Romie Stott (pronounced like Romeo without the ending o) is a freelance fiction editor who has been on the masthead of Reflection's Edge, Drollerie Press, and the Hugo-nominated Strange Horizons. Her short story "A Robot Walks Into a Bar. . ." won the 2012 Intel/Arc Tomorrow Project "Future Pleasures" Prize, and her historical fantasy feature screenplay Ratcatcher was a top 10 finalist in the 2012 American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition. She posts daily speculative microfiction at

Short Fiction: "Unattached Metaphors" (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, forthcoming), "Every Hand A Winner" (Farrago's Wainscot, April 2015), "Rich Port" (Angry Cuddles) "Three Young Men" (King David and the Spiders From Mars, ed. Tim Lieder), "The Eggshell Curtain" (LIT, forthcoming in Daughters of Frankenstein, ed. Steve Berman), "The Wishing Hour" (Stupefying Stories), "A Robot Walks Into A Bar" (Arc), "Judith and Holofernes" (She Nailed A Stake Through His Head, ed. Tim Lieder), "The Hungry Child" (Superficial Flesh, Toasted Cake).

Poems: "Counter Rant" and "People Yelling In German" (Punchnel's, forthcoming), "Grandiflora" (Stone Telling, forthcoming), "The End of Tim" (inkscrawl), "Remainders" (Dark Mountain), "A Test of the Great Man Theory of History" (New Verse News), "Dallas 2009" (Jerseyworks), "Gigi" (Black Words on White Paper), "Summer and Austin Have Left Their Apartment for a House" (Strange Horizons), "America" (Death List Five).

Notable Essays: "The Missing Children of Cryonics" (Arc, forthcoming), "Human Sacrifice" (Arc, forthcoming), "Defining Speculative Poetry" (Strange Horizons), "The Feminine Science" (Fantasy Café), "World Building" (Reflection's Edge), "Aliens at the Office Christmas Party" (Reflection's Edge, Crimethink).

As a narrative filmmaker (working mainly as Romie Faienza), Romie has been a guest artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the National Gallery (London). She is the writer/director of the short films "The Origin of the Milky Way," "The Sleeping People" (part of Jonathan Lethem's Promiscuous Materials Project), and "Aperture," and the feature film Hayseeds & Scalawags. She has worked in various roles on more than 100 movies, including After The World Ended; for a more extensive list and to view her work, visit

Romie has degrees in filmmaking, economics, and music. Her cheerfully morbid "Birthday Song" has been featured on KCRW and The Believer's "The Organist" podcast and is particularly well-loved by ukulele players and English-speaking Germans. She encourages you to adopt it for your own annuary celebrations.