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A day late with this installment, for which apologies; I've been on the road for the last week, and my final stop unexpectedly involved a lack of internet. Still, better late than never, here's the round-up of contributor news from May.

Starting with books: Rose Fox and Daniel José Older's anthology Long Hidden was published, which as well as being edited by SH contributors, contains many, with new stories by Sabrina Vourvoulias, Sunny Moraine, Sofia Samatar, Claire Humphrey, Benjamin Parzybok, Nghi Vo, Ken Liu, Sarah Pinsker, Nnedi Okorafor, and others. Tom Doyle's debut novel, American Craftsmen, is just out from Tor; it's a fantasy of military intrigue which imagines that Poe and Hawthorne were writing thinly veiled nonfiction. Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon is out from Hodder (in the UK, US edition coming soon, apparently). Stefon Mears' Sleight of Mind, the latest in his Rise of Magic series, is out from Thousand Faces Publishing. A bilingual English/Hungarian edition of Lawrence Schimel's children's book The Boy and the Spy/A Fiú és a Kém is out from Csimota, with illustrations by Jamie Martinez. Will McIntosh's latest novel Defenders is out from Orbit. And Karen Burnham's book on Greg Egan is out in the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series from the University of Illinois Press.

Some stories not covered above: Susan Jane Bigelow's "The Possessed Egg Predicament: A Story" appeared at The Toast. Carmen Maria Machado's "California Statutes Concerning Defending an Innkeeper" is in AGNI 79. Rachael Acks' "What Purpose a Heart" is in Scigentasy. Natalia Theodoridou's "The Land Baby" appears in The Dark. Ken Liu's "What I Assume You Shall Assume" appears in John Joseph Adams' weird West anthology Dead Man's Hand. Beneath Ceaseless Skies' issues this month included M. Bennardo's "The Use and the Need" and E. Catherine Tobler's "We, As One, Trailing Embers". Liz Argall's "Falling Leaves" is in the May Apex. Orrin Grey's "The Bones of Heroes" is in the Innsmouth Free Press anthology Sword and Mythos, along with stories by Bogi Takács and E. Catherine Tobler, and others. James Dorr's noir piece "The Winning" is in Hard Luck, an anthology of dark fiction/psychological horror from Burnt Offering Books. A.C. Wise's "The Thief of Precious Things" appears in Paula Guran's anthology Magic City: Recent Spells. Ellen Datlow's The Year's Best Horror vol. 6 reprints Jeannine Hall Gailey's "Introduction to the Body in Fairy Tales" (and much else). And the May Lightspeed included Seth Dickinson's "A Tank Only Fears Four Things". I'll also note -- though technically it's a June release -- that the Women Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed is out, with work by Charlie Jane Anders, Amal El-Mohtar, NK Jemisin and many others.

Some poetry? Jenny Blackford just won the "Humorous Verse" section of the Henry Lawson Festival Verse and Short Story Competition with "A Brief Guide to Australian Fauna". Jessy Randall had four prose poems in Cease, Cows. Sara Norja's "The Alchemist's Lover" appeared in CSHS. Ada Hoffmann's "Goblin Love Song" is in the latest issue of The Literary Hatchet. Andrew Kozma had two poems in Blackbird. AJ Odasso's "The Archer's Daughter" appears in Heavenly Bodies, a constellations-themed anthology from Beautiful Dragon Press. The latest Apex included Gwynne Garfinkle's "she's alive, alive". And Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl this month focused on "science and math".

On the non-fiction front, Vandana Singh has a long and thoughtful new essay on her blog: "Alternate Visions: Some Musings on Diversity in SF". NK Jemisin also posted her Wiscon 38 Guest of Honor speech (see also, though she's not an SH contributor, Hiromi Goto's GoH speech). Some reviews: Abigail Nussbaum has thoughts on the first season of SHIELD. Maureen Kincaid Speller is impressed with Dave Hutchinson's new novel, Europe in Autumn. And a couple of reviews by Aishwarya Subramanian: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor, and City of Devi by Manil Suri.

And just the one crowdfunding note: Marie Brennan is running a Kickstarter for Chains and Memory, the sequel to her 2012 urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy.


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