Mary E. Lowd

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Mary E. Lowd is a science-fiction and furry writer in Eugene, Oregon. She's had more than forty short stories published by various magazines and anthologies, and her first novel, "Otters In Space," was picked up by a small press after a year and half of being self-published. The sequel, "Otters In Space 2: Jupiter, Deadly," came out in the summer of 2013. Her fiction has been nominated thirteen times for Ursa Major Awards and has won a Cóyotl Award. She's a member of SFWA, the Furry Writers' Guild, a judge for the Cat Writers' Association, and co-chair of her local critique group, the Wordos. She lives with her husband, two children, three dogs, four cats, and zero otters.

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To Elsie With Love
By J. Wesley Sullivan
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 91,740. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012 by Mary E. Lowd. Category: Nonfiction
On their 49th anniversary, Elsie asked Wes to write the story of their marriage for her. The memoir that he wrote takes the reader on a journey from college days at the University of Oregon through WWII and into the years Wes & Elsie spent building a family together, bolstering their community, and exploring spirituality.
My Wife Has Alzheimer's
By J. Wesley Sullivan
Price: Free! Words: 36,440. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012 by Mary E. Lowd. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00)
The personal journey of J. Wesley Sullivan as he became the caretaker for his wife, Elsie. After fifty years of marriage, Elsie slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's, and Wes -- a newspaperman -- wrote journals to help himself deal with the growing pressures of her condition. He combined those journals into this book, hoping it could help others facing a similarly devastating situation.

