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 acclaimed venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Interzone, Black Static, Nature, Abyss & Apex and 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, and Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox, edited by Ian Whates.

Tor.com called his collection Across the Event Horizon (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 of heartbreak and 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) (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 (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

  • Best of Abyss & Apex Volume Two
    Nov 29, 2016

    My story “Snatch me Another” appears in the Best of Abyss & Apex Volume Two edited by the wonderful Wendy Delmater.  I’m proud to appear in the same table of contents with luminaries such as Robert Silverberg and C.J. Cherryh. …

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  • THOSE BRIGHTER STARS
    Aug 1, 2016

    Here’s the stunning cover art for the August 2016 edition of Lightspeed Magazine.  The artwork by Elizabeth Leggett is for my first contact story,  THOSE BRIGHTER STARS, which is now available to read (or listen to) for free either at …

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  • 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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