Posts tagged with "sfwa" - Faerye Net 2013-01-28T19:42:43+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Readings ahoy! 2013-01-28T19:42:43+00:00 2013-01-28T19:42:57+00:00 <p>Somehow I&#8217;ve neglected to remark on it here, but if you are in Seattle or Portland this week, you should stop by and hear me read in the <a href="" target="links"><span class="caps">SFWA</span> Northwest Reading Series</a>!</p> <p>I&#8217;m reading at 7 pm on:<br /> <b>Tuesday, January 29</b> in Kirkland, WA at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub, with host <a href="" target="links">Cat Rambo</a> and fellow reader <a href="" target="links">Grá Linnaea</a>.</p> <p><b>Wednesday, January 30</b> in Portland, OR at McMenamin&#8217;s Kennedy School, with host <a href="" target="links">James Patrick Kelly</a> and <a href="" target="links">Grá Linnaea</a>.</p> <p>And if you can&#8217;t come, there&#8217;ll be a little free fiction (to relieve a cliffhanger) online&#8230;stay tuned! Many thanks to <span class="caps">SFWA</span> and to Jim Kelly for this opportunity!</p> Huge news: my first Nebula Nomination! 2011-02-22T07:03:25+00:00 2011-03-04T11:27:02+00:00 <p>I am overjoyed to be able to announce that &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; has been nominated for a 2010 <a href="" target="links">Nebula Award</a> in the short story category!</p> <p>This is an immense honor. I&#8217;ve daydreamed about being up for a Nebula, but I hadn&#8217;t expected to get there so soon. Now I get to daydream about celebrating and meeting people at the Nebula Awards Banquet in May, which is a very near future. Much nearer than flying cars!</p> <p>&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; was first published by <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a> and will soon be available as a free pdf from their website. <del>I&#8217;ll post again when that is up,</del> [I have posted my story <a href="">on my author site</a> in several formats! -<span class="caps">FAS</span>, 3/3/11] but if you&#8217;d like to listen to the story, narrated by Mur Lafferty, on <em>Escape Pod</em>, that is <a href="" target="links">already available!</a></p> <p>The Short Story category is a big one this year, with seven nominees (there are five in each Nebula category unless there are ties in the number of nominations):</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;Arvies&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Adam-Troy Castro</a> (<em><a href="" target="links">Lightspeed</a></em>, 8/10)</li> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;How Interesting: A Tiny Man&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Harlan Ellison</a> (<em><a href="" target="links">Realms of Fantasy</a></em>, 2/10)</li> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;Ponies&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Kij Johnson</a> (<a href="" target="links"><em></em></a>, 1/17/10)</li> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Vylar Kaftan</a> (<em><a href="" target="links">Lightspeed</a></em>, 6/10)</li> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;The Green Book&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Amal El-Mohtar</a> (<a href="" target="links"><em>Apex</em></a>, 11/10)</li> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;Ghosts of New York&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Jennifer Pelland</a> (<a href="" target="links">Dark Faith</a> (anthology))</li> <li><a href="" target="links">&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;</a> by <a href="" target="links">Felicity Shoulders</a> (<a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov’s</em></a>, 1/10)</li> </ul> <p>To the best of my knowledge, this is the first nomination for Amal El-Mohtar and Vylar Kaftan as well as for me!</p> <p>I hope you&#8217;ll take a look at <a href="" target="links">the full list</a> of nominees. Congratulations to all the nominees, including my fellow Portland-area writers <a href="" target="links">Mary Robinette Kowal</a>, <a href="" target="links">M.K. Hobson</a> (both nominated for their first novels!)</p> <p>I am so happy that it&#8217;s been very hard to keep the news under wraps until the press release. I&#8217;ve been running through huge numbers of exclamation marks &#8212; don&#8217;t be surprised if there&#8217;s a regional shortage &#8212; and smiling, even early in the morning, for days. A marvelous surprise, and, with apologies to the <a href="" target="links">replica pulse rifle</a>, the best birthday present ever. Who could mind turning 30 when she knew about this?</p> Obligatory Self-Promotion 2010: Nebula Nominations 2010-11-30T15:13:10+00:00 2010-11-30T15:13:34+00:00 <p>It&#8217;s that time of year again, when <a href="" target="links"><span class="caps">SFWA</span></a> Members Active and Associate can help to form the short list for the Nebula Awards.</p> <p>I had two short stories of my very own published this year, and I&#8217;ve posted them on the <span class="caps">SFWA</span> Members-only fora here:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="story1"><strong>&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;</strong></a> from the January 2010 issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s</em></a>.</li> <li><a href="" target="story2"><strong>&#8220;The Termite Queen of Tallulah County&#8221;</strong></a> from the October/November issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s</em></a>.