Melanie Harding-Shaw is a speculative fiction writer, policy geek, and mother-of-three from Wellington, New Zealand. Her short fiction has appeared in a range of local and international publications including newsroom, Daily Science Fiction, and The Arcanist. She is the NZ Writer Liaison for CoNZealand-the 78th World Science Fiction Convention and committee member of the Wellington NZSA branch. She also convenes a monthly meet-up for Wellington speculative fiction writers. See her website, Facebook or Twitter for latest news and publications.
- Flash Fiction
- Short Stories
- Science Fiction
- Short Story Writing
Would She Be Gone
Would She Be Gone is the first novelette in the Censored City series: A post-analog world on the tipping point of Orwellian dystopia and the women whose choices will determine which way it falls. Available from Amazon, Book Depository, Fishpond and Wheelers.
WHEN THE STATE STEALS YOUR WORDS, YOU STILL HAVE YOUR VOICE. WHEN THEY STEAL YOUR FAMILY, WILL YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH TO USE IT?
In the near future, the Librarian Algorithm enforces tailored censorship to protect citizens from stories and words that could cause trauma or crime.
Detective Virginia Wright is going undercover in the criminal world of spoken poetry to hunt down suppliers of illegal open-access e-readers. She has buried herself in her work ever since her mother died. But when her remaining family are arrested for literary solicitation, her world starts to crumble. And when the man she is supposed to arrest gives her the most precious gift of all, her moral compass is sent spinning.
Compact of Fire
Compact of Fire is the second novelette in the Censored City series: A post-analog world on the tipping point of Orwellian dystopia and the women whose choices will determine which way it falls. Available from Amazon, Book Depository, Fishpond, and Wheelers.
SOME WORDS ARE HARD TO FORGIVE. SOME MEN ARE HARD TO CONTROL. SOME MISTAKES CAN'T BE UNDONE.
In the near future, the Librarian algorithm imposes tailored censorship to protect citizens from ideas that could inflict trauma or incite crime.
Political aide Serafina Walker has been in damage control for the secretary of literary safety ever since the actions of a rogue cop sparked a protest movement against state restrictions.
She's used to dealing with the grey areas that her boss likes to play in, and the women he likes to play with. But her loyalty is tested when his games take a dark turn. The ends have always justified the means—until now.