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.

Announcement! New fiction available!

Short Story in Women Destroy Fantasy!

So Women Destroy Fantasy! is a real thing that definitely exists (I have external confirmation that I am not solipsistically hallucinating this… though I guess that doesn’t mean much if we’re going to carry solipsism to its logical conclusion) and I have a story in the book version, which you can get hold of here! I am thrilled and amazed and slightly terrified about this: it’s my first pro sale and the first story that sold on first submission, and I am so deeply grateful to Cat Rambo for picking ‘Drowning in Sky’ out of slush. ❤ Importantly, I’ve had the proofs of this for the last couple of weeks, so I can say for certain that everything in this massive special issue is amazing, starting with Kate Hall’s story The Scrimshaw and The Scream, which you can read for free on the Fantasy Magazine site.

All going well, there should be another piece of news about ‘Drowning in Sky’ soon, but since it isn't currently available for free I'll say here that it's a pretty busy story. There's an author spotlight in which I talk about some of the things that went into it (the Arachne myth / the sinking of Helike / the statue of Nike Apteros), but other ingredients include a line borrowed from Aristotle, the ancient Athenian festival of Anthesteria, and probably some things I’ve already forgotten. And if you were curious about how Ann, who certainly hasn’t read Plato’s account of the death of Socrates in the Phaedo, jumped to a certain conclusion so quickly, well, my Lakeside Circus flash Aqua Vitalis has the answer.