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About Floris M. Kleijne

Floris M. Kleijne was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he began writing short stories as soon as he learned to build sentences. Twenty years and a hundred stories later, when he finally accepted that the Dutch short story market is in fact non-existent, he switched to the English language and promptly sold his first story, 'Deep Red'. His second and third stories appeared in volumes XX and XXI of the Writers of the Future anthologies ('Conversation with a Mechanical Horse' and 'Meeting the Sculptor', respectively). Floris continues to live in Amsterdam, with a wonderful wife, two cheerful sons, a moody cat, and thousands of books. His website is on

Stories by Floris M. Kleijne:

1 . Beans and Marbles
by Floris M. Kleijne
Science Fiction, 21 pages
Two astronauts manning a cargo ship full of frozen colonists and their falling-out over a cup of espresso brewed in the most unlikely location on the ship.
2 . Meeting the Sculptor
by Floris M. Kleijne
Science Fiction, 39 pages
If a Sculptor, a time-travelling artist from the far future, offered you a chance to turn your miserable life around, should you take it?
3 . Conversation with a Mechanical Horse
by Floris M. Kleijne
Fantasy, 39 pages
Nico the Mage took his family, his heritage, his freedom. Now, captured and cage, Markus' very life hangs in the balance. To kill time, he tells his life's story to Barno, a passing Automaton horse.
4 . Deep Red
by Floris M. Kleijne
Suspense/Thriller, 12 pages
Relocated to the safety of a new home far away, Tom is still haunted by his least favorite axe-toting nightmare. But is it only a dream...?
5 . Diamond Sharks
by Floris M. Kleijne
Science Fiction, 23 pages
It's a great job with great pay, you just can't be totally human to get it.
6 . What happened while Don was watching the game
by Floris M. Kleijne
Fantasy, 14 pages
With her husband so distracted by the upcoming ballgame that he leaves their little Donny in the car, Marjorie has no choice but to retrieve the child from the automated car park. But she soon discovers that the bowels of their building have deeper and darker depths than she could ever have expected´┐Ż