James Dunham

author and editor

Recent Works


The Helena Orbit (2017). Lillicat Publishers.


Child and Orb” – Escape Pod, February 20, 2020

Aroma” in Crab Fat Magazine, September 2016.

After It Fledges” in Quail Bell Magazine, April 2016.

“Passage” in The Southeast Review, Vol. 31 Number 1 (2016).


“Poem for Liz” in Open Minds Quarterly, Summer 2017 issue.


James Dunham’s first novel, The Helena Orbit, was released in May 2017 from Rogue Star Press, an imprint of Lillicat Publishers. His stories have appeared in The Southeast Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Philadelphia Stories, and other publications. He earned his MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and is a graduate of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. He also edited the online literary magazine The Quiet Circle (currently on hiatus). He lives in New Jersey.

All Publications


Child and Orb” – Escape Pod, February 20, 2020

The Helena Orbit – Lillicat Publishers, 2017

Aroma” – Crab Fat Magazine, September 1, 2016

After It Fledges” – Quail Bell Magazine, April 1, 2016

“Passage” – The Southeast Review, February 4, 2016

Doctor’s Gospel” – Dog Pond Magazine, January 2, 2015

Two Trailers” – Philadelphia Stories, December 8, 2012

In Winter” – Necessary Fiction, August 3, 2011

—-“In Winter” listed on “The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2012.” (Selected by Dan Chaon).


“Riggleman” – Plain China, December 31, 2009 (No longer available)

“Poem For Liz” – OpenMinds Quarterly, November 1, 2017

Pop Culture

Joss Whedon Story Tropes: Easy to Learn, Hard to Pull Off” – Deadshirt, November 11, 2013


“To Despise A Genre Is to Despise Its Audience”: An Interview with Science Fiction Author James Dunham – Serious Reading, August 16, 2017 (No longer available)


The Quiet Circle Magazine (on hiatus). Vol 1 Issue 1 2017.

The Helena Orbit

Everywhere young scientist Edwyn Santiago looks, the inhabitants of the colony ship Euclid seem restless. Centuries of deep space travel and generations of isolation have taken their emotional toll on this small artistic and scientific society. Their arrival in orbit above the planet Helena brings momentous celebration but brief respite: pre-colonization research of the planet remains to be done, and as Edwyn helps to make startling new planetary findings, she discovers a less idyllic, more cloistered side of the colony in which she grew up, and uncovered centuries-old secrets that reopen societal and family wounds. Taking on a duty much larger than her scientific inquiries, she strives to locate some saving grace for her yearning and divided civilization.

This debut novel charts a twisting and skillful course through the volatile pitfalls of family and politics, the thrill of scientific exploration, and the quiet, musical stirrings of humanity alone in the sublime void of space.

Now available from Rogue Star Press, an imprint of Lillicat Publishers.

Review it on Goodreads here.

Purchase from Amazon (print and Kindle).

Bird Blog

I run a photo blog here of all the birds species I spot.


Copyright 2019 by James Dunham – All rights reserved. Header image by StockSnap on Pixabay, bookshelf image by KuliLuli on Pixabay.

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