Rosemary Claire Smith writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories showcasing her interests in dinosaurs, folklore, mythology, genetic engineering, space exploration, alternate history, time travel, and aliens. She draws on her background as a trowel-wielding archaeologist, reformed lawyer, and keen observer of contemporary society. Her other interests include flower arranging, abstract photography, foil fencing, and astronomy.

In her latest science fiction story, “Etruscan Afterlife” a devoted couple contemplates simultaneously uploading their minds as they draw nearer and nearer to the end of their natural lifespans. Check out other stories and poems by authors such as Jane Yolen, Seanan McGuire, Lisa Morton, Fran Wilde, and Beth Cato in this wondrous new anthology, The Reinvented Heart. Here’s what relationships might look like in a complicated future of clones, uploaded intelligences, artificial brains, or body augmentation.

Rosemary’s interactive fiction role-playing game, T-Rex Time Machine is available. In it, you invent a time machine and take your best friend back to the age of dinosaurs. As one does

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 also subscribe to her newsletter.

Try reading Rosemary’s recent story, The Next Frontier,  which is an Analog Readers’ Award finalist, for free for a limited time. It appeared in the July/August, 2021 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 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.


Conservation of Mismatched Shoes is in 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 whisks you to Cretaceous Antarctica where the slipperiest creature may be another time traveler. It was a finalist for Analog Magazine’s AnLab Readers’ Award.

Monumental Thinking was Rosemary’s most recent guest editorial 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.

The Holy Wars of Mathematics in an anthology of flash horror stories: 99 Tiny Terrors. 

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.

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 was 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 2012-2022. 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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