Posts tagged with "asimov's" - Faerye Net 2012-05-09T23:49:54+00:00 Felicity Shoulders "Long Night on Redrock" is on newsstands! 2012-05-09T23:49:54+00:00 2012-05-09T23:50:16+00:00 <p>The July 2012 issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a> is out on a real or virtual newsstand near you! My novelette &#8220;Long Night on Redrock&#8221; is the cover story, with art by Tomislav Tikulin!</p> <center> <p><a href="" target="links"><br /> <img src="" border="0" /><br /> </a></p> </center> <p><strong>Note:</strong> The table of contents mistakenly lists &#8220;Long Night on Redrock&#8221; as a short story &#8212; it&#8217;s a novelette, I promise. A very long one, at that!</p> <p>&#8220;Long Night on Redrock&#8221; is different from my previously published science fiction in many respects: it&#8217;s by far my longest published work, and it&#8217;s set on a different planet in the far future, just for starters. It was an enjoyable challenge to write, and I&#8217;m really excited for readers to see it. Please, get out there and read it! Especially if you love space marines. (What am I talking about, everyone loves space marines!) You can read a short teaser <a href="" target="links">in this earlier blog post!</a> Or if I had you at &#8220;space marines&#8221;, go get a copy!</p> <p><strong>Getting a paper copy:</strong> Traditional newsstands often carry <em>Asimov’s</em>. Many Barnes &amp; Noble locations carry it, but it’s best to call ahead if you’ve never seen it at that particular store before. You can&#8217;t miss it, it&#8217;s the one with the awesome lion roaring, and my name on it!</p> <p><strong>Getting a paper copy in Portland:</strong> If you&#8217;re local, you can shop local at <a href="" target="links">Rich’s Cigar Store</a>, which carries <em>Asimov’s</em> in their extensive magazine collection. The main store on SW Alder has the most copies. Also, the main store will ship magazines to out-of-town customers &#8212; just give them a call if you&#8217;re in a fix.</blockquote></p> <p><strong>Getting a digital version:</strong> <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em> is available in <a href="" target="links">kindle edition</a> and <a href="" target="links">several other formats</a> &#8212; in case you, like my characters, live in the future.</p> "Long Night on Redrock" is the cover story for the July Asimov's! 2012-04-24T12:43:52+00:00 2012-04-25T11:25:59+00:00 <p>Remember my novelette, <a href="" target="links">&#8220;Long Night on Redrock&#8221;</a>, which will be appearing in the July 2012 issue of <em><a href="" target="links">Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</a></em>? It is the cover story for that issue!</p> <p>I discovered last week that science fiction and fantasy illustrator <a href="" target="links">Tomislav Tikulin</a> had done a painting titled &#8220;Long Night on Redrock&#8221; which was clearly an illustration of my story, and yesterday I received confirmation in the form of contributor copies in my mailbox.</p> <center><a href="" title="July 2012 Asimov's contributor copies by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="375" height="500" border="0" alt="July 2012 Asimov's contributor copies"></a></center> <p>If you&#8217;d like to see the full painting, take a look on Mr. Tikulin&#8217;s website <a href="" target="links">here</a> &#8212; it&#8217;s pretty gorgeous.</p> <p>I&#8217;ve never had my name on the cover of a magazine before, let alone had my story named and illustrated on the cover. I&#8217;m over the moon! If not over the titular desert planet of Redrock. Which is in that painting. Along with my main characters. And certain other story elements. On the cover of <em>Asimov&#8217;s</eM>. Sorry, still getting used to this!</p> <p>The issue should be arriving in subscribers&#8217; mailboxes or on their Kindles soon, and it&#8217;ll be on newsstands May 8. I&#8217;m really excited about this story, which is again a little different from most I&#8217;ve had published. Read the teaser <a href="" target="links">in my original post</a> and look for it in the July issue! On the cover!</p> Novelette sold to Asimov's: "Long Night on Redrock" 2011-10-19T18:26:51+00:00 2011-10-19T18:27:24+00:00 <p>I am overjoyed to announce my second novelette sale! This one is far-future science fiction, and it will appear in <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>.</p> <p>Many thanks to my lovely readers! It wasn&#8217;t hard to find them for this piece, because it turns out <em>everyone loves space marines</em>. Even retired ones.</p> <p>Here is a teaser of my novelette! You&#8217;ll know more about where to find the rest of it as soon as I do:</p> <blockquote> <center><strong>Long Night on Redrock</strong></center> <p>“If you’re exploring the town, you should stop walking,” Peder Finn called down from his porch. The stranger, a fair-haired man bent under a backpack, paused at the gate. Peder pegged him for an offworlder. A dozen telltales said as much; from his low-topped shoes, likely to let in sand, to his unshaded eyes, without tanned-in squint or sunglass marks. It was almost aynid harvest, a suspicious time for an offworlder to come visiting.</p> <p>The man took in the dusty yard, where Peder’s children had lined and stacked rocks into an imaginary city and set a carved toy horse on an overturned bucket to reign. Finally his gaze settled on Peder, who had paused in carving another toy, a long strip of synthwood still hanging from his knife.