A bouquet of links for you today!
Featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic fiction by Jay Lake, essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Christopher J Garcia, plus a Worldcon Roundtable featuring Emma England, Michael Lee, Helen Montgomery, Steven H Silver, and Pablo Vazquez, poetry by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley, Deborah Stanish, Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, and Christopher Barzak, and a cover by Galen Dara.
All of that plus two podcasts!
I contributed a poem and voice-work: I read Maria’s “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White.” Be warned: I am rubbish at accents. In order for the marking of accents in this story to make any kind of sense you have to assume the narrator is unreliable OR very very bad at determining other people’s accents, and also that everyone in the story is some flavour of transatlantic.
That said, I was honoured to read so utterly gorgeous a story. Also: I need more friends from New Jersey.
About the poem: I wrote a poem for Lynne’s last issue of Apex and now have written a poem for Lynne and Michael’s first issue of Uncanny. The poem is, in some ways, about that — but mostly it’s what happens when you get all messed up on Loreena McKennitt’s music, Galen Dara’s art and Coleridge’s letters at 3:00 AM of an autumn night/day.
The issue just looks incredible. I highly recommend subscribing. I have a huge amount to say about Maria’s story in particular but that’ll go live with Rich and Strange on Tor.com tomorrow.
In other news! At Readercon this summer I moderated a panel about butts. If you missed it there through the vagaries of time and space, you are IN LUCK, because the magnificent Julia Rios recorded it for poster(ior)ity on The Outer Alliance! Listen to Mikki Kendall, Julia Sparkymonster, Emily Wagner, Vinnie Tesla and me having a grand old time over the course of a Very Serious Conversation About Butts.
Also this happened.
That is a bunch of distinguished panellists having a twerk. So that was pretty great.