Sep. 10th, 2010

starlady: (through the trapdoor)
I like short stories a lot, and I think in a lot of ways they're harder to do well than novels. So have some story recs! All of these are available complete for free online at the links below, and if you like them, please think about leaving a comment--it's notoriously hard to get comments on internet short fiction, and the lack of feedback leaves editors guessing.

The outer two are science fictional, and the inner two are fantasy--the de Bodard story is another articulation of "advanced Aztec society", this time with steampunk, you can't go wrong with that. But you should read them all.

Catherynne M. Valente, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time" (Clarkesworld Magazine)

Yoon Ha Lee, "The Territorialist" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #47)

Aliette de Bodard, "Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #45)

Yoon Ha Lee, "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" (Lightspeed Magazine #4)

I went to Borderlands Books last week and picked up two back issues of the zine Shimmer (hint: both issues had stories by Aliette de Bodard), the spring 2006 and art 2008 issues. Looking at the zine's website, it turns out that I know one of the authors in the current issue, so I'll have to buy it the next time I'm in the Mission. In the meantime, if you think the zine sounds like your thing, I encourage you to check it out (electronic issues are $4)--both issues had a refreshing, serious but quirky sort of sensibility, a nice mixture of styles and tones (and they're clearly publishing a diversity of authors, too).
starlady: Anna Maria from PoTC at the helm: "bring me that horizon" (bring me that horizon)
L'shanah tovah! Eid mubarak!

Speaking of Eid, [community profile] eid_ka_chand is running its Eid-al-thon fanworks challenge, which is being sponsored to raise money for flood survivors in Pakistan. There's a little less than 48 hours left--if you can contribute a drabble, or a microvid, or some icons or meta focusing on Muslim characters in fandom, please do!

Also, [personal profile] wistfuljane is organizing a Most Awesome Asian Characters & Celebrities fest in honor of Trung Thu, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Go check it out! Comment! Contribute!

And finally, the OTW will be hosting a one-year birthday party for the Archive of Our Own on September 13, midnight to midnight UTC. More details at the post--party attendees will get commemorative graphics and door prizes, and there will be cool new features launched too. I'll be there at some point myself.


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