SFWA Names the 2021 Guest Editors for The Bulletin

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) announced today Sascha Stronach and Yilin Wang will be The Bulletin guest editors in 2021. Stronach will guest edit Issue #218, slated for September 2021, and Wang will guest edit Issue #219, slated for December 2021. L.D. Lewis was the first guest editor for The Bulletin, helming Issue #215, which was published in Fall 2020.

SFWA Editor-in-Chief Michi Trota said, “I’ve admired Sascha’s and Yilin’s work in SF/F and am excited they’ll be bringing their unique visions and perspectives to shape their issues of The Bulletin.”

Sascha Stronach is an author, editor, and poet based in P?neke, New Zealand. They are of Greek and K?i Tahu M?ori descent and also probably a little goblin. After training in bareknuckle underground web fiction deathmatches for close to a decade, they released their debut novel The Dawnhounds, which is about LGBT+ warlock pirates fighting the cops and won the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel. In their spare time, they can be found in the woods creating bizarre aggregates of sticks and dirt that hum with strange possibility. 

Stronach said, “I’m excited to be a guest editor for The Bulletin. One thing that’s always struck me about SFFH is how we care for each other, how willing we are to provide guidance and support. The publication [industry] (such a slow beast!) can often feel like an antique, but their slower pace is their strength: they allow for depth and reflection, they have a permanence and weight that’s vital to the sort of discussions writers, new and old, need to keep our blades sharp. I’ve benefited from them for years, and I’m honoured to help shepherd them into the world. Let’s make this a celebration of diversity, insight, and craft.”

Yilin Wang is a writer, editor, and Chinese–English translator. Her writing has appeared in ClarkesworldThe Malahat ReviewGrainCV2carte blancheThe Toronto StarThe Tyee, and elsewhere. She has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, a finalist for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, and longlisted for the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming in PathlightSamovarLiving Hyphen, and The Temz Review, while her research on martial arts fiction has been featured on various gaming podcasts. She is a member of the Clarion West Writers Workshop 2020 and a former assistant editor for Room Magazine.

“I am very excited for this chance to work with Michi Trota and the team at SFWA as a guest editor for The Bulletin,” Wang added. “In this position, I hope to solicit writing from underrepresented voices on a range of topics such as international science fiction and fantasy translation, and game writing. I really look forward to working on this issue and to sharing it with readers.”

SFWA President, Mary Robinette Kowal said, “Sascha Stronach and Yilin Wang are brilliant and insightful people. I’m so pleased they’ll be leading these issues of The Bulletin in 2021.”

[Based on a press release.]

Uncanny Magazine Issue 39 Launches March 2

The 39th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on March 2. 

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 39th issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages — half on day of release and half on April 6. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 39 Table of Contents:

Cover

  • Kianga by Paul Lewin

Editorial

  • “The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Fiction

  • “The Sin of America” by Catherynne M. Valente (3/2)
  • “The Perils of a Hologram Heart” by Dominica Phetteplace (3/2)
  • “Colors of the Immortal Palette” by Caroline M. Yoachim (3/2)
  • “The Book of the Kraken” by Carrie Vaughn (4/6)
  • “Eighteen Days of Barbareek” by Rati Mehrotra (4/6)
  • “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker (4/6)

Reprint

  • “They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass” by Alaya Dawn Johnson (4/6)

Nonfiction

  • “Deadly Frocks and Other Tales of Murder Clothes” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (3/2)
  • “Seduced by the Ruler’s Gaze: An Indian Perspective on Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade” by Sid Jain (3/2)
  • “Protector of Small Steps” by Marieke Nijkamp (4/6)
  • “Please Be Kind to the Singularity” by Jay Edidin (4/6)

Poetry

  • “the most humane methods could involve a knife” by Tamara Jerée (3/2)
  • “lagahoo culture (Part II)” by Brandon O’Brien (3/2)
  • “Future Saints” by Terese Mason Pierre (4/6)
  • “Of Monsters I Loved” by Ali Trotta (4/6)

