News on the Writing and Publishing front

I’ve signed up for this year’s Clarion West Write-a-thon. This year, we want to have 300 writers signing up to participate in the write-a-thon as CW has received pledges of support for when we reach that number. The write-a-thon is a great motivation to add wordage to that work you’ve got in progress, or simply to get the words on the page. Last year, I had lots of fun writing pieces for individual sponsors. I don’t know if I can do individual stories this year, but I really loved writing my fun stories and I am thinking of doing something like that incorporating as many creatures/characters in a couple of shorts for those who choose to sponsor me. 

One of the stories I wrote in Clarion West has been selected for inclusion in Mothership:Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Waking the God of the Mountain is strongly influenced by the struggle of the tribal people in Surigao against mining corporations. It also involves some of the armed conflict between government and anti-government forces. The failure of government to protect the rights of tribal people is something I feel strongly about. I’m pleased this story has found the right home.

In a previous post, I wrote about Body of Truth being accepted for Nayad Monroe’s What Fates Impose anthology. Do drop by and visit the kickstarter page. Check out the toc and the incentives on offer. 

Publisher’s Weekly has published a great review of We See a Different Frontier edited by Djibril Al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes. The anthology is coming out this August, so keep an eye out for it. 

Writing and Publishing news

Speculative Fiction 2012: the best online reviews, essays and commentary volume I is now available from My essay, Decolonizing as an SF writer (first published on The Future Fire editor’s blog) is also in this volume. It makes me happy to know that this piece resonated with the editors and I hope that it resonates with readers of the anthology. The proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to Room to Read.

Amazon now has a listing for The End of the Road anthology. It’s available for pre-orders and the Book description makes me hungry to read the entire anthology. 

In yet more writing news, my short story, Body of Truth, has been accepted for inclusion in the upcoming What Fates Impose anthology edited by Nayad Monroe. When Nayad sent me the guidelines for this anthology, I was immediately intrigued by it. I’ll write more about the background of this story in another post.

In the meantime, here are some links to where Nayad talks about the process of editing an anthology. It makes for very interesting and thought-provoking reading.

What Fates Impose: Inside the Anthology

How Choosing Stories is, and is not, like making a Mix Tape

Five Important Reasons to Worry about Divination

Why “Maybe” is harder than “Yes” or “No”

I’m happy about the stories that have been accepted for publication, and I hope they resonate with readers as well. 

ToC’s and Movements

My Movements column (Retrieving our Hidden Histories) was published last week and is still available to read at Strange Horizons.

Djibril and Fabio have announced the Table of Contents for the We See A Different Frontier Anthology. My story, What Really Happened in Ficandula, will be in it. I can’t wait to read all of the stories in this anthology.

We’re delighted to be able to announce the beautiful table of contents for the We See a Different Frontier anthology of colonialism-themed speculative fiction co-edited by Fabio Fernandes. We’re really looking forward this hitting the bookshelves at the beginning of July 2013.

Here’s the complete ToC:

  • Preface by Aliette de Bodard
  • Introduction by Fabio Fernandes
  • The Arrangement of Their Parts, Shweta Narayan
  • Pancho Villa’s Flying Circus, Ernest Hogan
  • Them Ships, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Old Domes, J.Y. Yang
  • A Bridge of Words, Dinesh Rao
  • The Gambiarra Effect, Fabio Fernandes *
  • Droplet, Rahul Kanakia
  • Lotus, Joyce Chng
  • Dark Continents, Lavie Tidhar
  • A Heap of Broken Images, Sunny Moraine
  • Fleet, Sandra McDonald
  • Remembering Turinam, Nalin A. Ratnayake
  • Vector, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • I Stole the D.C.’s Eyeglass, Sofia Samatar
  • Forests of the Night, Gabriel Murray
  • What Really Happened in Ficandula, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  • Critical afterword by Ekaterina Sedia *