Posts tagged with "spec fic" - Faerye Net 2013-01-30T07:56:54+00:00 Felicity Shoulders "Small Towns" available to read online! 2013-01-30T07:56:54+00:00 2013-01-31T21:03:20+00:00 <p>Because I am not the sort of person who likes to hear half a story myself, I don&#8217;t like putting others in that situation. Therefore, when I chose to read my novelette &#8220;Small Towns&#8221; at the <span class="caps">SFWA</span> Northwest Readings this month, I decided to plop the full text online for everyone to finish reading, whether they made it to the event or not! It&#8217;s a very different sort of story from &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;, the other story I&#8217;ve <a href="" target="links">made available online</a>, and I like the contrast quite a bit.</p> <p>&#8220;Small Towns&#8221; is a historical fantasy novelette, first published in the January/February 2012 issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>F&amp;SF</em></a>. Thanks to the kind offices of my co-protagonist <a href="" target="links">Ryan Grove</a>, it&#8217;s available <a href="">as a web page</a> or you can download the <a href=""><span class="caps">PDF</span></a> or <a href="">ePub file</a>.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the teaser for those who didn&#8217;t make it to the readings:</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>Go and <b><a href="">read the rest!</a></b></p> "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> "Conditional Love" available free online! 2011-03-03T22:24:25+00:00 2011-03-04T11:00:02+00:00 <p>Spurred on by <a href="!/jaspkelly/status/43349589805371392" target="links">more experienced nominees</a>, I have posted my Nebula-nominated short story &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; on my <a href="" target="authorsite">author site</a>. You can <a href="" target="authorsite"><strong>read it online here</strong></a> or download it in <a href=""><span class="caps">PDF</span></a> or <a href="">ePub file</a> format to read on the screen (or printout) of your choice. Many thanks to my co-protagonist <a href="" target="links">Ryan</a> for making this happen quickly and beautifully!</p> <p>My story is by <em>far</em> the latest of the <a href="" target="links">nominated short stories</a> to appear online, so please pass the link on!</p> <p>I hope you enjoy my story. Here&#8217;s how it starts:</p> <blockquote> <center><strong>Conditional Love</strong></center> <p>The new patient was five or six years old, male, Caucasian, John Doe as usual. Grace checked the vitals his bed sensors were feeding her board and concluded he was asleep. She eased the door of 408 open and stepped in.</p> <p>The boy’s head was tilted on his pillow, brown curls cluttering his forehead. Sleep had flushed his cheeks so he looked younger than the estimate. He seemed healthy, with no visible deformities, and if he had been opted for looks, it had worked—Grace would have described him as “cherubic.” He wouldn’t have been dumped if nothing was wrong, so Grace found herself stepping softly, unwilling to disturb him and discover psychological conditions.</p> <p>“Don’t worry about waking him, he sleeps pretty deep.”<br /> <center><a href="" target="authorsite"><strong>&#8230;Read the rest!</strong></a></center></blockquote></p> Love for "Conditional Love": Escape Pod and Locus List 2011-02-11T21:24:29+00:00 2011-03-03T23:14:46+00:00 <p>So! I had some lovely news earlier this week, and a nice surprise this morning, but I never claimed to be consistently chronological: last things first.</p> <p><strong>&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; on Escape Pod</strong><br /> As I <a href="" target="links">announced</a> in September, my story &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; was accepted for publication by <a href="" target="links">the one and only <em>Escape Pod</em></a>, the fabulous science fiction podcast. Its episode, #279, went live today! My story is read by Mur Lafferty, the host and editor of the podcast, and I&#8217;m pretty thrilled with it! (As you can tell by my running through today&#8217;s quota of exclamation marks in the first two paragraphs of this post. Damn, how will I finish the post now? With an illusion of decorum, I wager.)</p> <p><em>Escape Pod</em> is free: you can download <a href="" target="links">Episode #279</a> or stream it from the show&#8217;s website <a href="" target="links">here</a>. It will also be available on iTunes (still free!) in the near future, and of course if you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, the new episode will turn up in due course.</p> <p>This is a big first for me. It&#8217;s an exciting, yet embarrassing gratification to hear my words read back from my laptop in Mur&#8217;s assured tones. Go, listen! Make my ears even redder!</p> <p><strong>&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; on the 2010 Locus Recommended Reading List</strong><br /> <em><a href="" target="links">Locus Magazine</a></em> published their <a href="" target="links">2010 Recommended Reading List</a> last week, and &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; is among the recommended short stories. (Must&#8230;not&#8230;use&#8230;exclamation points.) The list is full of really splendid pieces of short fiction that I enjoyed this year (as well as novels that I intend to enjoy at some point in the future) and seeing my story in that company is dizzying.</p> <p>The Locus List is, of course, also the initial <a href="" target="links">ballot for the 2010 Locus Awards</a>.</p> <p>Rumors of my tossing my dinner aside in order to rip open the February 2011 issue of <em>Locus</em> and see this list again <em>on paper</em> are surely exaggerated. After all, that dinner contained fried okra. And I have decorum. I managed to delete all the extra exclamation points from this post, didn&#8217;t I? Oh, except those two. Damn.