Congratulations again to all the SH authors whose 2013 work from SH has been recognised or reprinted so far; the Nebula ballot and Tiptree honour list also include a number of other SH alumni, which is always lovely to see. In other recognition news, James Dorr's The Tears of Isis is a nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a fiction collection; and Lawrence Schimel's collection Deleted Names is on the American Library Association's Over The Rainbow List of "books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic GLBT content".
New books: Steve Berman's latest anthology is Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction, which includes Claire Humphrey's "Lilac Season", Orrin Grey's "The White Prince", Nicole Kornher-Stace's "This is Not a Love Story", and Theodora Goss's "Catherine and the Satyr", among others. Cecil Castellucci's first SF novel Tin Star is out -- the story of a human girl left for dead on a space station at the brink of a galactic war. You can read an excerpt at Tor.com. Wendy Rathbone's collection of erotic short fiction, My House is Full of Whispers, is out from Eye Scry. And Lawrence Schimel's children's book Let's Go See Papa! was released in its Japanese edition.
A couple of editorial projects that aren't books. The second issue of Mary Anne Mohanraj's South Asian literary magazine Jaggery, went live this week; includes stories by Hasanthika Sirisena and Oindrila Mukherjee, plus poems, essays and art. And Jessy Randall guest-edited an all-poetry-comics issue of Snakeskin Magazine. The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, co-edited by AC Wise, includes "Ink" by Mari Ness and "How My Best Friend Rania Crashed a Party and Saved the World" by Ada Hoffmann, plus work by Barry King, Mary Alexandra Agner and Gregory Norman Bossert.
Not so much in poetry this month, but Sara Norja has two poems in the latest Chantarelle's Notebook: "Ninety-Eight" and "City of Stones"; and David C. Kopaska-Merkel has a poem in Spellbound, "The Changeling Remembers", while Andrew Kozma's "Rise up! Rise up!" is in the latest Passages North. David Lunde's collection of prose poems and flash fictions, The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions, is out from Mayapple Press. And Elizabeth Barrette's latest poetry fishbowl was on the theme of love.
On the other hand, lots of new stories. The Lakeside Circus continues, with Rachael Acks' "A World of Speculation", FJ Bergmann's "Glossolithia", and CSE Cooney's "Threnody", among others. This month's Clarkesworld includes Natalia Theodoridou's "The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul" and An Owomoyela's "And Wash Out by Tides of War" (and reprints Vandana Singh's terrific "Infinities," one of my favourite stories by her). Paul Jessup's "Summer Cannibals" is at The Big Click, while the May (!) issue of Analog includes Tom Greene's "Another Man's Treasure." Apex has Rich Larson's "Maria and the Pilgrim" and Lucy A. Snyder's "Antumbra." Lightspeed has Ken Liu's latest, "None Owns the Air", a fantasy set in the world of his forthcoming novel; plus Jessica Barber's "Coma Kings" and Sunny Moraine's "So Sharp that Blood Must Flow." Aliya Whiteley's "Endless Art" is in Bourbon Penn; Jenny Blackford's "Six Legs, Three Heads", an SF story for kids, appears in School Magazine; and Renee Carter Hall's "The Emerald Mage" appears in Hero's Best Friend ed. Scott M. Sandridge
Non-fiction: As you may have heard, recently women destroyed science fiction (and a bunch of other genres), and a number of SH contributors had essays published during the Kickstarter: including Liz Argall with "Reading the Library Alphabetically", Anaea Lay with "Stocking Stuffers", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam with "Stepping Through a Portal", Brooke Bolander with "Breaching the Gap", and OJ Cade with "Stomp All Over That". In reviews, Abigail Nussbaum posted an excellent piece on Her, and Liz Bourke had a prolific month at Tor.com -- in particular check out her pieces on Rjurik Davidson's Unwrapped Sky and Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor. Also at Tor.com, Alex Dally MacFarlane's second post-binary gender column looked at Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh. And last but not least, Carmen Maria Machado had a humour piece at The Toast: What the colour of your urine says about you.
The auction has ended, but there's still a fund-raising effort underway, with a big donation-matching drive ending today:
Last week, Arachne Jericho offered to match regular donations to Con or Bust up to $1,000 over the next week. There’s a day left to go on that match—specifically, until noon Eastern on Friday, February 28—and Con or Bust has received just under $800 toward the matching gift.
So, now would be a good time to chip in.
This being the season for shortlists and year's bests and suchlike, there have been various nice bits of SH-related news I've been meaning to post about; so, here's a roundup. (See also our own Readers' Poll winners for 2013.)
