Today SF Signal released the table of contents for the 31st volume of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and I don’t mind saying that I’m fairly omgomg about the company I’m in. Check this shit out:
- “The Discovered Country” by Ian R. MacLeod
- “The Book Seller” by Lavie Tidhar
- “Pathways” by Nancy Kress
- “A Heap of Broken Images” by Sunny Moraine
- “Rock of Ages” by Jay Lake
- “Rosary and Goldenstar” by Geoff Ryman
- “Gray Wings” by Karl Bunker
- “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
- “Transitional Forms” by Paul McAuley
- “Precious Mental” by Robert Reed
- “Martian Blood” by Allen M. Steele
- “Zero For Conduct” by Greg Egan
- “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard
- “A Map of Mercury” by Alastair Reynolds
- “One” by Nancy Kress
- “Murder on the Aldrin Express” by Martin L. Shoemaker
- “Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince” by Jake Kerr
- “The Plague” by Ken Liu
- “Fleet” by Sandra McDonald
- “The She-Wolf’s Hidden Grin” by Michael Swanwick
- “Bad Day on Boscobel” by Alexander Jablokov
- “The Irish Astronaut” by Val Nolan
- “The Other Gun” by Neal Asher
- “Only Human” by Lavie Tidhar
- “Entangled” by Ian R. MacLeod
- “Earth 1″ by Stephen Baxter
- “Technarion” by Sean McMullen
- “Finders” by Melissa Scott
- “The Queen of Night’s Aria” by Ian McDonald
- “Hard Stars” by Brendan DuBois
- “The Promise of Space” by James Patrick Kelly
- “Quicken” by Damien Broderick
It’ll be out in hardcover and paperback in July. Can’t wait.
by Rob Wanenchak
Her First Calf
Her fate seizes her and brings her
down. She is heavy with it. It
wrings her. The great weight
is heaved out of her. It eases.
She moves into what she has become
sure in her fate now
as a fish free in the current.
She turns to the calf who has broken
out of the womb’s water and its veil.
He breathes. She licks his wet hair.
He gathers his legs under him
and rises. He stands, and his legs
wobble. After the months
of his pursuit of her now
they meet face to face.
From the beginnings of the world
his arrival and her welcome
have been prepared. They have always
known each other.
– Wendell Berry
So it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Stuffing some news in with the links.
To my immense chuffedness, Line and Orbit took silver in the Best Gay SF and bronze in the Best Gay Debut categories in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. Many, many congrats to all the winners and finalists.
- “Michigan passes ‘rape insurance’ bill”. The Republican governor actually opposed it. Michigan, I cannot even with you.
- “The Return of the Welfare Queen”. Which does not actually exist, naturally.
The facts defy the stereotypes. The largest group of food-stamp recipients is white; 45 percent of all beneficiaries are children; and most people eligible for Medicaid are families with children in which at least one person in the household has a job.
- “David Cronenberg Wants to Be Inside You.” On the Cronenberg exhibition currently making the rounds and Cronenberg’s overall oeuvre.
- “Friday the 13th: A Ghost Story”. This past Friday was the 13th. So someone had a surprising and unwelcome visitor.
- “Five Stages of Reading the Novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture”.
The book starts with a special preface by Admiral Kirk. He introduces himself by talking about his name. Kirk, because he’s a traditionalist, Tiberius because of his grandfather’s fascination with the classics, and James after his uncle and his mother’s first love instructor.
Yeah. That’s what it said. That’s page one.
- Over at Cyborgology, David Banks has the first part of a post series we’re doing, of our own personal history with devices and digital technology. As I said on Twitter, it’s funny, insightful, and rather sweet.
- And I have the first part of a two-part essay on sex and drones and how they go together.
Drones have become a symbol of contemporary surveillance, a thing that’s always there and always watching and always potentially capable of doing harm. Sometimes this harm is through direct violence, and sometimes it’s merely the delivery of data to people who can use it against you. But either way, there are two aspects to the erotic power of drones, and they’re interrelated: Being known, and being controlled.
This has become my theme/end titles music for Labyrinthian, the SF novel I just finished writing, so enjoy.