The tables of contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2014 and Space Opera, both edited by Rich Horton, have been announced! The company is fabulous. I also incidentally have an interview up at Sense of Wonder, where Odo was very kind to host me and ask me fun, insightful questions *and* let me talk makeup as metaphor for writing. Whee!
Brit Mandelo reviewed ‘Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade’ in a Tor.com short fiction spotlight (along with a story from Apex) and was incredibly kind about it.
“Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade” is well-equipped in the ambition department—but, seriously, give me an ambitious gender-conscious queer story any day over a piece that’s perfectly constituted in all of its facets but is also terribly dull. Personally, I look forward to reading more of Sriduangkaew’s work—after this story and the previous one I discussed here, I think that she has quite a lot of provocative, quality work in her future.
Lois Tilton on my weird detective story ‘Zeraquesh in Absentia’ in the third issue of The Dark – and she recommends it! I think that’s a first for me. \(*0*)/
A highly mannered tale with striking descriptions, it reminds me of the work of Yoon Ha Lee, which is no bad thing at all. This one is more dream-like, however, as hard to pin down as smoke.
The story is me poking (ever so gently!) at detective fiction conventions; I want to say it is a bit noir but I am not sure it has the required grit for that. It was a challenge to myself to write under a strict limitation (which I can’t name because to say it would be to give the story away). It does feature a private eye, a police officer, and a missing person case in a strange city. I need to write more strange, haunted cities!
I share this issue with Steve Berman, Helena Bell and Douglas Smith and while I haven’t read all their stories yet I found Helena Bell’s ‘The Burial’ delightfully macabre and startling.
And then, reading things!
‘Coma Kings’ by Jessica Barber (Lightspeed, Feb 2014). A sibling relationship story – so as you can imagine, I liked it immediately!
‘Morrigan in the Sunglare’ by Seth J. Dickinson (Clarkesworld, Mar 2014). Hooray, a new Seth story! This is gritty military SF, sharp and terribly real. Seth has a gift for visceral detail and relationships that feel true, like breathing.
‘Child of Sunlight, Woman of Blood’ by Tina Connolly (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2009). This is inspiring in its rhythm of language and has the kind of main character I really love, duty-bound and stoic and determined, situated in a rich setting with immediate, sensory descriptions. The ending is a little off for me – Ifit hoping she’ll taste like chocolate on a god’s tongue does go well with the recurring food images but it felt slightly odd – but that’s a tiny blemish. I’m off to root through the rest of the author’s bibliography!
‘The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile’ by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean, Mar 2014). A new Xuya story! Mindships and sticky family and war. I think this is one of her bleaker endings and it reminds me a little of Ha Lee’s ‘Ghostweight’.
I haven’t gotten started on this yet but I picked up a copy and am *hugely* looking forward to reading it. *_* It’s the sequel to Code Name Verity, which I went through with unprecedented speed and loved a whole huge lot.