First up, the following SH stories have been selected for Year's Best volumes:
In addition, four of our stories appeared on this year's Locus Recommended Reading List: "Town's End", plus Difference of Opinion" by Meda Kahn, "Din Ba Din" by Kate MacLeod, and "Jinki and the Paradox" by Sathya Stone.
On the non-fiction front, three pieces from SH have been selected for Speculative Fiction 2013, eds. Ana Grilo and Thea James:
And then, of course, a couple of our stories have been nominated for awards!
As Jed Hartman points out, this is the first time two SH stories have been nominated for a Nebula in the same year, which is a lovely thing. Many congratulations to Sarah and Sofia, all the other SH contributors whose work is being reprinted or is recommended, and in general, all the nominees on the BSFA and Nebula ballots!
Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions (how to request assistance; upcoming cons). It is administered by Kate Nepveu (that’s me) under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited by geography, type of con-goer, or con; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves.
The auction is Con or Bust's principal fundraiser for the year, and there are already lots of items up to browse -- including signed memorabilia, critique services, jewelry, and lots and lots of books. SH's contribution is a lot of three recent translated fantasies. Go check it out, and consider bidding on some items on Monday.
"Straw-Fitted Elephants," by Salik Shah
"Hierarch," by Laura Walton Allen
"Two Children," by Tendai Mwanaka
"In Cellars, Monsters," by Zella Christensen
"La Muerte," by Randi Anderson
"We Saw No Signs of Life," by Ting Gou
"Red," by Charis Ellison
"The Liar's Charm," by Gillian Daniels
"Spent," by Ruth Jenkins
Be sure to keep an eye out for these (and more) in the New Year. Happy 2014!
Getting in just under the wire (at least in UK terms) with this month’s round-up of SH contributor news. First of all, a congratulations to everyone who placed in this year’s Readers’ Poll — and to Sofia Samatar, Liz Bourke, Kameron Hurley, Ann Leckie, Nina Allan and Tori Truslow, who are all on the just-relased BSFA Awards ballot. A number of SH contributors are also on the Stoker preliminary ballot, including Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, and Bryan Thao Worra — whose Demonstra includes his Readers’ Poll-topping "Full Metal Hanuman". See how neatly it all ties together.
Now then. Some new books. Dean Francis Alfar has edited Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology, which includes stories by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Jason Erik Lundberg and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (and on the non-SH-alum front, Jeffrey Ford, Ken Scholes, and many others). Proceeds will go to the Philippine Red Cross. O.J. Cade’s novella Trading Rosemary is out from Masque Books. In the UK, Adam Roberts’ latest, Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea, is out from Gollancz. Margaret L. Carter’s short erotic vampire romance Heat in the Night appeared from Ellora’s Cave. Jenny Blackford’s first book of poetry, The Duties of a Cat, is out from Pitt Street Poetry. Lucy A. Snyder and Elizabeth Bear will be among those contributing stories if the Dark Trails Weird West Kickstarter hits its goals. (Also on Kickstarter, the Women Destroy SF (and all other genres) Lightspeed special extravaganza, but you knew about that one, right?) And I should also note that Sigrid Ellis’s first issue of Apex went up this month.
New stories. Ken Liu’s "The Clockwork Soldier" appeared in this month’s Clarkesworld; Anaea Lay’s "Salamander Patterns" was in Lightspeed; and the Winter Subterranean includes "The Scrivener", a new story by Eleanor Arnason. The March Asimov’s includes Genevieve Williams’ "The Redemption of Kip Banjeree", a loose sequel to her SH story "Kip, Running". Paul Jessup’s "Summer Cannibals" is at The Big Click. Andrew Kozma’s "The Trouble-Men" has been featured by Albedo One. The Crossed Genres anthology Fierce Family — "15 exhilarating stories of QUILTBAG families experiencing adventure, disaster and triumph" — includes Sarah Pinsker’s "Monsters, Beneath the Bed and Otherwise". Jessy Randall’s story "The Night Butterflies" is in Theaker’s Quarterly 46; A.C. Wise’s "Her Last Breath Before Waking" is in the latest Three-Lobed Burning Eye; Lisa Nohealani Morton’s "And Silver Fountains, Mud" appeared in Daily Science Fiction; and Rachael Ack’s "Black Smoker Hero" is in SQ mag. Lakeside Circus has featured Rich Larson’s "Nobody Bets Against the Vat Dog" (and Bryan Thao Worra’s poem "No Such Phi"), with work by Dean Francis Alfar, Rachael Acks, F.J. Bergmann and C.S.E. Cooney upcoming. "Flash Bang Remember", by Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim, is featured in StarShipSofa 320. James S. Dorr’s "Seeds" — a tale of garden shops, flowers, and the Chicago Cubs — is in the eco-horror anthology Growing Concerns. And not new, but nice to note: F.J. Bergmann’s story "Ascending" was one of the five most popular at Black Treacle last year.
