Paul Melko

Paul’s fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. SINGULARITY'S RING, his first novel, was released from Tor in February 2008 and a science fiction collection, TEN SIGMAS AND OTHER UNLIKELIHOODS, was released from Fairwood Press in March 2008. His work has been nominated for the Sturgeon, Nebula, and Hugo Awards in 2007. His second novel, THE WALLS OF THE UNIVERSE appeared in February 2009. It was optioned by Aron Warner of Strange Weather. The sequel to WALLS, THE BROKEN UNIVERSE was released in June of 2012.

Ten Sigmas and Other Unlikelihoods


Publisher’s Weekly:
This far-ranging collection, featuring 12 reprints, highlights Melko’s adaptability as he shifts from multiple universes to caped crusaders and from captured aliens to pet cats. Highlights include “Doctor Mighty and the Case of Ennui,” where a superhero suffers a humorously human bout of depression, and the title story, which wields the concept of parallel universes like a sharpened knife dissecting the choices we make and their consequences. The deft and refreshing “The Summer of the Seven” and “Singletons in Love” tie into “Strength Alone,” the opener for Melko’s forthcoming novel Singularity’s Ring. The changes in tone and style from one piece to the next make the collection a little uneven, but almost any reader will find a story that particularly appeals. As Melko grows further into his talent, he’ll be one to watch.

Publisher’s Site: Fairwood Press

Latest News:

Refrigerator magnets for the new book have arrived. If you want one, let me know, and I’ll get it to you. While supplies last!

I’ll be on Writers Talk May 14th and 16th. Hear me talk about myself.

Here’s a link for the Walls book signing!

Short Stories:

The Summer of Seven

"In the summer of our fourteenth year, we weren't the only one to live with Mother Redd on the farm in Worthington. That was the year the Seven came to stay."

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The Walls of the Universe

"John looked at this other John, this John Subprime, and decided he would be the one. He was clearly a Johnny Farmboy, not one of the Johnny Rebels, not one of the Broken Johns, so he would be wide-eyed and gullible."

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Nominated for the Sturgeon, Nebula and Hugo Awards in 2007. Originally published in Asimov's April/May 2006 issue.

Strength Alone

"Strength Alone" is part of a series of stories about an unusual branch of humanity. It is the first chapter of Singularity's Ring.

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Nebula Award Preliminary Ballot Nominee in 2005.


March 6, 2012: OSU Barnes & Noble in Columbus, Ohio

May 22, 2012: THE WALLS OF THE UNIVERSE mass market edition release at the OSU Barnes & Noble in Columbus, Ohio

June 29, 2012: THE BROKEN UNIVERSE release at the OSU Barnes & Noble in Columbus, Ohio