Locus Recommended Reading List

The annual Locus Recommended Reading List is out! And it has a nice showing for my work from 2016:

Novels – Science Fiction

Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

Non-Fiction

Art and War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction, Lavie Tidhar & Shimon Adaf (Repeater)

Novellas

“The Vanishing Kind”, Lavie Tidhar (F&SF 07-08/16)

Short Stories

“Drowned”, Lavie Tidhar (Drowned Worlds)
Terminal“, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com 4/13/16)

New Issue of the Jewish Mexican Literary Review!

The Jewish Mexican Literary ReviewThe Jewish Mexican Literary Review, the eccentric literary magazine I edit with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, now has a new special issue! Check it out.

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Cover art: Judithe Hernández


Our theme this issue: INSURRECTION.
:  an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

The Best Science Fiction of The Year Volume 2

Editor Neil Clarke has announced the table of contents for his The Best Science fiction of the Year Volume 2 (Nightshade Books). [Pre-order from Amazon]

It includes my story “Terminal“! Which now appears to be included in four of this year’s Best of anthologies. Hooray!

Here’s the cover and ToC:

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  • “The Visitor from Taured” by Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s, September 2016)
  • “Extraction Request” by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld, January 2016)
  • “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed, June 2016)
  • “Prodigal” by Gord Sellar (Analog, December 2016)
  • “Ten Days” by Nina Allan (Now We Are Ten, edited by Ian Whates)
  • “Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, April 2016)
  • “Panic City” by Madeline Ashby (CyberWorld, edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola)
  • “Last Gods” by Sam J. Miller (Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “HigherWorks” by Gregory Norman Bossert (Asimov’s, December 2016)
  • “A Strange Loop” by T.R. Napper (Interzone, January/February 2016)
  • “Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse” by Xia Jia (Invisible Planets, edited by Ken Liu)
  • “Pearl” by Aliette de Bodard (The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “The Metal Demimonde” by Nick Wolven (Analog, June 2016)
  • “The Iron Tactician” by Alastair Reynolds (Newcon Press)
  • “The Mighty Slinger” by Karen Lord (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “They All Have One Breath” by Karl Bunker (Asimov’s, December 2016)
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, February 2016)
  • “And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices” by Margaret Ronald (Clarkesworld, June 2016)
  • “The Three Lives of Sonata James” by Lettie Prell (Tor.com, October 2016)
  • “The Charge and the Storm” by An Owomoyela (Asimov’s, February 2016)
  • “Parables of Infinity” by Robert Reed (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man” by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s, July 2016)
  • “You Make Pattaya” by Rich Larson (Interzone, November/December 2016)
  • “Number Nine Moon” by Alex Irvine (F&SF, January/February 2016)
  • “Things with Beards” by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld, June 2016)
  • “Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit—Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts” by Ken Liu (Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld, April 2016)

2016 And All That

It’s been a fairly busy year…

Novels

Central Station came out from Tachyon in May. It’s taken about 5 years to write, on and off, with individual episodes published in magazines and so on during that time. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to actually publish it, let along for it to get quite a nice response so far! Audible did an audio edition, and PS Publishing did a collectors edition, and in the meantime it’s picked up 6 sales in translation (Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Poland, Israel and the Czech Republic) – which, again, unexpected but very nice!

A Man Lies Dreaming came out in the US, from Melville House, and in Italy from Frassinelli, and in Czech from Argo. All gorgeous (and different!) hardcovers…

The Bookman, Camera Obscura and The Great Game came out in brand-new editions in both the US and the UK. I’m really happy with how these turned out.

The Violent Century came out in Taiwan.

And, not a novel, but my first non-fiction book, Art and War, with Shimon Adaf, came out this year as well. I’ve been very happy with that one, too.

Awards

A Man Lies Dreaming was shortlisted for the Italian Premio Roma, and The Violent Century was shortlisted for the Japanese Seiun Award, though neither won.

Short Stories

It was another busy year on the short fiction front. I was delighted to make my debut in F&SF Magazine with a novella, “The Vanishing Kind”, which is one of my personal favourites – it’s been picked up for reprint in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best SF 34, and in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2017 Edition. It’s also just been published in a Polish translation in the magazine Nowa Fantastyka. And “Terminal”, published this year online at tor.com, has been picked up for reprint in the Dozois Year’s Best SF 34, as well as in Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11.

Total number of stories: 15

  • “Affection”. This was part of a “digitally native” project for Google Play Editions / Penguin Random House called Strata. I’m not entirely sure, but you can check it out here. I think?
  • “Agent of V.A.L.I.S.”. Novelette in Apex Magazine. Kind of messes around with Philip K. Dick, if that wasn’t clear enough from the title! Read online.
  • “Antechamber”. I wrote this on request for the Italian Acheron Books, so it’s a small dual-language edition e-book, in both the English and an Italian translation, on the theme of “Hell”.
  • “Drowned”. This is actually the first story in a new world I’ve been exploring recently, with more to come – this one’s in Jonathan Strahan’s Drowned Worlds anthology.
  • “Fealty to Apollo”. Fun little story about an alternate Apollo programme… only available in the ridiculously-limited edition (and ridiculously heavy!) The Extinction Event from Jurassic London.
  • “Heroes”. It’s a story set in the Violent Century universe – I wrote it for a Spanish charity anthology for cancer (WhiteStar, edited by Cristina Jurado) but then also got it published in English at Strange Horizons. Read online.
  • “Incursions”. My first appearance in Nature, it’s an unlikely piece about a certain well-known wardrobe… Read online.
  • “Red Christmas”. In Apex Magazine. A stand-alone story about “Wolf” from A Man Lies Dreaming, set a year earlier during Christmas… the only holiday-themed story I ever wrote (so naturally it’s about Hitler). Read online.
  • “Terminal”. Published at Tor.com. About a one-way ticket to Mars. Read online.
  • “The Beachcomber”. Novelette. In Postscripts #36/#37. Sort of steampunk-y/alternate history set in Fiji.
  • “The Godbeard”. At Strange Horizons. Kind of my semi-pisstake attempt at the classical SF story… Read online.
  • “The Red Flower”. Part of a new serial fiction thing I’ve been working on called The Escapement. Published in Persistent Visions. Read online.
  • “The Vanishing Kind”. Novella. Noir alt history. Published in F&SF.
  • “Tinkerers”. A story of the Escapement. In literary journal Conjunctions: 67.
  • “Tutim”. Too political for most places (though pretty funny!), this appears only in Art and War, but can be read online at the publisher’s site. The last poet in Israel goes on the run… Read online.

Storian Smol

It occurs to me I never properly mentioned this, but I’ve been writing a monthly column in Bislama for the Vanuatu Daily Post this year. These are short (400-1000 words, or basically 1-2 newspaper pages) literary vignettes – the only such fiction currently written in the language, as far as I know. It’s been quite exciting! (I lived in Vanuatu for a while, and I speak Bislama). We messed around with the format for the first couple of months, then settled on Storian Smol as the column name, and a regular design etc. The first column was published in March. So a total of 10 stories this year…. The aim is for 12 in total, and then – possibly – some sort of a collection or – also possibly! – a dual-language edition textbook. Or something! We’re working on it… For those curious enough, here is the list for 2016:

  • “Wan Man i Go Long Bankis”. March.
  • “Merilyn i Kam Bak Long Maket”. April.
  • “Welfis”. May.
  • “Godwin.” June.
  • “Sigaret”. July.
  • “Kukamba”. August.
  • “Posen”. September.
  • “Singsing”. October.
  • “Wokabaot”. November.
  • “Hu i Toktok”. December.

“Wan Storian Blong Wan Kleva Wetem Ol Vatu i Lus” should be the January 2017 story.

Next Year

I’ve got books (in several cases, multiple books) coming out in Japan, Israel, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Spain and Romania so far, with some more in the works. There should also be a US paperback edition of A Man Lies Dreaming. Too much of the next couple of years is in the “I can’t really talk about it yet!” category otherwise. I’ve got about 8 short stories scheduled for 2017 so far (including in tor.com, Analog and a bunch of anthologies), and there’s one very exciting project I’ll be doing that’s sort of digitally native, with new fiction combined with original art and cutting edge scientific research, and I get to talk about some very pertinent issues – but I really can’t talk about it just yet! Which gets annoying, so I’ll stop.