Interviews

  • Caroline M. Yoachim interviewed by Tina Connolly (3/2)
  • Sarah Pinsker interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (4/6)

Podcasts

  • Episode 39A (3/2): Editors’ Introduction, “The Sin of America” by Catherynne M. Valente, as read by Heath Miller, “lagahoo culture (Part II)” by Brandon O’Brien, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Catherynne M. Valente.
  • Episode 39B (4/6): Editors’ Introduction, “The Book of the Kraken” by Carrie Vaughn, as read by Joy Piedmont, “Of Monsters I Loved” by Ali Trotta, as read by Heath Miller, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Carrie Vaughn.

Strahan’s The Year’s Best SF Volume 2 Cover and ToC

Tor.com has revealed the cover and table of contents for editor Jonathan Strahan’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 2 (Gallery / Saga Press) with stories from 2020. The 608-page collection will be released September 14, 2021.

You can find the pre-order information for the book here. More information at Strahan’s blog.

Table of Contents

  • “50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know” by Ken Liu
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “A Mastery of German” by Marian Denise Moore
  • “Airbody” by Sameem Siddiqui
  • “An Important Failure” by Rebecca Campbell
  • “Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love” by Usman T. Malik
  • “Burn or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” by A.T. Greenblatt
  • “Don’t Mind Me” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “Drones to Ploughshares” by Sarah Gailey
  • “Father” by Ray Nayler
  • “GO. NOW. FIX. “ by Timons Esaias
  • “How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobu?ar” by Rich Larson
  • “How to Pay Reparations: a Documentary” by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • “If You Take My Meaning” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “It Came From Cruden Farm” by Max Barry
  • “Midstrathe Exploding” by Andy Dudak
  • “Polished Performance” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Schrödinger’s Catastrophe” by Gene Doucette
  • “Sparklybits” by Nick Wolven
  • “The Bahrain Underground Bazaar” by Nadia Afifi
  • “The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie” by Pat Cadigan
  • “The Mermaid Astronaut” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “The Pill” by Meg Elison
  • “The Search for [Flight X]” by Neon Yang
  • “The Suicide of Our Troubles” by Karl Schroeder
  • “The Transition of OSOOSI” by Ozzie M. Gartrell
  • “Yellow and the Perception of Reality” by Maureen McHugh

[Thanks to Nina Shepardson for the story.]

PS Publishing Will Launch Its Own Magazine After Losing Interzone

UK firm PS Publishing will launch a new online sf magazine called ParSec later this year. The announcement came in the wake of Interzone’s Andy Cox (TTA Press) reversing his decision to turn the magazine over to them.  

Cox, in yesterday’s blog post “Interzone Does Not Have A New Publisher…” said “The deal we had was a very simple one and they had to commit to just one thing, but as soon as it became obvious they weren’t going to honour it we had no choice but to withdraw the magazine…” Whether existing subscriptions would be fulfilled seems to have been the issue, a concern prompted by PS Publishing’s statement that when Interzone resumed “by way of a goodwill gesture, the first electronic PS IZ (August 2021) will be sent free of charge to all previous subscribers,” which was understood to mean subscriptions would not be carried over by the new firm.

Ian Whates, who was going to step in as editor of Interzone and will still have that role with ParSec,told Facebook readers:

It is with considerable regret I report that I will not be the new editor of ‘Interzone’ as previously announced. On Tuesday afternoon I received an email from Andy Cox at TTA Press informing me that he had changed his mind and would not be passing the magazine over to PS Publishing after all.

I see no point in getting involved in any mud-slinging, and nor does PS, but I will say that after working solidly for three weeks on the project this came as a body blow to me, and I know that Peter [Crowther] and Nicky feel the same. There had been one stickling point regarding the handling of existing subscriptions, but we believed that to have been settled.

Determined that the energy and effort we have invested in this would not go to waste, we are excited to announce that as of this summer, PS Publishing will be launching a new digital genre magazine provisionally called ‘ParSec’ (though that might change), with yours truly as editor. What’s done is done. All of us are fired up about this new venture, and promise something very special; so watch this space!