</p> <p>Peder produced a noncommittal smile. “Nothing that way you want to visit.”</blockquote></p> "Apocalypse Daily" is on shelves! 2011-04-05T21:26:15+00:00 2011-04-05T21:46:36+00:00 <p>My latest story in <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>, &ldquo;<a href="" target="links">Apocalypse Daily</a>&rdquo;, is on shelves in the June 2011 issue! (Click the name of the story to read the first few paragraphs!)</p> <p>This is what it looks like:<br /> <center><img src="" alt="June 2011 Asimov's cover" /></center></p> <p>As you can see, the headlining novella is from Portland&#8217;s own <a href="" target="links">Mary Robinette Kowal</a>, Nebula-nominated novelist! Two Portland people! Don&#8217;t you just <em>need</em> a copy?</p> <p><strong>Getting a paper copy:</strong> Traditional newsstands often carry <em>Asimov’s</em>. Many Barnes &amp; Noble locations carry it, but it’s best to call ahead if you’ve never spied it out at that particular store before.</p> <p>Portlanders allergic to big chain stores can head down to <a href="" target="links">Rich’s Cigar Store</a>, which carries <em>Asimov’s</em> in their extensive magazine collection. The main store on SW Alder has the most copies. Also, the <strong>main store will ship magazines to out-of-town customers</strong> — call them up!</blockquote></p> <p>Digital versions will be available soon at Amazon, B&amp;N, Sony, Fictionwise, et c. I will update this post as I discover these editions are available.</p> Underpopulated 2011-03-09T21:59:14+00:00 2011-03-09T22:12:06+00:00 <p><a href="" target="links">My dear friend Jeannine</a>, a speculative poet of great talent, is also a vigilant <a href="" target="links">lit-blogger</a>. It was she who alerted me to this <a href="" target="links">interview the amazing <a href="" target="links">Duotrope</a> did with the fantastic <a href="" target="links">Sheila Williams</a>, editor of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s</em></a>.</p> <p>Now, I&#8217;ll own Jeannine brought it to my attention because I am mentioned therein, but something else about it caught my eye. In part of her response to the question &#8220;What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?&#8221; Sheila said: &#8220;Most stories are underpopulated. A lot of the tale can be told through the interaction of characters.&#8221;</p> <p>I don&#8217;t think Sheila knows it, but she has my number here. (She doesn&#8217;t know it unless I&#8217;ve mentioned it to her. I&#8217;m a procrastinating perfectionist, so she doesn&#8217;t see a story from me until I&#8217;m pretty damn proud of it.) I have learned from hard experience that when a story is just not working &#8212; it doesn&#8217;t want to unfold onto the page, or the first draft is flat as a board &#8212; adding a character often fixes it.</p> <p>I actually wrote a story draft last year where only one character appeared in the flesh (a few more via videoconference. And a cat.) Did it need to have only one character? Was it about solitude, loneliness, shut-ins, or anything of the sort? No. In fact, having only one character made the story flat and unengaging. Once I added a second character, the draft started working and more conflict started seeping in. I hardly need tell you that a story needs conflict like a sled needs snow. With a second character on the scene and a few more revisions, I deemed that story ready to go to Sheila, and it will appear next month <a href="" target="links">in the June issue</a>.</p> <p>I wish I could say that that was the first time I&#8217;ve needed to add more characters to a story, but in its first version, <a href="" target="links">&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;</a> was missing one of its most important characters. I threw out that version and rewrote from scratch. It took a lot of revision even so, but the story found its heart as soon as I wrote Minerva in.</p> <p>Like most specific writing advice, this doesn&#8217;t apply to everyone. I know I&#8217;ve talked to other writers who have to cut characters out routinely. Maybe my tendency to draw a small cast onto a stage is related to my tendency to write spare drafts that need to be expanded &#8212; another habit many writers don&#8217;t share. But I am pleased to report that like many bad habits, underpopulation can be minimized through practice. I haven&#8217;t had to stop mid-story to rip up and reweave with a new character for a while, and hopefully I&#8217;ll continue the streak. Even though I&#8217;m alone with the page, my characters don&#8217;t have to be.</p> Newsstand date for "Apocalypse Daily" 2011-02-18T23:22:14+00:00 2011-02-19T16:13:22+00:00 <p>The June issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a> is due on newsstands April 5, and will be out to subscribers earlier still. This one will contain my story &#8220;Apocalypse Daily&#8221;, a tantalizing snippet of which can be obtained <a href="">from this earlier blog post</a>.</p> <p>As usual, I will announce its availability at the top of my blog-voice when it occurs, but if you want to set a calendar alarm too&#8230;then you&#8217;re probably related to me!