Posts tagged with "publication" - Faerye Net 2012-01-03T16:29:21+00:00 Felicity Shoulders "Small Towns" on shelves in January/February issue of F&SF! 2012-01-03T16:29:21+00:00 2012-01-13T10:09:16+00:00 <p>My <a href="" target="links">first published novelette</a>, first published fantasy, and first published historical fiction are all out on newsstands today and they are all the same thing: &#8220;Small Towns,&#8221; published in the January/February 2012 issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction</em></a>!</p> <center> <p><img src="" /></center></p> <p>I hope all my stories have their own flavor, but this one is particularly idiosyncratic and I&#8217;m quite proud of it.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the beginning, to whet your appetite:</p> <blockquote> <center><b>Small Towns</b></center> <p>When Jacques Jaillet was a small boy, he brought home a pocketful of sand from the seaside and dribbled it slowly onto the floorboards of his little room. He made long avenues and cottage roofs, rows of shops, garden walls, a church with a fragment of shell for the tower. Then, for no reason he could later recall, he took a deep breath and blew it all away, the shapes and the order, the grains themselves skittering under the baseboard, gone forever.</p> <p>When Jacques returned to his market town in 1918, past his middle years, it looked as if here, too, a monstrous child had finished playing and had blown the town, the streets, the houses and shops from the face of the Earth.</blockquote></p> <p>I hope you&#8217;ll go out and buy the magazine at your local newsstand or Barnes &amp; Nobles. Portlanders, <a href="" target="links">Rich’s Cigar Store</a> has copies!</p> <p><strong>Edited 1/13/12:</strong> <em>F&amp;SF</em> is <a href="" target="links">available for Kindle</a>, as well!</p> Firsts! (In which I make another sale) 2011-07-14T19:26:06+00:00 2011-07-14T19:26:12+00:00 <p>It&#8217;s not easy opening a securely closed envelope while carrying the rest of the mail, a set of keys, and a plastic bag full of Chinese takeaway. But sometimes it&#8217;s worth it! Teasing open this particular envelope yielded me an acceptance letter from none other than <a href="" target="links"><em>The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction</em></a>, more commonly known as F&amp;SF!</p> <p>This sale marks <em>several</em> firsts for me. It&#8217;s my <strong>first fantasy sale ever</strong>, and my first novelette sale! (For those of you not up on our obscure lingo, that means it&#8217;s longer than my previous short fiction sales &#8212; <a href="" target="links">over 7500 words</a>.) It&#8217;s also my first sale to this excellent magazine.</p> <p>The novelette in question is called &#8220;Small Towns&#8221;, and it&#8217;s set just after World War I in Europe. So I suppose it will be my first published historical fiction, as well! I am proud and excited &#8212; thanks to everybody who read this story and believed in it, especially my critique group and Ryan!</p> <p>As soon as I know more about when this story is coming out, I&#8217;ll pass it on here. <em>&Agrave; la prochaine!</em></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> 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> How do you say "Conditional Love" in Polish? 2010-09-15T16:31:45+00:00 2010-09-15T16:31:51+00:00 <p>I should find out in December, when my story will be reprinted in Poland&#8217;s anthology <a href="|en"><em>Kroki w nieznane</em></a> (Steps Into the Unknown), edited by Mirosław Obarski.</p> <p>This will be my <a href="" target="links">second translation</a> overall, and the first time one of my stories has been invited to a reprint anthology in any language. I&#8217;m very pleased, especially because the anthology has an interesting background and a history of very high-powered authors in its pages.</p> <p>I&#8217;m so happy to see my stories travel around the world!</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> 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> On a bookshelf near you 2010-06-17T15:24:39+00:00 2010-06-17T22:54:11+00:00 <center><a href="" title="Is Anybody Out There? on the shelves at Powell's by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="375" alt="Is Anybody Out There? on the shelves at Powell's" border="0"/></a></center> <p>I took this picture last week &#8212; <a href="" rel="nofollow"><em>Is Anybody Out There?</em></a>, edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern on the shelves at Powell&#8217;s City of Books (Sci-Fi/Fantasy section, Anthology bookshelves). Of course, when I first saw it there the previous week, there were two copies!</p> <p><strong>Updated to add:</strong> I don&#8217;t plan to be this spammy every time I get something in an anthology. This is just the first time there is a <em>book</em> with my name anywhere on it (back cover, <span class="caps">POW</span>!) and I will simmer down shortly. When I get a book of my very entire own published, however, this level of bloggery will seem by contrast quite mild.</p> Fermi Paradox anthology on shelves 2010-06-03T23:32:00+00:00 2010-06-03T23:33:02+00:00 <p><img src="" alt="Cover of the DAW Books anthology Is Anybody Out There?" title="Is Anybody Out There?" style='border: 0px; margin-left:5px' align="right" height="250" /><br /> <a href='' title='' rel='powells'><em>Is Anybody Out There?</em></a>, edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern, had a release date of June 1. The story <a href="">I co-wrote with Leslie What</a>, &#8220;Rare Earth&#8221;, appears in this anthology <a href=",,9780756406196,00.html?Is_Anybody_Out_There?_Nick_Gevers#" target="links">from <span class="caps">DAW</span> Books</a>, along with stories by:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="links">Paul McAuley</a></li> <li>Michael Arsenault</li> <li><a href="" target="links">Pat Cadigan</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Paul Di Filippo</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Sheila Finch</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Matthew Hughes</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Alex Irvine</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Jay Lake</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">David Langford</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Yves Meynard</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">James Morrow</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Mike Resnick</a> &amp; <a href="" target="links">Lezli Robyn</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Kristine Kathryn Rusch</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Ray Vukcevich</a></li> <li><a href="" target="links">Ian Watson</a></li> </ul> <p>The stories all aim to explore, explain or otherwise elaborate upon the <a href="" target="links">Fermi Paradox</a> &#8212; the startling fact that despite many estimates placing the likelihood of intelligent extraterrestrial life quite high, we haven&#8217;t run across any neighbors. Or have we?</p> <p>One of the editors, Marty Halpern, is posting several of the stories serially on <a href="" target="links">his blog</A> under the tag <a href="" target="links">&#8220;free fiction&#8221;</a>. Check it out, and should you wish to get a copy, <a href='' title='' rel='powells'>here is my Powell&#8217;s Partner link</a>!</p>