“Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2016” now for sale!

The Spring 2016 issue of Mad Scientist Journal is now for sale!


My short story “To Dr. Von Lupe, Concerning the Kraken” is a piece of this wonderful funny anthology, and has received a shout out on the cover, enticing readers with the promise of “Crocheting Krakens?”

Right now the collection is available at Amazon (Print/Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Print/NOOK), Kobo, iBookstore, and Smashwords!

Review of “The Former Minion’s Support Group”

Rachel Acks, the editor of the “No Sh!t, There I Was” Anthology, has been writing quick reviews of the stories included in the collection in order to spread news about the Kickstarter. And yesterday was my turn to have my work promoted! Visit her blog to see a review and promotion of my short sci-fi story, “The Former Minion’s Support Group”.

And while on the topic, a reminder that there are less than two weeks left to support the “No Sh!t, There I Was” Kickstarter. Pledge any amount in order to support 24 different writers coming together for one amazing anthology.


“No Sh!t, There I Was” Anthology Kickstarter is Live

The Kickstarter for Alliteration Ink’s upcoming collection, “No Sh!t, There I Was- An Anthology of Improbable Tales”, has just gone live. I am thrilled to announce that I have a story included in this collection, a short sci-fi piece titled “The Former Minions Support Group”.


I encourage everyone to share this funding project around, or better yet, contribute to the project. You can earn all sorts of wonderful rewards as a backer, first and foremost the chance to read 24 different sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories by 24 authors, including yours truly, Alanna McFall. Take a look and help Alliteration Ink make this anthology a reality.

“Singing to the Stars” Published on Escape Pod

I am thrilled to announce that my short story, “Singing to the Stars”, has now been published on Escape Pod, part of the Escape Artist network. On their site, you can either read the story in its entirety, or listen to a recording of it in Ep520 of the Escape Pod podcast.

“Singing to the Stars” follows the story of two female bureaucrats, trying their best to navigate the intricacies of life on Earth after First Contact and striving not to be defeated by the slog of every day realities, when there is so much out there to discover.


“Singing to the Stars” is read in the podcast by Amanda Fitzwater, and the episode includes a lovely introduction by guest host Amy Sturgis. “Singing to the Stars” is presented as part of the Artemis Rising 2 event, a celebration of women and non-binary writers. Visit Escape Pod for the rest of the month to listen to more exciting Artemis Rising stories.

Upcoming Projects in 2016

The end of the year is always a hectic and exciting time, but I am already eagerly looking ahead to the new year, and two projects that I look forward to sharing with everyone when they are released in 2016.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2016

Beginning with the Spring Issue of Mad Scientist Journal in 2016, I will have a series of short stories appearing both online and in the print publication throughout the year, starting with “To Dr. Von Lupe, Concerning the Kraken“.

Follow the ongoing trials and tribulations of marine biologist Dr. Elizabeth Chu, her colleague Dr. Quinn, and their test subject and pet, Suzie Q the sentient squid, as they live in captivity under the control of their evil overlord, the mysterious Dr. Von Lupe. Come back time and again to hear Dr. Chu’s explanations of why it is difficult to teach squid to speak English, why most biologists do not know how to control volcanoes, why radiation will probably not give you super powers, and much, much more.


Escape Pod: Artemis Rising

In February and March of 2016, the three podcasts in the Escape Artists network (Escape Pod, Pseudopod and PodCastle) are holding an event, designed to celebrate female and non-binary writers, called ARTEMIS RISING. And among the pieces chosen for inclusion, my short story “Singing to the Stars” has been chosen for inclusion in Escape Pod, the science fiction podcast.

Tune in to Escape Pod this spring to hear a recording of “Singing to the Stars”, which details the daily work of a translator and a social worker who specialize in helping the many aliens stranded on planet Earth. And stay for the rest of the month to hear work from some other great female and nonbinary writers, as well as the dedicated voice actors bringing the pieces to life for the podcast.


Both of these projects are thrilling opportunities, and I cannot wait to see what else 2016 will have in store.