Shirley Jackson WIN and British Fantasy Nomination!

Well that was certainly an eventful weekend…

I left for Readercon, one of my favourite conventions, on Friday afternoon. I was terribly late registering due to a variety of personal circumstances, so I didn’t make it onto any programming. I couldn’t even get a room in the con hotel. Basically, everything was set up for a very quiet con, which was actually pretty welcome. It didn’t quite turn out that way.

I received a call from Navah on Friday just as I was about to board the plane and learned that The Starlit Wood is a finalist for the British Fantasy Award. It came as on hell of a surprise. The full list of nominees is available here. I’m particularly happy to see People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction as another finalist in the anthology category.

The conference was quite wonderful, as always. I like the new location, and it was a real pleasure to spend so much time surrounded by such passionate people. The absence of my usual group resulted in me spending a lot of time with new friends, and that was also lovely. One of the high points was definitely staying up on the patio till sunrise on Saturday and having all manner of weird and wonderful discussions.

Then, on Sunday, this happened:

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That’s right, we won the Shirley Jackson Award for Edited Anthology. It felt a little surreal. This was my first con as a nominee, and I was a bit of a nervous wreck for the acceptance speech. The ceremony started with F. Brett Cox delivering an excellent speech on behalf of Ruth Franklin, the recipient of the Board of Directors Award for her biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, which I really must read. Then Naomi Novik discussed Jackson’s legacy and the importance of her work. Again, wonderful stuff.

When it came to the actual award portion I was terribly nervous. I can steel myself just fine for panels and readings because I’m prepared for them, and I do genuinely enjoy it once I’m on the stage, but in this case not knowing was really quite nerve-wracking. When Naomi (herself a contributor to the book) announced The Starlit Wood as the winner I felt my knees go weak, and I walked up to the stage with my legs shaking. I know awards don’t mean much to some folks, but it’s been a difficult year for me in terms of health, and this recognition has been incredibly uplifting. As I said in my speech, it is heartening as this is the first of several collaborations with Navah, and we’re incredibly proud of the work we’re doing together.

I was actually messaging Navah throughout the ceremony, informing her of the winners. When it came to our category I told her it was our turn, and then I failed to message for several minutes. She was actually able to tune in to Scott Edelman’s live video of the ceremony and catch me walking down the ramp with the award, so she knew then we’d won. Afterwards my phone exploded with notifications and messages from friends, family, and acquaintances. Later I was able to get pictures with the trophy and contributors who were attending the con – Karin Tidbeck, Daryl Gregory, Max Gladstone, Catherynne M. Valente, and Naomi Novik. I also got a picture with Ellen Dattlow, which meant a lot because her anthologies have had a great influence on me.

Thank you again to all those who have supported this project. It is very dear to my heart, and seeing the book’s reception has been overwhelming. Congratulations also to the other winners, and to all the nominees. The full list of nominees and winners can be found here.

So yeah, that was my weekend. I think I’m ready for a few quiet days now.

THE NEXT BOOK: ROBOTS vs FAIRIES

GET READY FOR THE ULTIMATE DEATHMATCH

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THE MECHANICAL AND THE MAGICAL!

Last month Barnes & Noble broke the big news: I am co-editing another anthology with Navah Wolfe called Robots vs Fairies. So what’s it about? Robots and fairies. I know, you’re shocked.

This project was so much fun! Don’t get me wrong, there was the usual blood, sweat, and tears, but I think the excess of fairy dust in the air made it a little easier. Or maybe that was the robots plugging directly into our brains. In any case, we managed to put together what we feel is a really stellar list of contributors. The folks at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog seemed to agree, writing: “The list of contributors suggests the editors have either black magic or mad science on their side. How else to explain this list of names?” Obviously, the answer to that is: we had both on our side. Here are the folks we recruited:

  • Madeline Ashby
  • Delilah S. Dawson writing as Lila Bowen
  • Jeffrey Ford
  • Sarah Gailey
  • Max Gladstone
  • Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Jim C. Hines
  • Kat Howard
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Ken Liu
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Annalee Newitz
  • Tim Pratt
  • John Scalzi
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Alyssa Wong

So does it work? We asked our writers to write us some fun, epic stories to showcase why their particular team is, well, more epic. Simple enough. Except it’s a little more complicated than that, because of course it is: some of the stories actually feature both robots AND fairies. Sometimes members of the other team just sneak into the stories, and other times, well…you’ll see it when you read it.

When can you read it? Good question. The book is now available for pre-order, so that’s a good start, right? And there’s a Goodreads page. The official book release is January 2018.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on the gorgeous cover. In true versus mode, the cover features two different artists: Amy Sol did the fairy part, and Vault 49 contributed the robot part.

