Karen Heuler's new Conversation Piece, latest volume of The WisCon Chronicles: Trials by Whiteness, report on WisCon 41, award nominations, and more.
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In the wake of WisCon 41, we're back with fresh news, releases, and food for thought. Don't miss Timmi Duchamp's report of everyone's favorite feminist SFF convention, and our latest releases: Karen Heuler's In Search of Lost Time and The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 11, edited by Jaymee Goh. Also below you will find more award nominations, rave reviews, a fascinating call for submissions, and more.

The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11:
Trials by Whiteness,

edited by Jaymee Goh

Cover image of TRIALS BY WHITENESS featuring a quilt design especially made for it.$15.00 (paperback)
$7.50 (ebook)
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We're pleased to announce the release of the eleventh volume of The WisCon Chronicles: Trials by Whiteness, edited by Jaymee Goh. In short fiction, poetry, personal essays, academic thinkpieces, Twitter rants, and informal Q&As, this volume begins conversations on liberation and limitations, intergenerational and international conflicts, intra-community and internal tensions.

In her introduction, Jaymee Goh writes: "Beautiful ones, we come to WisCon because through science fiction and fantasy, we know better than to simply accept the status quo. Why should we be as Caliban, whose only profit form the language of his colonizer is to curse in't? Can we not re-shape it--have we not re-shaped it for our own ends?" 

The cover, by the way, features an image of the quilt created by Annie Chen, who replies in "Entralink," to a question from Jaymee: 

When you first emailed me asking me in all caps “IF I WANTED TO WRITE SOMETHING FOR WISCON?” I was flattered, but I am not much of a writer. So immediately I thought of things I do like to make and responded (jokingly) “DO YOU WANT A QUILT?” 
            Then as I lay in bed that night, I thought to myself, “How cool would it be to use my experiences at WisCon to inspire a quilt, have it published in the Chronicles, and then auction the finished project in the tip tree auction?” My next thought was, “Shit, now I have to make a quilt for WisCon.” So then the next day I emailed you back with, “Actually….

The volume is available in both print and e-book editions now at our website and in print at Room of One's Own (for those of you in Madison, WI), and will be available at a few other places soon.

In Search of Lost Time
by Karen Heuler

Cover image of IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME$10.00 (paperback)
$5.95 (ebook)
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We're pleased to announce the release of In Search of Lost Timea novella by Karen Heuler published as a volume in Aqueduct's Conversation Pieces series in both small trade paperback and e-book editions. (You may recall that Karen's story "The Apartments," published in an earlier volume of the Conversation Pieces series, Other Placesis a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Awards.)

After beginning chemo for a rare cancer, Hildy discovers an extraordinary talent—the ability to see and take other people’s time. She also discovers there’s an underground market for quality time. After all, who has enough time? The dying, especially, want to get more of it, but giving it to them means taking it from someone else. How moral is she? How will she juggle the black marketers’ strong-arm tactics and her own quandaries about stealing something so precious and vital that it can never be replaced?
Nisi Shawl writes, in her review for The Seattle Review of Books, "Author Karen Heuler's heroine Hildy discovers that chemo infusions targeting malignant lesions on her "tempora"— an imaginary area of the brain — allow her to see, manipulate, and ultimately steal other people's time. Her superpowers neither free nor cure Hildy, though. Instead, she struggles to integrate them into a humane and principled philosophy while fending off the self-interested alliances of warring would-be time-mongers. She girds herself for battle in red-heeled boots, silk head scarves, and penciled-on eyebrows, but kindness and self-reflection prove to be her most kickass weapons."

Visit our blog for a conversation with the author.
Aqueduct Press at WisCon 41
Editors Arrate, Timmi, and Kath posing with business manager Tom after the GoH speech and Tiptree ceremony.WisCon was a couple of weekends ago, which means that the Aqueduct team reunited again for its annual face time in sunny Madison, WI. Publishing director Timmi Duchamp just published her chronicle of the event, with details on the panels attended, friends met, and overall good times had by all. We thoroughly recommend readers to also visit Aqueductista Claire Light's own report; for, as Timmi points out, "everyone's WisCon is different."
Black Disability Activism
at the Whitney Museum
Leroy Moore and Ann Keefer smiling"At 6:43 p.m. on June 2, 2017, as part of the Whitney Biennial, artist-activist Leroy Moore gave a presentation on “Black/Brown International Disability Art and Hip-Hop.” Aqueductistas Ann Keefer and Josh Lukin were present, having ridden a bus up from Philadelphia to show support for the speaker and his agenda." Visit our latest Aqueduct blog post for Josh Lukin's detailed write-up of the event, which was also recorded and is available in full at the end.
The Waterdancer's World review
in Strange Horizons

Cover image of THE WATERDANCER'S WORLDLast week's issue of Strange Horizons featured an insightful review of L. Timmel Duchamp's The Waterdancer's World by Gautam Bhatia, who introduces Duchamp's latest book as "a complex, polyvocal novel, which sets itself the ambitious task of exploring the relationship between art, cultural hegemony, public memory, resistance, and economic colonialism, on a galactic scale."

Further down, he notes: "In telling what is effectively a story about political and economic domination, and the forms of resistance that evolve in response to it, there is an obvious temptation to focus on events, and to view individual actions through the prism of the larger events. The Waterdancer’s World takes the opposite approach: whatever we learn of the larger events, we learn through individual interactions and relationships. The Waterdancer’s World is told entirely through micro-narratives, as though an SF writer writing revolution has, at last, taken seriously Foucault’s argument that power—and resistance to power—exists not only at the level of the State and organized resistance movements, but in the everyday, quotidian interactions between individuals. And the fact that each of the chosen narrators is a compromised, individual, with no pretensions to world-changing leadership or heroism, accentuates the sense that this is a history—in the words of the poet Miroslav Holub—“equally without allegory/ without transcendence/ and without fuss.”
Follow us on Twitter!
We are ver pleased to announce that we have just joined the Twitter community. Tweets will be mostly by our associate editor Arrate Hidalgo and Aqueduct author Cynthia Ward. You can find us at @AqueductPress for news and conversation.
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Trouble the Waters
Call for Submissions

Rosarium Publishing has just announced Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, a anthology to be of water-themed speculative short stories that "explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales." Editors Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins are welcoming submissions until November 1. Find out more at the link.
Andrea Hairston and Karen Heuler,
award finalists

Cover image of WILL DO MAGIC FOR SMALL CHANGEWe are quite proud to say that Andrea Hairston's latest novel Will Do Magic for Small Change keeps garnering recognition: we just learned it is a finalist for the 2017 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Additionally, Karen Heuler's short story "The Apartment," collected in Other Places, is a nominee for the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award in the category of Short Fiction. Congratulations to both!

Arrate Hidalgo at
Space is the Place Conference

Earlier this spring, associate editor Arrate was invited to attend Space is the Place, a one-day conference in Tel Aviv organized by the arts magazine Tohu on Afrofuturism, Arabfuturism, and the search for new dimensions. Inspired by Lama Suleiman's review of Afrofuturism 2.0 (edited by keynote speaker Dr Reynaldo Anderson), the event was an opportunity to discuss concepts such as neo-nationalism and Arab futurism beyond western Christendom, in a space not devoid of problematic political significance. The conference is now available to view online, including Arrate's talk "Speculative Queernes," which we recommend. Her full report on the event will be available in the forthcoming issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone.
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