Brief internet appearances

Rivqa is smiling and holding a copy of Strange Fire

This year will probably be a quiet one in terms of my fiction, since I’m doing honours in psychology this year (reputedly the hardest part of the whole process). Still, I have a couple of things coming up soon.

In the meantime, I have managed to share opinions about Jewish Australian speculative fiction on a panel with Gillian Polack, Jack Dann, and Jason Franks. This was run by Bettina Burger and Lucas Mattila, who are lovely Australian spec fic academics and enthusiasts at Heinrich Heine University, and was a lot of fun. Watch here. One of their students has reviewed several of my short stories for their blog, so my fiction has now been officially studied! That’s got to be a square on my non-existent bingo sheet.

I also visited Elizabeth Fitzgerald’s blog, Earl Grey Editing, to share too many feelings about online spec fic conventions, burnout, and more. Check it out if you like feelings.

Last but not least, now that the USPS is shipping to Australia again, my contributor copy of Strange Fire has finally made it across the pond. I’m so excited to read this one.

The art of strange fire

Cover of "Strange Fire: Jewish Voices from the Pandemic", edited by TS Mendola, featuring an abstract artwork

I’m pleased to announce that “Love Thy Neighbour”, my cheeky Eve + Adam + Lilith Torah fanfic short story is forthcoming in Ben Yehuda Press’ Strange Fire: Jewish Voices from the Pandemic anthology, edited by TS Mendola and out later this month. The paperback is available for preorder now, and the ebook should be available soon. Warning: my story is in the SEX section (yes, there’s a sex section).

Also forthcoming is “She Is Not in Heaven”, in FableCroft’s The Art of Being Human (edited by Tehani Croft and Stephanie Lai). I’m sharing a TOC with the likes of Kaaron Warren, Juliet Marillier, and Joanne Anderton, so I’m really excited for this. My story in this one is a genre I’m calling shtetlpunk, and it has a golem, so stay tuned for a release date for this one.

CoNZealand schedule and Ditmar nomination

[insert unnecessary apologies and obligatory platitudes about COVID-19]

I’m on two WorldCon panels this year, which is next week! One on science fantasy and one on medicine of the future. I’m looking forward to these. If you’re interested in joining in, you’ll need a CoNZealand membership.

I’m also pleased to announce that my story “Whom My Soul Loves” has been nominated for a Ditmar Award. It seems to have been a quiet year for nominations, but nonetheless I remain very proud of this story. If you haven’t read it already, I’d be honoured if you did.

November news

So much going on this month!

Little Blue Marble has reprinted my Far North Queensland epidemiology adventure story, “Trivalent,” originally published in Ecopunk (Ticonderoga Publications). I still love my grumpy virologist and I’m glad this story is free to read now.

And Strange Horizons has published my very personal dybbuk story, “Whom My Soul Loves.” It’s not only queer and Jewish, but is set in the community that brought my parents together, making my existence possible. (Meta!) This one is also free to read and there’s an excellent podcast version, so I hope you’ll check it out.

I mentioned this in my last post, but to reiterate: GenreCon is coming up on 22 November. I’m on two panels (“Love in Strange Worlds” and “Overcoming the Monster”) and I’m running a seminar, “Writes and Rituals”, about religion and ritual in fiction, and how ritual can be useful to writers in their own practice.

Convicts, conferences and… other things that don’t start with “con”

So many things! First and foremost, at long last I can announce that my alternate history convict short story “These Rebellious Hussies” is forthcoming in Other Covenants. Edited by Mark Shainblum and Andrea D. Lobel and published by ChiZine Publications, this is a volume of Jewish alternate history. The line-up is pretty gob-smacking, and some hyperventilating might have been involved when I saw it. Publication is slated for May 2020, but it’s up for Amazon preorders.

Also announced today is the GenreCon program. It runs 22-24 November in Brisbane, and is a conference that encourages wonderful cross-pollination between writers of speculative fiction, romance, crime, and other genres. The theme this year is “thrive in your genre”, and I’m thrilled to be on two panels (“Love in Strange Worlds” and “Overcoming the Monster”). I’m also running a seminar, “Writes and Rituals”, about religion and ritual in fiction, and how ritual can be useful to writers in their own practice. Tickets are available now, including discounted early bird tickets that won’t last long.

I’m also the publicity manager for the forthcoming CSFG anthology, Unnatural Order. Edited by Alis Franklin and Lyss Wickramasinghe, it will be a wonderful book by Australian citizen and resident authors about monsters and the monstrous. Our Kickstarter campaign is full of some great goodies that are selling like hot cakes, so hurry over to check that out. And submissions to the anthology are open until 31 October (again, Australian citizen and resident authors only; read the guidelines, kids!).

Last but not least, the very delightful and talented Bruria Hammer recently pointed her camera at me and made magic happen. My new author picture is over on my About page. If you’re in Sydney and need a photographer, book her.