Trampoline – An Interview

Fri 24 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

Trampoline: an anthology, edited by Kelly Link.
Trampoline: an interview

We asked Trampoline contributors to send us some interview questions. Then, trickily, we mixed up the questions and sent them out to the contributors. The questions range from serious, literate, ruminations on the writer’s place in society to rather less serious questions (What’s your favorite rule of thumb?).

The writers are appropriately bouncy in their answers: Enjoy.

Christopher Barzak
Richard Butner
Alan DeNiro
Carol Emshwiller
Jeffrey Ford
Greer Gilman
John Gonzalez
Alex Irvine
Beth Adele Long
Christopher Rowe
Dave Shaw
Vandana Singh
Rosalind Palermo Stevenson


Matt maps the everywhere

Thu 23 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

InterfictionsLast week Matt Cheney posted an mp3 of his reading of his story, “A Map of the Everywhere,” which was published in the first Interstitial Arts Foundation anthology, Interfictions. Check, one-two-three. Check, one-two-three. You are good to go:

I’ve been meaning for a while to record a reading of my story “A Map of the Everywhere”, first published in Interfictions, because when I’ve done a reading of the story, the response has often been somewhat different from the response to the text on the page — many people have told me they hadn’t realized the story was humorous until I read it aloud. Here, then, is an mp3 of me reading the story. It’s not particularly high quality — the microphone I have is one step up from something in a Cracker Jack box. I’m also a better reader with an audience. And there are some glitches in the first minute or two. But for what it’s worth, here is “A Map of the Everywhere“.

Keep it green, chum

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Ursula at home

Tue 21 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 19 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Ursula, born Feb. 23, 2009, arrived home toUrsula at homeday. Yay!

The King’s Last Song – Reviews

Mon 20 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

The King’s Last Song
Geoff Ryman

“Ryman’s brilliant new novel, “The King’s Last Song,” is permeated by the theme of salvation through destruction. In parallel narratives, Ryman reveals the (imagined) memoir of 12th-century ruler and Cambodia’s greatest king, Jayavarman VII, and presents the history of 20th-century Cambodia, a story of endless and eviscerating civil war. In so doing, he vividly creates a portrait of individuals whose souls are fused with that of their country, both ravaged and beautiful…. Ryman – best known as a fantasy writer but one who proved his power as an author of nuanced, rich historical fiction in the unsung novel “Was” – has not so much created as revealed a world in which the promise of redemption takes seed even in horror.”
Boston Globe

“The novel conveys not merely a story, but the light and darkness, despair and hope, tradition and Westernization that is Cambodia itself…. While peaceful William, war-consumed Map, and Cambodia-loving Luc could easily be flat, typecast characters, Ryman steers clear of such simplifications. Their interwoven histories are at times noble and at times horrifying, laced with profound emotions and punctuated with atrocities…. The King’s Last Song leaves one questioning preconceptions of good and evil, and conflicted between hope for and discouragement with the human race.”
Rain Taxi

* “An unforgettably vivid portrait of Cambodian culture past and present.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Ryman’s knack for depicting characters; his ability to tell multiple, interrelated stories; and his knowledge of Cambodian history create a rich narrative that looks at Cambodia’s “killing fields” both recent and ancient and Buddhist belief with its desire for transcendence. Recommended for all literary fiction collections.”
Library Journal

“In the end, it’s the vibrant emotional lives of Luc and his friends that capture the tragic beauty of Cambodia.”
Publishers Weekly

” Inordinately readable . . . extraordinary in its detail, color and brutality.”
The Independent

“Sweeping and beautiful. . . . The complex story tears the veil from a hidden world.”
The Sunday Times

“Richly layered, comparing past and present day Cambodia and is full of details and tidbits about Cambodian life that any reader will enjoy. It’s definitely piqued my interest in the country and I will be trying to find more books about it in the future.”
S. Krishna’s Books

Many more collected here.

