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Once Human Front Cover

Once Human: Stories
    ISBN-13: 9781573661768
    Publisher: University of Alabama Press / FC2
    Pages: 312, Illustrated throughout

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 A manga artist who is afraid that she herself is slipping into a cartoon version of life, a lab technician who makes art with the cloning technology she uses at work, a sociologist hunting for the gene that makes some people want to take risks—these are some of the characters that populate the stories in Once Human. Exploring the spaces where life is shaped by science and the technologies we bring into being, Steve Tomasula’s characters often find that the harder they look at the world, the less they can say. The map that emerges from these stories charts the territory of human longing and the failure of poetry--and science, and technology--to explain the “why” of the world, if not its “how.”

IndiFab Best Book of the Year (Short Fiction) Nominee.

…. a valuable sampling of the work of a compelling and genuinely experimental writer. –Daniel Green, The Kenyon Review

...Tomasula creates a new postmodern, post-human realism that richly traces our infinite potential of self-production, with just enough human left to give it a beating heart. –Quarterly West

…. In Once Human, Tomasula impresses not only with his literary skills but also with the range of his knowledge. The Collagist

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“from TOC” in Text/ures. Anne Chassagnol and Gwen Le Cor eds. (forthcoming 2016).

“Mem” in Litscapes: Collected Writings 2015. Caitlin Alvarez and Kass Fleisher eds. Normal IL: Steerage Press (forthcoming).

“TOC: A New-Media Novel” featured in “DP-DB: Digital Poetry for Drunken Boat,” Drunken Boat. Issue 19, Winter 2014.

"from IN & OZ” in The Knife Sharpener Or On Interaction of Literature, Music, and the Art / Ostrzyciel  noży czyli o wzajecmnyh związkach sztuk pięknych. Jerzy Kossek ed. and trans. Katowice, Poland: Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania Ochroną Pracy w Katowicach, 2013.

“iSpace: from My America” in The Sonora Review. Vol. 62, Spring 2013. pp. 19-28.

“Our Moon Poem” in Puerta del Sol: A Journal of New Literature. Vol 47, No. 2, Fall 2012. pp. 192-204.

“WeKIA” in Quarterly West Issue 74, Spring 2012.

“The Historian” in Booth: A Journal. May 18, 2012.
“Mem” in Rampike (Canada) Vol. 20, No. 1, 2011. pp. 63-65.

“The Color of Flesh” in Boulder Pavement: Arts and Ideas (Canada) Issue 3, 2011.

“Endurance” in BOMB. Issue 113, Fall 2010, pp. 72-73.

“The Kingdom’s Good” in The Fairytale Review. The Aquamarine Issue, 2009, pp. 181-82.

“from The Book of Portraiture” in Forms at War. R.M. Berry ed. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009. pp. 269-286.

“Medieval Land” in Not Normal, Illinois.  Michael Martone ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. pp. 233-245.

“Skin Deep” in The Black Warrior Review. Fall/Winter 2008, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 79-101.

“Medieval Land” in The Western Humanities Review. Spring/Summer 2008, Vol. 62 Issue 2, pp. 117-128.

“DarkAges.2” in Ninth Letter. Vol. 5, Spring-Summer 2008, pp. 111-123.

“Lo que un cuerpo sabe” in Acido (Mexico City). Edgar Hernádez trans. Mayo a Junio de 2008, p. 8.

“Medieval Times” in American Letters and Commentary. Vol. 19, 2008, pp. 117-135.

“Fairy Tale” in The Mad Hatters’ Review Mad Hatters’ Revue.  May 2008, p. 19.

“The Color of Flesh and Other Words” in Mandorla: Nueva Escritura de las Américas/New Writing from the Americas. Vol. 9, 2006, pp. 89-102.

“The Risk-Taking Gene as Expressed by Some Asian Subjects” in The Denver Quarterly.
Vol. 39, No. 1, 2004. (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize; named one of 10 best stories of 2004 in the Sturgeon Award). Reprinted in The Year’s Best: SF #10 . David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer eds. EOS/Harper Collins, 2005.

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“The Atlas of Man” in McSweeney’s. No. 8, 2002.

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“Self Portrait(s)” in The Iowa Review. Vol. 33, No. 1 Spring 2003.

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“The Color of Pain and Suffering” in Chelsea. No. 77, Spring 2005.

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