Marianne J. Dyson

My Fiction

Here is a list of some of my fiction stories with the most recent at the top. Contact me for reprint requests.
Title Description
Fly Me to the Moon

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This collection of my published stories opens with Fireworks in Orbit about a space shuttle crew’s struggle to survive an explosion. The Critical Factor features a clone facing the end of the universe. The Pest Man is flash fiction for Halloween. Virtually Correct focuses on racial profiling. The Shape of Things to Come shows how cuteness favors survival. A Solution to the Orbital Debris Problem results from misinterpretations. Fly Me to the Moon has a young man help an Alzheimer's patient save a woman stranded on the moon. Space Bugs uses microbes to get NASA funding. The print book also includes a sonnet written for Alan Bean.

More about the stories: Fly Me to the Moon was originally published in the July/August 2010 issue of Analog, then reprinted in Into the New Millennium anthology by Dell in 2011. Read review by Lois Tilton who called it "personal and moving."

Fireworks In Orbit was Dyson's first published science fiction story. It appeared in the August 1990 issue of Analog. It's based on the “Loss of 2 Freon Loops Deorbit Prep” procedures that the author wrote for NASA. Her flight director, after reading this story, said Dyson probably got it right—but he was glad they never had to find out for sure!

The Critical Factor was first published in Analog SF magazine in 1992. This story was written after the author attended a physics seminar at Rice University where the topic of how we might detect intersecting universes was discussed.

The Shape of Things to Come was first published in Analog Science Fiction magazine, March 1996.

Space Bugs is a Probability Zero story, also known as flash fiction, published in the January/February 2015 issue of Analog.

The Breath of Mars

This anthology, edited by Dave Creek, includes my story, "The Breath of Mars," and also "Seeds" by Mary A. Turzillo, "Trajectories of the Heart" by Arlan Andrews, Sr., "A Matter of Timing" by Maya Kaathryn Bohrhoff, "In Its Shadow" by Martin L. Shoemaker, "The Ghost Conductor of the Interstellar Express" by Brad R. Torgersen, "High Jack" by Bud Sparhawk, "Formal Charges" by Jay Werkheiser, and "The Adventures of Star Blazer" by John F. Allen.

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The Right of Interference

My story "The Right of Interference" is in this anthology and explores what happens to the "prime directive" if there is a Prime Director. A familiarity with Christianity is required to appreciate the humor in this story.

Dyson's Space Poems

A collection of poems about spacecraft, aliens, and physics, previously published in Analog, Aboriginal, Starline, and Mindsparks science fiction magazines from 1992 to 2000, plus a sonnet created by Science Fiction Poetry Association members on GEnie in 1993.

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WriteSpace Newsletters I published a newsletter called WriteSpace from 2001-03. These address all sorts of writing topics that remain relevant. Read the newsletters from 2001, 2002, and 2003.
My work in the 1990s. SFF Net Locus Index to Science Fiction by Author - MARIANNE DYSON

This list is incomplete. However, you may find the issues cited in library periodical collections. Sometimes my name is mispelled as Mary Ann or Mary Anne Dyson.

Fiction For Kids

The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars is now in print! The book includes an introduction, nine original stories (two by Dyson), black and white interior art, an activity, Glossary, Author information, Mars map, and Recommended Reading. To receive a 10 percent discount, enter the following 8-digit code: 488RKZ5V. ORDER PRINTED BOOK.

The ebook includes an introduction, nine original stories, color interior art, a Glossary, and Author information. It's available via Amazon:

Note: You don't need a Kindle to read Kindle stories! Read them on your computer using the FREE app.


Finding God among aliens, droids, and mega moons. Edited by Michael Carroll and Robert Elmer. Includes stories by Marianne Dyson, Kathy Tyers, Jim Denney, Sigmund Brouwer, Randall Ingermanson, Shane Johnson, and John B. Olson. Paperback is 256 pages, published in March 2005.

Retail $12.99. Read the Baker Catalog page. This book is out-of-print, so I reprinted my two stories via Kindle.

In The Right Path, a teenage girl must set a good example for an arrogant young man performing a Kuk Sool (martial arts) demonstration on the Moon. In "Zeus's Eagle, a boy's tolerance and faith are tested by his new Martian friends.

Science background included for both stories. Go to Right Path-Zeus's Eagle for Kindle

Meadowbrook Press. "On the Way to Broken Bow" is about a handicapped girl who focuses on what she can do when faced with landing a small plane.

Paperback, 111 pages, October 2000, Retail $3.95. This book is out-of-print, but the story is included in Best of the Girls which was renamed Girls Save the Day which is available on Amazon.

Helpful Websites - Get published by joining the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators! - Learn the market: Children's book publishers' addresses. - Read the American Inst. of Physics winners for science writing.

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