Geoff Ryman Bio

Mon 20 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

Geoff Ryman is a Canadian living in the United Kingdom. His first book based on events in Cambodia was published in 1985, the award-winning The Unconquered Country. The King’s Last Songwas inspired by a visit to an Australian archaeological dig at Angkor Wat in 2000. He has been a regular visitor since, teaching writing workshops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap twice, and publishing three further novellas set in Cambodia. In Britain he produced documentaries for Resonance FM, London, on Cambodian Arts. He has published nine other books and won fourteen awards. He teaches creative writing at the University of Manchester.

Geoff Ryman’s books:

The Warrior who Carried Life, 1986

The Unconquered Country, 1986 (British Science Fiction & World Fantasy Awards)

The Child Garden, 1989 (Arthur C Clarke Award, John W Campbell Memorial Award)

Was, 1991 (Eastercon; Gaylaxicon Lifetime Achievement; short listed for the Impact award)

Unconquered Countries, 1994

253: a novel for the Internet in seven cars and a crash, Internet 1996, 253: the Print Remix, 1998 (Philip K Dick Memorial Award)

Lust: or No Harm Done, 2001

AZ, 2002

VAO, 2002

Air: or Have Not Have, 2005 (Arthur C Clarke; British Science Fiction Association; Sunburst; James Tiptree Jr Memorial Awards)

Tesseracts 9: New Canadian Speculative Fiction, Edited with Nalo Hopkinson, 2005 (The Prix Aurore)

Readings of Writings for Listenings

Mon 20 Jul 2009 - Filed under: smallbeer | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

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John Kessel stories: The Baum Plan for Financial Independence [audio]
Every Angel is Terrifying Read by Gregory Frost
Pride and Prometheus [part 1 | part 2]

Jennifer Stevenson
Trash Sex Magic Chapter 1 · Ch. 2 · Ch. 3 · Ch. 4

Kelly Link stories:
The Hortlak KQED — The Writers’ Block
Catskin WNYC — Spinning
The Girl Detective Read by Alex Wilson.
Most of My Friends are Two-Thirds Water Read by Alex Wilson.
The Specialist’s Hat (40 minute MP3). Read by Jason Lundberg.

Tiny excerpt of Kelly reading “Monster” during a WNYC story
by Richard Hake on the Dirty Laundry Readings Series.
(Nov. 10, 2005)

Perpetual Motion Roadshow CD (7/04)
We made a CD. It’s not
for sale, but thanks to the generosity of all involved you
can make a copy yourself. The cover can be downloaded here.
Print and fold along the lines.

Stoddy Awchaw — Geoffrey H. Goodwin (fiction, LCRW 10, 7:28)

Stoddy Awchaw — Toby Goodwin (song, 2:32)

Paper — Gavin J. Grant (fiction, Broken Pencil 21, 2:06)

Fructify My Orange Suit — Gavin J. Grant (fiction, The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, 8:13)

Christmas in Yorkville — Liisa Ladouceur (poem. Each word taken
from a sign photographed in Yorkville, Toronto, Dec. 2003.

100 Dead Workers— Liisa Ladouceur (poem. Each word taken from a plaque photographed at the 100 Workers monument honouring men and women killed on the job. Toronto, May 2004. 0:46)

Eruption — Liisa Ladouceur (poem. From the Teeth Poem series. 2002. 0:50)

Oh Register! Why Are You Crying? Audobon Park (Song from the CD Angry Bees Outside, These Bees Inside.

Ash City Stomp — Richard Butner (fiction, Trampoline / Horses Blow Up Dog City, 32:17)

Ray Vukcevich – Interview

Mon 20 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

How long have you been writing?

Ray Vukcevich, Meet Me in the Moon Room“I remember what was maybe the first story I ever wrote. I was making the 125-mile trip home from Tucson, Arizona late at night. Since there was not enough room in the cab of the truck for everyone, the dog and I rode in the back. It was very cold. Huddled under a tarp with the dog licking my face, I imagined a story about the fetus in the womb of the woman in the warm cab of the truck (not my mother) sending spooky messages to man driving the truck (not my father) and the smug teenager in the middle who was not my sister. The girl kept saying, “eek!” The fetus could project glowing red eyes into the rear view mirror, and when the man jerked around to look, there was no one there!

