Eligibility, But Not Just Mine


Salaam good peo­ple. Have you been well? I do hope so.

This last year has been…interesting, hasn’t it? No need to name “the thing”, because first­ly, this post isn’t about that, and sec­ond­ly the thing doesn’t deserve the space. Besides we all know what it is. It’s touched us and changed us all in some way. Some ways good, and some ways bad. Yeah?

For me, it’s brought to the fore the moti­va­tion and emo­tion I felt when I first con­ceived of my novel­la “Con­ces­sions”. That was many years ago, maybe sev­en or eight, and the idea itself has gone through many iter­a­tions before com­ing to this one. When Strange Hori­zons agreed to pub­lish it, I was ecsta­t­ic and frankly, amazed. You some­times get so close to a sto­ry that the words stop mak­ing sense. Nev­er­the­less, the pub­li­ca­tion of this sto­ry seems incred­i­bly time­ly, at least it is for me. Which makes this next bit of news even more sweet. “Con­ces­sions” will appear­ing in The Best Sci­ence Fic­tions & Fan­ta­sy of the Year Vol­ume 12 edit­ed by Jonathan Stra­han.

Fiyah mag­a­zine pub­lished my short sto­ry “Talk­ing to Can­cer” in its sec­ond issue, Spilling Tea. What high hon­or to be pub­lished dur­ing Fiyah’s inau­gur­al year! “Talk­ing to Can­cer” is also a deeply per­son­al sto­ry, so I am pleased to see it has touched oth­er peo­ple in some way.

I am also very proud to share a few oth­er awards eli­gi­ble sto­ries. Over at Pod­Cas­tle we’ve had a fan­tas­tic year. I am over the moon with hap­pi­ness to see that every sin­gle one of the sto­ries from Artemis Ris­ing 3 are awards eli­gi­ble. That is…wow, I have no words. Below is a list of all of the sto­ries that we’ve pub­lished this year that are eli­gi­ble:

2017 reprints:

You have until Feb­ru­ary 15th to cast your bal­lot over at SFWA. Which means I need to go fin­ish my vot­ing soon!

Be well, my friends.

Catching Up


I just want­ed to drop in to announce a cou­ple of recent pub­li­ca­tions. An essay of mine, I Have a Few Demands, is fea­tured in the new Peo­ple of Col­or Destroy Sci­ence Fic­tion. I also have short sto­ry called Five Lessons in the Fat­ten­ing Room in An Alpha­bet of Embers anthol­o­gy. I am hon­ored to be includ­ed in both of these mas­sive­ly impor­tant projects among some of the most tal­ent­ed writ­ers in the indus­try.

Artemis Rising 2


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I have been hav­ing a blast these last six months or so help­ing co-edi­tors of Pod­Cas­tle, Rachael K. Jones and Graeme Dun­lop pull togeth­er the amaz­ing TOC for PodCastle’s Artemis Ris­ing 2. All three of the Escape Artists pod­casts will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event, which starts on Feb­ru­ary 1st. I can’t wait for every­one to hear the line-up of sto­ries. We’ve com­mis­sioned a beau­ti­ful piece of art­work from Galen Dara which will be used across all three pod­casts and I get to let you have a tiny peek at the pre­view. Wait until you see the rest. You’ll have to pick your chin up off the floor.