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#diversepoems and #diversestories Feb 24-28

Welcome to this week’s instalment of SFF recommendations by diverse authors!

Sorry the post is a bit delayed – I’ve injured my legs last week and have been in an increasing amount of pain while still trying to run around like a headless chicken.  (Yes, I saw a doctor, who told me to rest…) This week I’m trying to stay at home and recover, because my mobility has really taken a hit. I’m working on a lot of research-related stuff that can be accomplished from home. You can wish me well on Twitter or elsewhere!

Back to the usual weekly post:

I’m still working my way through my 2014 award recommendations… Here are separate recommendations threads for the remaining works I put on my lists but hadn’t posted about previously.

Feb 24: (Novella) (Non-free) The Masks of Sigma City by Corinne Duyvis in Superpow, pub. Red Penny Papers, 2014

Feb 25: (Poem) Golden Age by Lisa M. Bradley in The Devilfish Review, 2014

Feb 26: (Poem) Song by JT Stewart in Stone Telling, Jan 2014

Feb 27: (Poem) The New Ways by Amal El-Mohtar in Uncanny, Dec 2014

Feb 28: Was too unwell to post :(

A change: starting now, once a week I’ll also post about something non-free. I did this for the Hugo/Nebula recommendations and the response was very strongly positive – I think people really want to spend money on diverse content!

I don’t want to do this more frequently, because a lot of my readers can’t afford to buy so much stuff. (I couldn’t either, before I moved to the US and thus gained access to the wonderful American public library system.) But once a week (20-25%) is a decent balance, I think.

Also, I’m considering moving the Monday update to Saturday after motzei Shabbat, as my Mondays are very hectic this semester. The past few weeks I’ve tried both options, not sure which worked better.

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Acceptances roundup!

I have had a lot of sales lately, and I haven’t had time to make an announcements post. Sadly, I am still not able to accept payment from off-campus sources due to my student visa conditions, so I should probably call them “acceptances” rather than “sales”.

With that in mind, I had the following acceptances so far in 2015, in chronological order:

* Audio reprint of my short story This Shall Serve as a Demarcation originally published in Scigentasy, to appear in Glittership

* Print reprint of the same story, to appear in the QUILTBAG Start a Revolution anthology ed. Michael Matheson (check out the ToC!)

* Print reprint of my poem You Are Here / Was: Blue Line to Memorial Park originally published in Strange Horizons, to appear in the 2015 Rhysling Award anthology

* Audio reprint of my short story This Secular Technology originally published in the anthology Mirror Shards 2: Extending the Edges of Augmented Reality, to appear in Drabblecast

And I also had some originals:

* Poem The Bursting Season to appear in Polu Texni

* Epic poem The Iterative Nature of the Magical Discovery Process to appear in Through the Gate

Thank you to Rose Lemberg and the Codex submissions challenge participants for all the encouragement!! Also thank you to Mitchell Hart, who gave me a deadline extension on the epic poem, sight unseen. I’m glad it was worth the wait! This is the first ever epic poem to appear in Through the Gate, one of my favorite poetry venues, which makes me especially happy. I was very sad to miss the previous submissions window, so this time I decided to dare and ask for an extension.

I would also very much like to thank everyone who put my stories on their year’s best lists. I saw them (especially This Shall Serve as a Demarcation) on several, so it’s hard to list everyone and I’d really not miss out on any names… so this will be a general thank you. I’m planning on making a separate post about this tomorrow.

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#diversestories and #diversepoems Feb 16-20

Welcome to my regular weekly Twitter recommendations of SFF by diverse authors! This week I was looking at my Hugo, Nebula and Rhysling recommendations I hadn’t discussed separately yet. Two of them are sadly not available online, but I felt odd about putting them on my list while not having a separate thread about them. It’s incredibly hard to fill the novella category every year.

