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The Aqueduct Bulletin

Welcome to our Fall/Winter bulletin, in which you will find our latest Aqueduct titles, including novels, poetry and plays, as well as the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. Find out about Aqueductista presence in the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair and the titles on our horizon.

Mary Shelley Makes a Monster
by Octavia Cade

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All our monsters are mirrors. And when Mary Shelley’s monster—built from her life rather than her pen, born out of biography instead of blood—outlives its mother, that monster goes looking for a substitute. But all the monster really knows of women is that women write, and so the search for a replacement takes it first to Katherine Mansfield, and then to other women who know what mutilated things can be made from ink and mirrors….

In this series of fantasy-biographical poems, the seventy-first in our Conversation Pieces series, Octavia Cade follows Mary Shelley’s monster, who, bereft of its foster mother after Shelley’s death, goes searching for a replacement.

Read a sample of purchase it on our website and elsewhere.

Articulation
by Cesi Davidson

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We are pleased to announce the release of this collection of plays by Cesi Davidson, the founder and curator of Short Plays to Nourish the Mind & Soul, free public theater in New York City. Articulation is the seventy-first volume in Aqueduct's Conversation Pieces series.

“In these fanciful, often hilarious plays you will discover a fantastic variety of characters—familiar nursery-rhyme figures who work in a ninety-nine-cent store and bet on horses, bananas and radishes, who discuss their ill-fated destinies, birds who sing songs of unrequited love, time travelers who skip about from Caribbean present-day to slavery-era Virginia, bunnies who meet in support groups. Many of the plays will have you laughing out loud. But they also explore serious issues and wrenching troubles.”  —from the Foreword by Zachary Sklar

“Cesi’s plays are adventures in wordscapes that show us the ways we are and the ways we can be. Characters not often seen on screen, stage or page populate her scenes in situations that make these short plays eminently readable and relatable while being unapologetically unique. Lovers of theater and fiction alike will find much to cherish in this collection. Bravo!”  —Celeste Rita Baker, author of Back, Belly, and Side
 
“Cesi Davidson’s short plays are swift but indelible, both light and enlightening, their profound human truths conveyed with power and originality. Each piece assembles an intriguing, often whimsical or fantastic cast of characters (a young man and his dream mothers, two guardians standing watch on a pregnant woman’s belly, a ripening banana and its peel…) and gives them unbridled voice. The result is a series of interactions that embody fresh takes on the conundrums, the alienations and vulnerabilities—including those of race and class and gender and sexuality—of contemporary life. We’re awakened to our own ability to express our experiences, to feel our pain and that of others, to persevere.”
—John Gould, author of the Giller Prize short-listed Kilter: 55 Fictions

Read a sample now or purchase a copy, available on our website and elsewhere.

The Rampant
by Julie C. Day

 Cover image of The Rampant$10.00 (paperback)
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It’s ten years since the hordes of old-world Sumerian gods arrived in Southern Indiana to kick off the end of the world, but things have not gone to plan. A principal player decided not to show. Now humanity is stuck in a seemingly never-ending apocalypse. Sixteen-year-old Emelia Bareilles and Gillian Halkey are determined to force a change, even though it means traveling into the lands of the dead. Read the beginning now.
 

Advance Praise

“I loved the epic journey of our two teenaged lesbian heroes, Gillian and Emelia, through the sprawling horrors of the Sumerian afterworld. The clash of their modern feminist sensibilities with the cruel and rigid theocracy of the very oldest gods out-weirds much of the New Weird. In The Rampant, Julie Day calls us to visit a fantastical landscape in a voice that is hers alone.”
 —James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards

The Rampant was so much fun to read! Is that the right way to blurb a horror novel? I don’t know, but it’s the truth. Julie Day’s novel is smart, playful, sly and, yes, horrifying too. A short gem of a book.”
 —Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

“The girl-powered post-apocalyptic Sumerian underworld quest I didn’t know I needed.”
 — Sarah Pinsker, winner of the Nebula and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

The Rampant is one of the most original Apocalypse tales I’ve read in ages. Julie C. Day avoids cliché and gives the reader the end-times by way of Sumerian myth—except this particular end-of-the-world stalls when one of its principal players decides not to show up. What unfolds is a journey into the underworld filled with joy and horror, hope and loss. It’s a wise and lovely story—exactly what I’ve come to expect from Day.”
 —Nathan Ballingrud, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award; shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards.
 