2020 Locus Recommended Reading List Is Out

The 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List from the magazine’s February issue has been posted by Locus Online.

The list is a consensus by the Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and critics of genre fiction and non-fiction — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; Locus reviewers Liz Bourke, Alex Brown, Karen Burnham, Katharine Coldiron, Paul Di Filippo, Amy GoldschlagerPaula Guran, Rich Horton, Maya James, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Ian Mond, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Elsa Sjunneson, Gary K. Wolfe, and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro; Bob Blough; critics and authors Gwenda Bond, James Bradley, Niall Harrison, Paul Kincaid, Cheryl Morgan, Adam Roberts, and Graham Sleight. Art books were compiled with help from Arnie Fenner, Karen Haber, and senior editor Francesca Myman. Short fiction recommendations had input from editors and reviewers Rachel S. Cordasco, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Vanessa Fogg, Maria Haskins, Charles Payseur, Nisi Shawl, TG Shenoy, Sheree Renée Thomas, Sean Wallace, and Alison Wise, plus our own reviewers.

On the list are —

  • 26 SF novels, 26 fantasy novels, 13 horror novels, 15 YA books, 21 first novels;
  • 23 collections, 25 original anthologies and reprint/year’s best anthologies;
  • 17 nonfiction books, 18 illustrated and art books
  • 19 novellas
  • 36 novelettes
  • 69 short stories

TRENDING. The number of Novellas listed dropped to 19, after the 2019 list had 32. (The 2018 list had 13, 2017’s had 26.)

For first time since 2016, one of the recommended books is identified as self-published, (One self-published work made the 2016 list, an art book, and the 2015 list had three.)

Baen broke its drought, placing a book on the Locus list for the first time since 2017 — The Eleventh Gate by Nancy Kress – but only one.

PARTICIPATE IN THE POLL. The 2021 Locus Poll & Survey is accepting votes from all now to decide the winners of the Locus Awards. (The list is labeled with the year of publication, the survey with the year in which it is being taken.) The poll closes April 15. The Locus Awards will be presented in June 2021 at the Locus Awards Weekend.

Odyssey Writing Workshop Taking Applications for 2021 Session

Each year, writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror from all over the world apply to the Odyssey Writing Workshops. No more than sixteen are admitted. Odyssey combines advanced lectures, in-depth feedback, and individual guidance.  Writers from all over the world apply.  Guest lecturers include top writers, editors, and agents.  Odyssey Director Jeanne Cavelos is a bestselling author, former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and winner of the World Fantasy Award.  

The annual six-week residential workshop will be held June 7 – July 16, 2021 on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire if the world has returned to a post-COVID state of near normality.  If social distancing is still necessary but travel is possible, the workshop will be held in person with COVID precautions.  If travel for many is not possible, the workshop will be held online, as it was in 2020. 

Class meets for over 4 ½ hours, 5 days a week, and students use afternoons, evenings, and weekends to write, critique each other’s work, and complete other class assignments.  Anyone interested in applying should read “Workshopping at Odyssey” by David J. Schwartz, class of ’96.

2021 GUEST LECTURERS: Lecturers for the 2021 workshop include bestselling authors David Farland, Meagan Spooner, and Gregory Ashe; award-winning authors Melissa Scott and P. Djèlí Clark; and award-winning author and editor Sheree Renée Thomas.  Bestselling author David Brin and award-winning editor/publisher Scott H. Andrews will also participate as virtual guests via Zoom. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE. The application deadline is APRIL 1.  Those wanting early action on their application should apply by JANUARY 31.

JANUARY 31 DEADLINE FOR EARLY ADMISSION. Many people need to know months ahead of time whether they’ve been accepted into the workshop or not, so they can make arrangements for time off, child care, and so on. The early application system is set up for them. Any applications received by January 31 are automatically considered for early admission.

Applications will receive fair consideration whether submitted early or at the last minute as long as it arrives by the regular application deadline

COSTS. The workshop is held by the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Odyssey is funded in part by donations from graduates, grantors and supporters, and in part by student tuition. 

