Shira!

My Hebrew story שירה (Shira) is published today in both its Hebrew original and the English translation in Samovar, a new magazine for translated speculative fiction.

You can read it in Hebrew or English.

The story was originally published by editor Nir Yaniv at the Israeli SFF Society website, and then, in its English translation, in Ellen Datlow’s anthology The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The translation is my own.

The poems quoted are mostly taken from my Hebrew poetry collection, שאריות מאלהים (Remnants of God) – a rare book if ever there was one! Though copies do crop up every now and then…

Of my Hebrew fiction, this is one of my favourites, and I’m delighted to see it appear again!

Deepcon 18

I will be Guest of Honour at this year’s Deepcon 18 in Italy. I’m told I should already start dieting in preparation!  The convention takes place in the small town of Fiuggi – the artist Michelangelo apparently spoke very highly of taking the water there, though I am told he won’t be attending.

This is my first appearance in Italy, though hopefully not the last – Osama came out in Italy in 2013 (as Wanted) and A Man Lies Dreaming came out last year (as Wolf) and was nominated for the Rome Prize, and I have a new novel coming out in Italy in the near future from Mondadori.

Hooray! This is the first of several international events I’m doing this year, and it’s lovely to be visiting Italy again after too many years. I once spent a memorable night sleeping rough in a Rome train station… so having an actual bed will likely make a change!

Wolf

The Book of Swords

George R.R. Martin has the lowdown on Gardner Dozois’ new anthology, The Book of Swords (which you can pre-order on Amazon now). Gardner asked me for a new Gorel of Goliris story (last seen in the British Fantasy Award winning Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God and in the BFS Award nominated Black Gods Kiss) – despite or even because of the fact Gorel’s a gunslinger who has no time for swords. Cue “Waterfalling”, a new novelette I had a lot of fun writing. The book’s out in hardcover in October, from Bantam. Here’s the full table of contents:

  • Introduction by Gardner Dozois
    THE BEST MAN WINS, by K.J. Parker
    HIS FATHER’S SWORD, by Robin Hobb
    THE HIDDEN GIRL, by Ken Liu
    THE SWORD OF DESTINY, by Matthew Hughes
    “I AM A HANDSOME MAN,” SAID APOLLO CROW, by Kate Elliott
    THE TRIUMPH OF VIRTUE, by Walter Jon Williams
    THE MOCKING TOWER, by Daniel Abraham
    HRUNTING, by C.J. Cherryh
    A LONG, COLD TRAIL, by Garth Nix
    WHEN I WAS A HIGHWAYMAN, by Ellen Kushner
    THE SMOKE OF GOLD IS GLORY by Scott Lynch
    THE COLGRID CONUNDRUM, by Rich Larson
    THE KING’S EVIL, by Elizabeth Bear
    WATERFALLING, by Lavie Tidhar
    THE SWORD TYRASTE, by Cecelia Holland
    THE SONS OF THE DRAGON, by George R.R. Martin