With apologies for the delay, it’s time for June’s round up of SH contributor news. In the realm of new books, we have: the release of Claire Humphrey’s debut novel, Spells of Blood and Kin, out now from Thomas Dunne books, Brenda Cooper’s Spear of Light (second in the Glittering Edge series) out from Pyr, the ebook release of Jenn Grunigen’s Spyglass from Chromatic Press, D.K. Latta’s Masques & Capes: An Imaginary History, SL Huang's Plastic Smile (fourth in the Russell's Attic series), and Daniel Ausema's Spire City: Unwoven, the third and final title in the Spire City series.
Awards: Octavia Cade's The Ghost of Matter, a tale of grief, ghosts, atoms, and Ernest Rutherford, won best novelette/novella at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Jenny Blackford's poem "A litre weighs a kilogram" was commended in the W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia.
New stories: Sabrina Vourvoulias' story "El Cantar de Rising Sun" appeared in Uncanny Magazine. Richard Larson published two stories in June; "Define Symbiont" appeared in Shimmer, while "Masked" was published in Asimov's. Charles Payseur was prolific this month as well, publishing "Medium" and "Burning Day" in the Book Smugglers Quarterly Almanac and Unlikely Story's The Journal of Unlikely Observances respectively. Heather Morris published "Ship of Fools" in Unlikely Story's Journal of Unlikely Observances. Nicasio Andres Reed's story "Painted Grassy Mire" appeared in Shimmer, while John Schoffstall's "All Your Cities I Will Burn" appeared in this month's issue of Interzone. José Pablo Iriarte (whose fantastic story "Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic" just appeared in SH's 13th June issue) published "Spirit of Home" in Motherboard's Terraform. A.C. Wise's story "The Last Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)" appeared in The Dark. "Clearance" by Sarah Pinsker was published in Asimov's, and Nisi Shawl's The Mighty Phin found a second home at Tor.com as part of their Cyberpunk Week. Rachael Acks' haunting ".subroutine:all///end" was published in Shimmer. Lawrence Schimel had three flash fiction pieces translated into English from their original Spanish appear in Words Without Borders. Finally, Rebecca Ann Jordan's flash story "Thick-Boned" was published at Word Riot, while Michelle Ann King's "A Partial Inventory of Things I Have Loved" and Lora Gray's "Nuclear Daughter" appeared in Flash Fiction Online. On the anthology front, Heather Morris' "Bone Man and the Sleeping Kings" was published in The Great Tome of Darkest Horrors and Unspeakable Evils Vol. 2, James Dorr's "The Good Work" was published in Blurring the Line, and Vandana Singh's novelette "Of Wind and Fire" was published in To Shape the Dark.
In the world of poetry: Brenda Cooper had two pieces appear in Abyss and Apex, "Visitors" and "Extinction". Jessy Randall's poem "Suicide Hotline Hold Music" was published in Verse Daily. Neile Graham published two poems this month: "Pyrrha" in Eternal Haunted Summer, and "Selene Dresses the Darkness" in Polu Texni. Sally Rosen Kindred also had two poems published, both appearing in Cold Mountain Review: "She Tells You a Story" and "Of Crows".
Non-fiction: Carmen Maria Machado's essay about Lois Duncan, "I Know What I Read That Summer", appeared in The New Yorker. A collection of Orrin Grey's movie reviews, "Monsters from the Vault: Classic Horror Films Revisited", was published by Innsmouth Free Press. David Kopaska-Merkel (with Ron Buta) published "Footprints in Stone" with the University of Alabama Press.
To finish with a piece of crowdfunding news, SH's own Senior Poetry Editor, A.J. Odasso, will have the story "Feet of Clay" appear in the anthology Hidden Youth: Speculative Stories of Marginalized Children, which just met its funding goal through Kickstarter on 6th July.
Strange Horizons has a nomination for best magazine/periodical and Kari Sperring's Matrilines column has a nomination for best non-fiction.
The full shortlist is available on the British Fantasy Society's website.
What are we doing to foster joy and welcome to this community? What are we doing to cultivate its health and vibrancy? What are we doing to create an environment in which imperfect people (as all people are) can feel encouraged and supported to take the risk of a misstep, perhaps learn from it, and come back refocussed and re-energized, eager to try again?
