Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Tobias Buckell

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Hand

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


A Sky Too Close to the Ground: Stories is a collection of speculative fiction short stories that engage with the theme of lost and found connections to the self and to others. This collection explores grief, heartbreak, joy, closure and madness through the eyes of women, men, children, and animals in settings from the fantastic to the mundane. Each story presents this theme in a distinct way with characters that interact with their own loss or gain uniquely. The collection focuses on the human psychology of the narrative while weaving in speculative elements to emphasize and create a deeper understanding of that psychology than could be explored in straight fiction.