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I'm a speculative fiction author who tends to write dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and modern fairy tales.

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- Abra Staffin-Wiebe*

* Pronounced "AWE-bruh STAFF-Inn WEE-bee," in case you were wondering!

What's New for 2017?

Upcoming Events and Appearances
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Recent Events and Appearances

Upcoming Events and Appearances

Not-So-Silent-Planet: A Speculative Storytelling Show
Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis, MN
May 16, 2017, 8 PM

Featured performer at the country's ONLY recurring open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction. $5-$10 sliding scale.
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New Releases

Coming Soon...


"Miracle Material," (reprint) will appear in Scary Dairy's Mother's Revenge anthology, a collection of eco-horror.

When manufacturers think they've found the perfect material, it soon becomes more common than plastic. That's when the troubles start.


ETA October 2017

"Belongings," (reprint) will appear in Digital Fiction Publishing Corp's Killing It Softly 2 anthology, a collection of horror by female authors.


Long ago and far away, the alabaster knife had held pride of place in a sunlit kitchen. Then came the death of the knife's owner, the inheritance, and the abusive neglect that scarred the alabaster handle and pitted the steel blade with speckles of rust. The knife endured, only to be passed along to the second-hand shop and the pawn shops. Then came the rubbish and the rag-picker and the bum and--finally!--the girl with small, cool hands who handed a couple of dollars to a bum, plucked the alabaster knife from his grimy hands, and carried it inside.


Publication Date TBD

"Butterfly, Modified," will appear in Ghosts on Drugs, an anthology put together by Hy Bender and Will Paoletto.

All the tales in Ghosts on Drugs include some version of at least one ghost who's on some version of at least one drug. Both key terms are broadly defined—e.g., a ghostwriter hooked on cough syrup could fit, and a dead ancient god with an inhumanly intense craving to be worshiped again could too.



"Dear Miss Dilemma," in Pete Sutton's Sick City Syndrome, a horror novel set in a world where ghosts are real--or are they?

Pete included some material from other authors in his book as part of the worldbuilding. My contribution is near the middle of Chapter 1. Conveniently, that is within Amazon's "Look Inside" free sample. Go, read my piece, and get a taste of the rest of the book for free!


Dear Miss Dilemma,

I've followed your column for years, but I never expected to be writing to you for help! I hope you can advise me as to what I should do. I am very worried about my nai nai. She has always been an independent and strong-willed woman, but I know she feels lost since my grandfather's death. In her grief, she has become irrational.

She denies that my grandfather's ghost exists.

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Philosophy in action! Fluffy pink murderbear aliens! "In Their Image" is now free to enjoy in text or in podcast over at Escape Pod. Readers compare it positively to Speaker for the Dead.


When I stepped off the shuttle and breathed in the dry grass scent of Trade City, I was still confident I could launch the first human church on Landry’s World. My fellow passengers had been politely non-interested when I explained the mission my church had sent me on. A few had shaken their heads as they glided away. I thought maybe they objected to a female preacher. Or maybe it was because I’m an ex-marine. I’m an “ex-” a lot of things: ex-marine, ex-atheist, ex-drunk, ex-wife, and ex-mother–that last because I was a poor enough mother that when my kids grew up, they washed their hands of me.

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Recent Events and Appearances

Women in Sci-Fi and Writing Female Protagonists - Redux
The AZ Gallery
St. Paul, MN
January 17, 2017, 7 PM

A continuation of our popular panel discussion about being female SF/F authors and writing female characters, with brief readings. Come to listen to the panel, stay to admire Fire & Ice, their 1st annual Winter Carnival art show. Panelists: myself, Victorya Chase, and Lyda Morehouse.

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