There are many people who do good in this field, who perform small and large actions of kindness and welcome every day. I'd like to encourage more of that.
I'm starting an award, an annual kindness award to recognize five people and groups who in the previous year have done something that makes positive change in science fiction community. It might take the form of printed certificates, awarded and announced with little pomp or ceremony; perhaps via a press release. There need not be a monetary award, but it'd be nice to give the recipients a tangible token of recognition. Should enough people commit to donating a few dollars every year, such that there is an annual pot of $2,000, that would be enough for five monetary awards of $300 each, with $500 left over for administration. $3,000 per year would be enough for each recipient to receive in addition a physical award.
When life gives us lemons, we can make lemonade. I'm calling the award the Lemonade Award, not because of Beyoncé's excellent recent album, but as a reminder of what the spirit of the award is.
People will be able to nominate others for the Lemonade Award, but the final decisions won't be based on numbers, but will be up to a jury that changes every year.
I just came up with the idea a few days ago, so there are details to be worked out. Sherryl Vint, my colleague in the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Programme at the University of California Riverside, has volunteered to manage the nomination/adjudication process. I'll be doing fundraising, because even a non-monetary award has some costs. I figure I have enough energy to keep my part of it up for two years. If it takes off, I'll be looking for someone else to take on that aspect of it, while I remain involved in the capacity of keeping the award to its original spirit. If you're so moved and so able, please help in any way you can. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think that we can infuse this community even more with something juicy and nourishing.
UPDATE: If you'd like to donate to the Lemonade Award, you can do so through the Speculative Literature Foundation. Here's the process:
a) Email a note to email@example.com, informing us how much you're donating. Don't skip this step. It's the only way the Spec Lit Foundation will know that the donation is for us, not them.
b) You can donate via cheque (make it out to SLF) or PayPal (preferred). Donation information is on this page: http://speculativeliterature.org/donation-info/
-- Nalo Hopkinson
Time for this month's round-up of SH contributor news, starting with some new books: Lavie Tidhar's Central Station (one piece of which appeared here in 2012) is out from Tachyon. Aliya Whiteley's novella The Arrival of Missives is out from Unsung Stories. And the concluding (and best, if you ask me) volume of Stephanie Saulter's ®evolution series, Regeneration, is out now in the US.
Awards: Congratulations to the Nebula Awards winners!. All three short fiction winners have appeared in SH before now, and two of the winning stories are online: Alyssa Wong's "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers" at Nightmare, and Sarah Pinsker's "Our Lady of the Open Road" in Asimov's. Congratulations also to Renay and her cohorts at Lady Business have been added to this year's Hugo ballot; and to Jenny Blackford, whose "Sweet Intertidal Flesh" won the Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition.
New stories: stories by SH alums in magazines edited by SH alums: Paul Jessup's Grendelsong includes Virginia M. Mohlere's "On the Acquisition of a Very Fine Steed", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam's "Sisters", Samantha Henderson's "What the Hoffenphaaf's Know" and Octavia Cade's "Carnival Microbial" -- which provides the link to the first issue of Liminal Stories, co-edited by Kelly Sandoval, and featuring Octavia's "The Signal Birds", A. C. Wise's "The Men From Narrow Houses" and others. Stories by SH staff and ex-staff: Cassandra Khaw's latest story, "Breathe", can be found in Clarkesworld; Lightspeed has An Owomoyela's "Three Points Masculine". Lightspeed also has Tim Pratt's "North Over Empty Space", and Mari Ness's "Deathlight"; Mari also has a story in Fireside, "The Middle Child's Practical Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale". Rich Larson beats everyone else by having three stories out this month: "Jonas and the Fox" in Clarkesworld, "The Nostalgia Calculator" in F&SF, and "Lifeboat" in Interzone 264. Lynette Mejía's "Now Watch as Belinda Unmakes the World" is at Flash Fiction Online. Seth Dickinson's "Laws of Night and Silk" is in Beneath Ceaseless Skies' special 200th issue, alongside work by Kameron Hurley, Yoon Ha Lee and others. Arkady Martine's "All the Colors You Thought Were Kings" appears in Shimmer. Andrew Kozma's "Company Man" is at Daily Science Fiction. Michelle Ann King's "My Sister, The Fairy Princess" is in the latest Black Static. Charles Payseur's "A Million Future Days" appears in the "Governments" issue of Lackington's, alongside Kate Heartfield's "The Automatic Prime Ministers", Alvaro Zinos-Amaro's "The Transfigured Knight", and others. Stories in anthologies: Rachael K. Jones' "Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure" can be found in Writers of the Future vol 32; Margaret L. Carter and Roy Carter's "A Walk in the Mountains" appears in Realms of Darkness; James Dorr's "The Candle Room" is reprinted in The Great Tome of Forgotten Relics and Artifacts. Claire Humphrey's "Crew 265" is in Clockwork Canada, edited by Dominik Parisien; and Orrin Grey's "The Well and the Wheel" is in Autumn Cthulu. Stories as podcasts: Jei D. Marcade's "Communion" can be found at Podcastle.
