Feb
0

My Hugo Recommendations

Here are a few amazing books, stories, etc. I feel are really deserving of Hugo nods this year:

Novels:

Shaman, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hild, Nicola Griffith

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

Short stories:

“Selected Program Notes From the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,” by Kenneth Schneyer, Clockwork Phoenix 4

“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky, Apex

“Word and Flesh” by Dennis Y. Ginoza, Shimmer #16
“The Beasts of the Earth, The Madness of Men” Brooke Bolander, Nightmare
“Sheila” Rebecca Adams Wright, Day One (Amazon)
“The Entomologist’s Three Ballgowns” Brooke Wonders, Electric Velocipede
“Somebody Else’s Problem,” Annie Bellet, Hex in the City: Fiction River Anthology #5
“Disaster Movies” Chris Stabback, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Also “The Sheep King”, Aurealis)

Novelette:

“The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling,” Ted Chiang

Novella:

“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

*Also, for those who are looking for worthy Novella candidates for the 2013 Hugo recommendations, my piece “Wormwood Is Also A Star” which appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of  The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is indeed eligible.

 

Please feel free to make other suggestions.

-A

Dec
2

For Your Consideration!

 

For those SFWA members who are looking for worthy Novella candidates for the 2013 Nebula recommendations, my novella “Wormwood Is Also A Star” which appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of  The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is indeed eligible.

I might also recommend some other great work from my fellow Clarion mates:
“Word and Flesh” by Dennis Y. Ginoza, Shimmer #16
“The Beasts of the Earth, The Madness of Men” Brooke Bolander, Nightmare
“Sheila” Rebecca Adams Wright, Day One (Amazon)
“The Entomologist’s Three Ballgowns” Brooke Wonders, Electric Velocipede
“Somebody Else’s Problem,” Annie Bellet, Hex in the City: Fiction River Anthology #5
“Disaster Movies” Chris Stabback, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

Please feel free to make other suggestions.

-A

Nov
0

Reading with One of the Greats!

It was my pleasure to read with Kim Stanley Robinson last Thursday evening, and in the company of so many excellent friends and lovers of the written word. Many of you know that Stan is one of the greats of science fiction–in fact, it was a regular science fiction hijacking of the Davis Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas gallery (hosted by local Davis legend, Dr. Andy Jones.)

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Just to shake things up a bit, I read a little from Stan’s newest novel, Shaman, and he read from my novella, “Wormwood Is Also A Star.” Then we swapped back to our own respective works. I also gave a sneak peek of my forthcoming story “The New Cambrian,” which will appear in the January/February issue of F&SF. Overall, I couldn’t have imagined a better reading, or turn-out.

(Here’s a recording of our reading, thanks to the efforts of my good friend and fellow writer Tony Bonds.)

 

Kim Stanley Robinson reading with Andy Stewart from Tony Bonds on Vimeo.

Stan and I are both Clarion grads–in fact, I met him during my stint at the workshop in 2011 when he stepped in for a brief visit. Since moving to Davis,  I’ve shared many morning weeding sessions in Stan’s garden over the last two years, which is where I’ve really gotten to know him. In exchange for our support in his relentless battle with the nut sedge, my wife and I are sometimes sent home with handfuls of tomatoes, basil, and boysenberries. A more than fair trade. But, then, that’s just who Stan is. He’s the guy who popped open a bottle of champagne for me when I received word of my first story sale. He’s talked me down from the ledge when I was so frustrated with my novel that I wanted to throw it out the window. These past few years, we’ve had many great conversations about writing, about art, and life. In sum, as well as being an excellent writer and human being, he’s become a most excellent friend, and I was very honored to share the stage with him. Also, go read his book. It’s excellent. (And here’s an excellent review of it!)