Long List Anthology of listed 2015 Hugo works, $1

After last year’s Hugo debacle, David Steffen decided to put together an anthology of stories that appeared on the 2015 Hugo long-list. The Long List is currently on sale for one dollar.

One of these is my novella, “Grand Jete,” which was nominated for the Nebula Award and is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. It’s about robotics, Judaism, death, and ballet.

If you’re intrigued, here’s more information on the book:

Long List anthologyThe Hugo Award is one of the most prestigious speculative fiction literary awards. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. Between the announcement of the ballot and the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon, these works often become the center of much attention (and contention) across fandom.

But there are more stories loved by the Hugo voters, stories on the longer nomination list that WSFS publishes after the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon. The Long List Anthology collects 21 tales from that nomination list, totaling almost 500 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world.

Within these pages you will find a mix of science fiction and fantasy, the dramatic and the lighthearted, from near future android stories to steampunk heists, too-plausible dystopias to contemporary vampire stories.

Spend a single dollar here.

FogCon: March 11-13

Mike and I will be at FogCon this year from March 11 to March 13. I’m not on any panels, but feel free to come bug me for a chat.

In March, I will also be attending AWP in Los Angelos, and ICFA in Orlando. In May, Mike and I will be at the Nebulas in Chicago. Those are our only convention plans this year. (Unless someone wants to invite me as a guest…? 😛 )

For the first year of FogCon, the committee decided to drum up some attention by throwing a party at WisCon where they served drinks in cups overflowing with dry ice. (Because *fog*con.) I admit I opposed the plan because everyone was already overwhelmed, and I was worried we’d all just freak out and collapse into puddles, but everything went well. And the cups were all foggy. Also, it gave my husband, Brin Schuler, and Paul Goodman (all non-writer spouses of writers) a chance to go be nerdy and engineery in a space with absolutely no writer chat.

If your curious,here’s a video of what misty drinks look like. They are using dip-in sticks, but at WisCon, we used two layers of cups, with the outer one containing the dry ice. (Mike wonders whether you can get a similar effect to the sticks with something like a tea diffuser–definitely something to test for safety first!)

I didn’t watch the video all the way to the end, just enough to see that they put in sticks of fog. So if it turns out to be the creepy Ring girl at the end, I apologize for getting you killed by ghosts.

“Dinosaur” up on PodCastle, and Books That Got Me into SF/F

Two lovely pieces of news.

First off, PodCastle magazine has released a flash fiction extravaganza! The extravaganza includes flash fiction pieces by former editors and assistant editors, including myself, Ann Leckie, Anna Schwind, Dave Thompson and LaShawn Wanack.

When Rachael K. Jones contacted me about this a while ago, I sent over “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” The story has been podcast before — here at Apex Magazine (Lynne Thomas), and here at Escape Pod (Christina Lebonville). This version is read by excellent narrator and author, Tina Connolly. I love having multiple versions and interpretations of things, which is probably part of my love of retellings.

If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” begins around 50:00. Check out my story and the others. Several are even originals!

Second, I participated in the most recent SF Signal MIND MELD which asked the question, “For each one of us, there is a book, or a series, that hooked us on genre fiction. Maybe it was the first SF book you read, maybe you had to read a couple before you hit the one that hooked you. Tell me what book got you to become a fan of SFF, and why?”

Here’s an excerpt from my answer, but check them all out at the link.

My parents were huge science fiction and fantasy fans before I was born. They have a large bookshelf that they built themselves into their bedroom wall with heights perfect to accommodate their accumulating paperbacks. The top shelf which spans all the way to the ceiling has vertical piles of old Asimov’s magazines dating back to the 70s…

 

I can remember two other huge draws that changed my interaction with media. One was Fairy Tale Theatre by Shelley Duval which introduced me to the concept of fairy tales built with character and humor, shaped by whimsical and intelligent hands. Another was Star Trek which I came on when I was eleven and which sent me into many day dreams about departing on space ships.

 

I suppose, if I were being reductionist, I could even point everything all the way back to Sondheim’s Into the Woods which I’ve known as long as I can remember. It’s a musical that’s also a fantasy about reweaving cultural narratives to discover deeper emotional truths–and that’s a good summary of one of the things that inspires me most as a reader and writer.