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The Hour Before Morning

Three people lie in a prison cell. One is a murderer. Can his companions help him unlock the door to his own mind before his unreasoning rages claim their lives. The Hour before Morning explores a distant future in which the human heart is much the same. The Ash’torians see their conquest of the Outliers as a triumph of civilization. The Outliers see it as servitude. Their resistance takes many forms, from non-violence to terrorism. Yet one thing remains constant: compassion endures.

Women of the woods

Cover of Women of the Woods, a woman stands inside the image of a bird.

A Fabled Collective anthology of stories of magical women, featuring Arwen’s “The Rebirth of Joy,” a fairytale of grief and transformation.


For centuries, the planet Perdita has warred over the proper use of high technology.  Now the West-of-Now family has crash landed on the planet, bringing with them the secrets of jae, a tech as perilous as it is powerful.  For pro-tech Ethan and anti-tech Sherayna, their actions will decide whether Perdita will enter into a new golden age or face destruction.

“Perdita is… a future of the heart and mind that we can actually hope for.” — Nye Joell Hardy, author of The Crows of Bedu.

This Present Former Glory

Cover of This Present Former Glory: An Anthology of Honest Spiritual Literature. The design is gray with a bronze bar.

This honest and sometimes irreverent anthology features a wealth of spiritual questing through a Christian lens, including Arwen’s story “The Descent of the Wind,” an exploration of an angelic fall as trauma.

Spoon Knife 4

An inventive anthology of tales where neurodivergence, queer identity, and time travel meet, featuring Arwen’s short story, “Veils and Gifts,” a prequel to the film, The Eater.


Stories of the fantastic, featuring Arwen’s “The Worldkeeper’s Circlet.” What makes a mosquito precious? A founding myth of the Continuation Universe.


Surreal Entanglements: Essays on Jeff Vandermeer’s Fiction

Cover of Surreal Entanglements with swirling white-on-gray background.

Essay’s on Jeff VanderMeer’s contribution to the New Weird, including Arwen’s “Acceptance and Continuation: Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy and Hope in the Anthropocene.”


the Eater

A ragtag group of rebels struggle to survive when an ancient derelict spaceship devours their ship. Starring Alysse Fozmark and Joel Albrecht

the hour before morning

In an oppressive future, a murderer seeks redemption. Starring Joel Albrecht, Gregory Stanley Black, and Trisha Luna. Arwen says, “Yep, this film is amateur, but it was made with a lot of work and heart. I adore everyone who put a piece of their lives into making this.”


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 I am a proud writer of fan fiction! The heart of narrative has always been collaborative and always will be. My fandoms include X-Men (movies), Blake’s 7, Banana Fish, Les Misérables, Trigun, Mirage of Blaze, Mushishi, Doctor Who, and others.

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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