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Uncanny Magazine – DISABLED PEOPLE DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION

Today Uncanny Magazine published a press release about their Kickstarter for Year 4. That in of itself is pretty exciting as Uncanny is consistently publishing some of the best SF/F/H in the field.

Included in their year 4 plans is a special issue of Disabled People Destroy. Lightspeed Magazine is officially handing over the wonderful People Destroy mantle to Uncanny, and it should come as no surprise that Uncanny is doing a Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue as a result.

What is particularly exciting for me is that I am the GUEST FICTION EDITOR-IN-CHIEF for that issue! I’ve loved the People Destroy series, so I’m honoured to be working with Uncanny on this project. Elsa Sjunneson-Henry will be joining me as Guest Non-Fiction Editor-in-Chief, and we’ll be working with Judith Tarr (Reprint Editor), S. Qiouyi Lu (Poetry Editor), and Likhain as the Cover Artist.

  • Editor-in-Chief/Fiction Editor: Dominik Parisien
  • Editor-in-Chief/Nonfiction Editor: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  • Reprint Editor: Judith Tarr
  • Poetry Editor: S. Qiouyi Lu
  • Personal Essays Editor: Nicolette Barischoff
  • Cover: Likhain

The issue will feature disabled staff, writers, poets, and artists. We have already solicited work in all our departments, and we will be opening to submissions later in the year provided the Kickstarter is successful.

I’ll be posting more details about the issue once the Kickstarter is online next month, including some posts about what it means for me personally to be involved in the project.

 

Nebula WIN for El-Mohtar and Aurora Nomination for Clockwork Canada

Right to it: Amal El-Mohtar has won the Nebula Award for her story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” from The Starlit Wood! I was unable to attend the conference, but fortunately Amal was in excellent company. Here she is with Navah celebrating at the award ceremony! Congratulations on your win, Amal!

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The full list of Nebula winners can be found here. I was glad to see Charlie Jane Anders win for Best Novel and Seanan McGuire for Best Novella.

In addition to her Nebula win, Amal has also added to her already long string of nominations for her story with additional nominations for the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction, the Sturgeon Award, and now the Aurora Award. These come in addition to her nominations for the Locus and the Hugo. What an amazing showing for “Seasons of Glass and Iron”!

In other news, my anthology Clockwork Canada has also been nominated for the Aurora Award in the Best Related Work category, alongside some excellent books by Hayden Trenholm & Mike Rimar, Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law, and Claude Lalumiere and Mark Shainblum. You can find the full list of nominees here.

I’ve been thrilled by all the lovely press Clockwork Canada has received so far, and now the nomination just makes it even more exciting.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Shirley Jackson and Locus Award nominations!

This time last year I was in constant movement, jumping from one location to another, with no real place of my own. It was quite a period of transition. It just so happens that I am, again, visiting family at the moment, but there’s much more stability to my life now. As is still frequently the case my health has been giving me trouble of late, so some of the recent news regarding my work has been very welcome.

The Starlit Wood has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award in the anthology category. This came as a wonderful surprise to both myself and Navah. The book is a cross-genre anthology, so we certainly didn’t expect it.

The nomination is in itself is a huge honour, but I’m particularly pleased to be nominated alongside Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. My story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” was published in that anthology, and the book as a whole is a wonderful project showcasing specifically Canadian stories, from an all-Canadian team.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

They’ve also announced the finalists for the Locus Award, and The Starlit Wood is nominated alongside terrific work by Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Ellen Kushner, and Ken Liu. I’m especially happy to see my work alongside Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, who have taught me so much (and their The Big Book of Science Fiction is a monumental project of great importance).

In addition, three stories from The Starlit Wood have garnered nominations: Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” in the short story category, and Aliette de Bodard’s “Pearl” and Naomi Novik’s “Spinning Silver” in the novelette category.

I’m also thrilled to see Navah nominated in the Editor category. She also received a Hugo nomination for her novel editing, and I think she deserves all the recognition she’s been getting.

It’s a terrific list overall, and I’m so pleased to see a great deal of work I enjoyed last year be nominated. The full list is here.

The Sum of Us – ToC and Cover Reveal

Last year Laksa Media published Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, an anthology of stories focusing on mental health. It included writers like Kelley Armstrong, A.M. Dellamonica, Gemma Files, A.C. Wise, Hayden Trenholm, and more. The book included a number of good stories, but perhaps my favourite thing about the project was that upon publication Laksa Media donated $1000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association, and then part of the proceeds later went to that same charity.

Last Fall I met the editors, Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, at CanCon and we got around to talking about the book. After some discussion on disability and caretaking, they asked if I would be interested in writing the introduction to their next book The Sum of Us, an anthology of stories about caregiving and caretaking. I’ve been in a caretaker position, and I’ve also had people support me throughout my life with my disability, so these are subjects that matter to me. I was flattered as well as touched, and I accepted.

