Short stories by Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn's work includes the Philip K. Dick Award winning novel Bannerless, the New York Times Bestselling Kitty Norville urban fantasy series, and over twenty novels and upwards of 100 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. Her most recent work includes a Kitty spin-off collection, The Immortal Conquistador, and a pair of novellas about Robin Hood's children, The Ghosts of Sherwood and The Heirs of Locksley. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.

A bona fide Air Force brat (her father served on a B-52 flight crew during the Vietnam War), Carrie grew up all over the U.S. but managed to put down roots in Colorado, in the Boulder area, where she pursuers an endlessly growing list of hobbies and enjoys the outdoors as much as she can. She is fiercely guarded by a miniature American Eskimo dog named Lily. When she was about eight years old, her mother gave her Heinlein's Red Planet. Shortly after that, her father sat her down to watch 2001. So, really, this is all their fault.

My Favorite Authors (you can tell so much from a person by this list): Ray Bradbury, Robin McKinley, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, John Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Patricia McKillip, Connie Willis, Ursula LeGuin, Steven Brust, Phillip Pullman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Lois McMaster Bujold, Neal Stephenson, Jonathan Lethem, Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Beagle, Iain Banks, Steven Erikson, etc. etc.

Listing 6 stories.

In a world of gods and demons, two young girls leave their village in search of better fortunes and adventure.

Finally at peace after decades of war, the telepathic people of Gaant and the people of Enith can coexist, including a Gaantish military officer and an Enithi nurse. The two had become unlikely friends after being one another's prisoners during the war; they'd bonded over chess, and can now finish their game in peace.

A divorced astronomer finds hope when she discovers a UFO.

After being recruited by a band of Norman soldiers with magical powers, a teenage girl who can summon fire is forced to participate in a war against her own people. But when she and her captors suddenly come under attack, she must decide where her loyalties lie.

Sacrificing his freedom to save the prince, a huntsman finds himself trapped in an abandoned castle with a beast, who ends up being a woman cursed until she submits to a man.

After a disaster wipes out most of the food supply, a young woman struggles to find hope and love in her new basecamp.