Four Transformations

New poem out today! “Four Transformations,” a speculative horror poem, appears in the December issue of Polar Starlight, Polar Borealis’ sister poetry magazine.

Riding down from the altiplano
     (sword sheathed, his former captain’s head
     bouncing from the saddle by his side)
the soldier stops at a keening cry
echoing across the pass.

“Four Transformations”

Read the rest in this free PDF download of December’s issue.

Image: Aurora over Lapland, Finland, captured by Juan Carlos Casado. Astronomy Picture Of the Day, 2016 April 8th.

Finding Asmodeus

I have a flash story out in the latest issue of The Quiet Ones. Excerpt:

Cover of Quiet Ones magazine, October 2022. Image: a vampire.
    I lost Asmodeus on Tuesday evening.
    I didn’t mean to release him. When I got him, I promised the housemates I would absolutely keep him under control. (I also swore he wouldn’t destroy a single thing, not even the tiniest corner of the meanest stick of furniture. Fortunately, my room’s furniture didn’t count.)
    Asmodeus defeated me by farting.
-from “Finding Asmodeus”

Read the rest in their latest issue, available for free download on wearethequietones.com .

Climate Fiction panel

My favourite thing about the virtualization of the Nebulas is that online conferences don’t have to end. SFWA’s still organizing writing dates and programming on the virtual airship. This past Saturday, I had a terrific time discussing cli-fi with Aya de Leόn, Premee Mohamed, and Octavia Cade in this panel moderated by Brandon Crilly. If you were at the 2022 Nebulas, you can catch the replay here (login needed): https://events.sfwa.org/events/climate-fiction-adaptation-to-a-new-literary-landscape/

Story: Orange Rope For Sale

I have a fun story in Nothing Without Us Too, out in September 2022 from Presses Renaissance Press.

The story, “Orange Rope For Sale,” is told entirely in Kijiji online sales platform posts and messages.

Dec 2022 update: R. Graeme Cameron reviewed Nothing Without Us Too in Amazing Stories. Graeme has an interesting and thoughtful take on my story as “a fantasy approach to the problem of extreme agoraphobia.” Not what I had in mind when I wrote it, but I can see where he’s coming from, especially given that I first drafted that story sometime in 2020 or 2021.

A zesty surprise

Every author knows the rush that comes from the unanticipated appearance of an acceptance letter in their inbox. Last month I got the next-level version: unexpected electronic copies of one of my fav French-language magazines, Galaxies SF, with my name on the cover!

Their July 2022 issue contains “La Recette du Bonheur,” P-A Sicart’s translation of “The Zest for Life,” which first appeared in Future SF in English in 2019. This story has also appeared in Estonian and, I’m told, Chinese.

C’est ma deuxième parution en Galaxies. Un gros merci au traducteur!

Pushcart nomination

World Weaver Press has nominated “By the Light of the Stars” for this year’s Pushcart Prize!

Thank you to World Weaver Press for choosing this tale of Hawai’ian sea turtles, starlight and love as one of three nominees from their solarpunk antho Multispecies Cities.

Turtle
Source: LiveScience via ati

“Cousin Entropy” nominated for Rosetta Award

My translation from the French of “Cousin Entropy” by Michèle Laframboise has been shortlisted for the 2021 short-form Rosetta Awards.

The Rosetta Awards are a new project, started in December 2020 by an international team of SFF writers and editors, “with the love of global SFF community and the anticipation of further communicating between different languages & cultures and of recognition of the great but underrated efforts of translators and those who endeavor to make the translation works come true.” https://sffrosettaawards.com/2020/12/26/birthday-of-sff-rosetta-awards/ What a great vision! I’m thrilled to be on their first shortlist. And still grateful to Alex Shvartsman and Michèle Laframboise for the opportunity to translate Michèle’s highly original, galaxy-spanning story.

The full shortlist is here: https://sffrosettaawards.com/2021/07/05/announcing-shortlist-of-science-fiction-and-fantasy-rosetta-awards-2021/

Listen to “The Zest for Life” on StarShipSofa

You (or I, or anyone) can now hear my story “The Zest for Life” on the latest StarShipSofa! I enjoyed TF Ahmad’s narration. His matter-of-fact delivery perfectly complements the story. TF Ahmad is a writer and narrator from Chicago.

“The Zest for Life” was originally published in Future Science Fiction Digest, Issue 2, March 2019, and has been translated into Estonian.

“Bitter Thing” out in Galaxies today!

I’m excited to have a story out in the French magazine Galaxies SF today, thanks to the talented Pierre-Alexandre Sicart, who translated my story “Bitter Thing” as “Par les yeux d’autrui.”

C’est ma première parution en Galaxies! Un gros merci au traducteur très talentueux, Pierre-Alexandre Sicart.

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