Hugo WIN for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar has added yet ANOTHER recognition for her wonderful story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” from The Starlit Wood. Her story has now won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Locus Award, in addition to her other numerous nominations. Congratulations, Amal! We are so proud of you.

Amal wrote about her win here, including the beautiful welcome her family gave her on her return from Helsinki. She’s already been interviewed several times for the win, both in newspapers and on CBC. Check out the post for all the links.

The full list of winners is here. As several news sources have reported, women dominated the Hugos. It was a really good year for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction FUNDED

THAT’S RIGHT, DISABLED PEOPLE WILL DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION!

The Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Uncanny Magazine Year 4 has finally come to an end. It was a long, gruelling campaign for everyone involved, but we made it! Double issue for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction AND print copies! We’ll be joining the other wonderful Destroy projects on your bookshelves.

Also… DISABLED PEOPLE WILL DESTROY FANTASY! They’ll have more details on Fantasy later, but it looks like they’ll have that one as a special bonus issue in 2019 with a brand new editorial team. Destroy SF will be up in late 2018. We’ll have submission details available later, but we can say right away that submissions will open in January 2018.

A huge thanks to all those who contributed, and who helped spread the word. We’re all extremely passionate about this project, and clearly there are also a lot of people out there who want to see it and support it.

Interviews and Essays on Disabled People Destroy SF

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We’re halfway through the Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Uncanny Magazine Year 4  and people are taking notice! We’re up to $33,000, which is fantastic, but we would love to reach $45,000 so we can do the print version.

I’ve written some stuff and done some interviews about the project, but before we get to my things, remember that Uncanny is running one personal essay for Disabled People Destroy SF a day as part of the Kickstarter! Today’s essay is a terrific one by the always insightful Rachel Swirsky, Unlocking the Garrett.

Now, my things. First, a podcast interview! The Skiffy & Fanty Show interviewed Elsa and me about the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction project and the kickstarter as a whole. Beware, there are dinosaur growls at one point.

Next, I did an interview with Derek Newman-Stille over at Dis(abled) Embodiment. We of course discuss the Destroy project, but this one gets very personal and I go into my personal history with disability.

Finally, I wrote an essay for Black Gate about the strategy behind the Destroy project, focusing on HOW we proceed and why.

World Fantasy Nomination!

The whirlwind continues!

The Starlit Wood book is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award! 

That means the book has been nominated for the Locus Award, the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award, and it won the Shirley Jackson Award.

In addition, Amal El-Mohtar’s story “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, which has already been nominated for a ton of awards and won the Locus and Nebula Awards, is a finalist for Best Short Story! I’m glad to see she’s up against Brooke Bolander and Maria Dahvana Headley, both of which had great stories this year.

It’s quite a lovely list of nominees. I’m particularly pleased with the books in the anthology section: terrific anthologies by Mike Allen, Jack Dann, Ellen Datlow, and Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams. Starlit has some hefty competition.

I’m so happy to see Mishell Baker’s Borderline in the novel section. Michelle wrote a fantastic book, and I take no small pleasure in the fact that my co-editor Navah was Mishell’s editor on that book.

Tor.com dominated the Best Long Fiction category, which isn’t surprising. They’ve been publishing  some superb work, and I’m particularly pleased with the nominees here. I thought the stories by Victor Lavalle, Kij Johnson, Seanan McGuire, and Kai Ashante Wilson were very strong. (I haven’t read the Paul F. Olson yet.)

For Best Collection, I love that Ken Liu and Jeffrey Ford are nominated – those were some truly excellent collections. I haven’t read the L.S. Johnson book, but I’ve read a number of stories from her and she’s very talented.

The Special Award – Professional section is also looking good. Glad to see Joe Monti nominated again for his contributions to the genre, and he will have some stiff competition (Kelly Link!). It’s a great category. Same goes for the Non-Professional award. I’m particularly happy to see Uncanny Magazine and Fireside here along with the always excellent Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Wonderful stuff!

Uncanny Magazine / Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter LIVE

Uncanny Magazine’s Year 4 / Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction went live on Monday and….. Year 4 is already funded. That’s right, in a matter of days funding for the Magazine’s next year is already secured. Does that mean our work is done? Hardly.

For one, the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction double issue is the first stretch goal. We have yet to reach that goal! And then there are all manner of other excellent stretch goals, the most exciting of which (for me) is the final $45,000 goal where we would get physical copies of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. The previous Destroy series (Women, Queers, PoC) with Lightspeed all secured enough funding for physical copies, and I would love to do the same with this issue. Those were all fantastic projects, and personally I would be thrilled to have Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction next to them on my shelf.

So, if you haven’t already checked out the Kickstarter, please do! Every day Uncanny is releasing a new essay by a disabled artist, each one specifically for this project. We have a lot to offer with the double issue, and all the essays running throughout the Kickstarter, so check back often!

(Uncanny will also have another special issue in year 4 – a Shared-World Dinosaur Themed issue with some stellar writers. It’s going to be really cool.)

So, cause for celebration, but we also still have work to do!

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

BETWEEN

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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