Appearance on May 12

One of the stories that have meant the most to me in The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is “Reborn,” which was originally published by and still available on the web. David Hartwell had commissioned it from me, using a painting by Richard Anderson as the prompt (see the illustration at

It’s a story about many things: what it means to be a person; to have moral agency and responsibility; to strive for justice; to do the right thing when everyone around you has forgotten and moved on. It is, in some ways, a companion piece to “The Man Who Ended History,” the most important story in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories.

Short Story Club (like a book club, with with short stories) has invited me to do a live Q&A session about “Reborn” on May 12 at 5:30PM PST / 8:30PM EST. You can register for the event now. The registration fee is entirely optional, but if you do pay, know that all proceeds are donated to Covid-19 relief causes.

Looking forward to talking to all of you.