I wrote stories in high school. I didn’t realize you were supposed to try and publish them. Since I lived 40 miles from the nearest town, I never bumped into anyone who might have tipped me off about that. I did a novel in pencil back then, too. We didn’t have TV until I was eleven and even then it was a weak black and white signal from far away. I’m so hooked into the Internet these days that it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like. The world must have been both much smaller and much bigger. Every little thing from the outside must have been very important. So much time to daydream. Going off to the big city for college was an eye opener. I’ve been writing ever since with time out for family, tragedy, laziness, false starts, and dumb mistakes. Finding the writing community here in Eugene was very important to me. I think most writers need a community.

There does seem to be a high concentration of writers in Eugene…

Yes, there are so many wonderful writers in this town. There’s Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Past The Size of Dreaming) and Leslie What (The Sweet and Sour Tongue), Bruce Holland Rogers (Flaming Arrows) and Jerry Oltion (Abandon in Place), David Bischoff (Philip K. Dick High) and Alan Clark (Imagination Fully Dilated), and many others. There is probably a workshop going on every night of the week in Eugene. My own group meets on Tuesdays in a bookstore called Tsunami Books. I also attend a monthly workshop with Damon Knight (Humpty Dumpty) and Kate Wilhelm (The Deepest Water). I feel wonderfully nurtured in this place.

What is it about the short story form that attracts you?

Do you remember that old TV show “Name That Tune”? I’m not sure I remember the show itself, just the idea. There is something elegant and elemental about telling a story in the smallest number of words possible. I don’t mean minimalism. I mean no wasted words. It might take several volumes to tell some stories. Some of my favorite short stories are in the international volume of Sudden Fiction. My favorite Borges is in that book and my favorite Yourgrau. I discovered Clarice Lispector there. The first story in the book is the very wonderful “Falling Girl” by Dino Buzzati. More generally, there’s Barthelme, Bisson, and Lafferty. I like Aimee Bender, Paul Di Filippo, Carol Emshwiller, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Ken Kalfus, Bruce Holland Rogers, George Saunders, and Leslie What. I’m reading Kelly Link’s new book (Stranger Things Happen) now. She is so amazing.

Your writing skips between seamlessly between genres (such as fiction, surrealism, fantasy, mystery, and others) in the manner of George Saunders or Kurt Vonnegut. Before writing a story do you any idea where it’s going?

For me the writing process is like Tourette’s syndrome. In fact, it may even be Tourette’s syndrome. Hey, I wonder if that’s one of the things Jonathan Lethem is saying in Motherless Brooklyn? I should go back and read it again with that angle in mind. Anyway, there is a linguistic deluge going on in my head all the time — “a mile a minute” as my grandmother used to say. Jabber jabber jabber, and when I write, I reach in and scoop some out and see what it looks like (or sounds like — maybe “scoop” was the wrong piece to grab in this case). I might know in very general terms where I’m going, but even if I’ve outlined (which I generally do when thinking in longer lengths) the outline probably just influences what floats by. I seldom think in terms of genre.

When do you write?

I try to get in a couple of hours in the morning before I go to my day job. Sometimes I don’t succeed. I try to make up lost time on weekends. Sometimes I don’t succeed in that either.

Name three good books.

Here are three strange and wonderful books.

The Mustache by Emmanuel Carrere
The Unconsoledby Kazuo Ishiguro
Humpty Dumpty by Damon Knight

They are very different books, but they’re grouped together in my mind. Someone should do a dissertation, a compare and contrast and come up with conclusions kind of thing. Not me.

Who are your favorite writers?

The Man of Maybe Half-a-Dozen FacesToday I’m thinking J. G. Ballard (my favorite Ballard is a weird little book called Concrete Island), Jonathan Carroll, Philip K. Dick, Umberto Eco, R. A. Lafferty, Jonathan Lethem, Patrick McGrath, Christopher Priest, Philip Pullman, and Kurt Vonnegut. Ask me tomorrow and you might get a different list.

