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Place Name Generators

While I’m at it, here are some place name generators. Largely I use the Ever-changing Book of Names, if I can’t come up with something on my own, but this is a handy set of online resources.

Nine French Boys has a lot of generators that are pretty decent. Scroll down the page for their placenames.

The Random Town Name Generator is a very, very funny page full of faux science. It also happens to generate plausible British town names. has a nice mix of non-English place name generators. These will all sound plausibly Egyptian, Japanese, or Canadian without actually being any of those. It also has some fantasy ones based on Tolkien. I tend to avoid those because he’s got fairly specific and recognizable naming conventions that can sound generically fantasy.

The USA Place name generator gives you actual locations in the US, complete with map coordinates, pulled from the 1990 census.

Dire Press has both character names and place names. These will all capture the feel of a foreign country without getting bogged down in reality.

Planet Name Generator In addition to names, this also gives you things like Length of Day and type of Gravity.

Random Town Name A simple generator for making one faux British town name at a time.

Suburban Name Generator Need a housing development? Go here.

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Short Fiction


  • “Artisanal Trucking, LLC” — Asimov’s Science Fiction
  • “Dust to Dust” — Fireside Fiction
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” —Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction (reprint)
  • “Sound and Fury” — Robots VS Fairies
  • “A Feather in Her Cap” — Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction



  • “Forest of Memory” —
  • “Rockets Red” — Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • “A Dichotomy of Paradigms” — Unbound: Tales by Masters of Fantasy


  • “Doctor Faustus” — The Doll Collection (Tor)
  • “Like Native Things” — Asimov’s
  • “Grinding Time” — Popular Science
  • “Midnight Hour” — Uncanny Magazine


  • “Water Over the Dam” — Spectrum
  • “Expensive Taste” — Popular Science
  • “A Matter of Endurance” — Defense Grid 2 – audio play
  • “Fire in the Heavens” — Shadows Beneath
  • “Zero G R&J” — Kickstart My Robot Army


  • “We Interrupt This Broadcast” — The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination (Tor)
  • Forest of Memory — Metatropolis (Audible)
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” for print — HUGO winner 2014


  • “Ginger Stuyvesant and the Case of Eastwood Abbey” — TM Magazine
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” — Rip-off! (Audible)
  • “Weaving Dreams” — Apex
  • “Mecury Retrograde” — Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance
  • “The White Phoenix Feather” — Fireside Magazine


  • “Goodhouse Keeping” — Courts of the Fey (DAW)
  • “Kiss Me Twice” — Asimov’s (June, 2011)
  • “Water to Wine” — Subterranean Magazine (reprint, Spring 2011)
  • “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” — Apex Online (reprint, January 2011)
  • “Beauty Will Come” — Voices From the Past (Angry Robot)


  • “Water to Wine” — METAtropolis: Cascadiopolis – audio (November, 2010)
  • “Birthright” — 2020 Visions (November, 2010)
  • “Changement d’itinéraire (Changed Itinerary)” — Légendes (October, 2010)
  • “American Changeling” — Daily SF (September, 2010)
  • “Salt of the Earth” — Redstone SF (September, 2010)
  • “For Want of a Nail” — Asimov’s (September, 2010) HUGO winner 2011
  • “Typewriter Triptych” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) — (August, 2010)
  • “Ring Road” — Dark Faith Anthology (January 2010)
  • “Beyond the Garden Close” — Apex Online (March, 2010)
  • “The Bride Replete” — Apex Online (March, 2010)






  • “Bound Man” — Twenty Epics (May, 2006)
  • “Cerbo in Vitra ujo” — Apex Digest (Issue 6, June 2006)
  • “Locked In” — Apex Digest (#9)
  • “Portrait of Ari” — Strange Horizons (January 30, 2006)


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