Three new releases, Philip K. Dick, Rhysling, Crawford, & Nebula Award nominations, and more. 
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The Monthly Aqueduct

News about all things Aqueductian

Welcome to our first newsletter of the year, in which we have a look at the work we and our friends have been doing for the past couple of months. Though it is a fact that this hasn't been the easier winter for many of us, we are making sure that art and resistance keep intertwining in beautiful ways for as long as it takes. Read on for our latest releases, award nominations, and other news.


The Adventure of the Incognita Countess,
by Cynthia Ward

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It's the easiest assignment a British intelligence agent could hope for. Lucy Harker needs only see the secret plans of the Nautilus safely across the Atlantic. As German spies are largely a fantasy of newspapers, she anticipates no activities more strenuous than hiding her heritage as Dracula's dhampir daughter. Then among her fellow Titanic passengers she discovers the incognita Countess Karnstein–and it seems the seductive vampire is in Germany's service. Can Agent Harker stake Carmilla before her own heart–and her loyalty to the British Empire–are subverted by questions as treacherous as a night-cloaked iceberg?

The fifty-third volume in our Conversation Pieces series, Cynthia Ward's new novella will entrap the reader in a whirlwind of transatlantic espionage and lesbian romance. 

Boundaries, Border Crossings,
and Reinventing the Future,

by Beth Plutchak

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The personal is political, and the political is personal. This collection of essays and an sf tale explores the intersections of representation, science fiction, feminism, social justice, and fandom, specifically in relationship to the feminist sf convention WisCon. Plutchak argues that to build a new future we need new stories, stories that tell us where we have been as well as show us where we are going, and she uses feminist theory to analyze feminist sf fandom's history, present, and future.

For a sample of her insight, visit "White Ladies, We Need to Talk," her recent guest post on the Aqueduct blog feeding into the current conversation resulting from the Women's March.

"We need to ask humbly what we can do to help. We need to recognize and internalize the fact that our country was founded on violence against black and brown bodies. 

We need to recognize that American art, literature, and music are infused with the courageous will to live in the face of genocide and slavery. We need to stop centering whiteness. After all, we are sleeping with the enemy. That enemy gave us a reprieve in return for upholding systemic racism. That reprieve is now over."

Time's Oldest Daughter,
by Susan W. Lyons

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As the cosmic Big Bang propels Time, energy, and matter into motion, God and Satan squabble over their respective domains while Sin and her son Death stew in squalor and despair at the Gates of Hell. All she wants is to care for her child, who has an enormous appetite but nothing to eat in their dreary prison, other than herself, of course. But then Sin notices, far above the stink of Hell, the clean and sparkling garden of Eden, where Death’s apple-cheeked cousins Adam and Eve enjoy delightful childhoods and plenty of fresh, wholesome food in a setting where Death himself could thrive. So what’s a good mother to do?

Sarah Tolmie, author of the acclaimed novel The Stone Boatmen and Two Travelers, writes:

Time’s Oldest Daughter tells an impossible story of the world before the world, the time before time, when none of the categories we use to think with yet existed. Lyons spins out the intertwined beginnings of semiotics and physics, from the first separation of subject and object in language (Satan’s separation from God) to the necessary co-presence of matter and time in the universe (as Satan and his daughter Sin fall into the world of physical and temporal forces and order them through their experience). The primary agent who navigates the ongoing process of a creation that includes quarks and photons, bacteria and algae is female, and infinitely older than Eve: Sin, born in heaven before the fall, the shadow that fell as Satan stepped away from God. John Milton, Sylvia Plath, Stanley Fish and Julia Kristeva would all recognize themselves in this book, though none of them wrote it. Lyons did, and her remarkable rethink of Paradise Lost in the person of Sin, Satan’s daughter, struggling to find a place for her son, Death, in creation is wonderfully and determinedly original.”

Award Season at Aqueduct Press
We are delighted to announce that this year's Philip K. Dick award nominees include two Aqueduct titles: Susan diRende's space comedy Unpronounceable, and Eleanor Arnason's short fiction collection Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens. The winner will be announced on April 14.
We must also doubly congratulate Rose Lemberg, whose volume in our Conversation Pieces series, Marginalia to Stone Bird, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Crawford Award, and her poem "The Journeymaker to Keddar (II)" is a Rhysling Award candidate.
We would finally like to mention that Aqueduct authors Nisi Shawl and N.K. Jemisin have both been shortlisted for a Nebula Award in the Best Novel category (for Everfair and The Obelisk Gate, respectively). A fine award season indeed.
Nisi Shawlon Jennifer Marie Brissett's Elysium

In the latest instalment of her "Expanded Course in the History of Black Science Fiction" series for, author Nisi Shawl introduces readers to a much-loved Aqueduct title: Jennifer Marie Brissett's novel Elysium. In Nisi's words, "the lasting impression left by this brief but monumental 2014 novel is one of ethereality. Empires fall, towers melt into the air, and in the end only the most beautiful of ephemera abide: love and stories."

Four Questions and Answers
with Susan W. Lyons

Susan W. Lyon's new book Time's Oldest Daughter is just out, and Aqueduct Associate Editor Arrate Hidalgo put four questions to her on the novel's main character, Sin, as well as on Lyons's relationship with art and science, her lifelong interaction with feminist science fiction, and her re-imagining of John Milton's particular vision of the book of Genesis. Visit our blog for the full interview.
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