Your novel, The Man of Maybe Half-A-Dozen Faces, was published by St. Martin’s last year. Are you writing more novels?

I am working on a couple of other projects. I don’t know which will be done first. I can never talk about unfinished work.

Ray Vukcevich was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and grew up in the Southwest. He now lives in Eugene and works as a computer programmer in a couple of brain labs at the University of Oregon. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Asimov’s, Twists of the Tale, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Rosebud, and Pulphouse.His first novel, The Man of Maybe Half-A-Dozen Faces, was published in 2000 by St. Martin’s Press.

Interfictions – Reviews

Mon 20 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing
Edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss

“Odd, Deep, Delightful”
— Michael Bishop, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“This idea of playing with genre conventions is interstitiality’s charm and what makes it a movement for the hypertext age. We want words to do more now and for our time not to have been spent with just one idea.”
— Adrienne Martini, Baltimore City Paper

“Buy this book.”– Sean Melican, Ideomancer

“Playing outside the rules once again is Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writings (Interstitial Arts Foundation / Small Beer Press ; April 30, 2007 ; $18.00), edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss. In this case, Small Beer Press is the distributor, which means, as I said above, they’re bringing the world this collection, while the publisher is the very interesting Interstitial Arts Foundation. The mission is pretty clear: publish stuff that falls between the cracks, that lies outside of any single and perhaps all genres. They call themselves Artists Without Borders, so expect to find literature, visual arts, music and performance arts. Their list of contributors on the website is pretty amazing; Ellen Kushner, Gregory Frost, Heinz Insu Fenkl and Eve Sweetser; all these just writing essays. There’s a lot to look at and more importantly read, and they seem to have chosen to publish on line the sort of material one can read online.”
— Rick Kleffel, the Agony Column

Interstitial Arts

Sean Stewart – Bio & Reviews

Mon 20 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

Sean Stewart
Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart is the author of the innovative I Love Bees and Beast search operas, two short stories, and seven previous novels:

  • Galveston
  • Mockingbird — (to be reprinted by Small Beer Press)
  • The Night Watch — (to be reprinted by Small Beer Press)
  • Clouds End
  • Resurrection Man
  • Nobody’s Son
  • Passion Play
  • His novels have received the Aurora, Arthur Ellis, Sunburst, Canadian Library, and World Fantasy awards. He presently writes lots of things that have Non Disclosure Agreements attached so he cannot talk about them.

    A little more:

    Stewart is tall, energetic, uses big words easily, coaches his daughter’s soccer team, is a great reader, has taught writing, and lives in Davis, CA, with his wife and two daughters.

    More on the web:
    A few older interviews:

  • BookSense
  • Locus
  • Amazon
  • Davis Community Network
  • AC&S
  • Novel excerpts:

  • Mockingbird
  • Galveston
  • The Night Watch
  • Clouds End
  • Resurrection Man
  • Camera Obscura: a story written with Pat Cadigan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Paul Witcover
  • IMDB listing
  • Author photo by Biko.
    Download for print.

    Perfect Circle paperbackPerfect Circle hardcover

    Perfect Circle
    Sean Stewart
    available in hardcover and trade paperback
    June 15, 2004


    “A cracking good read.”
    — The Bookseller, May 27, 2005

    “Stewart delicately balances humor with a strong sense of place and menace.”
    — San Francisco Chronicle

    * “All-around terrific.”
    — Booklist (starred review)

    “Heartbreaking and hilarious, peppered with satisfying pop-culture references (Battlestar Galactica, Tom Waits, Ramen noodles) and informed by Stewart’s twisted sense of humor and proud redneck sensibility, Perfect Circle delivers what the maudlin “Sixth Sense never did – a wicked good time.”
    — Cleveland Plain Dealer

    “Stewart’s compelling account of how DK comes to grips with his ghosts, both actual and metaphorical, is alternately poignant and hilarious, with some genuinely creepy moments and one or two powerful jolts…. Compelling … with strong potential for crossing over into the mainstream.”
    — Publishers Weekly