On the new poetry front: There's an excerpt from Lawrence Schimel's translation of Mexican poet Elsa Cross's book-length poem Bomarzo at The Brooklyn Rail. Jessy Randall has two diagram poems at Rattle. The latest issue of Star*Line includes Davian Aw's "The Fall", Lynette Mejia's "Cat House on Planet X", Deborah P Kolodji's "unexpected delay", several poems by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, and more. Ting Gou has four poems in the latest issue of Superstition Review. Daniel Ausema's "The Memory of Masks" is up at Polu Texni. Ada Hoffmann's "Snowflake" is in the latest Through the Gate. And Elizabeth Barrette has published several more stories in her Polychrome Heroics series.
Non-fiction: Carmen Maria Machado's latest essay is The Novelist, at Catapult. Abigail Nussbaum has several related pieces on recent superhero things: Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Martin Petto has three posts on the Arthur C. Clarke Award: one, two, three. Amal El-Mohtar's latest review column at Lightspeed. Jaymee Goh's paper on editing The Sea is Ours. At the Los Angeles review, Karen Munro looks at Brian Evenson's A Collapse of Horses. Tom Speelman has had a busy month, with his column Screen & Page at ComicsAlliance, plus reviews of the new Peanuts TV series and an art book by Takeshi Obata (among other pieces). Kameron Hurley's essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution is out from Tor. And Johan Jönsson has compiled con reports in Swedish as Kongressrapporter (ISBN 978-91-983267-0-3)
And to finish, just one crowdfunding note this time: Michael R. Underwood is running a Kickstarter for an omnibus edition of his Genrenauts novella series, which runs until 8th June.
Brief announcement: the fiction department will be closing to submissions at the end of the day (PST) next Tuesday, 31 May.
We've acquired material quite a way ahead, particularly once Our Queer Planet is factored in (and yes, that means the department editors are working through the submissions, and you will start to hear back in the near future), so we may be closed for a while -- at the moment we're thinking it could be September before we re-open.
All of which means that if you were thinking of sending us something, now's the time! Between now and next Tuesday we're relaxing our usual submissions cap, so hopefully nobody will be shut out.
New books this (last) month: In the Labyrinth of Drakes is the latest by Marie Brennan, the fourth in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Angels of the Meanwhile (a benefit anthology to defray medical costs) includes work by numerous SH contributors, including Amal El-Mohtar, Elizabeth R. McClellan, Sonya Taaffe, Bogi Takács, and Byran Thao Worra. Jessy Randall's poetry collection Suicide Hotline Hold Music is out from Red Hen Press (and includes among other things "Food Diary of Gark the Troll", first published here). Karen Myers' new fantasy series The Chained Adept is underway: book one and book two. And Jacqueline West's YA Dreamers Often Lie is just out from Dial/Penguin Random House.
