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[sale] “Rock of Ages” to Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

I am pleased to announce that this past week editor Gardner Dozois acquired my novella “Rock of Ages” for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31. The piece original appeared in METAtropolis: Green Space, published by Audible.com and edited by Ken Scholes and myself. It follows on my stories in the first two volumes, and intertwines with Ken’s stories from this volume and the previous one. Oddly, this should be the first print appearance for the novella, as original publication was in an audio format.

As this is one of the last two stories I wrote before chemo and cancer shut down my writing brain for good, I feel an extra bit of pride here. (The other is my collaborative novella with Seanan McGuire, “Hook Agonistes”, in case you’re wondering.)

[sale] Catching up to a couple of things

Apocalypse Ink Productions has bought a book from me on writing process. This is an edited summation of my various process posts from my blog over the years, with some additional new material from me.

My steampunk short story “Grindstone” has been accepted for Airships and Automatons, ed. Charles P. Zaglanis, from White Cat Publications. This is a moody apocalyptic piece set in a literally atmospheric world of floating islands.

I have also sold several reprints, one collaboratively with [info]kenscholes, to Wildside Press.

[sale] Short story “The Cancer Catechism” to Dark Faith II

Per co-editor Jerry Gordon here, the table of contest of Dark Faith II. The subject of my story is left as an exercise for the discerning reader.

“Subletting God’s Head” by Tom Piccirilli+
“The Cancer Catechism” by Jay Lake+
“The Big Blue Peacock” by Nick Mamatas+
“Kill the Buddha” by Elizabeth Twist*
“Robotnik” by Lavie Tidhar+
“Prometheus Possessed” by Matt Cardin+
“Night Train” by Alma Alexander
“The Sandfather” by Richard Wright+
“Sacrifice” by Jennifer Pelland+
“Thou Art God” by Tim Waggoner*
“Wishflowers” by Tim Pratt
“Coin Drop” by Richard Dansky+
“Starter Kit” by R.J. Sullivan*
“A Little Faith” by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens
“The Revealed Truth” by Mike Resnick
“God’s Dig” by Kelly Eiro*
“The Divinity Boutique” by Brian J. Hatcher*
“The Birth of Pegasus” by K. Tempest Bradford
“All This Pure Light Leaking In” by LaShawn M. Wanak*
“Fin De Siécle” by Gemma Files
“The Angel Seems” by Jeffrey Ford
“Magdala Amygdala” by Lucy A. Snyder+
“A Strange Form of Life” by Laird Barron
“In Blood and Song” by Nisi Shawl and Michael Ehart*
“Little Lies, Dear Leader” by Kyle S. Johnson+
“I Inhale the City, the City Exhales Me” by Douglas F. Warrick+

+ Original Dark Faith contributors
* Unsolicited submissions

[sale] German rights to Endurance

I am pleased to be able to announce that my German publisher, Bastei Lübbe, has acquired the German language rights to Endurance, to go along with last year’s acquisition of Green along with the Mainspringtrilogy. This is via my agent Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

By happy coincidence, today she also sent me the link to the art for the forthcoming German translation of Escapement. The German cover art is gorgeous.

[sale] “A Long Walk Home” to YBSF29

I am pleased to say that Sunspin novelette, “A Long Walk Home”, has been accepted by the inestimable Gardner Dozois for reprint in Year’s Best Science Fiction 29. For those of you wondering where this piece fits with the novels-in-progress, it’s deep backstory, about the Mistake. So while it doesn’t directly inflect the plot, “A Long Walk Home” definitely carries some of the world-building and future history.

I’m particularly pleased about this because it means Sunspin continues to receive favorable attention in the field. That hopefully will help drive the future reach and success of the novels.

If you’d like to read it now, the original appearance of the novelette at Subterranean Online is here. I also note with some pride and optimism that Subterranean Online will soon be running a Sunspin novella, “The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future”, which is in a sense chapter zero of the novels, and takes place immediately prior to the opening of the story in book one, Calamity of So Long a Life.

Further, I will make the observation that this novelette is probably my best candidate for Hugo or Nebula award consideration in the forthcoming award year. So if you’re an eligible voter, please consider having a look at the above link.

See also my Facebook thread of yesterday for a number of comments on the sale.

[sale] German rights to several novels

Through my agent Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency, I have accepted an offer from my German publisher, Bastei Lübbe, for print, ebook and audio rights to Escapement, Pinion and Green. I am quite pleased.

[sale] Novelette “A Long Walk Home” to Subterranean Online

This morning, Subterranean Online has accepted my novelette, “A Long Walk Home”. I am mos def pleased.

This is another piece of the Sunspin continuity. It’s also a story idea that came to me in the late stages of chemo, when I could barely sign my name, let alone write fiction. So call this a bit of a personal victory on more levels than the usual headrush of selling a story.

Anent the Sunspin shorts, here’s a list of them so far, with a little bit of commentary.

Title Comments Publication information

Permanent Fatal Errors About 1,200 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Macaria St. Maduabuchi Is Anybody Out There?, ed. Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern, DAW, June, 2010

“A Long Walk Home” About 1,100 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Aeschylus Sforza Subterranean Online, forthcoming

“To This Their Late Escape” About 850 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Skanderia Knaak and the Before Raisa Siddiq The Sky That Wraps, Subterranean Press, August, 2010

“To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves” About 700 years before the narrative present; concerns the Before Michaela Cannon, the Before Raisa Siddiq, and the shipmind Polyphemus The New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos, June, 2009

“The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future” Immediately before the narrative present; concerns the Before Michaela Cannon, Lieutenant Shinka, and the shipmind Third Rectification To be announced

Torquing Vacuum In the narrative present; concerns Domitian Spanich, the Imperial Household, and the shipmind Mare Ibrium Clarkesworld, February, 2010