I write speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that explores technological progress and rapid change. You can find some of my work in the menus above and a list of what I’ve recently been working on below. Copyright Richard Leis, Jr., except where otherwise indicated.

The image of Mars in the header above was captured by the Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera in 2003. Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems.

Recent Writing Projects

Falling Up

A collection of often autobiographical essays that explore the implications of the philosophy and social movement called transhumanism.

“Rose and Mermaid”

A short story about mothers, sons, and growing new replacement organs from a patient’s own cells.


A flash fiction story submitted on June 29, 2014 to One Throne Magazine’s annual Joust 24h Writing Contest.

“Book Fair”

A flash fiction story submitted on May 22, 2014 to Sonora Review’s annual 2014 Short-Fiction Contest.


A short story submitted on May 21, 2014 to a potential market.