Short Story: The Spider and the Stars



Cover of Glass and Gardens












Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award Shortlisted for Short Fiction


The Spider and the Stars
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (World Weaver Press)

One summer’s eve, a spellbinding tale of stargazing spiders ensnares the heart of 5-year-old Del, setting her on a path that will weave together the worlds of entomology, biomimetics, and humanity’s dreams of distant galaxies.



"The emphasis is on thoughtful, even radical solutions, such as in D.K. Mok’s delightful “The Spider and the Stars,” which traces the life and career of a young woman focused on applying entomology to space research."

- Publishers Weekly


""The Spider and the Stars" by DK Mok is the best short story I've read in a very long time. Do you want to cry about spiders? Do you enjoy baked goods? Do you love writing that is lusciously gorgeous and also calls cricket songs "entomological bootycalls"? You need to buy this book, if only for that one story."

- Jennifer Lee Rossman, author of Anachronism


"An inspirational story about following one's dreams."

- Tangent


"It stands apart from ordinary tales of space-faring through the inclusion of something that is lacking in so many speculative-fic hero-quest stories: Loving and supportive parents... It made me thoroughly love reading this story."

- SFF Reviews