Recently published: "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand" & "We Will See You Now" at Uncanny Magazine
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“This was an odd choice of venues to wait in,” my companion says. I look at the reflected faces in the glass. “I know,” I say. “I just wanted to see.”
from "We Will See You Now," (essay)
at Uncanny Magazine

I hope you and yours have jumped into 2018 (off the couch is apparently the best approach according to my Danish friends, although I'm going to take their word for it) and are finding it much improved over the previous upside-down year. 

This year, for me, is a reframing year, and one for strengthening. I'm working on new fiction, new essays, and new poems -- stretching where I need to, and trying new things along the way. I hope you'll join me. 

This year seems to be as much about clocks as the past few years were about maps. I've just turned in a novella to that has, at its core, time-traveling librarians, thieves, and a battle between a gem-possessed printing press and a gem-bound clock. What could possibly go wrong, right? 

I'm also working on an sf story about time and how it bends and is saved. That one has me researching all the latest in quarks, crystal lattices, and gravity wells.

I've finished two new stories lately and sold a poem (! I know, right?) to Uncanny. That last one, "The Ocean Never Says it Loves You," will appear later this spring.

Meantime, it's awards season, so I'm going to send you in the direction of a bunch of things to read -- mostly not mine, but also including mine.

What are your plans for the year? I hope they happen in all the right ways for you.

~ Fran


  • February 16-18 - Boskone 
  • March 14-18 - International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
  • April - June - 4 Week Dystopias Course,The Rosenbach Museum (space limited, registration required)
  • April 14-19 - Instructor at the Futurescapes Workshop, Sundance Resort
  • June 8-10 - Instructor at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference
  • July 15-16 - Readercon!

I'm starting up a Patreon where you can peek at my sketching, hear about WIPs, get things in the mail, and occasional poems! AND help support my work at the same time! Head on over!

2017 To Read & Consider (an incomplete list):
Tis the season, if you are so inclined...

From Others:
(links to descriptions, not enough space here)
- Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty
- The Cold Eye, Laura Ann Gilman
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, Theodora Goss
- Jade City, Fonda Lee
- Beasts Made of Night, Tochi Onebuchi
- The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty
- The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden
- An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard
- Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw
- The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear
- Plague of Giants, Kevin Hearne
- Provenance, Ann Leckie
- An Oath of Dogs, Wendy Wagner
- The Girl with the Red Balloon, Katherine Locke
- Autonomous, Annalee Newitz

The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells
Passing Strange, Ellen Klages
And Then There Were (N-One), Sarah Pinsker
A Portrait in the Desert of Personages of Power, Rose Lemberg
Red Threads of Fortune & Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang

Novellettes, Stories & Poems
A Place to Grow, A.T. Greenblatt
Children of Thorns, Children of Water Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny) 
Waiting on a Bright Moon, JY Yang (
Crows' Eye, Sarah Hollowell (Fireside)
After Burning, Wren Wallis (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Can't Beat 'Em, Nalo Hopkinson (Uncanny)
Excerpts from a Film, A.C. Wise ( 
Starskin, Sealskin, Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (poem, Uncanny)
Caligo Lane, Ellen Klages (a reprint, breaks my heart every time - at
The Ache of Home, Maurice Broaddus (Uncanny) 
Mix Tapes from Dead Boys, E. Catherine Tobler (Lightspeed) 
The Unnatural, Annalee Flower Horne (Futurescapes)
A Nest of Ghosts, a House of Birds, Kat Howard (Uncanny) 
Small Changes Over Large Periods of Time, K.M. Szparza (Uncanny) 
Read Before Use, Chinelo Onwualu (Uncanny) 
The White-Throated Transmigrant, E. Lily Yu ( 
Shape without Form, Shade without Color, Sunny Moraine ( 

Collections & Anthologies:
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
Wicked Wonders, Ellen Klages
Red Dust and Dancing Horses, Beth Cato
Flying Lessons and Other Stories, Ellen Oh, ed.

Links to things I'm particularly grateful to have been able to do this year (aka things by me):

Invisible 3 - This collection of essays about representation in science fiction and fantasy contains work by Rebecca Roanhorse, Jennifer Cross, me, and more. Edited by Jim Hines and Mary Anne Mohanraj, with an introduction by K. Tempest Bradford, it's Hugo-eligible in the related works category, and available for purchase.  (Proceeds go to Con-or-Bust)

Other essays include - Interstellar Poet Laureate; The Art of the Bone Universe; The Invisible Engineer; How to Make a Monster

Short Stories: 

“A Recipe For Magic” with Kat Howard, B&N Blog, November 2017

“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” Uncanny Magazine, September 2017 (interview | podcast | story)

“Regarding Your Future with the Futures Planning Consortium,” with Raq Winchester, Fireside Fiction April 2017

“Happenstance,” Futurescapes: Cities of Empowerment Anthology 2017

“Death And My Mentions,” The Death of All Things Anthology, 2017 

Serial Box: 

Serial Box: The Witch Who Came in From The Cold, guest episode 6
Witchcraft and tradecraft in cold-war era Prague. What could possibly go wrong? Everything.


HORIZON, 2017 from Tor / Macmillan


Cooking the Books - with co-host Aliette de Bodard - including authors Carmen Maria Machado, October 4, 2017; Yoon Ha Lee, August 9, 2017; Malka Older, June 21, 2017; Ruthanna Emrys, May 10, 2017; Laura Ann Gilman and Mur Lafferty, February 7, 2017.

WHAT Five Books I'm Excited About: 

WHAT  Things I Really Love: 
Things I'm thinking about: 
  • How we stay focused on the long term while the immediate is filled with emergencies
  • Clocks & Time
  • New stories, old stories and how each fits together with the other.
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