Lots of new stories for you to read: Lavie Tidhar's "Terminal can be found at Tor.com, as can Genevieve Valentine's "La beauté sans vertu", and Mike Underwood's Genrenauts story "There Will Always Be a Max". A flash YA by Natalia Theodoridou can be found in Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. James Dorr's no-more-serious-than-it-has-to-be space opera "The Needle-Heat Gun" can be found in Night Lights. Two from (cough Tiptree Honor Listed cough) Susan Jane Bigelow this month: "A Memory of Wind" in the Storm Moon Press LGBT superhero anthology Out for a Hero, and "The Best Little Cleaning Robot in All of Faerie" in Funny Fantasy. D. K. Latta's "Run Program", at Perihelion, is a "stab at a kind of Old School sci-fi adventure/thriller". L. S. Johnson's latest is "Rare Birds", to be found in C is for Chimera, along with work by Alexandra Seidel, Beth Cato, Marge Simon, and others. . Mike Allen's Clockwork Phoenix 5 is out and includes "The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me" by Rachael K. Jones, "Innumerable Glimmering Lights" by Rich Larson, "A Guide to Birds by Song (After Death)" by A. C. Wise, "The Book of May" by C.S.E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, "The Games We Play" by Cassandra Khaw and others. Kate Heartfield's "The Seven O'Clock Man" appears in Clockwork Canada, edited by Dominik Parisien. Daniel Ausema's "The Blood Tree War" was published in Diabolical Plots. Michelle Ann King's "Where There's Magic" is at Kaleidotrope. Carmen Maria Machado's "The Husband Stitch" was podcast by Podcastle, narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir. And Lawrence Schimel's translation of "My Wife, My Daughter" by Domino Santos appears in Castles in Spain: 25 Years of Spanish Science Fiction and Fantasy, published by Sportula.
On to new poetry: Star*Line 39.2 includes "Pythia Speaks" by Jenny Blackford, "Conversations with Household Items" by Mary Soon Lee, "Cat House on Planet X" by Lynette Mejía, and a number of other SH alums. "Conestoga", by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans, appeared in the April/May 2016 Asimov's. Akua Lezli Hope has poems in The Cossack Review and Carriage, edited by Diane Lockward (Terrapin Books). Ada Hoffmann's "The Raising of Lazarus" appeared in Breath & Shadow; Arkady Martine's "Abandon Normal Instruments" can be found in Mithila Review. Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl report this month was on the theme of changing society from within. Daniel Ausema's "Monuments of Frost" is to be found in Polu Texni. Charles Payseur's "Ey Who Kissed the Sun" is presented in Eye to the Telescope's 20th issue. The April Cascadia Subduction Zone includes three poems by Neile Graham, and one each by Sonya Taaffe and Gwynne Garfinkle. And finally, Peg Duthie, Mary Alexandra Agner and Joanne Merriam have been collecting responses to the question "What is a poem?" at Vary the Line.
And some non-fiction: Sarah Polsky's essay about the history of the library card can be found at The Atlantic. Octavia Cade's latest column on food and horror can be found at The Booksmugglers. Carrie Naughton's essay about Bachman's Warbler is in Zoomorphic: "Bachman's Warbler". Hunter Liguore has a craft essay, "Keep Your Story Promise", in The Writer Magazine. Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts about Ex Machina. Tom Speelman has a new column series at ComicsAlliance examining popular anime and their manga adaptations, starting with a look at Tiger & Bunny. And Arkady Martine has started a new review blog with Cat Manning, Spooky Action at a Distance, with paired reviews of interactive fiction and speculative fiction.
Lastly, crowdfunding alert: No Sh!t, There I Was: An Anthology of Improbable Tales will include work by Heather Morris, E. Catherine Morris, Darcie Little Badger and others (and is edited by Rachael Acks). Upper Rubber Boot's latest project is Sunvault, an anthology of "solarpunk and ecospeculation"; the Kickstarter is open for another three days, but it's already funded, so submissions are open. And Rosarium Publishing (publisher of anthologies edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell and expand their operations, with just 3 days to go.
We are proud to announce that two pieces of Strange Horizons fiction have been recognised in recent major awards listings.
The James Tiptree Jr. Award is presented annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.
Meanwhile, “The Game of Smash and Recovery” by Kelly Link (published October 2015) has been included as a finalist in the Sturgeon Award for science fiction short stories. The award will be presented in August.
Congratulations to Susan and Kelly for these fantastic achievements!
