Selected Bibliography

David Wesley Hill

A Bad Case of the Flu
(short story) Aboriginal SF Spr 1996. Also in: Science Fiction World, 94.9 (China); Megalon, Ficcao Cientifica & Horror Mar/Abr 95 (Brazil).

Burying Marmee
(short story) Talebones #10 1998. Also in: Science Fiction World, 98.10 (China); The Best of the Rest 2, ed. Brian Youmans, Suddenly Press, 1999; Futuristic Motherhood, ed. Trula Breckenridge, MSP Media, 2010.

Burying Marmee by David Wesley Hill Editor's Choice!
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Among his many talents, Jack Vance is well known for his use of language, colorful worlds, and alien races. David W. Hill has captured these qualities well, and used them in an off-world grand guignol presentation that further delights with its satirical undercurrent.

Set on a world teeming with alien races working more or less in harmony...

"Burying Marmee" begins innocently enough when two children discover Marmee, their dead mother, and don't know quite what to make of it, Death being a new experience for them. Apprising their father of this (or, rather, the father of one of them), he calmly walks to Marmee's room, confirms her demise, consoles them briefly, tells them it's only her dead shell of a material husk and not to mourn for the flesh, and without further ado heads off to work.

Confused and troubled by this behavior from the father they've never liked (and too poor to pay for the appropriate burial themselves) the children set out to find someone who will help them bury their mother in the fashion she had elaborately discussed with them before her demise. So off they set—with dead Marmee strapped into their little air-cushion powered red wagon—to find if one of the many strange races in the alien city of Ramorvarar will help aid them in the proper rites. They encounter several of the sentient and exotically alien races working in this many-specied city, not least of which are the Nasst and Lymfts, whose races have been jointly awarded the civil sanitation contract. They claim rights to dead Marmee, as she would provide a good meal. Fending these alien trash collectors off, the children then run into the fly-like Rohln, who offer to lay their eggs in Marmee in order that she "fulfill [her] commitments." Not wishing their mother to be a meal for Rohln maggots, they trundle further around the city, at various points learning the burial customs of the Shee, Quorts, Spidoons, and most disgustingly, those of the Vasm, who hold necrophilia a most proper burial rite "until the process of decay makes such communion if not impossible, at least distasteful."

Suffice it to say that Marmee's loving children are not enamored with any of these alien burial practices. Amidst their hapless travails through teeming Ramorvarar—under attack by starfaring pirates, it should be noted—a solution does eventually present itself, coincidentally enough by way of said pirates. In a last minute (yet goofily logical) plot deus ex machina it is poor, dead Marmee who saves the day and is justly rewarded. We chuckle and cheer simultaneously.

"Burying Marmee" is at turns charmingly naive and darkly wry, with the soft pastel glow of Jack Vance suffusing all.

Calling the Children
(short story) HMS Beagle (e-zine) Mar 1999. Also in: Science Fiction World (China).
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The Curtain Falls
(short story) Green Echo, ed. Gary Bowen, Obelesk Books, 1995. Also in: Science Fiction World 95.4 (China); Supernova (Russia) 2007.

Dead on Departure
(novella) Altair #5 1999. Also in: Esli Magazine (Russia) 2009; Comets and Criminals, Issue 3, 2012.

Far From Laredo
(short story) Black Gate #5 2002. Also in: Science Fiction World 04.10 (China).

Far From Laredo by David Wesley Hill Reviewed in SF Site
In "Far from Laredo," by David W. Hill, the place is Laredo Texas, the time 1879. Or at least, the place was Laredo, Texas. Charles Duke finds himself in a world with a sickly orange sun, facing a man named Farlan Trew who has summoned a hero to get rid of demons. Three of them. Duke insists he's just a businessman—payment for services rendered. Trew tells him that since he's here he must use his magic to get rid of the demons, and as for payment, he can have as much gold as he can carry. Duke doesn't trust such quick agreement, but nevertheless he sets out to do the job, his 'magic' being a pair of sawed-off '73 Colt Peacemakers, and his wits. What follows is a short, colorful story with the distinctive flavor of the tall tales from the Old West. Hill is writing another story about Duke, which I want to read.

