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Vampires eat bugs! …..not. The Bogiperson sampler :D

An unexpected side effect of Vitality Magazine treating me awfully and attempting to summarize my story I sent to them while reading it very bizarrely is….

…people are now asking me for my VAMPIRES EAT BUGS story.

I don’t have a vampires eat bugs story, sadly! But for all the people who found me through this controversy, here is an online sampler of my work often featuring QUILTBAG people, grouped into fluffy versus weird categories – I hope this helps. 😀

Read these first?

This is some of my recent work that I really would like people to read before picking the fluffy versus the weird categories. 😀 I did put warnings on them, and these are not my lightest pieces, but I do believe they say very important things. If you can read them, I recommend you start here.

(Poem) You Are Here / Was: Blue Line to Memorial Park. Strange Horizons, ed. Sonya Taaffe.
+ Bonus notes + Podcast
This is an animated poem, please click on “Proceed” to see it all! Warning for mentions of war and war memorials. This poem won this year’s Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll in Poetry category.

(Short story) This Shall Serve As a Demarcation. Scigentasy, ed. Sara Puls and Mary Jaimes. Podcast in Glittership, ed. Keffy Kehrli.
+ Bonus notes + Podcast
This far-future story features two nonbinary trans people in a D/s relationship; it is also an exploration of how colonialism destroys both people’s lives and the natural environment. As such, it was  inspired by my experience growing up in a Soviet-occupied country, among other things. Many content warnings: warfare, people being torn apart, horrible political doublespeak, people being exploited. Nevertheless, this is a hopeful story with a positive ending.

Warm fuzzies!

(Poem) The Iterative Nature of the Magical Discovery Process. Through the Gate, ed. Mitchell Hart.
+ Bonus notes
Lesbian wizards doing science. With actual math!

(Short story) Forestspirit, Forestspirit. Clarkesworld, ed. Neil Clarke. – Podcast on the same page.
In the far future, a nonbinary military veteran and a small boy save the forest together. There are mentions of war and racism, but overall this story is about nonviolence and features only nonviolent actions.

(Flash story) For Your Optimal Hookboarding Experience. Lackington’s, ed. Ranylt Richildis.
+ Bonus notes
A girl thinks back on saving her friend of ambiguous gender from an extreme sports accident.

Weird body things

All with content warnings.

(Poem) A User Guide to the Application of Gem-Flowers. Apex, ed. Elise Matthesen.
+ Bonus notes
About gem-flowers applied into flesh. It has a happy tone but includes BDSM elements, knives, cutting, all quite explicit. No sexuality of any kind.

(Poem) A Self-Contained Riot of Lights. Strange Horizons, ed. Romie Stott.
+ Bonus notes
Communicating telepathically using rainbow tapeworms in one’s nasal cavity. This is actually a romance poem about a long-distance relationship, but I figure you wanted to know about the tapeworms. 😀

(Novelette) Three Partitions. GigaNotoSaurus, ed. Ann Leckie.
+ Bonus notes + Even more notes + And yet more notes
Shapeshifting Orthodox Jewish cis woman not accepted by her community as a cis woman. This is a lengthy exploration of nonbinary gender in Orthodoxy based on my life experience *sigh* And it also includes someone throwing up alien insects. More content warnings and bonus notes here.


I have a lot more in my English-language SF bibliography.

You might also like some of my recent nonfiction:

* The Diverse Editors List – A Post-Production Essay.

* Alien of Extraordinary Ability? Migration in SFF and in My Life.

* Flavorless and Colorless? Minority Experiences in MG/YA Books about Autism.

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Vitality Magazine misgenders me

Vitality Magazine responds to my post describing their misconduct, by… misgendering me.

