Rosemary Claire Smith writes science fiction and fantasy stories that showcase her interests in dinosaurs, folklore, mythology, genetic engineering, space exploration, alternate history, and aliens. She draws on her background as a trowel-wielding archaeologist, reformed lawyer, and keen observer of contemporary society. Her other interests include ballroom dancing, abstract photography, foil fencing, and astronomy. Her interactive fiction role-playing game, T-Rex Time Machine is now available.

Rosemary is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, as well as Taos Toolbox, Paradise Lost, and Launchpad Astronomy Workshop. Her fondness for writers’ workshops seems likely to continue.

Blogging the Mesozoic consists of short essays about dinosaurs (you expected maybe?), writing fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy, as well as travel, and whatever else catches her fancy. It’s updated about twice a month

You can read an excerpt from Rosemary’s most recent story, The Next Frontier in the July/August issue of Analog Science Fiction. It addresses two questions: What if a Soviet cosmonaut defected to the United States during the height of the race to the Moon in the 1960s? What if that cosmonaut was a woman whose door into space slammed shut when Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in orbit?

Rosemary’s story Conservation of Mismatched Shoes is in the revived Amazing Stories. Adolescence is more complicated when your big brother discovers how to get to the multiverse and you’re desperate for him to take you there.

Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs. This tale whisks you to Cretaceous Antarctica where the slipperiest creature may be another time traveler. It is a finalist for Analog Magazine’s AnLab Readers’ Award. If you hurry, you’ll be able to read it for free.

Rosemary’s most recent guest editorial, Monumental Thinking, was in the January/February 2021 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Her other Analog guest editorials include: Mars Needs Children  (July/August 2017) ; On the Money (November 2016); Our Right, Our Duty, Our Privilege (March 2016) which deals with voting and elections; The Future is Prologue (December 2015); and Conspiracy Theories for Everybody (July/August 2015). She will likely have more guest editorials coming up.

Rosemary’s other published stories are:

Dino Mate – Several characters from Not with a Bang return to the Mesozoic in this story in the December, 2014 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. It features some unusual African dinosaurs that don’t get the public attention they merit.

The Zombie Limbo Master was reprinted electronically in Quickfic 1 Anthology. It was first published in the May 2014 issue of Bastion Science Fiction and was also reprinted recently by  Digital Horror Fiction. Who knew that limbo dancing might just save you from the zombie apocalypse?

Not with a Bang is in the July/Aug 2013 issue of  Analog Science Fiction and Fact. It’s a love story with dinosaurs. The reprint is due out in the next few months.

Mom and the Ankylosaur was published in Fantastic Stories.   Mom was afraid to fly, but was thrilled to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Cretaceous.

Birch Glow is Rosemary’s first story to appear in Analog Science Fiction and Fact.  It’s about designer genes, first love, Christmas trees, and saving the planet. It’s just been reprinted in Celestial Beans.

The Fifth Sun was the lead story in the anthology, The Age of Reason.  The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl spins a tale of creating and destroying the world.


© Rosemary Claire Smith 2012-2021. The material on this website is copyrighted and may not be used without the author’s consent.





2 responses

  1. I’m quite the dinosaur nerd myself. Looking forward to reading your work. 🙂

  2. I enjoyed your editorial in Analog. When I read your proposal, I immediately thought of the Wright brothers, so I was glad you agreed…but I wouldn’t have chosen to get rid of US Grant.

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