</p> A lean, cadaverous figure 2010-10-20T15:35:10+00:00 2010-10-20T15:37:40+00:00 <p>I&#8217;m in the midst of two rereads right now: I&#8217;m listening to an audiobook of <em>Mansfield Park</em> and blazing my way through the entirety of <em>The Chronicles of Amber</em>. (So far I&#8217;ve noticed the restrained and slightly circumlocutory nature of Austen affecting my personal communications more than Zelazny&#8217;s mixture of the sardonic and lyrical.) I&#8217;m thoroughly enjoying my return trip through Amber and Chaos, and finding things I don&#8217;t remember noticing before.</p> <p>Take this passage, for example, as Corwin descends into the fastness below Amber:<br /> <blockquote>Twisting and winding through the gloom. The torch and lantern-lit guard station was theatrically stark within it. I reached the floor and headed that way.<br /> &#8220;Good evening, Lord Corwin,&#8221; said the lean, cadaverous figure who rested against a storage rack, smoking his pipe, grinning around it.<br /> &#8220;Good evening, Roger. How are things in the nether world?&#8221;<br /> &#8220;A rat, a bat, a spider. Nothing much else astir. Peaceful.&#8221;<br /> &#8220;You enjoy this duty?&#8221;<br /> He nodded. &#8220;I am writing a philosophical romance shot through with elements of horror and morbidity. I work on those parts down here.&#8221;<br /> &#8220;Fitting, fitting,&#8221; I said. &#8220;I&#8217;ll be needing a lantern.&#8221;<br /> He took one from the rack, brought it to flame from his candle.<br /> &#8220;Will it have a happy ending?&#8221; I inquired.<br /> He shrugged.<br /> &#8220;I&#8217;ll be happy.&#8221;<br /> &#8220;I mean, does good triumph and hero bed heroine? Or do you kill everybody off?&#8221;<br /> &#8220;That&#8217;s hardly fair,&#8221; he said.<br /> &#8220;Never mind. Maybe I&#8217;ll read it one day.&#8221;<br /> &#8220;Maybe,&#8221; he said.<br /> -Roger Zelazny, <em>The Hand of Oberon</em></blockquote></p> <p>I&#8217;m not sure how the significance of the dungeon guard&#8217;s name escaped me as a teenager and college student (perhaps I did see it, and had just forgotten) but now I find this colloquy very pleasing. Not only does it provide a light beat just where one is needed, but the joke rewards a close reader. It&#8217;s not jarring and can even be justified in-universe &#8212; if there are (at least) two Lancelots du Lac in the multiverse, why not two toiling authorial Rogers?</p> <p>I always enjoy meta-discussion of stories within fiction. (&#8220;You and I, Sam, are still stuck in the worst places of the story, and it is all too likely that some will say at this point: &#8216;Shut the book now, dad; we don&#8217;t want to read any more.&#8217;&#8221; &#8211; Tolkien) Making fiction is making meaning, and I feel it makes a narrative richer to have the characters realize that, realize how much even they/we are engaged in telling, justifying, framing things as we go about their/our business. Here it&#8217;s fascinating, in the midst of a series so varied in texture, setting and moment, to have an idea of how the author sums it up, what he thinks he is about. It&#8217;s playful and daring in a way I associate with Zelazny.</p> <p>It&#8217;s enough to tempt you to meet your own main character and tell them what you are presently writing about. (Would you dare? Note that Roger, here, holds a position where in the first book he presumably {SPOILER} <font color="white">guarded the captive Corwin for four years</font> and few of us have dealt more punishment to our characters than Zelazny has to Corwin.) Of course, most of us wouldn&#8217;t be so bold and Puckish as to include this exercise in our published works. And as for me, to my regret, it would be rather glaring if I included a bit player named &#8220;Felicity&#8221;!</p> "Conditional Love" to appear in Escape Pod podcast! 2010-09-22T02:15:13+00:00 2010-10-03T12:52:27+00:00 <p>If you missed <a href="" target="links">&#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;</a> when it appeared in January&#8217;s <em><a href="" target="links">Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</a></em>, you will have another chance! I found out today that <a href="" target="links"><em>Escape Pod</em></a> bought my story!</p> <p>I&#8217;ve been listening to <em>Escape Pod</em> for a while (although my reluctance to take walks whilst the daystar is holding its cruel summer sway has led to a podcast backlog) and it is a consistently excellent podcast. I am extremely glad to have my story there, and I look forward to hearing what they do with it!</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> Inception 2010-08-03T15:22:23+00:00 2010-08-06T10:26:10+00:00 <p>So, since I started using <a href="" target="links">The Twitter</a>, I haven&#8217;t posted a lot of extremely short bloggets. That&#8217;s why I haven&#8217;t blogged about <em>Inception</em>: I didn&#8217;t really have anything more to say than I put in <a href="" target="links">this tweet</a>:<br /> <blockquote>Apart from bits of expo-rich clunky dialogue (&amp; mild Zimmer) Inception was <span class="caps">FANTASTIC</span>. Best movie I&#8217;ve seen in a while. Don&#8217;t read, just go!</blockquote></p> <p>I didn&#8217;t want to give you spoilers. Or information of any sort. I went in totally without knowledge (I knew it was sci-fi, who directed and who starred. That was it.) and that felt perfect.</p> <p>But I felt like it was worth reiterating in a shockingly content-free way for my blog readers who may not be on Twitter: <em>Inception</em>. Very good. So good I wondered while still in the foyer of the theatre whether there should be a cooling-off period or I should just add it to my list of favorite movies right away. So good <a href="" target="links">Kyle</a> and I spent 13 loooong pages of instant messages discussing and praising it the other day. So good I don&#8217;t really care too much that Hans Zimmer did the soundtrack (on first watching. It may really bother me on second watching, we&#8217;ll see.)</p> <p>So please, do as I say: read nothing about the plot or premise, just go see the movie. If you like that sort of thing. And by that sort of thing, I mean Christopher Nolan, science fiction, or movies that are awesome.</p>