</p> Projected issue for "Apocalypse Daily" 2010-12-07T17:10:11+00:00 2010-12-07T17:10:42+00:00 <p>My story &#8220;Apocalypse Daily&#8221;, whose sale to <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s</em></a> I trumpeted <a href="" target="links">in an earlier blog post</a>, has an <span class="caps">ETA</span>! It is slated to appear in the June issue of <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em>. I will post again when I know the exact newsstand date, but I believe it will be in April.</p> <p>Click through to <a href="" target="links">the original announcement</a> if you would like to read a teaser from the beginning of this story. I&#8217;m excited for it to make its debut!</p> "The Termite Queen of Tallulah County" is on shelves! 2010-08-31T17:22:58+00:00 2010-09-17T23:16:38+00:00 <p>The October/November double issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a> has been out to subscribers for a few weeks, and now it is available at bookstores and newsstands around the United States! My story &#8220;The Termite Queen of Tallulah County&#8221; appears in this issue, as well as ten other stories, novelettes and novellas from authors listed <a href="" target="links">here</a>.</p> <center><img src="" border="0" title="October/November 2010 ASF cover" alt="Magazine cover with a NASA photo of the Witch Head Nebula"></center> <p><strong>Getting a paper copy:</strong> Traditional newsstands often carry <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em>. Many Barnes &amp; Noble and Borders locations carry <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em>, but it&#8217;s best to call ahead if you&#8217;ve not seen it at that particular store before.</p> <p>Portlanders allergic to big-box stores can head down to <a href="" target="links">Rich&#8217;s Cigar Store</a>, which carries Asimov&#8217;s in their extensive magazine collection. The main store on SW Alder has the most copies. Also, <strong>the main store will ship magazines to out-of-town customers</strong> &#8212; call them up!</p> <p><strong>Getting a digital copy:</strong> This issue is available digitally from <a href="'s+science+fiction" target="links">Barnes &amp; Noble</a> and <a href="" target="links">Amazon</a>. I&#8217;ll update this post when it comes out from Fictionwise and the Sony eBook store!</p> <p>Many thanks to all who&#8217;ve expressed interest in this story, and to my early readers who helped it take form. Also, thanks to my grandma, for having termite trouble!</p> <p><strong>Update, 9/12/2010:</strong> The Sony eBook store now has <a href="" target="links">October/November&#8217;s issue available</a>.</p> <p><strong>Update, 9/17/2010:</strong> Fictionwise has <a href="" target="links">October/November</a> available in several digital formats as well.</p> Story sold to Asimov's: "Apocalypse Daily" 2010-08-25T10:20:33+00:00 2010-08-25T10:21:11+00:00 <p>I am so very pleased to announce that I have sold another story to <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>! <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em> has been dear to my heart for many years, and I am incredibly proud to have had <strong>four</strong> stories accepted there.</p> <p>This story is called &#8220;Apocalypse Daily&#8221;. Many thanks to those who gave it a read, and to my cousin Sylvia who helped me with some vocab.</p> <p>I was thinking, since of course I can&#8217;t offer you anything so concrete as a date of release or an issue, that I&#8217;d emulate <a href="" target="links">Mary Robinette Kowal</a> and offer you a teaser from the beginning of the story instead.</p> <blockquote><center><strong>Apocalypse Daily</strong></center> <p>“How shall I end the world today?” Katrina Vang asked the ceiling. The ceiling didn’t respond, and her cat offered only a petulant mew.</p> <p>“What kind of question is that to ask a poor dumb animal?” Natalie said from the doorway, and Katrina blinked to make sure she was actually awake. Right, her sister was supposed to be there. Sleeping on the couch due to a sudden lack of job and apartment.</p> <p>“Traddles woke me up by sticking his paw in my eye socket. He owes me.”</p> <p>“Still, you can’t ask the cat to do your job for you. End the world yourself.”</blockquote></p> Newsstand date for "Termite Queen of Tallulah County" 2010-07-23T23:21:12+00:00 2010-08-03T11:43:10+00:00 <p>I just got my subscriber copy of September&#8217;s <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>, so I can now tell you that October/November&#8217;s double issue, with my <a href="" target="links">new story</a> &#8220;The Termite Queen of Tallulah County&#8221;, will be on newsstands <strong>August 31</strong>!</p> <p>On a less self-serving note, the September issue contains a story by Campbell Award-winning and all-around wonder <a href="" target="links">Mary Robinette Kowal</a>, who lives in Portland. The <a href="" target="links">August issue</a>, which is still on newsstands for <em>three days only</em>, contains the first published story by <a href="" target="links">Pam Rentz</a>, another great writer of my local acquaintance (she lives in Vancouver.) It&#8217;s quite the run of Northwesty scribblers Asimov&#8217;s has going (I noticed <a href="" target="links">Kristine Kathryn Rusch</a> in July&#8217;s ish, too).</p> <p>Does a shiny new copy of <em>Asimov&#8217;s</em> come to your postbox ten times a year? If not, <a href="" target="links">why not?</a></p>