Vitality Magazine misgendering me on Tumblr

You can look it up if you wish. Their response has so far included, at the time of writing this:

* Editing the response to remove the misgendering after other trans and cis people call her out, without any apology or notice (I’m assuming she hoped I wouldn’t have a screenshot and the whole thing would just go away)

* Providing a fauxpology calling it a “mistake” only after other  people vocally call her out on Twitter

* Providing an apology only after other people call out the fauxpology on Twitter

* Posting the response on Tumblr, which I have been repeatedly stating I do not use and have no account on (accessibility issue, I can explain later or try to dig up when I explained it previously)

* Misrepresenting my story (it does not feature a vampire, for starters…)

* Summarizing my previously unpublished story which they have no legal rights to and which is currently out on submission (this is a separate offense from misrepresenting it – even if they represented it accurately, this would still not be okay at all)

* Claiming we were “friendly” when Vitality never even followed me on Twitter – the help I gave them previously was very one-sided, as is a lot of help trans people provide by educating cis people. I also backed their first Kickstarter.
* There’s probably more, but I would really prefer not to look at it again…*

The overwhelming majority of the responses have been supportive. I am very grateful for all the support I got.

I have only seen one kind of response defending Vitality, and that is an assumption that I am only “whining about not getting into the magazine”. About this I can say the following:

I am a professionally published writer. Writing used to be my day job for years – mostly writing popular science, but also fiction. I have been published in several of the major online genre magazines. I listed some of these in my previous post.

Many writers love market data posts, myself included, so here goes – I’m going to indulge myself. In 2015 I received rejections so far from: Tor.com (2x), Asimov’s (3x), F&SF (2x), Devilfish Review, Motorcycle Anthology, Cast of Wonders, Lightspeed, Bahamut, Daily Science Fiction, Poetry in Public, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Betwixt (2x), the New Yorker, Apex, Flash Fiction Online, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Clarkesworld, Glittership, GigaNotoSaurus, Lackington’s, Running Bunny and Unlikely Story.

This is in chronological order. As you can see, the list includes SF venues, literary venues, specifically queer and trans venues, big venues, small venues, venues which published me previously, venues which solicited from me, and even the local city bus. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out! 😀

I somehow did not raise a fuss about any of these magazines, and you know why? Because I was treated with respect at each and every one of these.


Thank you everyone who continues to stand by me. I am very grateful to all of you.

(and I was not kidding about the local city bus! If there’s anything that should make me cry by this logic is getting rejected by the local city bus. 😀 )

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Vitality Magazine is not a safe space for trans people

If you’ve been reading my Twitter feed, you know I got an unprofessional and offensively worded rejection for a story from an unnamed queer magazine I used to promote.

I spent a lot of time thinking about whether to go public with it. In the meantime, several other authors told me about similar editorial responses they received from the same person. This has encouraged me to go public, as it demonstrates the response I got was part of a larger pattern. I have not asked their permission to share what happened to them – they can come forward or not, as they would like – but I’d like to share what happened to me.

The venue in question is Vitality Magazine.

Let’s start at the beginning.

About me

I’m a Hungarian Jewish nonbinary trans person, specifically agender (my pronouns are e/em/eir/emself or singular they). I’m also autistic and have motor dyspraxia. I moved to the US from Hungary last year and currently live in Iowa. I do not pass well as either of the binary genders, and therefore do not have an option of being in the closet. As both a trans person and a Jew (a target of discrimination in my country), I repeatedly experienced physical violence, social ostracism and harassment in my country of origin. I had to move across the globe to live in a measure of peace. I’m just saying this so that you understand my background – I expect this post will be read by people who don’t know me personally.

I am an author of speculative fiction and poetry. I’ve been published in various SF magazines like Clarkesworld, Apex, Strange Horizons and more. I’ve also been published in specifically queer/trans venues like Glittership, Queers Destroy SF, Here We Cross, etc. As a reviewer, I have been talking about diverse SF in English for over five years, on this site in addition to various magazines, and more recently also on Twitter.

I have had extensive experience with editors in several different countries and in two languages. I have received hundreds of responses for my writing, and I also worked full time as an author of nonfiction for several years. I know what an editorial response to a submission looks like.

