Stories and Articles by Tom Jolly


Surface, to 3/4/2011. Rereleased in paper collection called Not Just Rockets and Robots

The Last Necromancer to Daily Science around 5/2012. Rereleased in paper collection called Rocket Dragons Ignite. There are good times to be brought back from the dead, and not-so good.

Pulse, published in Something Wicked #16 (South African online zine) about 11/2011. Released in paper format as Something Wicked Vol. 1. A bit of techno-horror and how humans learn to deal with it. You can read it for free on their site using the first link above.

Dead Party to Strange Musings for their Romantic Ruckus anthology, around 7/2013. Released in paperback. Humorous zombie horror. Now that zombies have been grudgingly accepted into society, zombie parties are all the rage. Just don't go there wearing a tee-shirt that says "Brains and Good Looks" on it.

Paper Man, Originally published by Fox and Raven about March 2014, temporarily unavailable since it's being submitted to a new market. A sarcastic robot deals with a brand-new AI created by a paper game during a time when robots are fighting to be recognized for their own setience.

On Disposing of a Corpse, Published by Daily Science Fiction on 2/26/2014. A tongue-in-cheek look at the meat-processing business. Not horror, surprisingly.

Gifted (aka You Make My Heart Melt) published on on Feb 20th, 2015. This is some pretty brutal horror, so be forewarned.

Cradle - Published by Daily Science Fiction on 11/27/15. Man meets alien...and gets an unusual ultimatum.

The Witch and the Two-Headed Boy - Originally published June 2016 by Penny Shorts. This story is now available as part of a collection titled "The Witch and the Two-Headed Boy." See below. The story; a boy with a spare head seeks the help of a witch to become two people. What could possibly go wrong?

Catching Zeus, to Analog Science Fiction and Fact, printed 12/20/16 in their Jan/Feb 2017 issue. The search for high-temperature superconductors the wild, untamed country of northern Quebec.

The Mathematician. Available in the September/October 2017 issue of Analog SF. Would you swap immortality for a breakthrough in science? Assuming you were made of beetles, of course.

The First Shot Fired. Published 3/21/17 in the Enter the Apocalypse anthology published by TANSTAAFL Press. As you might guess, this is a collection of end-of-the-world short stories. So many creative ways to perish!

Wasted Space Published by Perihelion SF on 11/12/16. Free to read! A story of asteroid miners, waste disposal gone bad, and corporate takeovers.

A Sacrifice for Aphrodite Accepted for Spectral Book of Horror Stories #5, Tickety Boo Press, on 11/28/16. Est publ. date unknown, for now. The horrific downside of cosmetic surgery, when it can be controlled verbally.

Shell Game Published by Perihelion SF on 3/12/17. Free to read! Another story about asteroid miners, a prequel to "Wasted Space", also published by Perihelion. There's an oddball hollow asteroid in the belt, and Rene Cutler means to claim it for her own - but will the Ceres Group let her keep it?

Fermi's Slime - Accepted by Analog SF on 2/15/17. Now available in the November/December 2017 issue. Why haven't aliens contacted us yet? An odd solution to the question that involves, not surprisingly, aliens.

Chasing Fireflies. Available in issue 40 of New Myths on Sept 12, 2017, online. If fireflies were going extinct, what would you do to save them? Probably not this.

Easy - Available at Asymmetry. A man with an "Easy" button decides to abuse the hell out of its power, and reaps what he sows. Darkly humorous SF. Released July 24th, 2017.

The Camel's Tail - Accepted by Analog SF on 5/30/17. Publication date March/April 2018. In the near future, in a Solar system crowded with small runabouts powered by compact fusion rockets, an alien probe appears, spewing antimatter propellant and acting very strangely. A small Somali research vessel finds itself dumped into the race to claim and salvage the alien tech, but watch out! The alien tech bites back.

Ashes to Ashes - Available at Buckshot Magazine, publication date 7/19/17. Flash fiction; a curious example of burial-in-space.

The Math Problem - Posted for fun on my FB page on 8/1/17. How to deal with an obnoxious know-it-all math teacher.

Touched - Accepted 10/8/17 by Due out Summer/Fall of 2018, in two issues. A fresh ghost tries to figure out the science of being dead, and how to survive in this strange and unexpected afterlife without the sense of touch. After selling this one, I added 15K words to it, so it might morph into a novel. It's a fun story, and I'm enjoying writing it.

Driving Force - Accepted 12/3/17 by Compelling Science Fiction for publication around June 2018. A story about love and cars that are a bit too smart.

Learning the Ropes - Accepted by Analog SF on 12/14/17. Publication date TBD. The folks colonizing Mars have a sneaky plan to terraform it, but there are forces in play that find it lucrative to keep the status quo. Is it possible to terraform a planet without your enemies knowing about it? Not exactly...

The Unanswered Riddle - Accepted by Spring Song Press for their "Fell Beasts and Fair" anthology for 2018. Dr Matt Hamilton cures a Sphinx, and pulls a fast one on its owner.

Damn the Asteroids, Full Speed Ahead! - at Daily Science Fiction. Published online 2/19/18. A humorous look at the "dense asteroid field" cliche.

The Witch and the Two Headed Boy, and Other Strange Stories - A collection of nine previously published short stories plus a new story, "An Ocean Passage". First released 1/15/18 for Kindle and as a Paperback (81 digital pages, or 118 in paper).

Elevated, accepted for the "As Told by Things" anthology from Atthis Arts. A humorous look at life from the perspective of an elevator. And a love story, of sorts. Release date TBD.

The Hanged Man, accepted by Spectacle Magazine on 2/15/18, for publication at a later date. What happens when gravity reverses just for organic materials? Find out how one guy deals with it.

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Flip-Flop (a game), Games magazine. November 2002.

Office Space Card Game, Games Magazine. About Dec. 2004.

Ten New Poker Games, Games magazine, November 2005.

In Search of the World's Hardest Puzzle, Nov 2007, Knucklebones

Q&A, a trivia game to Games magazine, Dec 2011.

Riddles to Games magazine, in Wild Cards section. Issue and year unknown.

Review of Citadels in "Hobby Games 100 Best Games" (a book in which Wiz-War was also reviewed). Sept. 2007, Green Ronin Publishing.

Puzzle Games, Nov 2010, in Cubism For Fun.

The Flying Block Mechanic, July 2014, published in Cubism For Fun.

The Poison Oak Puzzle, in The Metagrobologist Magazine, issue 2, online.

Numerous free articles/blogs for League of Gamemakers.