Happy summer! Here’s some stuff to read.
• Liz Argall’s “Blunt Force Trauma Delivered by Spouse,” in the much-anticipated This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology) is “a graphic, painful character study of an Australian farmer in a passionate but abusive relationship, fighting to rebuild her life in spite of her eponymous prediction” (Tasha Robinson of AV Club).
• Cat Rambo has two stories out: “On the Big-fisted Circuit,” a story about people fighting in giant robot suits, is up at Daily Science Fiction, and “Elsewhere, Within, Elsewhen” is in Beyond the Sun, an anthology. It’s about personal struggles in a distant colony. Also, talking rocks.
• JM Sidorova’s debut novel, The Age of Ice, was published this month, along with a companion story called “The Colors of Cold.” I haven’t read my copy of the novel yet, but the reviews are hot! So to speak.
I know you’re all busy being at WorldCon, or wishing you were at WorldCon (as I am). Here are some recent Horrific Miscue words to ease the pain.
• J.M. Sidorova’s “Deus Absconditus” is up at Giganotosaurus. It’s about drug addiction, massage and creationism. Whee!
But wait, there’s more!
• Two of our members have been nominated for World Fantasy Awards: E. Lily Yu for her short story “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” which appeared in Clarkesworld, and Cat Rambo for her work on Fantasy Magazine. Please join us in crossing your fingers and toes for them!
The month may be long gone already, but the words live on.
Notably, J.M. Sidorova’s “Galileo Day” is live at Albedo 2.0. It’s an alternate history story that takes place seventy years after Galileo was acquitted, in a 1633 in which cathedrals are fitted with telescopes, and monasteries throughout the Holy Roman Empire are busy doing science.
More to come in June . . . I trust.
The Isthmus Variation, from Kris Millering, appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
Centzon Totochin, from Cat Rambo, appeared in Crossed Genres and Coyote Barbie in Expanded Horizons.
Messenger, from Julie Sidorova, appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine.
“Alienation”, from Katherine Sparrow, appeared in Destination Future, along with “Like Parchment in the Fire” in Bull Spec.
“Forcing Coin,” from Todd Vandemark, appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.