Poetry. Stone Telling has, as ever, a feast of material in its latest issue, including work by Ada Hoffmann ("Turning to Stone"), Sofia Samatar ("Long-ear"), Mat Joiner ("The Nerve Harp"), Sonya Taffe ("A Bulgakov Headache"), Alex Dally MacFarlane ("Bowl"), and Bogi Takács ("Outside-In / Catalytic Exteriorization"). Lawrence Schimel has three translations of pieces from Sofía Rhei’s Calvino homage Reversible Cities in Talisman. Peg Duthie recorded three poems for The Poetry Storehouse. The SFPA’s 2013 contest winners have been podcast by StarShip Sofa, including work by Lorraine Schein ("Dorothy’s Poem", Dwarf Form winner), Megan Arkenberg, and Jenny Blackford, among others. David Lund and Mary M. Y. Fung translated Lingche’s poem "At Dong Lin Monastery: In Answer to Governor Wei Dan" for Poetry East. Natalia Theodoridou’s "Pretty Half-Breeds, For Free" appeared at Eye to the Telescope. Star*Line 37.1 has work by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Mary A. Turzillo, Jessey Randall, Alicia Cole, and others. And Elizabeth Barrette has posted a number of new poems in her Walking the Beat series.
And as ever, we finish with some non-fiction. The latest Cascadia Subduction Zone is out, and includes essays by L. Timmel Duchamp and Nisi Shawl, and reviews by Karen Burnham and Cat Rambo, among others. Daniel José Older’s essay "12 Fundamentals of Writing ‘The Other’ (And The Self)" appeared at Buzzfeed. Carmen Maria Machado, meanwhile, had an essay on the New Yorker blog: "Salad Days at Chuck E. Cheese." At the LARB, Dan Hartland has reviewed David Hartwell’s latest Year’s Best SF. Hunter Liguore’s in-depth interview with David Anthony Durham appears in the February/March issue of The Writer’s Chronicle.
As it says above -- you have until 23.59 PST to cast your votes in this year's Readers' Poll. Please do! It's always fascinating to see the results. And then remind everyone else you know who reads us to vote, as well!
Just a quick note to point out that along with all the other goodies in this week's issue is this year's Readers' Poll! You can use the form here to vote for your favourite stories, poems, articles, reviewers and columnists from last year.
Please do consider casting a vote (and don't worry if you can't fill all five slots for all departments) -- we always find it fascinating and helpful to see what's struck a chord with readers. And if you have any other feedback about the magazine you can always comment here or drop me an email.
You have only until the end of Monday to fill in the poll, so no time like the present, eh?
(P.S. If, as may well be the case, you're also a reader of Apex Magazine, you can currently vote in their readers' poll as well. All readers' polls all-the-time, at the moment.)
This week sees round whatever of this debate, occasioned by the opening of nominations for this year's Hugo Awards. I lean more towards the side of reticence about this sort of thing, for reasons that are probably easily explained, but I can justify doing at least this much, because the information isn't immediately transparent:
We published just the one new novelette last year, "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" by Sarah Pinsker. All our other original fiction was (so far as the definitions used by most SF awards are concerned) short stories.
The following authors we published last year gained eligibility for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer as a result (i.e. we were their first professional sale). If you liked their stories here, and are eligible to nominate, do seek out other work by them and consider them for this award.
In addition, the following writers we published last year were already Campbell-eligible:
You can find more Campbell-eligible writers listed here, some of whom haven't even sold stories to SH. A lot of people are recommending Benjanun Sriduankaew for a nomination, for instance, and they're not wrong to do so.
Also, so far as general short fiction nominations go, I'm still putting my ballot together, but I'd recommend all of the following for consideration:
(EJ Swift would be a good Campbell pick, too.)
Another bit of promotion for elsewhere; this year's Worldcon, Loncon 3, is running two competitions, one with an imminent deadline, one slightly less imminent.
First up, the traditional Hugo Awards base design competition:
The winning design should have a theme that highlights London, one of the truly great international cities and a frequent feature of genre literature. Design proposals will be accepted until Friday 17 January 2014 and the winner will be selected by 31 January 2014.
And secondly, the convention is running a photography competition, with a deadline at the end of April: