(Yes, I am going to beat that pun into a dead mixed metaphor.)
This week I returned from Continuum 15, where I had the usual fabulous time of attending and presenting on panels, and hanging out in the bar with friends. The undeniable highlight, however, was Mother of Invention taking out three awards:
the Norma K. Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in speculative fiction (long work category, jointly with Sam Hawke’s City of Lies)
our amazing cover artist Likhain took home the Ditmar Award for Best Artwork for the cover
My brilliant co-editor Tansy Rayner Roberts also won Best Novella or Novelette for the very lovely Cabaret of Monsters, so it was a great night all round.
As far as the convention itself went, I live tweeted: Lyrical and Poetic speculative fiction; Kate Elliott’s presentation on Narrative Structure and Expectations; Ken Liu’s guest of honour interview, conducted by Likhain; and Polyamory in Speculative Fiction.
I can’t find a livetweet of the Linguistic Worldbuilding panel I moderated, but A.C. Buchanan and Adeline Teoh both kindly recorded the philosophy and ethics of personhood panel I spoke on, entitled Who Am We.
As usual, Cat Sparks’ photos capture some of the magic.
As if that weren’t enough excitement, my bioethical thriller “Best For Baby” is out in the most recent issue of GlitterShip. (Kindle version is here, and podcast to come).
I did not win a Woollahra Digital Literary Award, but I enjoyed the ceremony and its aftermath, and was pleased that Stephen Pham, who judged my category, mentioned “The Day Girl” to highlight the importance of podcast fiction for accessibility.
Next on the horizon is Conflux and GenreCon, plus some unannounced projects, and, of course, writing. I recently hit 50,000 words (and halfway) in my novel, and I always have more shorts in the mix. Phew, I think that might be it!
First, let’s get the easy stuff out of the way. I had just one story of my own published in 2018, ‘To Rain Upon One City’ in Resist Fascism (psst, have you seen this gorgeous cover by Geneva B?) It’s eligible for the short story categories of the Locus, Hugo, and Ditmar awards. I was deeply honoured that my editors Bart Leib and Kay Holt saw fit to open the anthology with my far-future, Jewish refugee jiu-jitsu story of community and kindness.
Mother of Invention has already garnered some great reviews and nominations, including being listed on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List and being shortlisted for an Aurealis Award (additional congratulations are in order for Lee Cope, whose story ‘A Robot Like Me’ is shortlisted in the best YA short story category). Reviews are up at Tor.com, Books and Publishing, and elsewhere.
Things get a little more involved for Mother of Invention eligibility, so I’ve included more detail below, including voting eligibility and deadlines. Thank you to anyone who considers voting for my writing and editing work, and for getting through this labyrinth.
At long last, Mother of Invention is on sale! You can pick up a paperback or ebook from Twelfth Planet Press directly, or via Amazon. If you’d like an idea of what Tansy and I were trying to do with this anthology, Tor.com very kindly reprinted the introduction. Also on Tor.com, Tansy and I waxed lyrical about books that give voice to artificial intelligence. This is the first book that has my name on the cover and I’m quite proud of it, so I’d love it if you had a look. Also, check out the gorgeous cover by the amazingly talented Likhain.
As for my own fiction, I have a story forthcoming in a Crossed Genres micro-anthology, Resist Fascism. This story is about building community through kindness and jiujitsu (Jew-jitsu, if you will). The Kickstarter has just a couple of days to go, so now’s the time to hit that BACK THIS PROJECT button. I also have another story slated for publication next year, in [embargo]. Continue reading →
Re-interred convict and early white settler graves in the Jewish section of Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart; many of the stars represent child and infant deaths.
I’ve had a busy few months year, editing Mother of Invention (it’s with the printer now!), writing, and taking on the gothest side gig ever: doing admin and proofreading gravestones for a monumental stonemason.
I just got back from the US, where among other things, I pre-launched Mother of Invention at WisCon (my livetweets are here; I had a fantastic time on the two panels I was on, plus the others I attended and elsewhere). While I was there, Strange Horizons interviewed me about my writing and editing work, and it was great fun to chat to them about what keeps me writing. Continue reading →
At Continuum 13, I was on a panel about speculative fiction from our childhoods. We were each asked to speak for a few minutes, so I thought I’d reproduce my talk here (I went a little off-script, but this is the guts of it). It was pretty personal and fun to write, and it seemed to be well received.
I could talk about my memories of my dad reading us The Hobbit, and how proud I was when I read Lord of the Rings all by myself. I could talk about Star Wars, and how I wrote Princess Leia fanfiction before I knew that was a thing. But really, ours was a pretty typical geeky household in a lot of ways. Magic swords and spaceships were normal for us. So instead, I’d like to focus on the context in which our geekdom occurred.Continue reading →