Busy today, so only a brief update!
First, it’s Nebula time (again). Seeing as I actually made it to the final ballot last year, I figure I might as well try again this year, and let folks know what my recent stories are. I’ve had four stories published/soon to be published this year — an unusually productive year for me — but I think only two of them are eligible, though I’m going to ask the Neb folks if this is the case. The four stories are:
- “The Effluent Engine,” a novelette, which is due to come out in Steam Powered, the lesbian steampunk anthology edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft. I think this may not be eligible because the anthology got bumped from 2010 to 2011. But, since I self-published the story here on my website in 2010 as part of the “A Story for Haiti” fundraiser, it might be eligible now. I truly have no idea.
- “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters,” also a novelette, out now in Postscripts. I don’t know if this is eligible either, because Postscripts is a UK anthology from PS Publishing. Might as well ask.
- “On the Banks of the River Lex”, a short story, out recently from Clarkesworld. This one’s definitely eligible.
- “The Trojan Girl,” a short story, coming in December from Weird Tales. I’m usually loathe to count my publications before they’re, uh, publicated, but the WT folks are reliable, so I’ll mention it again when the issue is out. It will be eligible, then.
Will ask around, then update this once I have answers on the eligibility issue.
And good news: got the review of The Broken Kingdoms in the latest Library Journal, and it’s good!
Blind artist Oree Shoth takes in a homeless man out of kindness. Soon afterward, the desecrated bodies of murdered godlings begin turning up in the city, and Oree suspects that her guest, who appears as a shining figure to her sightless eyes, might be at the center of a conspiracy. Oree’s attempt to unravel the mystery of “Shiny” (as she calls her guest) endangers her and those she loves. Set in the same world as The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, where gods dwell inconspicuously among mortals and kinship does not always mean love, Jemisin’s latest novel can be read separately from its predecessor, though the two books expand on a fascinating world with an unusual cosmology. VERDICT Jemisin’s talent as a storyteller should make her one of the fantasy authors to watch in the coming years.