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John Kratman is a husband and the father of triplet girls. When he’s not busy spending time with his family, he’s a fulltime techno-bureaucrat. He lives in Rhode Island.

John’s fiction has appeared in Jim Baen’s Universe, Aeon Speculative Fiction, Dark Recesses, and other venues.

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"Old Folks' Home", Jim Baen's Universe #5 February 2007

"Harry the Crow", Aeon Speculative Fiction #12, November 2007

"Churel", Dark Recesses Press #8, August 2007

"Ozelotl",, December 2007

"Barrier", Afterburn SF, December 2007

"Nanuq", Northwest Passages: A Cascadian Anthology, September 2005


Nick Gevers, Locus
on "Harry the Crow"

"The twelfth issue of Aeon Speculative Fiction contains a range of agreeable stories, of which the best are "Harry the Crow" by John Kratman and "Moonlight on the Carpet" by David Levine. In "Harry the Crow", a near-future Native American tribe still follows the old ways of establishing proper manhood and warriorhood, and a member of the lodge becomes determined to initiate his construct, a robot friend, among the elect. This happens in first humorous and then dangerous ways, amounting in the end to a cunningly revisionist tall tale."

Michele Lee at her "Booklove Blogspot"
on "Churel"

"Mutiny and murder come to life in this exotic monster story."

Lois Tilton, The Internet Review of Science Fiction
on "Old Folks' HOme"

Here's a good idea a retirement home in space...A light piece of story, on the heartwarming side."

Marshall Payne, The Fix
on "Harry the Crow"

The humor is funny and the characters believable...'Harry the Crow' doesnt end with a droll punch line but with a chilling realization that says something important about what it might mean to be human. Very enjoyable."

Aimee Poynter, Tangent
on "Nanuq"

"'Nanuq' is a nice survival tale with compelling characters."

Peter Tennant at "Web Whisperin'"
on "Churel"

"The story is well told, with excellent pacing, flashes of local detail that enhance the verisimilitude, a hero we can care about and a monster that is a little bit out of the ordinary, though no less fearsome for that."