What Vitality sent me

An excerpt from the response I received: (quoting a part of the rejection, emphasis mine)

“There is nothing technically wrong with your piece. The present tense is a bit hard to follow (but all present tense is) and I felt some of the interjected worldbuilding (his back tattoo, for instance) was rough and unnecessary. But basically, this piece isn’t a good fit for Vitality because it’s simply… gross.

First, this is simply not acceptable to say. As an editor, one is producing professional correspondence where such value-laden words as “gross” don’t belong.

Second, let’s examine what the editor found gross.

My piece is a secondary world fantasy story with two nonbinary trans people of color in a warm and loving D/s (Dominant / submissive) relationship. One of them is seriously ill and the other is trying to take care of them. This second person is also disabled and has a motor coordination issue similar to mine. (I naively thought that a story based in part on my own personal experience would be a great fit with Vitality, as they’ve specifically called for such and even sold T-shirts with taglines like “everyone deserves to see themselves in fiction”.) There is no violence. There is no sex, though the characters are shown to be sharing a bed.

There are at least three elements that could’ve squicked the editor out: the transness, the D/s, and the being sick and disabled theme. Judging from other parts of the response, it was the illness/disability theme most of all:

“We’re thinking about adding “no overly gory medical descriptions” to our guidelines after reading this piece…

I personally don’t think the story had any gore. (I have written and sold both horror for adults and fantasy for children, on both ends of the goriness spectrum.) It did have medical descriptions, quite inevitably given that it has speaking roles for a disabled character, an acutely ill character, and a doctor.

It is impossible to talk in any depth about many disabilities and illnesses without medical descriptions, at least I don’t know how to do so about my own. This wording tells me that disabled / ill people and their narratives are especially not welcome at Vitality. Many (most?) of us trans people are physically, mentally, disabled, chronically or acutely ill, sick, at least in part due to the way the cis majority treats us. We also face significant barriers to healthcare. I personally faced and continue to face significant barriers to healthcare. To exclude such narratives is to exclude the life experience of vast swathes of the QUILTBAG but especially the trans population. This story was a positive portrayal of supporting an acutely ill loved one, with a happy ending (there, I’ve spoiled it…) and people who are kind to each other. It could easily have been about two cis, straight people – it wasn’t a “trans issue story” at all – but it was deeply informed by my life experience.

In addition to the “gross” remark, the rejection misgendered my protagonist (emphasis mine):

“There is nothing technically wrong with your piece. The present tense is a bit hard to follow (but all present tense is) and I felt some of the interjected worldbuilding (his back tattoo, for instance) was rough and unnecessary.

The pronoun “his” in this rejection refers to a nonbinary trans person who is explicitly mentioned to be neutrally gendered and is never referred to as “him” anywhere in the text.

The editor who sent this response, Jesse Ellorris, self-identifies as a bisexual cis woman from Kansas.

Caveats, and coming forward as a marginalized submitter

An immediate defense can be that the editor in question is inexperienced, and I am being too strict. First, inexperienced or no, a GLBT-friendly venue is NOT a venue that treats trans authors badly at no expense to cis people. I’m quite thick-skinned, but I’m also outspoken and I understand that most writers do not dare to come forward about venues that act in bad faith. There is a considerable power differential at work in editor-writer relationships even when both sides are equally marginalized, which is not the case here.

Second, I am not saying any of the above out of resentment – my work finds markets relatively easily, and I usually send out my pieces again within a day of receiving a rejection, without particular negative thoughts. (This story is out on the market again, too.) According to my spreadsheet, in 2015 so far I received 31 rejections and 15 acceptances from editors, and I did not make any public criticisms of the other responses. I am also currently guest-editing a venue (inkscrawl, a small poetry magazine). Many editors – and authors – can attest to having interacted with me in a courteous, professional manner.

There are many markets friendly to queer and trans writers, and I will continue to promote them. I will just not send anything to Vitality in the future, and I will do my best to warn others about them.

Not only did I receive reports from other writers, but also when I said in public that I had a bad experience with an unnamed queer venue, several people asked me outright if it was Vitality. No one guessed any other market. This also strongly suggests there is a problem with this magazine and that I should come forward.