Reviewed in Tangent
To be honest, I've never wondered exactly how a Wild West gunslinger would behave if summoned to another universe to slay demons, but now that I have read David W. Hill's "Far from Laredo," I have a better idea. Charles Duke finds himself one day rather far indeed from Laredo, inadvertently summoned to rid a village of the three demons who haunt it. With a stoic bloodthirstiness worthy of Clint Eastwood, Duke takes care of the demons and rides off with saddlebags of gold. The ending makes it clear that this will be the first in a series, and while there's little to differentiate Duke from the hordes of other stoic gunslingers that have ridden through the pages of pulp fiction since time immemorial, it's a promising beginning to a series.

The Good Sheriff
(short story) Black Gate #13, 2009.

The Good Sheriff by David Wesley Hill Reviewed in Tangent Online
In "The Good Sheriff," David Wesley Hill's second story in the adventures of cowboy Charles Duke, we find him once again on the strange planet to which he has been magically transported, where gold is as common as sand and "good" is not a concept but an element to be mined like ore. Amidst a motley crew of ornery aliens, he becomes the sheriff of an ersatz cowtown in order to repay the magician who holds the secret to his return to Laredo, Texas. Looking out for Number One and elevating the profit motive to its highest pinnacle, Duke soon earns enough "good" to pay off the magician, but finds he is not the only one to whom a contract is mere words. David Wesley Hill has his tongue buried firmly in his cheek with these over-the-top escapades, while striking just the right tone with the cleverly wrought misadventures he puts his reluctant hero through. With "The Good Sheriff" Hill has found the true "voice" of his character and oddball world, and with any luck the reader can look forward to more of Duke's unpredictable excursions through the surreal world from which he wishes nothing more than to escape.

Menus for Romance
(cookbook) Dell Publishing Company: 1981.

Orpheus on the BMT
(short story) Terminal Fright Summer 1995. Also in: Street News 2nd Issue 1997; Exodus (e-zine) 1998; Science Fiction World Translations (China) 07.10.

The Pain of Others
(short story) Read by Dawn III, ed. Adele Hartley, Beautiful Books: 2008.
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The Price of Tea in China
(short story) Writers of the Future XV, ed. Algis Budrys, Bridge Publications, 1999. Also in: ESLI SF magazine (Russia) 2006.

Some Fine Cuisine
(short story) Midnight Zoo v3 #4 1993. Also in: Megalon, Ficcao Cientifica & Horror Ano Vi No. 30 (Brazil); Science Fiction World 94.1 (China); Alien Contact (Germany) (1994).

Sometimes I Almost Feel Like a Real Human Being
(short story) Candlelight Magazine 2009.
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SQ 389
(short story) Talebones #6 Win 1997. Also in: New Traditions in Terror, ed. Bill Purcell, Writers Club Press 2001; Science Fiction World 96.6 (China); The Beast Within, ed. Matt Hultz, Graveside Press 2008; Best New Werewolf Stories, Vol. 1, ed. Carolina Smart, Books of the Dead 2012.

SQ	 389 by David Wesley Hill Reviewed in SPECUSPHERE
In "SQ 389", by David W. Hill, SQ stands for 'stealth quotient' and a value of 389 is just about as high as they come. Which means that Lieutenant Perusquia and the other members of the Serial Incident Investigation Unit, seeking to solve a series of grisly murders, have to contend with someone much smarter than your average werewolf. This futuristic police procedural is taut and tense....

Customer review on Amazon
"SQ 389" takes a wonderful sci-fi approach blended with some traditional werewolf lore upgraded for a world of virtual reality and the police that protect it.

Reviewed in
I guarantee you that you'll never have read anything like David Wesley Hill's SQ 389!

The Thinner Man
(short story) Transversions #10 1999.
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With Felix W. Hill

A Room of Her Own
(short story) Redcat Magazine Fall 1994. Also in: Jackhammer (e-zine) May 1998.

On a Lazy Summer Afternoon
(short story) Maelstrom Magazine October 1998.
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Revisiting the Future: Science Fiction and the Shape of Things to Come
(essay) International Conference of Science Fiction and Fantasy Chengdu, People's Republic of China.
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