Now Laksa Media has released the cover and the table of contents. (Look, that’s my name on the cover.) As with Strangers Among Us, the publisher will be donating $1000 upon publication to support one of the programs provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and then part of the proceeds will also be going to one of those programs. It is quite a lovely project, and I hope you’ll consider supporting it. (I mean, come one, you get good fiction AND you get to support a good cause!)

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Lucas K. Law
Introduction, Dominik Parisien
The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains, Ian Creasey
Bottleneck, A.M. Dellamonica
Mother Azalea’s Sad Home for Forgotten Adults, James Van Pelt
Things that Creep and Bind, Christie Yant
The Gift, Bev Geddes
The Gatekeeper, Juliet Marillier
The Healer’s Touch, Colleen Anderson
The Crystal Harvester, Brenda Cooper
The Burdens We Bear, Hayden Trenholm
A Mother’s Milk, Heather Osborne
The Mother’s Keepers, Edward Willett
The Oracle and the Warlord, Karina Sumner-Smith
The Beautiful Gears of Dying, Sandra Kasturi
The Gardener, Amanda Sun
Number One Draft Pick, Claire Humphrey
Orang Tua Adventure Home Academy, Charlotte Ashley
Sunshine of Your Love,- Nisi Shawl
Good-bye is that Time between Now and Forever, Matt Moore
Ambassador to the Meek, Alex Shvartsman
Gone Flying, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
Am I Not a Proud Outlier?, Kate Story
Blinders, Tyler Keevil
Dreams as Fragile as Glass, Caroline M. Yoachim
Afterword, Susan Forest

The Sum of Us is due out on September 8th, 2017. You can pre-order the book from Laksa Media.

Laksa Media also released the ToC for another anthology, Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasythis one edited by Lukas K. Law and Derwin Mak, with a nice blurb by Aliette de Bodard. The anthology is in support of Kids Help Phone.

Aurora Nominations

The voting season for most awards has come to an end, but in Canada we’re just getting started. Nominations for the Aurora Award opened up on April 1st and close on May 7th.

Nominating is open members of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association. Membership is $10 per year. It’s a nice, easy way of getting the Aurora nominees packet, which always includes a lot of great work.

I am eligible for my short story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins”, which was published in Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. The story received a nice mention in Publishers Weekly, and it was longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $15,000 Short Story contest.

In the Best Related Work category, both my anthologies are eligible: The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (Saga Press) and Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction (Exile Editions). I am very passionate about both projects.

Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron”  from The Starlit Wood is eligible for the Aurora. The story is on the Locus Recommended Reading List, has been nominated for the Nebula and the Hugo Award, and has been reprinted in two Year’s Best anthologies. Other stories from The Starlit Wood have also garnered award nominations, as well as reprints in Year’s Best anthos. The anthology as a whole is on the Locus Recommended Reading List and the Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016.

On the other hand, Clockwork Canada has a full roster of Canadian contributors. The book received great reviews from Lightspeed, Tor.comQuill & QuireBroken Pencil, and many other venues. Any one of these stories can be nominated for the Aurora:

  • “La Clochemar” by Charlotte Ashley
  • “East Wind in Carrall Street” by Holly Schofield
  • “The Harpoonist” by Brent Nichols
  • “Crew 255” by Claire Humphrey
  • “The Curlicue Seahorse” by Chantal Boudreau
  • “Strange Things Done” by Michal Wojcik
  • “Buffalo Gals” by Colleen Anderson
  • “Our Chymical Séance” by Tony Pi
  • “The Seven O’Clock Man” by Kate Heartfield
  • “The Tunnels of Madness” by Harold R. Thompson
  • “Let Slip the Sluicegates of War, Hydro-Girl” by Terri Favro
  • “Equus” by Kate Story
  • “Gold Mountain” by Karin Lowachee
  • “Komagata Maru” by Rati Mehrotra
  • “Bones of Bronze, Limbs like Iron” by Rhea Rose

I’ve already mentioned that I had a story in the Those Who Make Us anthology, and I highly recommend considering it for the Best Related Work category. I particularly enjoyed Andrew F. Sullivan’s “The Shuck” and Rati Mehrotra’s “Vetala”. Other projects I think are worth your attention are Strangers Among Us ed. by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, The Kissing Booth Girl by A.C. Wise, and Lackington’s ed. by Ranylt Richildis. There are a few other books that will probably make my ballot, but I’m still making my way through them.

I’m still catching up on my readings for the Novel category, but so far some books I think are worth serious consideration include The Devourers by Indra Das, Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, Company Town by Madeline Ashby, and The Nature of a Pirate by A.M. Dellamonica.

For Fan Writing/Publication and Fan Related Work, Derek Newman-Stille’s Speculating Canada (website and radio show) are very much my choices.