Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Daughters of Frankenstein" has landed!

"Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists" from Lethe Press has been released!

Available in hardback and e-book format, this collection of stories and essays is all about women taking the power and running with it. My story "The Long Trip Home" is set in my River City world, and includes four elderly women conspiring to give one of their ilk the best send off of all time, and a little weather, airship, and animal magic ensues.

Here's the ToC:
"Infusion of Waking Dreams" by Aynjel Kaye
"Doubt the Sun" by Faith Mudge
"Meddling Kids" by Tracy Canfield
"Eldritch Brown Houses" by Claire Humphrey
"The Moorehead Maze Experiment" by Tim Lieder
"The Eggshell Curtain" by Romie Stott
“Poor Girl” by Traci Castleberry
“Bank Job Blues” by Melissa Scott
“The Long Trip Home” by A.J. Fitzwater
“Imaginary Beauties: A Lurid Melodrama” by Gemma Files
“The Riveter” by Sean Eads
“A Shallow Grave of Orange Peel and Eggshells” by Thoraiya Dyer
“Alraune” by Orrin Grey
“Preserving the Integrity of the Feminine Mystique” by Christine Morgan
“Hypatia and Her Sisters” by Amy Griswold
“The Lady of the House of Mirrors” by Rafaela F. Ferraz
“The Ice Weasels of Trebizond” by Mr and Mrs Brenchley
“Love in the Time of Markov Processes” by Megan Arkenberg
And featuring an essay by Jess Nevins: “From Alexander Pope to Splice: a Short History of the Female Mad Scientist.”

Daughters of Frankenstein Cover:
Two women with frizzled black hair, glasses, and white lab coats
 stand over a robot with electricity zapping into its joints

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's Coming Up

August is going to be a great month in Pickled land, with two, possibly three, big releases.

"The Long Trip Home", a story set within my steampunk world of River City, is in Lethe Press' "Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists", edited by Steve Berman.

It's worked out quite serendipitously that "The Long Trip Home" is coming out around the same time as "Long's Confandabulous Clockwork Circus and Carnival, and Cats of Many Persuasions", my first River City story, which will appear in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 61. "Circus" has been on the cards for over two years now, and I'm really keen to get the ball rolling on my River City story series for everyone to enjoy. While I don't have a specific date for the release of ASIM #61, editor Simon Petrie says the issue has "moved on to the launch pad". It would be great if it's August - both River City stories out at once!

My essay "Ahead of her time, and lost in time: on feminism, bisexuality, and gender" will be in Twelfth Planet Press' "Letters to Tiptree". This collection of essays honouring James Tiptree Jr. will be the perfect academic companion to anyone interested in the author and/or the history of women's and feminist science fiction. I'm really honoured that I'm going to be a part of it.

I also have two other stories that will be out in the next few months, though dates are to be advised. One of my strange little numbers entitled "Causeway" has been picked up by The Future Fire, and will be in an upcoming issue. The Future Fire also have released the excellent "Accessing The Future", a disability themed anthology of speculative fiction. I'm very much enjoying reading through the anthology. And it includes a story by New Zealand's own A.C. Buchanan.

Speaking of whom, Andi is starting a New Zealand based magazine of speculative fiction entitled "Capricious", and they have chosen my story "She Must" to appear in the first edition. Considering Andi and my own literary tastes often intersect, I'm really looking forward to what weird and wonderful speculative stories (because my story is weird!) they come up with and the interesting essays which will be included in the magazine.

I'm on yer books, keeping yer storeez nice 'n warm

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Letters To Tiptree", Twelfth Planet Press

James Tiptree Jr. is one of the biggest influences on my current state of writing. The opportunity to tell her this passed me by before I even knew she and her amazing work existed - she took her life when I was thirteen and I had barely even discovered the SFF genre.

Therefore, a chance to write a letter to her posthumously and express what she means to me was a dream come true. Twelfth Planet Press are publishing a collection of essays entitled "Letters to Tiptree", celebrating Alice Sheldon the anniversary of her 100th birthday.

I penned an essay entitled "Ahead of her time, and lost in time: on gender, feminism, and bisexuality", and I am so very proud and excited to share that my essay will be included in the collection, to be released in August 2015.

Editors Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce have put together a stellar collection of authors and academics, and I am so honoured to share a table of contents with many people I hold in the highest regard.

Pre-orders are available now.

"Letters to Tiptree", edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandrea Pierce, including letters from:
Kathryn Allan
Marleen Barr
Stephanie Burgis
Joyce Chng
Aliette de Bodard
Timmi Duchamp
Amanda Fitzwater
Lisa Goldstein
Theodora Goss
Nicola Griffiths
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones
Rose Lemberg
Sylvia Kelso
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo
Sandra McDonald
Seanan McGuire
Karen Miller
Judith Moffet
Cheryl Morgan
Pat Murphy
Sarah Pinsker
Cat Rambo
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Justina Robson
Nisi Shawl
Nike Sulway
Lucy Sussex
Rachel Swirsky
Bogi Takacs
Lynne M. Thomas
 Elisabeth Vonarburg
Jo Walton
Tess Williams