October and November were busy months that brought some good news and some bad news. Isn’t that always the way?
- It’s awards-season, and all my eligible stories are in my 2019 Eligibility Post.
- As always, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content for patrons there. If you want to support my work as a reviewer and writer of speculative fiction, I’d love to see you there. There are different tiers with different rewards, and everyone gets to be a tree! (If you’re not familiar with Patreon, find out more here: What Is Patreon?)
- You can also find me on Curious Fictions and support my work there.
- You can sign up for my Mostly Harmless Newsletter. (It’s basically this roundup, sent out every other month.)
The big news
I am not writing for B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog anymore. It’s sad and disappointing, but has nothing to do with the work done at the blog or my own writing, and everything to do with a corporate decision at B&N to no longer use any freelancers. The news came very suddenly, and I’m not sure if the website content will remain in place or be taken down. For now, it’s all still there at least. Huge thanks to editor Joel Cunningham for taking me on, and giving me a place to share reviews and roundups.
After some deliberation about what I should do with my monthly roundup, I’ve decided to publish it at Curious Fictions for now. It’s free to read there, but if you like, you can leave a tip! For the first time, I’ve also added an audio version of the roundup, and I will try to make that a permanent feature.
My latest reviews, columns, and roundups at B&N & elsewhere
- My October short fiction roundup at B&N (my final roundup for B&N before all freelancers were let go).
- My October short fiction roundup on my blog.
- My November short fiction roundup at Curious Fictions.
- My review of How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse, by K. Eason.
- My review of The New Voices of Science Fiction, edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman.
- From my blog: Stories, memory, Mad Sweeney, and my rather extensive thoughts on AMERICAN GODS S2E07 — “Treasure of the Sun”.
Stories in the wild
- Read or listen to my flash fiction story “Essie’s Chain“, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast.
Order & pre-order
- The anthology The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 6 is now available for pre-order! Get it from Amazon – B&N. This beautiful anthology includes my story “The Wayfinder and His Sister”, originally published at Cast of Wonders.
- The anthology A Punk Rock Future, including my story “Deepster Punks” is now available in paperback and as an e-book. If you don’t have your copy yet, pick it up from Amazon / from B&N / from Indiebound.
Story sales & a reprint
- My zombie-ish horror story “Cleaver, Meat, and Block” has been picked up by Black Static, and will appear in the magazine next year. It’s my first sale to Black Static, though my story “And You Shall Sing to Me a Deeper Song” appeared in Interzone (also published by TTA Press) earlier this year.
- My story “Hare’s Breath”, originally published in Shimmer in 2017, will be part of the fabulous new anthology The Best of Shimmer, set for publication next year. You can read more about the book, and see all the stories to be included, at the old Shimmer website. It’s a thrill and a real honour to be included in this lineup of authors.
- I also sold a flash fiction story recently, but the contract isn’t signed yet, so I’ll reveal the details later.
Reviews & mentions
- The anthology A Punk Rock Future, which includes my story “Deepster Punks”, got a pretty cool mention at the Boing Boing website: This new fiction anthology is punk as f*ck.
- Fran Wilde (who is one of my favourite authors) included my story from Fireside, “The Brightest Lights of Heaven“, on her list “What I’ve Read and Loved (so far)“.
- Indrapramit Das, who is another author I admire, included “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” on his list of recommended reads.
- Amanda J. McGee included the audio version of “Hare’s Breath” at Cast of Wonders on her list of favourite stories.