Feb 16: No update (was offline most of the day)

Feb 17: (Novelette) We are the Cloud by Sam J. Miller in Lightspeed, Sep 2014

Feb 18: (Novella?) A Necessary Being by Octavia Butler in Unexpected Stories, pub. Open Road Media, 2014

Feb 19: No update (I was traveling)

Feb 20: (Poem) Vertigo and Annihilation by Valeria Rodríguez Mar in Stone Telling, Nov 2014

I’m thinking of moving the Monday update somewhere else, because my Mondays are extremely busy this semester…

Recent supporters of the series:

* Nin Harris (120 bags of tea! and a copy of Brissett’s Elysium)

* Corinne Duyvis (ebook reviewer copies)

* Ken Liu (ebook reviewer copies)

* Open Road Media (ebook reviewer copies)

Thank you everyone! People interested in supporting the series are very welcome to get me gifts via Amazon. I am not able to accept monetary donations due to my student visa restrictions.

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Hugo / Nebula recommendations 2014: Novelette and Novella

Previous award recommendation posts:

Feb 09: Hugo / Nebula awards short story category

Feb 10: Rhysling award for short and long poem

Feb 11: Campbell award for best new writer

Feb 12: Hugo / Nebula awards novelette and novella category


These are my novelette and novella recommendations from 2014. I didn’t end up filling either ballot. If I read something cool before Hugo nominations close, I can put it in, but I really wanted to get out the post before the Nebulas closed!


* Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu, in Clarkesworld

* Wine by Yoon Ha Lee in Clarkesworld

* We are the Cloud by Sam J. Miller in Lightspeed

* The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com

Since people often have trouble populating this category, I point out I also have an eligible novelette in 2014.


* A Necessary Being by Octavia Butler (in Unexpected Stories, pub. Open Road Media)

* The Masks of Sigma City by Corinne Duyvis (in Superpow, pub. Red Penny Papers)

I also have a bonus section for you to make up for the gaps…

Great novelettes reprinted online this year that are NOT eligible (I couldn’t figure out where else to put them!):

* Trees of Bone by Daliso Chaponda in Apex Book of World SF 2, reprinted online in Apex.

* Infinities by Vandana Singh in The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories in 2008, reprinted online in Clarkesworld.

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Campbell award recommendations 2014

This is my third award recommendations post this year! Check:

Feb 09: Hugo / Nebula awards short story category

Feb 10: Rhysling award for short and long poem

Feb 11: Campbell award for best new writer

Feb 12: Every day is a surprise :D

 For the Campbell award, I always pick writers in their second year of eligibility because it is their last chance to be nominated. Hence, my 5 + 1 picks, in alphabetic order by last name:

* Vajra Chandrasekera

* Ada Hoffmann

* Emily Jiang

* Carmen Maria Machado

* Sam J. Miller

* Sabrina Vourvoulias

They are also on twitter as: @_vajra @xasymptote @EmilyJiang @carmenmmachado @sentencebender @followthelede – go follow them :D

I also wanted to post my Hugo/Nebula novella slate today, but I’ve just managed to get ahold of an eligible novella I really wanted to read, so I’ll be reading, and then posting tomorrow (IY”H). This was the last one in the category that I had planned to read.

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Rhysling award 2014 nomination recommendations

Award recommendation posts:

Feb 09: Hugo / Nebula awards short story category

Feb 10: Rhysling award for short and long poem

Feb 11: Every day is a surprise :D


I have Rhysling award recommendations for you in time for nominations to close! Thank you very much to those who nominated my poem You Are Here.

I’m only picking one poem per author – which is a bit sad because I’d like to nominate everything by certain authors :D

I posted about diverse poems throughout the year and I could recommend even more. This time around, I want to highlight poems that possibly weren’t highlighted as much. I’m also not listing poems which have already been nominated.