First up this month: congratulations to Adam Roberts, whose review collection Rave and Let Die won this year's BSFA Award for Non-Fiction.
New books: Sofia Samatar's new novel The Winged Histories (a companion to A Stranger in Olondria) is out in ebook form and, any day now, as a physical artefact. Ken Liu's first (and much-anticipated) collection The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories is out from Saga: Amal El-Mohtar expressed her admiration for NPR. It includes 14 stories from the last decade plus one new piece. Joanne Merriam edited The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Book, including stories by Alicia Cole, James Dorr, Ursula Pflug, Sonya Taaffe, and others. Mike Allen's collection The Spider Tapestries is out; "Allen’s pairing of individualistic suffering and cosmic hugeness evokes a lyrical friction between dread and wonder", says Publishers Weekly. Malcolm Cross has self-published his novel Dog Country, in the same milieu as his SH story "Pavlov's House" from a couple of years ago. Susan J. Bigelow's novel Broken is out fro Book Smugglers Publishing, with sequels to follow later in the year. L.S. Johnson's collection Vacui Magia: Stories is out from Traversing Z Press. Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming got a US edition from Melville House. Mary Robinette Kowal's novella Forest of Memory is out from Tor.com. And last but not least, Angels of the Meanwhile is a benefit anthology to help with Elizabeth McClellan's medical expenses, and is available for preorder now.
Plenty of new stories for you to read: Rich Larson has had a busy month, with "Sparks Fly" in Lightspeed, "Seawall" in AE, and "Lotto" in the new Interzone, where you can also find stories by Michelle Ann King and E. Catherine Tobler. Carmen Maria Machado's "The Old Women Who Were Skinned" can be found in the Ochre issue of Fairy Tale Review. Natalia Theodoridou contributed a Future to Nature: "Ajdenia". A. C. Wise's "Seven Cups of Coffee" is in the March Clarkesworld. Ann VanderMeer's anthology The Bestiary includes Vandana Singh's "Yashantariksh", Amal El-Mohtar's "Weialalaleia", Dean Francis Alfar's "Enkantong-bato", Rochita Loenen-Ruiz's "The Liwat'ang Yawa and the Litok-litok", and more. At Tor.com, you can read Carrie Vaughn's "That Game We Played During the War" and Karin Tidbeck's "Listen". Kelly Jennings' "Down the Twisting Alleyways" appeared in The Sockdolager. Sarah Pinsker's "The Mountains His Crown" appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies' March science fantasy special. D. K. Latta's "Pssst! Have You Heard ... The Rumour?" is in Tesseracts Nineteen, with a superhero theme. Aliya Whiteley's "The Librarian" can be found in Bourbon Penn. Octavia Cade's "The Sea Bank of Svalbard South" can be found at Metaphorosis. Jose Iriarte's "The Curse of Giants" was in Daily SF. The latest Shimmer includes Rachael K. Jones' "Indigo Blue". The third season of Daniel Ausema's steampunk serial Spire City is underway. Virginia M. Mohlere's "The Heart of a River" can be found in Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales. And last but not least, Margaret Killjoy's "Invisible People" appeared, in translation, in the German magazine Visionarium.
A relatively light month for new poems, but the latest Star*Line includes several poems by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, plus work by Deborah P. Kolodji, Sandra J. Lindow, and others. Akua Lezli Hope's "Lost Streets" appeared in Silver Blade's Winter 2016 edition. Alexandra Seidel's "Deep Sea Mermaid Fishing" appeared in Mythic Delirium. Peg Duthie's postcard poem "Token" appeared in First Class Lit. Sara Norja's "Witch's Lens" is in Polu Texni. James Dorr's "On the Other Hand" can be found in the current edition of the BSFA's writing magazine Focus. And Jessy Randall has a new "Diagram Poems" weekly feature at Maudlin House.
And as ever, some non-fiction to finish. Ada Hoffmann's essay "Worldbuilding About, Through, and With Autism" appeared at Disability in Kidlit. Orrin Grey's essay "But is it Scary?", discussing horror that isn't necessarily meant to be frightening, appeared in Nightmare. Adam Morgan is one of the founders of The Chicago Review of Books, which covers all sorts of material, including SF.