Pauline Barmby, speculative fiction writer

The Andromeda galaxy, showing a yellow centre and red spiral arms, with scattered blue and red dots

What's Your Favorite Galaxy?






Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Gordon (Univ. of Arizona) & GALEX Science Team.





A white woman with chin-length brown hair and green eyes


I’m a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories, a member of SFWA and the Codex writers group. I'm also an astrophysicist who believes you can’t have too many favorite galaxies and the namesake of a main belt asteroid, minor planet 281067. When not writing or sciencing, I run and knit. I live in Ontario, Canada with my family, including requisite cats.




Lighthouse Keeper of the Crab Nebula - Crab Tales Magazine, Issue 1

Galilean Crossing, Analog Science Fiction & Fact

Universal Scale Factor, Bell Press' Stasis

N-Body Code, Triangulation: Hospitium



Ten Easy Steps to Boost Your Civilization’s Kardashev Rating, Third Flatiron Press' Offshoots: Humanity Twigged

Leg Breaker, Black Hare Press Patreon

Stratigraphic Homesick Blues, Stupefying Stories'  The Odin Chronicles Season 2

White Dwarf Companion Blues, In Another Time, Issue 2

Memory, Unmasked (audio reprint) - Manawaker Studio's Flash Fiction Podcast 0917

Succession Plan - Utopia Science Fiction Apr/May 2024

Rise of the (Coffee) Machines - Dragon Gems, spring 2024

Running Out of Time - Troopers, Issue 3

The Triennial Igneous Tri-partite Competition - Stupefying Stories

Vacuum Cycles - Shacklebound Books Newsletter


Solar Gravitational Lens - OnSpec, Issue #126

Trans-Earth Injection - Stupefying Stories

There is Only One Black Cat - Stupefying Stories

No Justice for Deserters - Stupefying Stories

Blue Straggler - Daikaijuzine 014

RealTimeRisk - Martian Magazine, Issue 9

Songbird, Jailbird - Stupefying Stories

The Monarch and the Saucer - Illustrated Worlds, Volume 2

Rynnden has Invited You to a Scheduled Meeting - Nature: Futures



Internet-Enabled Appliances Commence Preliminary Discussions on Unionization - Martian Magazine, Issue 7

The Observatory at the End of the World - Corporate Catharsis: the Work From Home Edition

Light Echoes - Nightmare Sky: Stories of Astronomical Horror

Five Sigma - Utopia Science Fiction Oct/Nov 2022

Scholastic Offense - AcademFic, Vol. 3

Unit Conversion - Martian Magazine, Issue 5

Core Collapse - Planetside: Science Fiction Drabbles

Dayside to Nightside - Planetside: Science Fiction Drabbles

Truesword - Tree and Stone, Issue 3

Memory, Unmasked - SFS Stories, Number 11

Limiting Magnitude - Compelling Science Fiction Short Stories


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