The tuition, $2,450, includes a textbook and weekly group dinners.  Housing in campus apartments is $892 for a double room and $1,784 for a single.  College credit is available.   

FINANCIAL AID. For those interested in financial aid, several scholarships and one work/study position are available.

  • The Miskatonic Scholarship: George R. R. Martin, the New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones,funds the Miskatonic Scholarship, awarded each year to a writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror attending Odyssey.  It covers full tuition and housing.   
  •  The Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship, covering full tuition, will be awarded to a fantasy writer whose novel excerpt shows great skill and promise.   

 Four other scholarships and a work/study position are also available. 

ODYSSEY GRADUATES  

You can find a video of Odyssey graduates describing their experiences here: 

  • R. F. Kuang, class of 2016, won the Astounding Award and the Crawford Award and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award.  Her first two novels, The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic, were included on Time magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time.  
  • Linden Lewis, also from the class of 2016, recently had her first novel, The First Sister, published by Skybound/Simon & Schuster.  
  • Rona Wang, class of 2020, sold her first novel, You Had Me at Hello World, to Simon Pulse. 
  • Julian K. Jarboe, class of 2018, had their debut short story collection, Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel, named one of the “Best Books of 2020” by Publishers Weekly.   
  • New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner, class of 2009, had The Other Side of the Sky, her sixth novel co-written with Amie Kaufman, published by HarperCollins. 

OTHER ODYSSEY RESOURCES AND SERVICES. Information about Odyssey’s workshop, online classes, critique service, and many free resources, including a podcast and monthly online discussion salon, can be found at www.odysseyworkshop.

[Based on a press release.]

Constelación Magazine Debuts

Cover art by John Picacio / Arte de portada por John Picacio

Constelación Magazine, a bilingual magazine of speculative fiction, has released its first issue. The quarterly publishes stories in both Spanish and English, taking submissions in either language.

Information about purchasing issues is on the Constelación Magazine website. The theme of Issue #1 is “The Bonds That Unite Us.” The contents are:

FICTION

  • “My Mother’s Hand” by Dante Luiz
  • “The Excruciating Beauty of Ephemera” by Keyan Bowes
  • “Imilla” by Vania T. Curtidor. Translated by Mónica Louzon
  • “Kaleidoscope” by Silvia Moreno-García
  • “The Badger’s Digestion; or The First First-Hand Description of Deneskan Beastcraft by An Aouwan Researcher” by Malka Older
  • “The Breaks” by Scott King
  • “Unforgettable” by Eduardo Martínez P. Báez. Translated by Toshiya Kamei

NON-FICTION

  • From the Editor’s Desk by Coral Alejandra Moore
  • Anticipated Latinx & Caribbean SFF Releases for Early 2021 by Adri
  • Can We Talk About Spanglish, Por Favor? by P.A. Cornell
  • ?Short Fiction as the Seedbed of Speculative Fiction by Cristina Jurado. Translated by Inés Galiano

Hoshijo Moves to Saga Press

Saga Press

Amara Hoshijo has joined Saga Press as an editor. Amara comes there from Soho Press, where she was working on crime fiction, literature in translation, and select science fiction titles, including The Seep by Chana Porter, Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax, and the forthcoming Midnight, Water City by Chris McKinney. She also managed the company’s subrights initiative and is a former Frankfurt Fellow.

Saga editorial director Joe Monti says, “Amara has a keen perspective and a high level of enthusiasm for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror that will be a boon to both Saga Press and the field at large as we continue to publish galvanizing and bestselling works.”

[Based on a press release.]

Czech SFF Magazine XB-1 Dedicates Its Latest Issue to California

Czech monthly sci-fi magazine XB-1, founded in 1985 by newly appointed Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles Jaroslav Olša, Jr. XB-1 celebrates California’s contribution to science fiction with a special issue dedicated to the Sunshine State.

