Things seen and read around the internet

Around the Internet (December)

Things seen and read this month (rather short, because it’s one of those busy months). Plus a review of my short stories from 2014, because it’s the end of the year, after all.

FICTION

The Mercy of Theseus by Rachael K. Jones (road trip, paradox, podcast)

The Ravens’ Sister by Natalia Theodoridou (ravens, fairytale, war)

Pay Phobetor by Shale Nelson (mind hack)

Hibernal by Megan Arkenberg (poetry, summer boys, autumn a dark queen)

The Whalemaid, Singing by Sonya Taaffe (poetry, mermaids)

Cantor’s Dragon by Craig DeLancey (infinity, stairways to heaven)

OTHER NOTES

The Deverry books were such a formative experience for me. I discovered them when I was still trawling for books in the children’s section of my local library, and when the series was still in an “oh, just a couple more to go!” state of “totally almost complete, you guys!” Anyone who reads ASOIAF will understand I spent the next ten years anxiously waiting for what eventually turned out to be another seven or eight books to appear. Between that and Kate Elliott’s annually expanding Crown of Stars series, I am now rather more wary of starting on things still being written, but the books themselves are wonderful and I will always have a very special place in my heart for both sets. So: go look? And consider supporting the fundraiser?

Markets reopening in January: Apex (1 Jan), Shimmer (12 Jan), Strange Horizons (1 Jan)

C.C. Finlay will be guest-editing another issue of F&SF. He writes lovely rejections and has a two-week submission window that accepts e-subs (!!!! If F&SF took e-subs as standard, I would submit everything to them. Unfortunately I have this aversion to posting paper mss. to America for the sake of a form rejection, so instead am quietly hoping Mr. Finlay ends up editing all the issues. Well, all right, two a year would be acceptable, I suppose).

Unlikely Story has a special call for an Unlikely Academia themed issue (ending 12 March).

MY FICTION FROM 2014

Featuring enchanted thread,* inventory management, creepy cat noises, inadvisable poetry,* poison,* desert jokers, aqueductpunk elephants. In that order.

Drowning in Sky (Women Destroy Fantasy!, 1/10/2014, and PodCastle 331, 3/10/2014)*

The Words of the Maguš to Kūruš, King of Kings (Lightning Cake Lit, 24/09/2014)

7 Noises Heard While House-Sitting Alone, In The Dark, That Would Be Alarming If I Didn’t Know What They Were (Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi, 15/09/2014)

The Poet and the Lily (Star Quake 2 anthology, August 2014, originally published in SQ Mag in 2013).*

Aqua Vitalis (Lakeside Circus, Issue 2, August 2014).*

Bitter Water (Triangulation: Parch anthology, July 2014).

Elephants and Omnibuses (Lackington’s Magazine, Issue 2, 13/05/2014).

* Stories involving Ann, in one form or another. These are not in chronological order for Ann; at some point, when I have enough to make it worthwhile, I will put a list together.

Things seen and read around the internet

Around the Internet (November)

Every other week or so, I see something about how much short fiction there is out there and how there need to be more reviewers reading it. Well, this isn’t a blog, I’m not a reviewer, this isn’t a review – but I do read short fiction in a fairly random way, and when I read a story I like, I do usually say something, usually on Twitter. And then it gets lost immediately, of course, because Twitter’s a busy place. So I thought I should collect links here to pieces I’ve read and enjoyed and which other people might enjoy too, starting with things I read in November. Also some other useful odds and ends, because why not?

FICTION:

Níðhöggr by Vajra Chandrasekera (Mother had said We had to be home by Götterdämmerung)

Once, Upon a Lime by E. Catherine Tobler (frog, fairytale, pearls, perfume)

Caretaker by Carlie St. George (dead stars, ghosts)

Who Is Your Executioner? by Maria Dahvana Headley (beetles, creepy Victorian photos)

More Embers than Feathers Filled the Firmament by Penny Stirling, illustrated by Kat Weaver (birds, language)

A Chance of Cats and Dogs by Ken Scholes (old world, new world, shapeshifters)

Not the Grand Duke’s Dancer by Emily B. Cataneo (undead ballerinas)

Victoria’s One Way Ticket by Emily B. Cataneo (dying robots)

Ahas, Tala by M. Sereno (poetry, stars)

A Whisper in the Weld by Alix E. Harrow (ghosts, steel mills)

Bill and I Went Hunting Today by Louis Rakovich (contemplative robot spouse-substitutes)

OTHER NOTES:

Diabolical Plots is looking for fiction submissions (closing date Dec 31).

Lackington’s has a theme for Issue 7: Skins.

Clockwork Canada is open for subs (anthology of steampunk stories set in Canada by Canadian authors).

Terraform, a new SF market paying $0.20/word, opened up this month (if only I’d written more than one SF story in the history of ever).

Lightspeed has a special call for SF submissions: Queers Destroy Science Fiction! (closing date 15 Feb).

She Walks In Shadow (anthology of stories about Lovecraft women, by women) is open for subs (closing date 15 Dec).

Plasma Frequency Magazine has a special call for anti-apocalypse stories (closing date 15 Jan).

Kaleidotrope is opening early for submissions (1 December).

Escape Artists are looking for women-authored work for their Artemis Rising event (closing date: 5 December for PodCastle, 20 December for Escape Pod and Pseudopod).

A lot of really exciting things were found in a tomb at Amphipolis.