Reviews

Equal parts playful and heartbreaking, this apocalyptic novella offers one-of-a-kind answers about the end of the world. Gillian Halkey and Emelia Bareilles, both 16, have spent most of their lives enduring the nightmare of the never-ending rapture. It’s been a decade since the ancient Sumerian gods descended on Indiana, promising that the chosen people would ascend to Nibiru, but the terrifying entity called the Rampant—the last of the Evil Messengers heralding the destruction of civilization—seems to have missed the memo. Until he shows up, the rapture can’t happen. Meanwhile, bored gods are eating people. It’s up to Emelia and Gillian to descend to the Netherworld, using Gillian’s prophetic dreams as guidance, in hopes of liberating the Rampant so the judging can begin and the suffering can end. Mixing a coming-of-age and a second coming, the story is unmatched in its idiosyncrasy. Day conveys genuine empathy for the two young women, who are still learning about themselves (including a sweet crush of Gillian’s), while never relinquishing the archaic fear instilled by the presence of ancient gods and the televangelists who have smoothly pivoted into running the Sumerian Revivalist Church. This clever and surprisingly fun take on the rapture is the perfect theological horror story. 
  —Publishers Weekly, Aug 12, 2019

Trapped in the R.A.W.
by Kate Boyes

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A young woman working alone in a small special collections library is trapped in the building when invaders overrun her town. She barricades the doors, peeks through a window, and watches in horror as people are murdered outside. The invaders wear uniforms that cover them completely, making it impossible for her to see their faces. However, she realizes at once that they do not intend to subjugate the population. They intend to annihilate it.

Trapped in the R.A.W. is a journal of the young woman’s solitary struggle to protect the books while keeping herself fed, hydrated, warm, and sane.

Reviews

"Boyes’s metafictional SF debut convincingly depicts the tenacity of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty. Kaylee is a special collections librarian who’s trapped in the university’s rare books library when aliens invade Earth. She records her thoughts on the pages of old library books, musing about the deteriorating state of the world while making a desperate bid for survival.... Kaylee is undeniably charming; Boyes suffuses her diaries with both humor and weight. Boyes’s attention to detail carries the tale forward, drawing the reader into Kaylee’s journey of survival and discovery. Although the interspecies romance is hackneyed, Boyes does differentiate her aliens from both typical Star Trek–style humanoids and the bug-eyed monsters of the pulps. Apocalyptic fiction fans will enjoy this intriguing take on the genre."
  —Publishers Weekly, May 2019

"The novel demonstrates an impressively assured voice, an ingenious, casebook-like structure in which the journal of the title is supplemented by several ‘‘appendices’’ written years later, and an equally creative use of illustrative material, drawn mostly from 19th-century books and the illustrations of Walter Crane....[T]he effect is unarguably moving, as we watch Kaylee transformed from a desperate and lonely figure into a kind of librarian legend, whose story only becomes richer as we piece it together from these later documents." 
  —Locus, Gary K. Wolfe, July, 2019

 Read a sample or purchase the book now from our website and elsewhere.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone,
Vol. 9, 3

Cover image of The CSZ$5.00 (print)
$3.00 (PDF)

The fall issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone is finally out. This issue has remembrances of Vonda N. McIntyre and Joshua Lukin, essays by Steven Barnes and Christina M. Rau, a flash fiction by Nancy Jane Moore, poetry by Gwynne Garfinkle, Sofía Rhei, Mark Rich, and Sonya Taaffe, a Grandmother Magma column by Debbie Notkin, Karen Burnham's Dust Lanes column of short fiction reviews, four book reviews, and art work by Jean LeBlanc.

You can purchase single copies or subscriptions (the electronic edition is $3 for an issue or $10 for a year's subscription, while the print edition is $5 for an issue or $16 for a year's subscription), and access past issues for free.

Nisi Shawl at the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair

On November 30, the panel "Anarchy in the SF: A Panel on Speculative Fiction with Nisi Shawl" will be held at The Vera Project as part of the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair programming:

"Building a better world is impossible without a blueprint. Coming from a variety of perspectives and taking on projects ranging through prison abolition, trans liberation, regime downfall and others, local speculative fiction writers share the ways they’re imagining anarchy into being. With discussion of past and present anarchist speculative fiction that inspires and challenges their works in progress."

Accompanying Nisi Shawl will be Aqueductista Kristin King, organizer and writer Joanne Rixon, author and Clarion West alum Evan J. Peterson, and writer, musician, coder, and Writing the Other workshop alum J.G. Stewart.
Recommended reading
 
If you happen to be looking for a good, short non-fiction read, our publishing director Timmi Duchamp recommends "How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong," by Megan Molteni for WIRED: "It's a fascinating look at how unregulated digital capitalism and social media are complicating the ethical questions and issues that can take scientists unaware, especially when their research offers nuanced challenges to stock beliefs".
Forthcoming titles
 

New Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction

Unbecoming by Lesley Wheeler (2020)

Raven Nothing by Som Paris (2020)

Conversation Pieces Series

City of a Thousand Feelings by Anya Johanna DeNiro (2019)

The Adventure of the Naked Guide by Cynthia Ward (2020)

Ancient Songs of Us by Jean LeBlanc (2020)

Sacred Summer by Cassandra Clarke (2020)
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