XB-1 (www.casopisxb1.cz, previously known as Ikarie) is the longest-running monthly publication in the Czech Republic devoted to science fiction, fantasy and horror. The magazine recently devoted its December issue to one of the historical centers of American science fiction – the state of California.

A significant part of its 64 pages are dedicated to three short stories from the West Coast. Alongside these works by Robert Silverberg, Kim Stanley Robinson and Gregory Benford, XB-1 also features an article examining California’s global contribution to science fiction, primarily through the medium of film.

The magazine also includes a number of other articles spotlighting the Golden State’s association with the genre. In that vein, XB-1’s cover presents original artwork depicting an alien spacecraft destroying the iconic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, as featured in the 1996 movie Independence Day – the state flag of California proudly enduring the attack.

The spotlighting of California by XB-1 is far from a flight of fancy. The magazine was founded in 1985 by twenty-year-old science fiction fan Jaroslav Olša, Jr., and was named after the ship in the famous 1963 Czech science fiction film Ikarie XB 1 – also known to US audiences as Voyage to the End of the Universe. Following the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, the fanzine morphed into a professionally published monthly known as Ikarie, renamed after 2010 to XB-1.

The publication of a Californian-themed edition was the brainchild of Jaroslav Olša, Jr. After more than twenty-five years working in the Czech diplomatic corps, serving, for example, as the Czech Ambassador to Zimbabwe, South Korea, and the Philippines, Olša recently assumed a new post, serving as the Czech General Consul in Los Angeles. In the introduction to the December issue, Olša reflects on his relationship to the state of California and to the late Californian sci-fi fan Forrest J. Ackerman. Olša collaborated with Ackerman on various projects over the years, benefiting greatly from the US magazine editor (and science fiction fan No. 1) personal assistance during the earliest years of XB1’s history.

[Based on a press release.]

Uncanny Magazine Issue 38 Launches January 5

The 38th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on January 5.

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 38th issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages — half on day of release and half on February 2. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 38 Table of Contents:

Cover:

  • Stars and Blessings by Nilah Magruder

Editorials:

  • “The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • “Imagining Futures: Where Our Works Go from Here” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:

  • “Tyrannosaurus Hex” by Sam J. Miller (1/5)
  • “A House Full of Voices Is Never Empty” by Miyuki Jane Pinckard (1/5)
  • “Pathfinding!” by Nicole Kornher-Stace (1/5)
  • “Distribution” by Paul Cornell (2/2)
  • “Femme and Sundance” by Christopher Caldwell (2/2)
  • “Beyond the Doll Forest” by Marissa Lingen (2/2)

Reprint:

  • “In That Place She Grows a Garden” by Del Sandeen (2/2)

Nonfiction:

  • “Weird Plagues: How Fear of Disease Mutated into a Subgenre” by John Wiswell (1/5)
  • “Milk Teeth” by Octavia Cade (1/5)
  • “Trash Fantasias, or Why Mass Effect 3’s Ending Was Bad Actually” by Katherine Cross (2/2)
  • “Hayao Miyazaki’s Lost Magic of Parenthood” by Aidan Moher (2/2)

Poetry:

  • “Medusa Gets a Haircut” by Theodora Goss (1/5)
  • “Kalevala, an untelling” by Lizy Simonen (1/5)
  • “bargain | bin” by Ewen Ma (1/5)
  • “Fish Out of Water” by Neil Gaiman (2/2)
  • “What The Time Travellers Stole” by L.X. Beckett (2/2)

Interviews:

  • Miyuki Jane Pinckard interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (1/5)
  • Paul Cornell interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (2/2)

Podcasts:

  • Episode 38A (January 5): Editors’ Introduction, “Tyrannosaurus Hex” by Sam J. Miller, as read by Joy Piedmont, “Medusa Gets a Haircut” by Theodora Goss, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Sam J. Miller.
  • Episode 38B (February 2): Editors’ Introduction, “Femme and Sundance” by Christopher Caldwell, as read by Matt Peters, “What The Time Travellers Stole” by L.X. Beckett, as read by Joy Piedmont, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Christopher Caldwell.