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:
- “Piety, Prayer, Peacekeeper, Apocalypse” by Rati Mehrotra
- “Bonsai” by Shaenon Garrity
- “Blackbird Pastry” by Megan Branning
- “Home is a House That Loves You” by Rachael K. Jones (Artemis Rising 3)
- “Ice Bar” by Petra Kuppers (Artemis Rising 3)
- “The Settlement” by Wendi Dunlap (Artemis Rising 3)
- “Fated Ink” by Siobhan Gallegher (Artemis Rising 3)
- “Stay” by K.C. Ball (Artemis Rising 3)
- “Needle Mouth” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
- “Never Truly Yours” by Marion Deeds
- “Ravana’s Children” by Ian Muneshwar
- “The Thirty-Seven Faces of Tokh-Bathon” by Effie Seiberg
- “The Chaos Village” (part one, part two) by M. K. Hutchins
- “The Wizard of 63rd Street” by Shane Halbach
- “Crickets Sing for Naomi” by Eden Royce
- “A Ghost Among the Mangroves” by Naru Sundar
- “All of the Cuddles with None of the Pain” by J. J. Roth
- “What the Fires Burn” by A. Merc Rustad
- “The Family Ghost” by Rati Mehrotra
- “Thirteen Bullets” by Lawrence Raphael Brothers
- “In Spring, the Dawn. In Summer, the Night” by Aidan Doyle
- “Winter Witch” by Matt Dovey
- “Cassandra Writes Out of Order” by Andrea Tang
- “Hyddwen” by Heather Rose Jones
- “Emshalur’s Hand Stays” by Anaea Lay
- “The Names of the Sky” by Matthew Claxton
- “Seven Things That Oughtn’t Cut Me” by Jessi Cole Jackson
- “When You Find Such a Thing” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
- “Chasing Flowers” by L. Chan
- “National Geographic on Assignment: The Unicorn Enclosure” by Sarah Monette
- “Three Cats at the End of the World” by Aimee Ogden
- “Have This Wish I Wish Tonight” by Katherine Kendig
- “A Good Egg” by Shawn Proctor
- “The Christmas Abomination from Beyond the Back of the Stars” by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt
- “Zilal and the Many-Folded Puzzle Ship” by Charlotte Ashley
- “Folk” by Eden Royce, first published in Spook Lights II
- “How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love” by Baker & Dovey, first published in No Shit, There I Was
- “Clay and Smokeless Fire” by Saladin Ahmed, first published in Slate
- “Crossing” by A. C. Wise, first published in Lamplight
- “Shadow Man, Sack Man, Half Dark, Half Light” by Malon Edwards, first published in Shimmer
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.