    “Stewart’s quicksilver wit makes Perfect Circle perfectly hilarious. And, a supremely skilled storyteller, he saves the best for last.”
    — Texas Monthly

    “His novels deserve to be more widely known than they are. He delicately balances humor with a strong sense of place and menace. Perfect Circle finds him in fine form and will leave readers eager for his next offering.”
    — San Francisco Chronicle

    “Sean Stewart delivers an urban fantasy that is the perfect amalgam of cursed past and haunted present, of classic ghost tales and up-to-the-minute cinematic riffs … Stewart’s mastery of Will’s first-person narration is unflinching and unfaltering. The voice conjured here is absolutely authentic and affecting, as is the portrait of Houston, Will’s stomping grounds. Will’s vast extended family of oddballs and losers and honest toilers imparts a John-Crowleyesque heft to the book. And his treatment of the ghosts — “Ghosts don’t do things to you. Ghosts make you do unspeakable things to yourself” — is truly eerie. Readers familiar with the quotidian spookiness of master English horror writer M.R. James will find similar frissons here, but married to the gritty demimonde in the novels of American noir writer James Crumley, resulting in a fusion of black humor and pathos, blood and ectoplasm.”
    — Washington Post

    “By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Perfect Circle is … an impressive example of an author using genre resources to stake out a territory that, for the moment at least, no one but he occupies.”
    — Locus

    “A read-at-one-go novel…. Everything is both stated and understated, elegant, full of the mundane horror and fear that inform a normal, frustrated life…. And it is well, well worth the reading. A highly recommended work.”
    — F&SF

    “A hell of a book.”
    — SF Site

    “The kind of book that fatasy was invented for.”
    — NYRSF

    “By turns funny and sad…. Compelling.”
    — New Trail

    “When he isn’t peering into other realms, Kennedy meditates on rock music, Texas culture, and the nature of regret. There may be more to be had from a ghost story, but I don’t know what.” A
    — Marc Sheehan, On the Town, West Michigan

    “You can’t put the book down because you just have to know what is going to happen next. You can’t sleep if you don’t find out. Sean Stewart manages this brilliantly…. Oh, and the soundtrack is great too.”
    — Emerald City

    SF Revu

    Advance Quotes:

    Perfect Circle is a perfect read, exciting, unique, everything here but the Second Coming, but, Sean Stewart himself is the prize. What a talent. Write on, my man. Write on.
    — Joe Lansdale, Sunset and Sawdust

    A heartwarmingly sweet novel about what it’s really like to be haunted. Sean Stewart’s best yet.
    — Sarah Smith, Chasing Shakespeares

    Needy Ghosts, bar fights, concealed weapons, R.E.M., and ramen noodles —Perfect Circle is an irreverent Texas treat. Sean Stewart is one bright, funny writer.
    — Stewart O’Na
    n, The Night Country

    Will Kennedy has some troublesome relatives. Especially the dead ones. Perfect Circle is Sean Stewart at his spooky, funny, sad, and haunting best.
    — Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club

    Perfect Circle is a ghost story for grown-ups, frightening, funny, and finally redemptive. It kept me up way past my bedtime.
    — Harley Jane Kozak, Dating Dead Men

    I read it all in one gulp, by turns fearful and joyful for Stewart’s likable loser protagonist.”
    — Cory Doctorow, Eastern Standard Tribe

    If Oprah read science fiction…This quirky, engaging novel tells the story of William “Dead” Kennedy, a thirtysomething former punk rocker and down-on-his-luck divorced dad — who sees ghosts. After a visit to his haunted cousin goes horribly wrong, “DK” finds himself getting lots of attention — mostly the wrong kind – from both the living and the dead. Funny and thought-provoking!
    — Carol Schneck Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, MI

    My favorites among Sean Stewart’s books are those that hover on the edge of our reality. His characters, like William “Dead” Kennedy are much like my friends and relatives — although if any of my relatives are seeing ghosts, they haven’t mentioned this to me. Will leads a not-quite life in Texas, working in dead end jobs, and yearning to reconnect with his ex-wife, and trying to avoid ghosts. When a cousin calls with a ghost-busting request, his financial offer is more than Will can resist. But accepting the job opens Will up to a whole new level of darkness. Great prose (Stewart has some of the best metaphors going) and a melancholy mood, like music half-remembered.
    — Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy Bookshop, San Diego, CA

