Welcome to the internet home of Nancy E. Shaffer, novelist, philosopher, and story geek. Nancy is the author of the lab-lit novel, Dis/inhibition, and is currently writing science fiction short stories. She is known elsewhere on the web as Masquerade the Philosopher, author and editor of All Things Philosophical on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the internationally acclaimed fan website cited in numerous books and articles in the field of Whedon Studies. Click on the navigation bar above to get more information about Nancy and her writing, or visit her blog where, in addition to samples of her fiction and the latest news on her books, Nancy reflects on the writing process, story tropes and archetypes, and the philosophical facets of science fiction and fantasy tales such as Harry Potter and Star Wars.
“Inhibition is nature’s way of keeping you from doing something really stupid…”
Valerie Running Deer is a brash, brilliant neuroscience graduate student. Elizabeth Baldwin is her uptight, control-freak advisor. Elizabeth and Valerie’s relationship has always been a battle of wills, but when Elizabeth hands over one of Valerie’s original research ideas to another student, Valerie fires the shot that turns their cold war into a hot one. Read more…