Short poem category:

* Main Sequence by Saira Ali, Mythic Delirium

* Golden Age by Lisa M. Bradley, Devilfish Review

* We Saw No Signs of Life by Ting Gou, Strange Horizons

* The Pyromancer by Ada Hoffmann, Goblin Fruit

* The Nerve Harp by Mat Joiner, Stone Telling

* Salamander Song by Rose Lemberg and Emily Jiang, Strange Horizons

* Vertigo and Annihilation by Valeria Rodríguez Mar, Stone Telling

* Kuura (extract from a Finnish-English dictionary) by Sara Norja, Stone Telling

* The Haunting by Lev Mirov, Liminality

* The New Ways by Amal El-Mohtar, Uncanny

* Triumph XXI: Atman by Shweta Narayan, Goblin Fruit

* Ahas, Tala by M Sereno, Interfictions

* After the Red Sea by Sonya Taaffe, Goblin Fruit

Long poem category:

* Miracle of the River Pig by Jennifer Givhan, Goblin Fruit

* Song by JT Stewart, Stone Telling

There are some on this list that I haven’t covered for #diversepoems yet  – they are upcoming! :D

There are even more poems I’d love to link, but at that point I suppose I’d be better off editing a year’s best anthology. :D If your poem didn’t get included but I tweeted about it, that means I liked it a lot! There are even more things in my Twitter queue now that I’ve done a round of awards reading. I think this year was VERY strong in speculative poetry.

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Hugo / Nebula recommendations 2014: Short story

Today we are starting the #diversestories and #diversepoems Awards Week Bonanza! There will be recommendations for various award categories, starting with Hugo / Nebula Short Story today…

Here are 10 recommendations listed in alphabetic order by last name, enough to fill two Hugo or Nebula ballots! All of these stories were covered in #diversestories, so if you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen them already :D I opted to add only one story per author, though from some authors  I could’ve easily picked more…

Links point either to the story or to my discussion thread (which then points to the story) where available.

* On Shine Wings by Polenth Blake in Unlikely Story

* Stalemate by Rose Lemberg in Lackington’s

* Kenneth: A User’s Manual by Sam J. Miller in Strange Horizons

* The Truth about Owls by Amal El-Mohtar in Kaleidoscope anthology (ed. Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein) 2014, reprinted in Strange Horizons

* And Wash Out By Tides of War by An Owomoyela  in Clarkesworld

* How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps by A. Merc Rustad in Scigentasy

* 21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus One) by LaShawn M. Wanak in Strange Horizons

* Santos de Sampaguitas by Alyssa Wong in Strange Horizons

* Tongtong’s Summer by Xia Jia (trans. Ken Liu) in the Upgraded anthology (ed. Neil Clarke) 2014, reprinted in Clarkesworld

* Storytelling for the Night Clerk by JY Yang in Strange Horizons

+ bonus flash story: Níðhöggr by Vajra Chandrasekera in Grievous Angel

All of these stories are available online free of charge. I also read a few gems that were sadly not, but I decided to prioritize the free ones because my audience is in great measure international and non-Western. At the top, there’s an epic amount of great reading which is about equally as good… so sticking to online stories did not diminish the quality of my picks as far as I can tell!

Another note – this year I read much less than usual due to my international move and related huge issues (I still don’t have a social security number, but at least I didn’t die when the dryer in my rental caught on fire!). I read very little in the second half of the year, though I did manage to catch up a bit in Jan-Feb 2015. I did read a considerable amount – if you follow #diversestories / #diversepoems, I read about 4x the amount of what I end up posting, because it’s recommendations only. You only get the cream of the crop :D

Still, the answer to “why isn’t my fave in there?!” is probably “I haven’t gotten to it yet”. I still have about 50 stories in my 2014 TBR queue. I regularly do older stories in my recommendations, so fret not…

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#diversestories and #diversepoems Feb 2-6

This is my weekly roundup of my Twitter story / poem recommendations series – you can find it under #diversestories and #diversepoems during the week. A new piece by a diverse author every weekday or so!