    The Serial Garden and the copyright office

    Fri 17 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

    Joan AIken, The Serial GardenJust had a fun (seriously) couple of phone calls with the Copyright Office about Joan Aiken’s The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories. The question was about who had compiled the collection, which was, happily, easily answered, as Joan herself had put the book together before she died. Which means, of course, that the in-house editing job was much easier than otherwise—and thanks to Joan’s estate’s agent, Charles Schlessiger, getting the stories was almost easy, too.

    The copyright is owned by Joan’s children but the copyright to the whole book isn’t theirs, as there is an introduction by Garth Nix and illustrations by Andi Watson. Who knew that they would tweeze thigns apart so finely?

    This seems as good a time as any to mention that Joan’s fans should pick up a copy of the May/June issue of The Horn Book as there is a piece worth reading by Lizza Aiken about her mother, Joan.

    LCRW and the spice

    Fri 17 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 6 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

    Spicy Maya Bar SetThe new issue of LCRW is about to go out and we are last-minute getting the chocolate in (in summer we can’t keep it around here because 1) Gavin will eat it and 2) it will melt). So we’re ordering a bunch of chocolate and this time round we are getting in the even better stuff. Last time we asked if anyone minded a low-price (er, cheap) bar that time so that we could go great this time. The readership said Sure! and we sent out IKEA Food dark chocolate bars! So this time we’re taking the savings from that time (and any subscribers since then are just lucky!) and ordering Chuao Chocolatier‘s Spicy Maya Bar. This is one fantastic chocolate bar which we’ve only tried a couple of times: it’s more of a birthday present than an everyday bar.

    So, anyway, if you want to subscribe to LCRW and get a chocolate bar each time, now is maybe the best time ever to do it. We’re going to order something like 100 bars (hope the delivery person isn’t a chocolate fiend) and once they’re sent out (and once we’ve tried a few around here) that’s it with the Over The Top excellentness and it will be back to the regular goodness.

    First Hound review

    Wed 15 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

    Publishers Weekly gives Vincent McCaffrey’s debut novel a good review. We’re having fun getting this out to readers and we have a lovely pulpy cover in the offing:

    Hound Vincent McCaffrey. Small Beer (Consortium, dist.), $24 (280p) ISBN 978-1-931520-59-1
    McCaffrey, the owner of Boston’s legendary Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop, succeeds in conveying his love of books in his intriguing debut. Boston bibliophile Henry Sullivan, who leads a lonely life in pursuit of rare books, attracts police attention after the strangulation murder of Morgan Johnson, the widow of a renowned literary agent—and Sullivan’s former lover. Not long before, Morgan retained Sullivan to appraise her late husband’s book collection that she was planning to donate to Boston University. Johnson’s husband’s relatives, each with a financial motive to have done her in, make up the small circle of logical suspects. Meanwhile, the reappearance of an old girlfriend forces Sullivan to consider another missed opportunity at happiness. Indeed, the crime-solving remains secondary to the author’s sensitive portrayal of his middle-aged protagonist’s search for meaning, suggesting this novel could’ve worked as well as straight fiction without the whodunit plot. (Sept.)

    Charles Brown

    Wed 15 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

    It has been a long sad couple of days since hearing that Charles Brown had died on the way home from Readercon. Part of that sadness and grief is selfishness: Charles was a character worth knowing and for family reasons we could not go to Readercon this year so we missed our last chance to see him.

    Kelly says she fell in love with Charles when she discovered he had put out a Georgette Heyer fanzine. It was probably that that persuaded her to accept Charles’s offer of 2 Hugo Awards for one of her Nebulas. Charles had more Hugos than we’d ever seen in one place but he didn’t have any Nebulas. Suffice to say at some point a box arrived at our house and now we have 2 Locus Hugos and somewhere in the Locus HQ is one of Kelly’s Nebulas.

