birthday? August 4
When did you start writing? I have always loved writing. It is something I keep returning to in all its many forms. I started seriously writing genre fiction, specifically short stories in 2011
When and what and where did you first get published? One of the first stories I got published is about an unusual smart house, titled "Fairview 619.” It was published in 2012 at RevolutionSF. Happily it is going to be available again in See The Elephant's upcoming issue from Metaphysical Circus Press.

What themes do you like to write about? I’m always intrigued by the latest scientific gadgets and advancements, psychology, our interactions with the world around us. I’m always looking for something new and different. If the subject is evergreen, then I’ll try putting it into an unusual story form to see if I can tease out something interesting.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I’m always looking for new experiences when reading as well. I’m working on a time travel story right now and so went back to reread Niven’s "All the Myriad Ways," which I love for the way that it is both conceptual and dramatic. I recently heard T.C. Boyle’s “Chixulub” on the New Yorker Podcast, and was awed by his handling of metaphor and the emotional gut punch that story delivers. I’ve also been reading a lot of graphic novels. It’s no secret that Saga is excellent. I’m also enjoying East of West. I love the directness of the visuals and the way character and emotion take on a more immediate, visceral aspect via this kind of storytelling. 

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