While I am still highlighting 2014 work for awards, I’ve now also begun to post about 2015 stuff. Also do note that while I prioritize recent work, I am very happy to review older pieces too!

Feb 2: (Poem) Institutional Memory by Alexandra Erin, Star*Line, Jan 2015. Reprinted on the author’s website.

Feb 3: (Short story) The Truth about Owls by Amal El-Mohtar, Kaleidoscope anthology (ed. Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein) 2014, reprinted in Strange Horizons, Jan 2015. ELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS 2014, NOT 2015!

Feb 4: (Poem) The Haunting by Lev Mirov, Liminality, Dec 2014

Feb 5: (Poem) archival testimony fragments/minersong by Rose Lemberg, Uncanny, Feb 2015

Feb 6: (Short story) Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa by Carmen Maria Machado, Lightspeed, Apr 2014

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Poetry accolades

I have some happy announcements to make inbetween sets of #diversestories / #diversepoems weekly roundups :D

My poem You Are Here / Was: Blue Line to Memorial Park won the Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll in poetry category! Also, my essay on making the Diverse Editors List got third place in the essays category.

Thank you everyone! I am overjoyed to be on this list with so many wonderful people. I’m also very happy that so many of my recommendations made the list!


The very same poem was also nominated for the Rhysling Award. I guess this demonstates the changing face of the award? This is my first nomination ever.

Nominations are still open; I’ll try to post my recommendations before it closes. (I’m glad to see some of them already nominated!) I do have a list of my other eligible work.


I sold two reprints of the same story, one audio and one print. I’ll announce once I have contracts! (I can’t really say I “sold” them because I still can’t accept money, but. They will appear! G-d willing…)

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#diversestories and #diversepoems Jan 26-30

This is the weekly roundup of my daily SFF short story/poem recommendations series focusing on diverse authors. You can find it during the week on Twitter under #diversestories and #diversepoems – I’m @bogiperson.


VERY important announcement: it is Hugo/Nebula nominations season! I still haven’t posted my ballot recommendations because I’m short on novellas. If you know of ANY novellas by diverse authors, first publication 2014, PLEASE let me know. Commenting here is OK. I’ve been asking people for weeks and turned up a grand total of three I had been unaware of. I still haven’t managed to get a reviewer copy of one of those (the Hieroglyph anthology). The two others by Ken Liu and Corinne Duyvis are in my TBR queue, hopefully this weekend – thank you for the reviewer copies!!

If someone here is willing to send me a copy of Hieroglyph, I will do my best to read Vandana Singh’s novella and post about it before Hugo nominations close. I put the book on my Amazon wishlist. Sadly I have about zero budget for this right now myself. :( Another option is to put it on PaperBackSwap and let me know, I do have a spare credit on PBS.

(Alternately, if you are one of the two people ahead of me in the Iowa City public library holds queue for this book, you can hurry up :D )


Sorry I’m a bit too late in posting! Jan 26-30 was my first week of the semester and it was a bit hectic. (Technically the preceding week was the first, but almost everything was cancelled that week.)

We’re still dealing with the consequences of the plumbing emergency in the basement, so that also caused some delays in posting. I do have an entire week’s worth of content set up for the current week! See you on Twitter :)

And now, the weekly lineup…


Weekend special: (Poem) “Title” by Author! :D (You’ll just have to click to see…)

Jan 26: No update

Jan 27: (Short story) Love is the Plan the Plan is Death by James Tiptree, Jr., original publication 1973, reprinted in Lightspeed, June 2014

Jan 28: No update

Jan 29: No update

Jan 30: Double feature! It’s one single thread, but two stories.

1: (Short story) 起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion—The Lion Bows) by Zen Cho in Strange Horizons, March 2011, reprinted in the author’s collection Spirits Abroad, 2014. Audiobook version on PodCastle.

2: (Short story) 七星鼓 (Seven Star Drum) by Zen Cho, bonus ebook prequel for 起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion—The Lion Bows), published by the author.

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