Mercurio D. RiveraMercurio D. Rivera

Nominated for a 2011 World Fantasy Award in the short fiction category, writer Mercurio D. Rivera’s spec-fic stories have appeared in a wide range of markets such as Asimov’s, Year’s Best Science Fiction #17, edited by Hartwell & Cramer, Unplugged: The Web’s Best SF and Fantasy for 2008, edited by Rich Horton, Interzone, Black Static, Nature, Electric Velocipede, Abyss and Apex, Sybil’s Garage, Murky Depths, Aoife’s Kiss, Otherworlds Anthology and Northwest Passages: A Cascadian Anthology.

His collection Across the Event Horizon, edited by Ian Whates (Newcon Press) has been called “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.

Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. RiveraHe is a frequent contributor to the acclaimed British magazine Interzone (with stories appearing in issue ##204, 214, 219, 226, 227, 235, 236). His story about unrequited alien love, “Longing for Langalana” was voted favorite story of 2006 in Interzone‘s annual readers’ poll (and can be heard at Transmissions from Beyond.)  His SF/horror tale, “The Scent of Their Arrival,” which appeared in Interzone #214, explores the themes of science and faith in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by interdimensional creatures.  It finished in second place in the Interzone readers’ poll for 2008.  And his story “Snatch Me Another” was included on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2008 (finishing at #25 among all short stories)  and the storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories for 2008.  A podcast of the story can be heard at StarshipSofa.   His story “Dear Annabehls,” which is set in the same universe as “Snatch Me Another” appears in anthologist John Joseph Adams’ “Other Worlds Than These” and can be heard here

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

His stories have been translated and published in China, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Mercurio has appeared on several occasions on the radio show Hour of the Wolf on WBAI, where 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.  He is proud to call this talented team of the brightest, up-and-coming genre writers in the SF/fantasy/horror community his friends. He serves as an Associate Editor with Sybil’s Garage magazine where he enjoys searching for gems in the slush pile and collaborating on the direction and look of the magazine.

Recent and Forthcoming Stories

“Atonement, Under the Blue-White Sun” — Paradox anthology, edited by Ian Whates (NewCon Press 2014)

“Lost in Natalie” – co-written with E.C. Myers — Space and Time Magazine (Summer 2014)

“Freefall: A Wergen Novella” (Immersion Press 2013)

“Manmade”– Solaris Rising 2, edited by Ian Whates (May 2013)

“The Rickshaw Pusher” — Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages, edited by Steve Berman (Prime)(August 2013)

Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us” — Black Static #18 – Nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award – Free downlod here

SF Signal writes:  “[T]he story is elegantly written, beautifully atmospheric and filled with some wonderful local colour. “Tu Sufrimento 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

  • 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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  • Recording of “Dear Annabehls”
    Sep 12, 2012

    My story “Dear Annabehls,” originally published in John Klima’s Electric Velocipede, now appears in the anthology Other Worlds Than These, edited by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, alongside stories from Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, George R.R. Martin, Joyce …

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