I thought that even if Vitality doesn’t buy my story, I would still be treated with respect. Like many other writers, I trusted them with my work. It was a mistake. I would like to prevent other people from making the same mistake in the future.

An endnote:

I got this very recent Twitter response to a reader from the magazine (who I don’t know in person), pointed out to me by a fellow disabled trans person after I finalized the above text, but before I posted it. I’m presenting it without comment:

Thank yous

Four people beta-read the above text and offered their very helpful comments – three trans people and a cis person. I am not naming them to protect them from possible backlash, but I am extremely grateful to them.

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#diversestories / #diversepoems Aug 6-14

My Twitter series of semi-daily diverse SFF recommendations is finally back after moving! I have a lot of short but dense pieces this time. Politics seems to be a theme, in many different ways.

You can follow me at @bogiperson for more of these, or keep an eye on the #diversestories and #diversepoems hashtags!

Aug 6: (Short story) Mine-Wife by Karin Tidbeck, translated by Silvester Mazzarella, in Words Without Borders, Jan 2015

Aug 7: (Epic poem) Season of the Ginzakura by Ryu Ando in Strange Horizons, Jul 2015

Aug 11: (Flash story) A Revolution in Four Courses by Naru Dames Sundar in Daily Science Fiction, Jun 2015

Aug 12: (Short poem) Lola by Gabby Reed in Strange Horizons, Jul 2015

Aug 13: (Flash story) Stick a Pin in Me by Vajra Chandrasekera in Middle Planet, Summer 2015

Aug 14: Skipping today because I have a sadly important market warning post to share.

How to support the series

I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar because I’m on a student visa and not allowed to accept money for work off-campus. You can support me by surprising me with gifts from my Amazon wishlist. Right now, food would be most appreciated, as the pantry is very empty after our interstate move. But books are always cool too :)

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I am alive!

No thanks to my ISP, I didn’t have internet at home for three weeks, because they couldn’t switch it over sooner when we moved to our new rental. Ungh!

I’m back now. Various announcements:

I’m currently guest-editing the next issue of Inkscrawl, a magazine of minimalistic speculative poetry. I extended the deadline to Aug 31. Go check out the guidelines and send me something!

This issue’s theme is Atypical Weather. Weather is one of the perennial topics of poetry – but can you show us something new? From space weather to magical weather, the possibilities are endless. I want to see how weather affects people (and other sentient beings) or vice versa, I want to read about your traditions or reconceptualizations of weather, I want imagery and soundscapes and smells. I will be reading during July 1 – Aug 31, with publication expected in October. (Reading period extended because I have no internet right now due to moving.)


I have a letter in the forthcoming Letters to Tiptree. It features small-town America and the Holocaust. You can see the lineup and preorder the anthology  – I’m really curious about others’ letters!



Strange Bedfellows: An Anthology of Political Science Fiction is currently shortlisted for the Aurora Awards – the Canadian Hugos. This collection included my story Changing Body Templates. If you are Canadian, the entire anthology is available in the voters’ package! Voting is still open and the ballot has a lot of cool stuff.

Changing Body Templates will also be podcast by Starship Sofa! In the meanwhile, you can read the bonus story notes. I’m very thankful to Alex Shvartsman who recommended Starship Sofa when I was looking for a podcasting venue – at almost 7000 words, this story was too long for most other places.


I’m suddenly on Free SF Online! I have even more free things in my own biblio for those interested.


I have even more news, but I’ll save it for a bit later!

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#diversepoems and #diversestories recs Jun 15-19 + Happy Juneteenth!!

These are this week’s diverse SFF story and poem recommendations, on Twitter as usual. You can follow me at @bogiperson to get these stories and poems every day and not just once a week. 😀 This time there’s also a bonus section to celebrate Juneteenth!

This week’s roundup:

Jun 15: (Poem) The devil riding your back by Gabby Reed in Liminality, Autumn 2014.

