“What the Mountain Takes, What the Journey Offers” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #374, Jan. 26, 2023.

“…Steinbacher beautifully captures a network of people helping each other, inspiring each other, and showing that the world is not as cold and lonely as it seems on its worst days. It’s a story bursting with warmth and kindness and love.”

Charles Payseur Reviews Short Fiction: Fantasy, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies

“…a quietly profound and beautifully layered novelette about coming to terms with your ancestors, the gods, and your own life choices. It’s a story that made me think of Ursula K. Le Guin as I read it…”

Short Fiction Treasures: Quarterly Fiction Roundup by Maria Haskins


“The Angel’s Call” in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2022.

“…a bloody story of identity and fighting against the pressures to be predatory, and winning that fight in a rather profound and wonderful way.”

Charles Payseur Reviews Short Fiction: Diabolical Plots, Lightspeed, Fantasy and F&SF


“TOUR THE EYE OF FIRE™” in Ripe Fiction, October 2021.

“Earl Grey” in Baffling Magazine, April 2021.

“…other [stories], like “Earl Grey” by Jae Steinbacher … explore the intricacies of the human heart.”

Publisher’s Weekly review for Baffling Year One


“A World to Be Ourselves” in Voyage YA Journal, September 2020.

“The Pokémon Game,” in Revolute issue .001, March 2020.


“Blood Sausage,” in Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up to No Good, November 2018.

“Fun City,” in Flyway Journal, Summer 2018. Winner of the Sweet Corn Fiction Contest.

“Collectors” at The Overcast, Episode 85, March 2018. (This story first appeared in Beecher’s Magazine, Issue 7, Spring 2017, the former literary magazine of the University of Kansas graduate writing program.)


“Territory” in PodCastle, Artemis Rising 2, February 2016.

Art by Galen Dara


“Chimeras” in Escape Pod, Artemis Rising, February 2015. “Chimeras” is recognized as a Notable Story in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016.

“Inter-Exo” in Terraform, February 2015.

Art by Koren Shadmi