Stephen Sottong

Stephen Sottong

writer, beekeeper, webmaster, programmer

Welcome. I'm a retired engineering librarian whose current passion is writing fiction and science-fiction. I live in beautiful Humboldt County in northern California behind the Redwood Curtain. The area has the tallest trees in the world and some of the most stunning scenery imaginable.

In addition to writing, I co-teach a basic beekeeping course and maintain web pages for non-profit organizations.

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Thanks to everyone who nominated Reimagining Joe during the Kindle Scout campaign.
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I've been writing since I was about ten. In my professional life, I was required to write for scholarly journals in order to get tenure. The texts are dry and dated. Don't bother looking for them. Only since retirement have I been able to pursue writing fiction full time.

My story "Planetary Scouts" won a third place in the 2013 Writers of the Future contest. Being chosen as one of the top three stories from a field that is estimated at a thousand or more international entries is a singular honor. My thanks to the judges. Writers of the Future Vol. XXIX is available in print and ebook at Barnes & Noble and Amazon and Kobo.

I wrote one of the chapters in the book Writing After Retirement an anthology of tips and tricks for older writers. My chapter covers both voice in writing and the setup of your writing area. It's available on Amazon Kindle and trade paperback, Barnes and Noble in both electronic and paper form, and Kobo in both formats.

"Transition 12" appears in the Fall 2017 issue of Mythic magazine. Fog was awarded best fiction in the 2016 edition of the Toyon and will appear in Quickfic Anthology 5. "The Travel Writer" is read on the podcast The Centropic Oracle. The flash fiction "Refugee" appears in Paper Butterfly Flash. In September of 2013 Dinner Date was published on The flash piece "Friends" appears in the anthology 100 Worlds and online at Digital Fiction Pub and in their Quickfic Anthology 1. "Escort" is in the anthology Sex Droids and Their Cyborg Toys. "Aftermath" appeared in The Were-Traveler.

A few of my works have been published locally. One of my flash fiction was a finalist in the North Coast Journal's competition in 2012 (search for Harry) and a sequel to Harry in 2013 (search for Lois) and 2014 (search for Encounter), and Visitation and Orbit in 2015. One of my Sci-Fi stories is available in Noyo River Review.

And finally, my novel with an alternate view of the Rapture and Tribulation, The Remnant is now available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Kobo. Unlike The Leftovers, The Remnant takes the timeline and the standard characters of the rapture and tribulation seriously and unlike the Left Behind series, The Remnant presents realistic, non-stereotyped characters in those situations.

Writers of the Future acceptance