Jun 16: (Short story) (Non-free) Re: (For CEO’s Approval) Text for 10th anniversary exhibition for Operation Springclean by JY Yang in Bahamut, Jun 2015.

Jun 17: (Flash story) The Queen’s Aviary by Yoon Ha Lee in Daily Science Fiction, Jan 2015.

Jun 18: (No update)

Jun 20: (Poem) The Nightflies by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Jan 2015.

I also have a bonus section!

Today is the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the US. I will celebrate Juneteenth by gathering some of my more recent African American author recommendations! Links point to the original recommendation threads.

Free stuff:

* (Short story) Walkdog by Sofia Samatar in Kaleidoscope, 2014; reprinted online by Weightless Books.

* (Poem) Song by JT Stewart in Stone Telling, Jan 2014.

* (Poem) Visitation of the Oracle at McKain Street by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Feb 2015.

* (Poem) The Nightflies by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Jan 2015.

* (Short story) Super Bass by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com, May 2013. (I missed this when it came out!)

* (Novelette) The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com, Apr 2014

Also some non-free recommendations that are a bit longer:

* (Novelette) Légendaire. by Kai Ashante Wilson in Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013. Soon to be reprinted in Stories for Chip!

* (Novella) A Necessary Being by Octavia Butler in Unexpected Stories, pub. Open Road Media, 2014.


(…I don’t think Kai Ashante Wilson can be hyped enough, in case you were wondering… 😀 )

And the usual endnote:

You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar. I also very much appreciate reviewer copies, especially print review copies of short story anthologies, or diverse SFF novels. You can look at my reviewer copies policy before sending things!

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#diversestories / #diversepoems recommendations June 12

Welcome to this week’s instalment of my SFF recommendations by diverse authors! You can follow me on Twitter at @bogiperson to get these stories and poems every day. 😀

The past weeks were very hectic because we are moving, there were multiple medical procedures in the family, etc. So there were a bunch of recommendations that I somehow didn’t end up including in a roundup:

May 26: (Short story) Walkdog by Sofia Samatar in Kaleidoscope, 2014; reprinted online by Weightless Books.

Jun 3: (Short story) Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B by Kathrin Köhler in Book Smugglers, May 2015.

Jun 4: (Poem) Apologies for breaking the glass slipper by Isabel Yap in Uncanny Magazine, Jun 2015.

And here are this week’s recommendations:

Jun 9: (Novella) (Non-free) What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear by Bao Shu, translated by Ken Liu, F&SF, Apr/May 2015.

Jun 10: (Flash story) Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur in Lightspeed – Queers Destroy SF special issue, Jun 2015.

Jun 11: (Poem) Celestial celebrities by Meena Kandasamy in her poetry collection Ms Militancy, reprinted in Stone Telling, Jun 2011.

Jun 12: (Novelette) Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds by Rose Lemberg in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Jun 2015.

This week’s supporters:

* Henry Lien sent a hardcopy of Asimov’s June 2015 which includes his story

Thank you very much!!


You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar. I also very much appreciate reviewer copies, especially print review copies of short story anthologies, or diverse SFF novels. You can look at my reviewer copies policy before sending things!

After we’ve moved, I’ll probably do a food drive where you can gift me things to eat through Amazon – so just mentioning it in order for you to prepare 😀 I need to put more food on my wishlist!

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Story notes: Forestspirit, Forestspirit

These are my bonus notes for Forestspirit, Forestspirit – my poetic hard SF story out in Clarkesworld today. Spoilers follow; this blog post is best read after the story.


Content warnings: warfare, racism – all rather off-screen and without graphic descriptions. My notes below also talk a bit about transphobia.


