Let's start with new books this time around. In timely fashion, given this week's interview, Lavie Tidhar's The Violent Century is out from Hodder, while Shimon Adaf's Sunburnt Faces is launched by PS Publishing at World Fantasy Convention tomorrow afternoon. Nnedi Okorafor's collection Kabu Kabu is out from Prime. A couple of sequels: Brenda Cooper's The Diamond Deep, second in the generation starship series that began with The Creative Fire, is out from Pyr, while Tina Connolly's Copperhead, sequel to the Nebula-nominated Ironskin, is out from Tor. Jason Erik Lundberg has several books out, including new collection, Strange Mammals, and, as editor, The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Stories: Volume One. Silvia Moreno-Garcia's anthology Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction includes Ada Hoffman's "And All the Fathomless Crowds", among others. Amber Quill published Margaret L. Carter and Leslie Roy Carter's Legacy of Magic, a fantasy-romance crossover prequel to their sword-and-sorcery trilogy beginning with Wild Sorceress. And Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond includes stories by Indrapramit Das, Anil Menon, NK Jemisin, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Sofia Samatar, Nisi Shawl, and Vandana Singh, among many others (it's a pretty big book).
On to stories. Lightspeed has Ken Liu's novelette "Ghost Days" (and reprints Kameron Hurley's intense "Enyo-Enyo", from The Lowest Heaven). The second issue of Interfictions Online has fiction by Molly Gloss ("The Presley Brothers"), Alan DeNiro ("The Philip Sidney Game") and Anil Menon ("The Jaguar's Wife"), among others.Beneath Ceaseless Skies has Alberto Yáñez's "The Coffinmaker's Love". The latest AE includes AC Wise's "Love Letters Found in a Secret Fortress". Mari Ness's "An Assault of Color" appears at Apex. Daily Science Fiction has Rich Larson's "Chronology of Heartbreak". Nisi Shawl's "Lupine" and Genevieve Valentine's "The Lenten Rose" appear in Paula Guran's anthology Once Upon a Time. Joel Best's flash, "Fairy Tale", is in decomP. Geneveive Williams' "The Girl Whose Name Means Girl" appears in Beyond the Pillars: an Anthology of Pagan Fantasy, from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. James S. Dorr's noir crime/horror tale "The Artist" appears in Splatterlands, from Grey Matter Press. And David J. Schwartz's "Today's Friends", from Asimov's earlier this year, has been podcast by StarShipSofa.
Poetry next. Interfictions has Sara Norja's "Orthography: A Personal History", Alexandra Seidel's "My Language, My Voice", Sonya Taaffe's "Hamsa", and Nancy Hightower's "Jacob's Tale", among others. Jessy Randall (whose work is forthcoming for us), has four diagram-poems, collaborations with Daniel M. Shapiro, in issue two of VECTOR. Jamieson Ridenhour's "Buck Skin" has been published as a letterpress single by Architrave Press. A trio of trios: Andrew Kozma has three poems in the latest Qualm, Jenny Blackford has three in Quadrant, and Sally Rosen Kindred has three in Border Crossing, one of which can be read online [pdf]. StarLine 36.4 includes poems by Robert Frazier, Geoffrey A. Landis, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Ann K. Schwader, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel, among others. Elizabeth Barrette's poetry fishbowl theme this month was "Tricksters". Gwynne Garfinkle's "a tipping point" can be found in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone. Jumping the gun by a day, Alexandra Seidel's poem "Major Arcana I: The Mage" will be in the November Apex. And Peg Duthie's "Playing Duets with Heisenberg's Ghost" has been adapted into a video by Nic Sebastian at The Poetry Storehouse.
And as ever, we end with some non-fiction. Carmen Machado has an essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books: "Why Alice Munro Should Play "Gone Home": The Video Game as Story and Experience". Genevieve Valentine reviews 12 Years a Slave for Philadelphia Weekly, and is writing up Boardwalk Empire for The AV Club. Abigail Nussbaum writes about embarrassment in three versions of Much Ado About Nothing. Matt Hilliard reviewed 2312. The latest CSZ includes reviews by Karen Burnham and Nisi Shawl, among others. Liz Bourke has an interesting thought about steampunk at Tor.com. And Sofia Samatar has posted a conversation with Kiini Ibura Salaam on her blog.
To finish off October, we have:
Two housekeeping notes: First, we've started to contact fund drive donors about the prize draw; this will take a couple of weeks, as we keep pulling names out of the hat to select prizes.
Second, I'll be at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton over the weekend (Friday to Sunday). It's my first time at WFC; the build-up hasn't exactly made it seem like a welcoming event, and the programme is largely uninspiring, but I hope to see some friends and have some good conversations. And if I don't know you, please do feel free to say hello!
It's that time again. This week we have for you:
Over the weekend, the winner of this year's WSFA Small Press Award was announced -- and it was Ken Liu's story "Good Hunting", which we published last year! Many congratulations to Ken, and we're all thrilled.
If you still have money to spare left after the fund drive, I'd direct your attention to these fine projects:
The final donations are in, and have been tallied, and the total for the 2013 SH fund drive is ... $12,958! Or as close to our overall goal as makes no difference.
This is a brilliant result -- when I went to bed last night I was pretty sure we'd make the $12k goal, but not so sure about $13k -- and we really are grateful to everyone who donated. Thanks to you, we can add more poetry podcast readers, to better represent the range of voices we're publishing, and we'll have artwork for one story each month next year (more details on this anon). And we'll do our best to make the next year of SH as good as it's ever been.
That's it -- the fund drive is over for another year. I'm travelling today, so it will take me a little while to get a final total together, and then a couple of days more to start sorting out the prize draw. In the meantime: thanks once more. Your generosity over the last month means we get to put together another year of SH for you all, and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'll be honest: I don't actually know what the fund drive total is at the moment, because I'm asleep. But before I went to bed, we were at $11,573. If I've scheduled this post right, there's an hour to go in this year's fund drive. Help us make our stretch goals?
It being a Monday, of course, we also have a new issue for you, featuring:
Fund drive total: $11,330, ten hours remaining. Can we reach either of our stretch goals? Donate here.