</li> </ul> <p>Members can only nominate five pieces in each category, but they can comment on/recommend as many posted stories as they like!</p> <p>We now return you to your regularly scheduled stuff and nonsense.</p> The Booker and other Prize Reading 2008-09-29T21:36:38+00:00 2008-09-29T21:55:26+00:00 <p>I was a little surprised the other day, perigrinating <a href="" target="links">Powell&#8217;s City of Books</a>, to run across an Award Winner section. Maybe they had this before, but it&#8217;s certainly noticeable now, and features free bookmarks with lists of winners of the Pulitzer for Fiction, the National Book Award, et cetera. Then, of course, there were shelves and shelves of the books. I took a quick look and realized that I&#8217;ve read very few <span class="caps">NBA</span> winners, very few Pulitzers. What I do read is Bookers.</p> <ul><li>1981 Salman Rushdie, <em>Midnight&#8217;s Children</em> (on my to-read list)</li> <li>1982 Thomas Keneally, <em>Schindler&#8217;s Ark</em> (aka <em>Schindler&#8217;s List</em>, <b>read</b>)</li> <li>1983 J. M. Coetzee <em>Life &amp; Times of Michael K</em></li> <li>1984 Anita Brookner <em>Hotel du Lac</em></li> <li>1985 Keri Hulme, <em>the bone people</em></li> <li>1986 Kingsley Amis, <em>The Old Devils</em></li> <li>1987 Penelope Lively, <em>Moon Tiger</em></li> <li>1988 Peter Carey, <em>Oscar and Lucinda</em> (<b>read</b>)</li> <li>1989 Kazuo Ishiguro, <em>The Remains of the Day</em> (<b>read</b>)</li> <li>1990 A. S. Byatt, <em>Possession: A Romance</em> (<b>read</b>)</li> <li>1991 Ben Okri, <em>The Famished Road</em></li> <li>1992 Michael Ondaatje, <em>The English Patient</em> (<b>read</b>)</li> <li>1992 Barry Unsworth, <em>Sacred Hunger</em></li> <li>1993 Roddy Doyle, <em>Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha</em></li> <li>1994 James Kelman, <em>How Late It Was, How Late</em></li> <li>1995 Pat Barker, <em>The Ghost Road</em></li> <li>1996 Graham Swift, <em>Last Orders</em></li> <li>1997 Arundhati Roy, <em>The God of Small Things</em> (<b>read</b>)</li> <li>1998 Ian McEwan, <em>Amsterdam</em></li> <li>1999 J. M. Coetzee, <em>Disgrace</em></li> <li>2000 Margaret Atwood, <em>The Blind Assassin</em> (<a href="" target="links"><b>read</b></a>)</li> <li>2001 Peter Carey, <em>True History of the Kelly Gang</em> (<b>read</b>)</li> <li>2002 Yann Martel, <em>Life of Pi</em> (on my to-read list)</li> <li>2003 <span class="caps">DBC</span> Pierre, <em>Vernon God Little</em></li> <li>2004 Alan Hollinghurst, <em>The Line of Beauty</em></li> <li>2005 John Banville, <em>The Sea</em></li> <li>2006 Kiran Desai, <em>The Inheritance of Loss</em></li> <li>2007 Anne Enright, <em>The Gathering</em></li></ul> <p>Now, obviously I haven&#8217;t read the majority of these, the Booker Winners in my lifetime. But that&#8217;s a lot more than I&#8217;ve read of the Pulitzer Winners or <span class="caps">NBA</span> Winners since 1981.</p> <p>But another thing I notice is that the ones I&#8217;ve read are from 2001 and earlier. Of the more recent novels, the only one that sounds familiar &#8212; even having looked at shelves of Booker Winners just over a week ago &#8211; is <em>The Gathering</em>, and I couldn&#8217;t tell you the first thing about it. It takes a long time for books to come to my attention. Because of this, I am always amazed at how up-to-the-minute some readers are. I&#8217;m still trying to catch up on all the books I didn&#8217;t have time to read during grad school, a few classics I feel a dunce for not having read, any number of modern sci-fi works because my sci-fi reading was guided by a member of a previous generation. How do people manage to have read most or all of the <a href="" target="links">Booker shortlist</a> in time to have strident opinions about it? (The Booker&#8217;s juried, so their opinions are just that.) Are they all librarians and booksellers, book critics and Lit professors, so that it&#8217;s part of their job to know what&#8217;s coming out and whether they should read it? My way of reading is more haphazard, more organic. I gather suggestions and sometimes act on them immediately, sometimes wait for more information or opinions. I don&#8217;t buy many hardbacks and I borrow things from the library, on the whole, for which I don&#8217;t have to wait on a list.</p> <p>I suppose the reason I&#8217;m faintly nervous about this topic is that I recently lurked on a forum discussion about <span class="caps">SFWA</span> members and the Nebulas. (<span class="caps">SFWA</span> is the <a href="" target="links">Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America</a>. Active members can recommend works in the various <a href="" target="links">categories</a> for the preliminary ballot and vote on the preliminary ballot, which determines the final ballot that goes to judges.) Basically, the gist was that <span class="caps">SFWA</span> members aren&#8217;t active enough in recommending stories, and sometimes vote based on notoriety if they haven&#8217;t read the works. I&#8217;d like to be a full <span class="caps">SFWA</span> member someday (I am becoming a <del>junior</del> Associate Member <em>as we speak</em>) and I worry. I want to be diligent and do my civic duty (as a citizen of the galaxy). Am I going to have to be up-to-the-minute? Buy hardbacks, wait on library lists? Shove my half-read classics and obscure nonfiction reading aside to tackle the latest and greatest? But, then, I suppose, if I get to be an Active Member, doing the diligence will be <em>part of my job</em> too. Maybe I worry too much, because I feel like that would make me more proud than put upon.</p>