Hi. My name is Greg Bossert. I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror under my full name, Gregory Norman Bossert, and I have been fortunate enough to have sold a few stories, one of which won the World Fantasy Award. Here’s more about me. Then again, maybe you are looking for more information on the fantastic artwork.
My story “Between Dry Ribs” is online now at The Dark magazine. The entire issue is excellent; check it out!
I am delighted that my story Twelve and Tag, originally published in the March 2015 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, will be included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2016 Edition, edited by Rich Horton and coming out from Prime Books in June.
Twelve and Tag also got a “recommended” review from Locus Magazine, and appears on Tangent’s list of the best stories from 2015.
My story Bloom, originally published in Asimov’s and a finalist for the 20104 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, has been reprinted in Neil Clarke’s Forever Magazine, available from all the usual suspects for all e-formats.
I’ve sold my story Between Dry Ribs to The Dark magazine for their February 2016 issue. The story travels from St. Martin to Finland, in search of the healthy benefits of a good sauna. Here’s a taste:
In the mirror, the parents are studying the menu in a sort of baffled dread. ‘What are we doing here,’ those looks said, so far from the pastel-painted markets by the cruise ship landing, manned by Dutch students on their year-off adventure, alway within safe range of a McDonalds or PizzaHut or Starbucks. Their confusion, the way their eyes twitch as the bartender hacks at the ice with a pick, the way their sweat-slick shoulders hunch forward. All that, too, is reassurance.
The boy has twisted in his chair, has pinned a gecko’s tail to the wall with one finger; as I watch in the mirror the tail pulls free and the gecko drops to safety. The girl has set her phone down. Her reflection gives me a look too dry and flat, and a fresh layer of sweat breaks out across my scalp, under my bra. I smell my own fear. The girl is rolling her can of Coke across her forehead, and her reflection is too distorted, the mirror too dank and corroded for me to tell if the glints are sweat or just the can’s condensation.
The humidity, which finds everything, can make my lighter unreliable. I fight the urge to try it, imagine the lure of the flame. Instead I pull out my little pocketknife, open it so the blade faces upward, rest the last joint of my forefinger upon it.
StarShipSofa has produced a fantastic audio adaptation of my story “Twelve and Tag”, originally published in the March issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction. The audio was performed—voices and all—by Jonathan Sharp, and the podcast is graciously hosted by Tony C. Smith. Special thanks to StarShopSofa’s Jeremy Szal for setting everything up.
This is my third audio adaptation. My World Fantasy Award winning story “The Telling” from Beneath Ceaseless Skies is here at PodCastle. And my story “Freia in the Sunlight” from Asimov’s SF is here at EscapePod.
Rich Horton in Locus says:
Gregory Norman Bossert signaled, with his first story a few years ago, that he was a writer to watch, and he hasn’t disappointed since, showing excellent range and a real feel for story. His latest, ‘‘Twelve and Tag’’, from the March Asimov’s, may be his best yet. […] It’s as good a story as I’ve seen in 2015, with a neat SFnal background, wrenching personal details, and exciting action.
Thoroughly reminiscent of late-60s Delany, this story is however not pastiche but continuation — and it is both responsible and playful in that continuation. A strange story about strange people in a strange place telling each other strange stories for strange reasons; a moving, emotional story about moving, emotional stories that calls the concept and practice of moving, emotional stories deeply into question, in multiple ways. […] Even the final page, an “action-packed” denouement that risks reducing everything that has preceded it into mere plot, manages to contribute rather than detract. Wonderful.
And Charles Payseur at Tangent says:
It’s a slow story until it isn’t, until the weight of everything suddenly ramps up and makes the action boil. And there’s a sense of things slowly coming together and then shattering all at once. It shows the values of stories, and how they can draw people together and how they can tear people apart.
I’ve had four stories published this year, all online and free to read. The last—”The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light”—is my own favorite of everything I have yet written.