KJ Kabza


KJ Kabza began selling short fiction in 2002, while earning his B.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch College. Since then, he has sold over 70 stories to places such as Tor.com, Motherboard, Nature, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and more. His work has been called, "A fresh new voice in the genre" (Booklist) and "Bursting with both ideas and emotion" (RT Book Reviews). His debut print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, released in January 2018 from Pink Narcissus Press.

KJ lives in sunny Tucson, by way of many other American towns too numerous to name. He is not great at hiking, running, and weight lifting, but he enjoys all of these activities and does them regularly anyway. He shares a home with one husband, zero pets, and a number of trees that he is determined to sustain.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
You mean seriously? At age 14. I wrote my first novel at the household computer in WordPerfect 5.0. (Ah, the romance of that desolate blue screen! I can still see the little clover-pattern of the "hard return" symbol when I close my eyes.) I fell in love as I wrote, and thought, "This is what I want to be."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My dad was in the military and we moved around a lot. As a consequence, I never had (and don't have) a sense of being rooted anywhere. This has influenced my writing enormously. I hate revisiting worlds or settings--that is, I hate making sequels--because I'm entranced by the new and different, and I guess my youth taught me that constantly encountering the new and different is normal.
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Where to find KJ Kabza online


Under Stars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,020. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
KJ Kabza is back with a second, bigger round of short fiction that's "Incredible" (Tangent), "Fascinating" (SFRevu), and "Worthy of Edgar Allan Poe" (SFcrowsnest). Featuring his freshest work from the top science fiction and fantasy venues of today, including F&SF, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and more, UNDER STARS showcases wonders from worlds both here and beyond.
Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #1
Series: Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,590. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by Fantasy Scroll Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Fantasy Scroll Magazine is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.
In Pieces
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,280. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From a mechanical forest that constructs itself to the streets of Kyoto 8,000 years hence, the sometimes whimsical, sometimes cutting short fiction of KJ Kabza has been dubbed "Delightful" (Locus Online) and "Very clever, indeed" (SFRevu). Collecting all of his previously published, early works (plus 5 new stories), "In Pieces" offers glimpses into other worlds—some not unlike your own.