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The Mayfly


Ben Rogers


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The life of a mayfly can be harrowing or hilarious, but it is always short.
So, too, the short story.

Fans of the genre will love the inventive specimens on display in Rogers’ rollicking debut collection. Follow a fraternity of aging engineering professors for a weekend of fun and felony. Ride along with a pro cyclist learning the cost of greatness. Watch the world's first nuclear reaction through resentful eyes.

And, in the collection’s cornerstone novella, read an aspiring writer’s private letters, dashed off during his deadly homecoming to Virginia City, Nevada, in 1869...

Praise For The Mayfly: Stories

“Rogers's pacing is impeccable and his cinematographer's sense of where to zoom in and where to fade out, is little short of miraculous. [He] writes with the skill and precision of a brain surgeon wielding a scalpel. That is all you need to know; go read his short story collection, The Mayfly, and find out for yourself. Score: 10 out of 10.” – The BookLife Prize

"Funny and soulful...evinces both a deep-belly sense of humor and a thoughtful care for how and why we form connections...Riveting to the end. 4.5 out of 5 stars."
- IndieReader

"Rogers has opened the vein of brothers, lovers, and greed in the American West. I heard echoes in the mines, people who had taken me to their depths."
- Shaun Griffin, Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Member

"Written with verve and sensitivity."
- Kirkus Reviews

CQ Books, 9781734306729, 266pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2021

About the Author

Ben Rogers is the author of the novels The Flamer and The Heavy Side, and the short story collection, The Mayfly. His work has been published in The Rumpus, PANK, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Portland Review, Arroyo Literary Review, The Nevada Review, and Wag’s Revue, and has earned the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and the Sierra Arts Foundation grants. He is the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, the first-ever comprehensive textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story, both of which earned the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association. He studied engineering and journalism in college and has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently the Director of Engineering at NevadaNano, a company he helped launch in 2004. He lives in Reno with his family.