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New Conversation Piece, WisCon Chronicles Call for Materials, Aqueduct reading in SF, Flesh & Wires nanoreview, and more.
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September is here and we're back with the last of the summer's news and a sneak peek of what we have in store for the coming season. Read on for Karen Heuler's new short story collection, guest editor Jaymee Goh's call for materials for volume 11 of The WisCon Chronicles, details on Nisi Shawl's Everfair tour, an invitation to attend the next Aqueduct reading in San Francisco, and more.
Other Places
by Karen Heuler
Out now

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$5.95 (ebook)
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We are glad to announce the release of Other Places, a collection of short stories by Karen Heuler and volume 51 of our Conversation Pieces series.

Life unfolds in strange ways. You may encounter people from your past living in your former apartments, or realize you have a penis as you engage in war-dreams, or find a planet filled with ghosts that look exactly like the ghosts back home. Is it possible they are the same as the ghosts back home? Wherever you travel, you'll have to make tough decisions about the aliens you may have harmed and the aliens who may harm you. Other Places follows travelers as the familiar becomes strange, and the strange becomes life.
WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11 Call for Materials

Photo of Jaymee GohWe are pleased to announce that the editor of the next volume of the WisCon Chronicles is Jaymee Goh, and she's eager to receive submissions. Her call for materials is available in full on our blog. Below is an extract.
 
"Call for Submissions
The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 11: Trials by Whiteness
 
WisCon40 followed a seismic shift in the demographics of the convention. Following the success of the POC Safer Space, there is now a Genderqueer/Trans Lounge, and a Disability Lounge. Programming actively seeks a diversity of panelists. How have these changes come about, and what have their ramifications been?
 
The theme, "Trials by Whiteness," examines how what bell hooks calls the white-supremacist capitalist (cishetero)patriarchy has affected the feminism of WisCon and created difficult confrontations and conversations on the clashing perceptions of attendees. "Whiteness" refers to the position from which white supremacy operates. It has constantly moving goalposts by which everyone is measured. Whiteness does not refer only to white people; non-white peoples can also identify with this position and perspective. "Trials by Whiteness," therefore, refers to all the problems people have to go through as a result of white supremacy, on various scales from microaggressions to abuse, whether institutionally or through individual behaviours."

Nisi Shawl's Everfair Tour

Photo of Nisi ShawlWe are thrilled to inform you that September 6 will see the release of Everfair, Nisi Shawl's much-anticipated Neo-Victorian alternate history novel from Tor Books, in which she "explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier."

This is the first published novel for our Aqueductista, whose Tiptree-winning short-story collection Filter House established her as a master of the short form. Everfair has already garnered raving reviews and we can't wait to join in.

We will be delighted to join her at the onset of her U.S. tour, starting September 6, 7 pm, at the Seattle University Book Store. Congratulations, Nisi!

Nanoreview of Flesh & Wires 

Nerds of a Feather contributor Joe Sherry has written a short but beaming review of Jackie Hatton's post-apocalyptic alien invasion novel Flesh & Wires.
"I couldn't put Flesh & Wires down and expect it to be in the end of year conversation for my favorite novels of the year. I want more of this."
Reading Along the Aqueduct
San Francisco

 
Join Aqueduct authors Susan diRende, Liz Henry, Ellen Klages, Claire Light, Nancy Jane Moore, and Lori Selke for an afternoon of readings moderated by Debbie Notkin at Borderlands Cafe, San Francisco. The event will run from 3 to 4.30 pm on September 25, showcasing the wealth of poetry, novels, and short fiction we have published in the past few years. Save the date!
Strange Horizons on the Fireside Report
 
Niall Harrison, Editor-in-Chief of Strange Horizons, has responded to the report released last July by Fireside magazine, which revealed the extent to which U.S. SFF magazines failed to publish Black writers in 2015. In his response article "The New Horizon," Harrison recognizes Strange Horizons's part in this collective failure and presents a three-step plan to take action (summarized as "more black first readers; clearly stating our desire to see submissions from black writers; an attempt to understand the problem in more detail"), with an invitation to suggestions and critiques from the public.
Out of 2,039 stories published in 2015, 38 were written by black authors.
Forthcoming Titles
 
Cover image of THE WATERDANCER'S WORLDThe Waterdancer's World,
by L. Timmel Duchamp
October 2016

Humans have been struggling to live on Frogmore for almost five centuries, adapting themselves to punishing gravity and the deadly mistflowers that dominate its ecology. Financier Inez Gauthier, patron of the arts and daughter of the general commanding the planet's occupation forces, dreams of eliminating the mistflowers that make exploitation of the planet's natural wealth so difficult and impede her father's efforts to crush the native insurgency.

 
Cover image of MONTEVERDEMonteverde:
Memoirs of an Interstellar Linguist

by Lola Robles
translated by Lawrence Schimel
November 2016

This short novel by Spanish feminist sf author Lola Robles narrates Terran scholar Rachel Monteverde’s journeys on Aanuk, a paradisiacal planet famous for its beaches and the generosity and joy of life of its nomadic inhabitants. The Aanukiens are not the only people on the planet, however: Rachel is eager to meet the Fidhia, a cave-dwelling people who share a congenital condition that makes them blind. Rachel’s relentless determination to communicate with them despite the Aanukien’s dismissal and the Fidhia’s secretiveness will yield more than she ever hoped for.
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