Books

Fox in the Hen House
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Can a fox kit be raised by a mother hen? Originally published in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology.
In a Cat's Eyes
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Collie pup can never comprehend the depth and mystery behind a Siamese cat's eyes.
Otters In Space 2: Jupiter, Deadly
By Mary E. Lowd
Series: Otters In Space, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 72,790. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Hostile vessels attack friendly otter ships orbiting Jupiter. The Jolly Barracuda flies to the rescue, dragging Kipper the tabby cat deep into the beginnings of an interplanetary war. On Earth, Trudith, a dog goon turned bodyguard, must decide how far she will she go to protect her alpha cat. Soon every cat and dog is wondering, will a cat be the next president and will Kipper make it home?
The Genetic Menagerie
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two cops chase down a rogue scientist, leading them to the fantastical world he's built with genetic engineering. (Originally published in Sorcerous Signals.)
The Most Complicated Avatar
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A woman can't find her 10-year-old daughter in real life... But, maybe, she can find her online. (Originally published in Daily Science Fiction.)
The Faithless, the Tentacled, and the Light
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Nicole is sent to investigate a mysterious outcropping of buildings in the Banti'phi asteroid belt. (Originally published in Cosmic Crime Stories, Issue 4.)
"Viewers Like You"
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
In the future, androids will pay you to watch TV. (Originally published in The Lorelei Signal.)
Ursa Major 2012 Short Fiction Reading Packet
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,170. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 4 reviews)
A collection of the five short stories by Mary E. Lowd nominated for the 2012 Ursa Major Award for Best Short Fiction. Includes "St. Kalwain and the Lady Uta," "One Night in Nocturnia," "Magtwilla and the Mouse," "Shreddy and the Christmas Ghost," and "Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn."
We Can Remember It For Your Retail
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
What happens when memory, technology, love, and digital rights intersect? A short story originally published in Redstone Science Fiction.
Einray and the Biologist
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Category: Fiction
A physicist and a biologist get competitive with world-threatening results. A Wespirtech story, originally published in FlagShip.
St. Kalwain and the Lady Uta
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,780. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A man cursed by the faerie queen must slay a dragon to earn his freedom. (Originally published in ROAR 4.)
One Night In Nocturnia
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A mad mouse scientist uncovers truths that he should never know.
Meet Archive
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A story-telling robot gets lost in his own stories. Originally published in Daily Science Fiction.
Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The Dragon and Unicorn come calling. Originally published in Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.
Shreddy and the Zomb-dogs
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
An angry cat and an empty-headed Labradoodle must protect their neighborhood from techno-mystically raised zomb-dogs.
The Opposite of Suicide
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Dennis discovers the fragile, fractile nature of his life.
Magtwilla and the Mouse
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A pregnant cat makes a fateful choice to protect her kittens.
My Words Like Silent Raindrops
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young scientist gets in over her head when she introduces technological telepathy to her friends.
Harvesting Wishes
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Where do wishes come from? Dandelions? Genies? ... Or asteroids?
Little Sandy Starstrong and Her Faithful Robot Dogs
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Growing up among the asteroids with her two robotic dogs, Sandy feels like something is missing.
A Second Enchanted Evening
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bomani convinces his wife to join him in using memory drugs to make their anniversary more romantic; instead, the drugs force them to face the true state of their relationship. Originally published in M-BRANE SF and awarded Quarter Finalist in Writers of the Future.
Where the Heart Is
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Four aliens from Crossroads Station go on a camping trip. (Original venue: Stories of Camp Rainfurrest)
Of Behemoths and Bureaucrats
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rhea brings her traveling carnival act to the Hegula Hephaesta mining colony to visit the new sun garden, but she and her Starwhals get caught in a battle for interstellar independence that mortally threatens her three gentle giants.
Slug Time
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A young scientist struggles against the clock and procrastination to translate thoughts through a direct brain interface with a slug. This is a Wespirtech story, originally published in COSMOS.
Daisy Chaining
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A boastful spaceman traps himself into racing a frezzipod through an asteroid field. (Original venue: Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, Issue #5)
Gerty and the Doesn't-Smell-Like-a-Melon
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Snuffle-snorting around the melon patch one day, Gerty finds something that does not smell like a melon. This story originally appeared in Golden Visions Magazine and was nominated for an Ursa Major Award for Best Short Fiction in 2010.
The Nebula Was Empty
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Fear the love of a mega-dimensional nebula beast. Originally published in Spaceports and Spidersilk.
Rekindle the Sun
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,460. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.60 from 5 reviews)
A dying world may not be the best place to start your life anew, but that's exactly where Kerri has been sent. The sun of Heffe VIII is burning out, and her husband has been hired by the canine aliens of that world to rekindle it. This story originally appeared in the Australian anthology of interstellar immigration stories "Belong."
Emmanuel and the Cannibals
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Category: Fiction
A colony stranded on an under-evolved world has an unusual response to the introduction of terran bovines. (Original venue: Shelter of Daylight #4.)
The Screen Savior
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
What happens when a screen saver comes to life... (Original venue: Bards & Sages Quarterly, Vol. 2, Issue 3)
The Ambi-Cognitive Man
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Two brothers travel to a tiny colony in the far reaches of space where everyone is conjoined twins. They expect to find a place where they belong; instead, they're forced to question the very meaning of individuality.
The Third Wish
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Jealous of his half-brother's elven magic, a fisherman begins studying magic himself. Then he finds a shortcut...
Life with the Tumblers
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Arlene takes her young son Kyan on a research expedition into an alien culture of sentient trees. (Original venue: Jim Baen's Universe.)
The Parable of Two Queens
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Can Commander Dyall and his team of translators -- a pair of gengineered parrots -- fathom the minds of myrmecoid warriors from another galaxy well enough to broker peace?
The Necromouser
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.75 from 8 reviews)
An angry cat discovers the techno-mystical ability to raise mice from the dead.
Forget Me Not
By Mary E. Lowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Can a bad memory be the secret to success? Originally published in Northwest Passages: A Cascadian Anthology.
Otters In Space
By Mary E. Lowd
Series: Otters In Space, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 60,130. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 9 reviews)
Humans have left the Earth, and dogs rule. Kipper is an oppressed tabby-cat who dreams of a better place, where cats run their own lives. When she discovers a secret that sends her out of this world, Kipper must navigate through the mysterious otter space station and befriend a spaceship full of eccentric otters to find out: is there really a cat paradise?

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Smashwords book reviews by Mary E. Lowd

  • Fountane Of on Aug. 11, 2010
    star star star star star
    Exactly like the description says -- "short and edgy." Well worth reading.
  • Zombiefied! An Anthology of All Things Zombie on Oct. 21, 2011
    star star star star star
    If you're in the mood for a bunch of short stories about zombies, this is the perfect book. It's a fun, light-weight read with a lot of variety and even more zombies. I'm proud to have my story, "The Necromouser," among its pages.
  • Real Dragons Don't Wear Sweaters on Nov. 28, 2011
    star star star star star
    A really likeable dragon story.
  • Jeph's Daughter on Dec. 10, 2011
    star star star star star
    A graceful blend of science-fiction and religion with beautiful prose and thought-provoking ideas.
  • A Ghost's Guide to Haunting Humans on April 13, 2012
    star star star star star
    Cute, short, and funny!
  • Losing One's Appetite on April 18, 2012
    star star star star star
    An irreverent and entertaining vampire tale.
  • Six Impossible Things on May 28, 2012
    star star star star star
    Every story in this collection is top notch. Truly excellent.
  • Dawn of the Morning Star on Dec. 26, 2012
    star star star star star
    An enjoyable novella that reminded me of The Witch of Blackbird Pond in flavor. I'm always happy to walk through a story with this author's characters -- I found it easy to get caught up in Sarah's plight and her romance with the fallen angel. I also loved the subtle hints at a sci-if edge to this tale.