Cover design by Jonathan C. Parrish, original artwork by Tory Hoke

Fractured Friday: Steve Bornstein

Cover design by Jonathan C. Parrish, original artwork by Tory HokeFor the next several weeks I’ve decided to call Fridays ‘Fractured Friday’ and use them to share news, contributor interviews and excerpts from B is for Broken.

B is for Broken is the second title in the Alphabet Anthologies series. It follows A is for Apocalypse and will in turn be followed by C is for Chimera.

B is for Broken contains 26 stories (one for each letter of the alphabet) centered on the theme of brokenness. The diversity of genres and subject matter will blow you away. We’ve got science fiction, fantasy, horror and weird fiction about broken hearts, broken space ships, broken lives, broken bones–you name it. If you like speculative fiction and short stories, this collection is one you’re going to want to check out 🙂

Interview With Steve Bornstein

What Letter Were You Assigned: P

Please share a short excerpt from your story:

A-One thought, for the first time, that perhaps waging total war on the humans might not have been a good idea after all.

What is the thing you’ve most regretted breaking? The last desktop PC I had. I was adjusting the hard drive partition when it crashed and I lost everything going back years. I’ve since learned the benefits of multiple backups.

If you could break one law and get away with it consequence-free, what would it be? The law of gravity. Come on, who wouldn’t love to be able to fly?

Do you have any rules for yourself, a code of some sort, which you’d never break? The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I find that if I’m a good person and treat people with respect, they usually reciprocate.

Never ever? No, not ever. Past a certain point, that gets flipped around to “Do unto others as they do unto you.” Sometimes karma needs a little help, and self-defense is never selfish.

Did you struggle with the letter you were assigned, or did the ideas come freely? P has lots of good words to choose from. It took me a while to narrow it down, but once I found my word the story came quickly.

What was your favourite idea you didn’t use? The original ending I had planned was a lot more action-oriented. Once I started writing, my fingers took charge and steered it in a totally different direction which worked out a lot better.

What, aside from the anthology’s theme and your letter inspired your story? A French music video, believe it or not. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to discover it.


Steve Bornstein has made his living fixing broken things, much to his chagrin. He currently works in an industry where things break all the time in ways they’re not supposed to break. He lives in Central Texas with his wife and four cats. He blogs infrequently at and can be found on most major social networks.

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