Kristi Carter's Cosmovore, Liz Bourke's Sleeping with Monsters, summer issue of The Cascadia Subducion Zone, World Fantasy Awards, & more.
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In these times of urgency and hopelessness, we believe science fiction isn't here just to help us escape our harsh reality, but to point us in possible directions of hope. Read on to find out what we have been working on to that effect.

Sleeping with Monsters,
by Liz Bourke

Cover image of SLEEPING WITH MONSTERS, featuring a lighthouse cut against a blue sky and large moon.$19.00 (paperback)
$7.95 (ebook)
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In June we had the pleasure to publish Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Liz Bourke, in both print and e-book editions.

Anyone familiar with Liz Bourke's work knows she isn't shy about sharing her opinion. In columns and reviews for science fiction and fantasy website and elsewhere, she's taken a critical eye to fantasy and SF, from books to movies, television to videogames, old to new. This volume presents a selection of the best of her articles. Bourke's subjects range from the nature of epic fantasy—is it a naturally conservative sort of literature?—to the effect of Mass Effect's decision to allow players to play as a female hero, and from discussions of little-known writers to some of the most popular works in the field. A provocative, immensely readable collection of essays about the science fiction and fantasy field, from the perspective of a feminist and a historian, Sleeping With Monsters is an entertaining addition to any reader's shelves.

"[Bourke] consistently raises questions about the sort of content in books that for a long time was invisible to many reviewers or considered not worth examining. Uncovering the complex morass of sexism, racism, classism, ableism, religious bigotry, and homo- and transphobia that often underlies many of our received assumptions about narrative is right in her wheelhouse. ...[She] talks to us as if we're in conversation. What a pleasure it is to read pithy reviews of often-overlooked work I already admire, as well as to discover books I need to read." — from the Introduction by Kate Elliott 

This strong collection is culled from Bourke's similarly titled blog as well as other online sources, and features eight original selections. Bourke's critiques of fantasy and science fiction—most running fewer than 1,000 words—demonstrate both her critical acumen and her appreciation of the genre.... This collection is sure to provoke debate among genre fans, and also to drive them to the books under Bourke's scrutiny.  —Publishers Weekly, June 2017

by Kristi Carter

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We're pleased to announce the release of Cosmovorea narrative collection of poetry by Kristi Carter. Cosmovore is the fifty-seventh volume in Aqueduct's Conversation Pieces series.

Nothing escapes, not even light.

Mother, monstrosity, woman. Cosmovore. 

In this narrative collection of poems, the voice of the void reels and keens over meditations on consumption, the body, and the world. From the edges of the Milky Way to the confines of an eggshell, nowhere is safe from her hunger. In the tinny echoes of a much-hated musical triangle, explore the questions she faces about womanhood, motherhood, society, and a goat as she tries to reconcile those around her with her own identity.

Read a sample from the work here.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone,
Vol. 7 No. 2

$3.00 (PDF)

The summer issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone is out. It includes an essay by Victoria Garcia on Maggie Nelson's The Art of Cruelty, a report by Arrate Hidalgo on the Space is the Place conference held in Tel Aviv in April, and a memorial for Ama Patterson; poetry by Gwynne Garfinkle and Bruce Lader, a Grandmother Magma by John Kessel on Ursula K. Le Guin's Lavinia, and reviews of several recent titles, including Lynette James's review of this year's Tiptree Award: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. This issue's featured artist is Milan Djurasovic.

As usual, you can visit the CSZ website for a single issue, or subscribe, either to the printed version for $16 per year or to the electronic version for just $10.

Sheree Renée Thomas
winner of the L.A. Banks Award

We would like to congratulate Aqueduct author Sheree Renée Thomas for having received the first L.A. Banks Award "'for her outstanding work that exemplifies creativity and her advancements in producing arts of work in Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy writing in the African Diasporic Community,' presented at the Blerd City conference in Brooklyn NY on August 17, 2017," as reported in Locus Magazine's September issue. We're very proud.

You can now read a sample of her latest poetry and fiction anthology, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, volume 50 in our Conversation Pieces series and long-listed for the Tiptree Award.

Free Samples on the Aqueduct website
Here at Aqueduct Press we have been working to help readers with decision-making in this modern world of choice and distractions. You will now find that our website includes free samples of a growing number of titles, including recent releases (such as Liberating the Astronauts and The Adventures of the Incognita Countess), this year's Philip K. Dick Award special citation Unpronounceable, and celebrated books on our backlist such as L. Timmel Duchamp's Alanya to Alanya. Enjoy!
Karen Heuler
at KGB Reading

Please enjoy this Fantastic Fiction at KGB podcast, which features Karen Heuler reading from her novella In Search of Lost Time, recently published in our Conversation Pieces series. The event, held at NYC's iconic KGB bar, also had author Genevieve Valentine.
World Fantasy Awards
and Aqueduct Press

This past July saw the announcement of the finalists to the 2017 World Fantasy Awards, which will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio TX next November, as Locus reports.
We are very pleased to announce that Betsy James's coming-of-age fantasy Roadsouls features among the candidates to Best Novel. Additionally, our very own publishing director L. Timmel Duchamp is a nominee in the Special Award, Professional category. We couldn't be prouder. Congratulations to all nominees!
FIYAH magazine
#BlackSpecFic Roundable

Fireside Fiction asked the staff at FIYAH Magazine to describe the problems faced by Black speculative writers in contemporary genre publishing. The result is this roundtable discussing representation, the responsibility of fiction editors, lack of critical coverage, and more. Highly recommended.
ArmadilloCon 2017
Slavery Themes in SF Panel

A composition of several covers of SFF books discussing slaveryThis year's ArmadilloCon in Austin TX featured Aqueductista Nisi Shawl as its Guest of Honor. For Nisi, the highlight of the con was the panel of themes of slavery in SF, moderated by publishing director L. Timmel Duchamp. Below is a list of the works brought to the discussion (which Nisi stipulated would not include bad examples).
  • Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand (by Samuel R. Delany)
  • Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman, Volume 1 (by Balogun Ojetade)
  • Lion's Blood (by Steven Barnes)
  • Agotime (by Judith Gleason)
  • The Salt Roads (by Nalo Hopkinson)
  • The Sell-Out (by Paul Beatty)
  • Empire Star (by Samuel R. Delany)
  • The Red Rose Rages, Bleeding (by L. Timmel Duchamp)
  • The Freedom Maze (by Delia Sherman)
  • The Half Has Never Been Told (by Edward E. Baptist) [non-fiction]
  • King Leopold's Ghost (by Adam Hochschild) [non-fiction]
  • Underground Airlines (by Ben H. Winters) [non-genre]
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