Scientific detail in this story was inspired by two recent arXiv preprints:

Nguyen A, Yosinski J, Clune J (2014): Deep Neural Networks are Easily Fooled: High Confidence Predictions for Unrecognizable Images. arXiv:1412.1897v2 [cs.CV]

Szegedy C, Zaremba W, Sutskever I, Bruna J, Erhan D, Goodfellow I, Fergus R (2014): Intriguing properties of neural networks. arXiv:1312.6199v4 [cs.CV]

Readers should note that I have taken great liberties with the source material. 😀


This is my most recent finished non-flash story. These days I’m writing a lot for my day job and I struggle to find any time and energy to write fiction or poetry on the side. It’s difficult.


The story was beta read by Rose Lemberg and Merc A. Rustad. Thank you!!

I think my style improved a lot recently in response to not only reading recent work but also thinking about it, contemplating it, and discussing with fellow writers what we are trying to do. I think it owes the most to Rose Lemberg (even though we write very different things), but a list of influences would be very long.


The story is set in the Balaton Uplands, where my dad lives, but this is not stated in the text explicitly.


In present-day Hungary, gender-neutral names are actually illegal. “Gabi” is a diminutive that can be used for various male- and female-gendered names, most commonly Gabriella (female) and Gábor (male), but also Gábriel (male), etc.

An aside: Bogi can also stand for Boglár, Boglárka (female) and Bogdán (male), but is more frequently used as a female diminutive. There was a boy in my former neighborhood who was called Bogi, but this is rather uncommon, I think.

I had Hungarian cis people tell me my first name was too gendered. Um, to have something less gendered would actually be illegal, so you might wish to lobby for more trans-friendly legislation?

“Bogi” is completely gender-opaque to Americans, and to my surprise also to Germans and Austrians. So I’m fine with it for the time being :)

To go back to Gabi, I could claim a thematic link to the angel Gavriel, re: the protagonist’s actions etc., but there are so few gender-neutral names for Hungarian characters I could come up with that this actually wasn’t intentional.

As mentioned in the story, Gabi soap products really did exist and were a staple of my childhood. This is one of the very few clues as to the story’s location.


Yes, this is a post-Singularity story… I guess. I have a deep skepticism of post-Singularity stories. So the backdrop is grimly tongue in cheek, while the themes of the aftermath of war, racism, etc. are deathly serious.

While writing, I was also thinking of stories of partisans (the Eastern European version of guerrillas) hiding in forests well after wars had ended. When I was a kid, I often thought about what it would be like to be one. Probably not very glamorous.

The protagonist doesn’t end up leaving the forest, by the end. There is no rapturous absolution. It’s all rather low-key and melancholy. And the young people again leave the country, like right now and many times before; history repeats itself.


There is a complicated subthread about magic, what gets called magic, what do readers see as magic, etc. I wanted to circumambulate this issue a bit more subtly than just invoking Clarke’s third law.


I tried to keep ethnicities ambiguous so that more people could see themselves in the story – marginalized groups in Hungary have a lot of shared history. But I also tried to make it clear who is not an ethnic majority Hungarian. The protagonist isn’t, and the other characters are mixed-ethnicity, with Péter passing and his uncle not so much (this is only made clear at the end).

(In before someone tries to whitesplain Hungary to me: yes, there are blond Jews, there are blond Roma etc. Hungary has had a lot of intermarriage, and many many people live in the country who pass as the ethnic majority.)


Darwin’s caterpillar being much embarrassed is in the Instinct chapter of The Origin of Species – I just thought this phrasing was endearing and thus it made its way into the story.

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#diversestories / #diversepoems recommendations May 18-22

This is the usual roundup of my semi-daily recommendations of speculative poetry and fiction by diverse authors! Follow me on Twitter to see them every day – I’m @bogiperson.

A lot of cool stuff this past week, and 3 new authors in the series out of 5. I continue to be amazed how many great writers there are out there.

I also think a 20% percentage of non-free stuff is working out well (this is a recent change) – there is still plenty of free stuff you can read, but this way I manage to spotlight lesser-known/harder to find work that also gets reprinted sometimes 😀 (Who will be the next publisher to reprint one of my recs? I think the first one was Apex!)

Also check out the March-April roundup I made last week.


