Steven Popkes

…grew up in many American regions: California, the desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Deep South. He now lives in Massachusetts. His first love was biology and he earned his MS in Neurophysiology at the University of Missouri. Times being what they were, he became a software engineer. In recent years he has built avionics for planes and rockets.

It supports the writing habit.

He is best known for his short stories. “The Color Winter” was a finalist for the Nebula Award. “The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales,” reprinted here at BVC, was first published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

He’s published several novels beginning with Caliban Landing (Congdon and Weed, 1988) and Slow Lightning (Tor, 1991), both of which dealt with the complexities of alien contact. His approach is varied. Welcome to Witchlandia (BVC, 2016) is a paranormal police procedural. God’s Country involves the collision of drugs, religion, and science. His first story collection, Simple Things (BVC, 2019), handles all sorts of things.


The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales

A Free Short Story
by Steven Popkes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Emperor Thomas had heard about Po and Ho long before he met them. Not that he begrudged two scam artists a living. He liked the Salt Dodge and the False Gumdrop as much as anyone and had a good laugh on how they had modified the Glam and took everything the Widow Stein owned, right down to her porcelain teeth. But all good things come to an end and their end was in sight when the local magistrate hauled them up in front of the Emperor.

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The Long Frame

The Long Frame by Steven Popkes

by Steven Popkes
$1.99 (Novella)
ISBN 978-1-61138-918-0
A BVC Original

They successfully evaded the Invaders and the monsters of their own mind to find some kind of peace.

That’s over. The Dragon is coming.

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Book View Café 2020 Holiday Collection

Book View Cafe 2020 Holiday Collection edited by Shannon Page

Edited by Shannon Page
$3.99 (Anthology)
ISBN 978-1-61138-938-8

A BVC Original

Cozy up by the fire for a little holiday cheer…or chill!

Nine holiday stories to delight, chill, cheer, or frighten you on a cold winter’s night.

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel “A Very Wary Christmas”
Alma Alexander “The One About the Founding (1918)”
Irene Radford “A Daffy Holiday”
Patricia Rice “Devil and the Deep Blue C”
Paul S. Piper “The Lights”
Shannon Page “The Longest Night of the Year”
Steven Popkes “Two Rivers”
Jill Zeller “Holiday in Hades”
Jennifer Stevenson “Solstice”