Mercurio D. RiveraMercurio D. Rivera

World Fantasy Award-nominated writer Mercurio D. Rivera’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in a wide range of markets including anthologies such as Year’s Best Science Fiction 17, edited by Hartwell & Cramer, Unplugged: The Web’s Best SF and Fantasy, edited by Rich Horton, Solaris Rising 2, edited by Ian Whates, Other Worlds Than These, edited by John Joseph Adams,  Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages, edited by Steve Berman, and acclaimed venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Interzone, Black Static, Nature, and Abyss and Apex. called his collection Across the Event Horizon, edited by Ian Whates (Newcon Press), “weird and wonderful,” with “dizzying switchbacks,“  “a revelation” with “twists followed by more twists heightening a powerful sense of alienation and menace.”  Learn more about Across the Event Horizon here.

Nine of his stories have been podcast at Escape Pod, StarshipSofa, Transmissions From Beyond, and Beam Me Up.  To access these various podcasts, click here. Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. Rivera

He is a frequent contributor to the acclaimed British magazine Interzone (with stories appearing in issue ##204, 214, 219, 226, 227, 235, 236, 262). His story about unrequited love, “Longing for Langalana” was voted favorite story in Interzone‘s annual readers’ poll.

His tales “Longing for Langalana” and “Tethered” (both about the Wergens, aliens biochemically attracted to human beings) and “Dance of the Kawkawroons” have been taught in writing workshops at (i) San Francisco University, (ii) Columbia College Chicago, (iii) the New School (NYC) and (iv) the Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas, respectively.

Eleven of his stories have garnered “Honorable Mentions” in Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies.

Many of his stories have been translated and published in China, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Mercurio has appeared several times on the NYC radio show “Hour of the Wolf” on WBAI.  On one occasion, he read a first draft of his story “The Fifth Daniel” and subjected it to a live, on-air critique from his writing group, Altered Fluid.  The revised story, re-titled “The Fifth Zhi,” later appeared in Interzone; a podcast of the story can be heard at Escape Pod.

Mercurio has been a member of the highly regarded Manhattan writing group Altered Fluid since 2004. 

Recent and Forthcoming Stories:

“Those Brighter Stars” – LIGHTSPEED (forthcoming August 2016)

“Tactics for Optimal Outcomes in Negotiations with Wergen Ambassadors” – CRISES AND CONFLICTS (Newcon Press) (forthcoming July 2016)

“Unreeled” – ASIMOV’S SCIENCE FICTION (June 2016)

“The Water-Walls of Enceladus” – INTERZONE #262 (January 2016)”

Atonement, Under the Blue-White Sun” — PARADOX anthology, edited by Ian Whates (NewCon Press 2014); podcast at StarshipSofa #392

Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us” — BLACK STATIC #18 – Nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award – Free download here

SF Signal writes:  “[T]he story is elegantly written, beautifully atmospheric and filled with some wonderful local colour. “Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us” is not only the strongest story in the issue, it is also one of the most atmospheric, disturbing and thought-provoking short stories I have ever encountered. If Rivera’s work does not get picked up by one of the Year’s Best anthologies then there really is no justice in the world.”

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Across the Event Horizon

Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. RiveraAcross the Event Horizon contains the very best of Mercurio’s work to date; fourteen stories selected by the author himself, including “Langalana” and “Tu Sufrimiento”. Learn more »

Other Worlds Than These

Other Worlds Than These by John Joseph AdamsMercurio D. Rivera’s story, “Dear Annabehls” is now out in the anthology Other Worlds Than These. Compiled by acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams, never before have the best parallel world stories and portal fantasies been collected in a single volume—until now. More info »

Year’s Best SF 17

Year's Best SF 17Mercurio D. Rivera’s “Tethered” appears in Year’s Best SF 17. Acclaimed, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer demonstrate the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing stories from some of the genre’s most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. Prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible. More info »

Holodeck Writer’s Workshop

Mercurio D. Rivera taught at the Holodeck Writer’s Workshop alongside Sheila Williams, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Swanwick and Gregory Frost. If you wish to raise your fiction, narration or art skills to the next level, this workshop is for you. More info »

Recent Journal Entries

  • Upcoming Stories and Projects
    Aug 5, 2015

    Four months into my sabbatical from the 9-to-5 grind, I’m pleased to announce two short story sales! “Those Brighter Stars” will be appearing in a forthcoming issue of online magazine LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE.  This one is about two generations of …

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  • FREEFALL: A Wergen Novella
    Nov 1, 2013

    Here it is!  The stunning cover of my forthcoming hardcover novella by Immersion Press and Carmelo Rafala.  The artwork is by Richard Wagner.  I’m very excited that it will be available for sale later this month.…

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  • Across the Event Horizon
    Apr 16, 2013

    I had an amazing trip to London from March 28 to April 5 to celebrate the launch at Eastercon of my collection, ACROSS THE EVENT HORIZON, edited by Ian Whates and published by Newcon Press.   I had a great time …

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