Short stories by Cadwell Turnbull

Hi, I’m Cadwell Turnbull, author of the science fiction novel The Lesson I received my MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Linguistics at North Carolina State University. I also attended Clarion West 2016. My short fiction can be found in the pages of Asimov’s Science FictionLightspeed, and Nightmare to name a few. My Nightmare story “Loneliness is in Your Blood” was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. My Asimov’s novelette “Other Worlds and This One”was also selected as a notable story for the anthology. My short story “Jump” was selected for the Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 and featured on LeVar Burton Reads. My debut novel The Lesson is set in my native U.S. Virgin Islands after an alien colonization. The novel has received some great press, including making best of 2019 lists for Publisher’s WeeklyLibrary Journal,Kirkus Reviews, and included in Locus‘ 2019 Recommended Reading List for First Novel. Since its publication, The Lesson has been nominated for a SOVAS Award in fiction, an Audie Award in Science Fiction, and an AAMBC Literary Award. The novel has been shortlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and longlisted for the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award.  The Lesson was the recipient of the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Award in the debut category. It has also been optioned by AMC for a television series in collaboration with The Mission Entertainment. My new novelNo Gods, No Monsters is scheduled for publication on September 7th 2021. If you’ve read The Lesson please rate and review online and talk about it with your friends so that it may reach a wider audience.

Listing 3 stories.

When a young couple in a park joins hands and miraculously teleports back home, the man’s subsequent obsession with recreating that one-off spark of magic drives a wedge in between them.

An immortal vampire learns that when you depend on drinking the blood of others to live, loneliness is inescapable.

A young man struggles to rationalize with fate as he watches the people he loves experience immense pain and suffering. As he learns more about the physics of the universe and slowly teaches himself how to travel through time, he begins experiencing surreal moments where he can actually see the alternative paths he and his loved ones could have taken, and how they would all have been different if they had.