The Tightrope Walker
Published in Rosalind's Siblings, an anthology edited by Bogi Takács, September 2023.
Saadia, an autistic scientist studying cosmic inflation, is on their way to a space station. But the quiet and ordered life they need to keep their balance is upset by the journey.
Praise for "The Tightrope Walker"
"Two additional stories that impressed me with their human emotion were “The Tightrope Walker” by Celia Neri, the story of an autistic astronomer caught between the noise and complexity of human society and the silence and peace of space; and “The Vanishing Of Ultratatts” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (...)."
Vanessa Fogg on GoodReads.
"The Tightrope Walker" is on the Nerds of a Feather 2024 Hugo Recommendation List. The anthology Rosalind's Siblings is on the Locus 2023 Recommended Reading List.
Content warning for the story: passive suicide ideation.
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Published in HyphenPunk, July 2021.
Śūnya is the living embodiment of the number zero. As e spends a quiet immortal life in Greater Cairo, e is reluctantly enrolled by eir friend Yasara, the living embodiment of chance, for a rescue mission.
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Antonio Scalvo's Library
Published in The Café Irreal, issue 74 (May 2020).
When Antonio Scalvo dies, he hopes his beloved library will be safe in the hands of his daughter. She sells it at auction. But the library doesn't want to be sold.
Wait... Does a library have agency? You're pulling my leg, aren't you?
Read Online: The Café Irreal
A Stereoscopic Landscape View of Torino with Damsels and Distress
Published in The Future Fire, issue 54
Sophia, Contessa Roveda, acquires a new stereoscope. But as soon as she looks into it, she's transported to the banks of the Pò, in a colourful world where Beelzebub roams and seamstresses are murderous.
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Content warning for the story: violence (mild).
The story has been beautifully illustrated by Josep Lledó.
Published in Three Crows Magazine, issue 5 (October 2019).
Alassane alone has arrived alive on the shore of this city. All of his companions have drowned when the dinghy sank in the Mediterranean Sea. As he staggers through the streets, he realises the place looks deserted. Will Alassane find a way forward through this maze?
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Content warning for the story: violence (graphic).
"No Harbour" has been reprinted in Three Crows Year Two: Anthology. Buy link.
Vincent Coriolis, Father of the Nation
Published in Luna Station Quarterly, issue 038 (June 2019).
Marina Herikis is the former right-hand woman of Vincent Coriolis. She was with him when he led the revolution. Now she shepherds tourists through the capital, taking them on a tour and telling them of that fateful night when the revolution was won.
As we follow her through the past and the monuments, the truth is slowly revealed.
Praise for "Vincent Coriolis, Father of the Nation"
"The rawness and immediateness of the history that Marina recounts to her customers is palpable, and the way Neri weaves the past and present into a single narrative is superb."
Sara L. Uckelman at SFFReviews.
Read online: Luna Station Quarterly.
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Content warning for the story: violence (civil war), ableist slur.
The Barnum Effect
Published in Apex Magazine, issue 111 (August 2018).
Dr Meriam Ben Hassine works on the BAR project. Based on the Barnum Effect, this A.I. creates astrological predictions which are sold to magazines. But, as she tests the predictions, she feels they are becoming uncannily accurate.
Praise for "The Barnum Effect"
"It’s a fun and wonderfully paced story, that begins with the relative boredom of being on a train commuting to work and shifts up and up until the stakes are high indeed (...) A fantastic read and great way to close out the issue’s fiction!"
Charles Payseur at QuickSipReviews.
Charles also picked it for his 2018 Recommended Reading list.
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Content warning for the story: terror attack, PTSD.
Thanks again, always, to Sheree, for believing in my story.