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!)

 

Sum of us

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.

Award Season – Hugo Edition

The nominees for the Hugo Awards were announced last week, and although I was too ill to post about it then, I wanted to take a moment now to write that Amal El-Mohtar’s beautiful story from The Starlit Wood, “Seasons of Glass and Iron” garnered a nomination in the Short Fiction category! It is heartening to see this story receive so much love and praise. Congratulations, Amal!! Amal wrote about her nomination here.

Also, also, also, monumental news, NAVAH WOLFE, dearest Navah, my co-editor for The Starlit Wood, is nominated for Best Editor, Long Form, alongside the wonderful Liz Gorinsky, Devi Pillai, and Miriam Weinberg. I am so incredibly happy to see Navah recognized for her hard work and her excellent taste in fiction!

This year’s list is, I feel, quite a fabulous one. The novel category in particular may be the most diverse I’ve ever seen, with outstanding work by Charlie Jane Anders, Becky Chambers, Cixin Liu, Yoon Ha Lee, N.K. Jemisin, and Ada Palmer. Personally, I hope to see either Anders or Lee win, but they would all be excellent choices. Voters have their work cut out for them.

In the short fiction category Amal has some stiff competition, with great stories by N.K. Jemisin, Alyssa Wong, and Brooke Bolander.

I love the selection for the Best Graphic Story category, and I am glad to see the excellent The Coode Street Podcast receive a nomination for Best Fancast.

Lynne & Michael Thomas at Uncanny Magazine are also on fire this year, receiving nominations for Best Editor, Short Fiction alongside John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, and Sheila Williams, as well as a nomination for Uncanny Magazine itself in the Best Semiprozine.

I am also excited for this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, in particular Sarah Gailey, Malka Older, Ada Palmer, and especially my friend Kelly Robson.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Award Season – Starlit Wood Nominations!

Award season is here! Voting for Locus Award is still going strong, and so is voting for the Hugo Awards. However, some award nominations are already being announced.

Today the nominees for the Nebula Award were posted, and Amal El-Mohtar’s story from The Starlit Wood, “Seasons of Glass and Iron“, is on the list! Navah and I are thrilled for Amal. I think it’s a superb list. I particularly love the novel nominees – really terrific material. I’m also glad to see nominations for excellent work by Victor LaValle, Seanan McGuire, Fran Wilde, Alyssa Wong, Jason Sanford, Cat Rambo, Brooke Bolander, Sam J. Miller, and many other folks. I’ve read most but not all the nominated works, so I’m excited to start on those I’ve missed.

In other award news, the nominees for the Australian Aurealis Award have been announced, and another Starlit Wood story has garnered attention: Garth Nix’s “Penny for a Match, Mister?”. Garth’s story is nominated for both Best Fantasy Short Story and Best Horror story. Again, Navah and I are incredibly happy to see this.

Here’s hoping we see more nominations for Starlit stories in the near future!

 

 

Locus Recommended Reading List & Year’s Bests

Here we are, February already. It’s been a rough 2017 for pretty much everyone I know, so we’re due for some good news. The folks at Locus Magazine have compiled their annual recommended reading list,  and it includes a ton of work I’ve enjoyed throughout the year, along with additional material I need to read. Big congratulations to everyone on the list.

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Navah and I are pretty thrilled that THE STARLIT WOOD: NEW FAIRY TALES made the list, along with three stories and two novelettes:

  • Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron
  • Daryl Gregory’s “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious”
  • Sofia Samatar’s “The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle”, Sofia Samatar”
  • Aliette de Bodard’s “Pearl”
  • Naomi Novik’s “Spinning Silver”

Year’s Bests

Starlit stories have also been doing well with Year’s Best anthologies, totalling six reprints so far. These are:

  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron” in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror and Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  • “Spinning Silver” in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror and Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  • “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious” in Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  • “Pearl” in Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year

That’s it for the good news for now. Who knows, maybe the future holds more reprint opportunities for Starlit stories. That would certainly be nice.

 

My 2016

Like a lot of folks, I’m going to focus this 2016 retrospective on my professional work, not on social and political happenings because, well, you know.

2016 was a big year for me on the editorial side. The year kicked off with the publication of Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Bestiary, and I was an editorial assistant on that one. It picked up some nice reviews, and the book itself is a thing of beauty. It’s always a pleasure working with the VanderMeers, and this project was no different. I’m particularly excited to be working as a consultant on their next project, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, to be published by Vintage.

bestiary

I’ve been working on the editorial side for a number of years now as an assistant and consultant, and May saw the publication of my first anthology under my own byline: Clockwork CanadaSteampunk Fiction, from Exile Editions. This was a huge undertaking for me, editing my own book. I’ve worked on smaller projects in the past, and as an assistant, but this one was all mine. We had two launches for CC. The first was at Ad Astra, the second in Toronto. Both had a good number of attendees, and the book was met with enthusiasm. Later CC received rave reviews from Quill & Quire, Tor.com, Lightspeed Magazine, Broken Pencil, and other lovely places. CC was the first anthology of Canadian steampunk, and I’m tremendously pleased with the reception. In fact, it will be going for a second print run in 2016. Definitely something to celebrate!

Clockwork_Canada

The year continued with my next BIG undertaking, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, an original cross-genre anthology of retold fairy tales I co-edited with Navah Wolfe. Starlit was an editorial dream come true. I couldn’t have asked for a better co-editor in Navah, and working with her and Saga was pure delight. The entire process was terrific, and the final book is perhaps one of the most lovely physical books I’ve ever seen. Everything from the table of contents to the cover and interior art to the overall design is wonderful. We launched Starlit at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, to a ravenous crowd that bought up all the copies we had for sale. The book’s reception has been fantastic, garnering excellent reviews from the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi blog, Tor.com, the Portland Herald Press, Booklist, Library Journal, and many others. I’m particularly proud to report that Starlit made it onto the Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016. Also, several stories are being reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies, but we aren’t able to announce all of them yet so I’ll do a separate post on those later.

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On the writing side, 2016 was quiet. I only published one story, “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” in Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories, edited by Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay. I was lucky enough to have the story singled out for praise in the Publishers Weekly starred review of the book. “Where…” was also longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $15,000 short fiction contest. Editing is my main focus now, so, overall, I’m rather pleased with the outcome this year considering I wrote very little original work. I’m starting to get back into it though.

Aside from fiction, I wrote a deeply personal essay, “Growing up in Wonderland“, for Uncanny Magazine. In it I discussed living with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and various other aspects of my health and disability and the impact all of it has had on my career. This was definitely the most open I’ve ever been about my disability online. It was intimidating to write, but I’m very proud to have it out in the world, especially considering there are few articles available on Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

In addition to the essay I also wrote a guest introduction for a forthcoming anthology. The table of contents hasn’t been announced yet, so I’ll post about this one later.

On the awards front, the two stories I published in 2015, “Goodbye is a Mouthful of Water” and “Spider Moves the World”, were both longlisted for the Sunburst Award this year. There was a great list of stories, and although I didn’t make the shortlist I was still the only writer to have two stories nominated, so I can’t exactly be disappointed.

Finally, my next anthology for Saga Press, this one also co-edited with Navah, is nearing completion. We finished editing the last story a few days ago and we’ll have details on the book later in the new year.