Also, if the stars align, possibly a play.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11

What can I say, these things seem to come around fast this time of year! Delighted that editor Jonathan Strahan is taking my story “Terminal” (Tor.com) for his annual Year’s Best anthology. Here’s the full Table of Contents:

  • “Two’s Company”, Joe Abercrombie (Sharp Ends)
  • “The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allan (Tor.com)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit wood)
  • “Mika Model”, Paolo Bacigalupi (Slate)
  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 01/03/16)
  • “Laws of Night and Silk”, Seth Dickinson (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 26 May 2016)
  • “Touring with the Alien”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 115, 4/16)
  • “Red as Blood and White as Bone”, Theodora Goss (Tor.com)
  • “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious”, Daryl Gregory (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Number Nine Moon”, Alex Irvine (F&SF, 1/16)
  • “Red Dirt Witch”, N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy/PoC Destroy Fantasy)
  • “Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest 125, 7/16)
  • “Successor, Usurper, Replacement”, Alice Sola Kim (Buzzfeed, 10/26/16)
  • “You Make Pattaya”, Rich Larson (Interzone 247)
  • “Foxfire Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2016)
  • “Seven Birthdays”, Ken Liu (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Visitor from Taured”, Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s, 9/16)
  • “Elves of Antarctica”, Paul McAuley (Drowned Worlds)
  • “Things with Beards”, Sam J Miller (Clarkesworld 117, 6/16)
  • “Spinning Silver”, Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Those Shadows Laugh”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF, 9-10/16)
  • “The Great Detective”, Delia Sherman (Tor.com)
  • “Terminal”, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, 04/16)
  • “The Future is Blue”, Catherynne M Valente (Drowned Worlds)
  • “Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home”, Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay “, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 10, 5-6/16)
  • “Fable”, Charles Yu (The New Yorker, 5/30/16)
  • “The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight”, E Lily Yu (Uncanny 12)

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection

Gardner Dozois has announced the table of contents for his forthcoming Year’s Best SF 34. I’m delighted he’s chosen to once again include two different stories from me: both “Terminal” (tor.com) and my novella “The Vanishing Kind” (F&SF).

Here’s the full Table of Contents:

THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL COLLECTION,
Edited by
GARDNER DOZOIS

TERMINAL, Lavie Tidhar
TOURING WITH THE ALIEN, Carolyn Ives Gilman
PATIENCE LAKE, Matthew Claxton
JONAS AND THE FOX, Rich Larson
PRODIGAL, Gord Sellar
KIT: Some Assembly Required, Kathe Koja & Carter Scholz
VORTEX, Gregory Benford
ELVES OF ANTARCTICA, Paul McAuley
THE BABY EATERS, Ian McHugh
A SALVAGING OF GHOSTS, Aliette de Bodard
THOSE SHADOWS LAUGH, Geoff Ryman
RedKING, Craig DeLancey
THINGS WITH BEARDS, Sam J. Miller
FIELDWORK, Shariann Lewit
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF MR. COSTELLO, David Gerrold
INNUMERABLE GLIMMERING LIGHTS, Rich Larson
FIFTY SHADES OF GRAYS, Steven Barnes
SIXTEEN QUESTIONS FOR KAMALA CHATTERJEE, Alastair Reynolds
COLD COMFORT, Pat Murphy & Paul Dohert
THE ART OF SPACE TRAVEL, Nina Allan
FLIGHT FROM THE AGES, Derek Kȕsken
MY GENERATIONS WILL PRAISE, Samantha Henderson
MARS ABIDES, Stephen Baxter
THE VISITOR FROM TAURED, Ian R. MacLeod
WHEN THE STONE EAGLE FLIES, Bill Johnson
THE VANISHING KIND, Lavie Tidhar
ONE SISTER, TWO SISTERS, THREE, James Patrick Kelly
DISPATCHES FROM THE CRADLE: THE HERMIT—FORTY-EIGHT HOURS IN THE SEA OF MASSACHUSETTS, Ken Liu
CHECKERBOARD PLANET, Eleanor Arnsason
THEY HAVE ALL ONE BREATH, Karl Bunker
MIKA MODEL, Paolo Bacigalupi
THAT GAME WE PLAYED DURING THE WAR, Carrie Vaughn
BECAUSE CHANGE WAS THE OCEAN AND WE LIVED BY HER MERCY, Charlie Jane Anders
THE ONE WHO ISN’T, Ted Kosmatka
THOSE BRIGHTER STARS, Mercurio R. Rivera
A TOWER FOR THE COMING WORLD, Maggie Clark
FIRSTBORN, LASTBORN, Melissa Scott
WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS, Ian McDonald
THE IRON TACTICIAN, Alastair Reynolds