The week’s recommendations:

May 18: (Novella) (Non-free) Dangerous Space by Kelley Eskridge, in Dangerous Space, Aqueduct Press 2007.

May 19: (Flash story) The Egg by S.B. Divya in Nature Futures, Feb 2015.

May 20: (Short story) By Degrees and Dilatory Time by S. L. Huang, May 2015.

May 21: (Poem) Let me show you you by Dominik Parisien in Stone Telling, Feb 2013.

May 22: (Short story) The Man Who Walked Home by James Tiptree, Jr. in Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home, 1972. Reprinted on the Baen Ebooks website.


Supporters of the series this week:

* A.C. Buchanan, who sent an ebook reviewer copy of Liquid City. Thank you!!


You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar. I also very much appreciate reviewer copies, especially print review copies of short story anthologies, or diverse SFF novels. You can look at my reviewer copies policy before sending things!

(…and yes, you can always buy me food from my Amazon wishlist, it is very helpful and I eat it with relish 😀 I should probably put more food on the list, it seems to be a popular option!)

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#diversestories / #diversepoems recs Mar-Apr 2015

These are all the recommendations I posted in my Twitter series focusing on diverse authors of SFF, during March and April.


* An Inventory of Ghosts by Natalia Theodoridou in Strange Horizons, Apr 2015 (can also be categorized as a story)

* Coyolxauhqui by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas in Stone Telling, Nov 2014

* Last Letters by Sonya Taaffe in Through the Gate, Oct 2014

* Levity by Lisa M. Bradley in Through the Gate, Mar 2015

* Lunectomy by Jack H. Marr in Stone Telling, Mar 2012

* My Dead Hands Lover, I’m Leaving You by Dominik Parisien in Through the Gate, Sep 2012

* Navigations by Mat Joiner in Through the Gate, Apr 2013

* Salamander Song by Rose Lemberg and Emily Jiang in Strange Horizons, Nov 2014

* The Multiple Lives of Juan and Pedro by Isabel Yap in Apex, Apr 2015

* Triumph XV: Vetala by Shweta Narayan in Tor.com, April 2015


* Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya on Tor.com, Feb 2015

* After the Rain by Polenth Blake, in Lackington’s, Winter 2015

* (Non-free) Bilingual by Henry Lien in F&SF, Mar/Apr 2015

* Documentary by Vajra Chandrasekera in Lightspeed, Mar 2015

* Not Her Garden by Yukimi Ogawa, in Lackington’s, Summer 2014

* Pockets by Amal El-Mohtar in Uncanny, Feb 2015

* (Non-free) Re: Christmas, Bainbridge Island by Dennis Y. Ginoza in Bloodchildren, ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013

* Super Bass by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com, May 2013

* The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mar 2014

* The Shape of my Name by Nino Cipri on Tor.com, Mar 2015

* Tiger Baby by JY Yang, in Lackington’s, Winter 2015. Originally published in From the Belly of the Cat, Math Paper Press, 2013

* What the Highway Prefers by Cassandra Khaw, in Lackington’s, Winter 2015

* Where Monsters Dance by A. Merc Rustad in Inscription Magazine, Mar 2015

* You’ll Always Have the Burden with You by Ken Liu in In Situ, July 2012; reprinted in Perihelion, Dec 2013

Flash stories:

* Men sell not such in any town by Nalo Hopkinson in Nature Futures, Sep 2005

* Red String by Cassandra Khaw in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Mar 2015


* (Non-free) Free Bird by Caren Gussoff, in Bloodchildren ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013

* (Non-free) Invisible City by A.C. Buchanan, self-published in 2015

* (Non-free) Légendaire. by Kai Ashante Wilson in Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013


You might also like the previous roundup (Jan-Feb). Also, my reviewer copies policy is here.


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, so I don’t have a Patreon and can’t run a fundraiser.

Supporters in March and April: multiple Anonymous Benefactors, Bella Press, Mitchell Hart, Heather Rose Jones, Henry Lien, Marcell Géza Takács, Charles A. Tan, A.C. Wise. Thank you very much!!

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