M. E. Owen
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About M. E. Owen
M.E. Owen writes science fiction, fantasy and crime, often in the same story.
She lives on the wet side of Washington state, and when not writing, plays with honking big transportation geodatabases, occasionally kayaks and more occasionally throws knives (not all at once, but that would be cool).
M.E., being the first granddaughter on both sides of the family, got named after a long line of women who hated their names. Kiddies, don’t do that to your kiddies. This is why M.E. also goes by Lisa.
Her short work has appeared in Abyss & Apex, Fireside Fiction, Fiction River, Flash Fiction Online, and elsewhere. You can keep up with her at www.MEOwen.com.
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Four peaceful alien dirigibles, living in the upper atmosphere of the gas giant Galtus, find themselves sucked into a flying metal behemoth and left to starve.
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