    Charles wasn’t the easiest person to get to know but one of his best qualities was his continued openness what was happening in his sphere of interest. On first meeting, and second and third, he was a odd, gruff, cold, and a bit terrifying. This was a guy who read books by our favorite writers before their editors read them. But he was interested in what we were doing with LCRW and Small Beer and that meant at some point we gained a seat at some of those endless convention tables: eating with Charles and co. was always at the very least fascinating. That continued openness meant that Charles and Locus never stagnated. He wasn’t skipping from new thing to new thing, but he was open to reading and writing about the YA explosion, urban fantasy, and other aspects of his beloved field that achieved new prominence.

    A couple of years ago Kelly and I spent the night on the Murphy bed in (beside?) the Locus library. Although before sleeping we spent a long time cranking the shelves back and forward and being awed at the collection, pristine, of course, and the dedications within the books. Going to the Locus house was like going to a tiny museum and being led around it by Charles was always great fun.

    In talking to Amelia at Locus she said that his death was a shock but not a surprise which captures it completely for me. He looked terrible over the past couple of years but then, he’d looked terrible over the last couple of years, so we figured he would keep on going for a while yet. Charles tried to be a curmudgeon but his joy in life kept overcoming his curmudgeonliness. It was great fun to eat and drink and talk with Charles whether it was at a fancy restaurant or at a “Locus suite” at a convention.

    I love the picture of him that Locus posted and have ganked it for this. He will be missed and we will raise a toast to Charles and what he accomplished whenever we meet friends who miss him too.

    Reviews of The Ant King

    Tue 14 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    The Ant King and Other Stories
    Benjamin Rosenbaum

    “Lively, bizarre, and funny as well as dark, sinister, and sensual.”
    Boston Phoenix

    “Give him some prizes, like, perhaps, “best first collection” for this book.”
    Booklist (Starred review)

    “Featuring outlandish and striking imagery throughout—a woman in love with an elephant, an orange that ruled the world—this collection is a surrealistic wonderland.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “Rosenbaum proves he’s capable of sustained fantasy with “Biographical Notes,” a steampunkish alternate history of aerial piracy, and “A Siege of Cranes,” a fantasy about a battle between a human insurgent and the White Witch that carries decidedly modern undercurrents…. Perhaps none of the tales is odder than “Orphans,” in which girl-meets-elephant, girl-loses-elephant.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    “Benjamin Rosenbaum is a talented short story writer whose fiction always seems modern even while employing the most absurd surrealism. Although he’s been up for awards, he’s remained a peripheral figure in the field. This collection may change that because in The Ant King and Other Stories Rosenbaum shows off an effortless talent. Whether he’s working with whimsical material as in the title story or creating a more serious tone as in “The House Beyond Your Sky,” Rosenbaum’s range is impressive.”
    Realms of Fantasy

    Views of Small Beer Press

    Tue 14 Jul 2009 - Filed under: smallbeer | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    Books | Chapbooks | LCRW

    Reviews, press coverage, awards, events
    Early history


    “The works Small Beer produces are so unique that they could come from nowhere else, a singularity that fosters the same kind of loyalty music buffs feel toward their favorite record labels.”
    — Eugenia Williamson, Boston Globe


    “All in the Family: Ig Publishing, Two Dollar Radio, and Small Beer Press”
    Poets & Writers, Nov./Dec.

    — Gavin J Grant & Kelly Link receive a World Fantasy Award for Small Beer Press & Big Mouth House
    Bookseller Pens Mystery About Book HoundPW, Sept. 1
    Small Beer Press Big into e-Books, PW, Aug. 17

    Small Beer, for ChildrenPW, Sept. 15
    — Small Beer Offers Free Downloads of New Collection, Publishers Weekly (April 18)
    “In some ways, the evolution of their publishing endeavors can be described as two people working with greater and greater amounts of paper”
    Is Greater Than, March 24
    LCRW and The Best of LCRW are Locus Award finalists

    2007 — “They have a knack for putting out books that are different from just about everything else.”– MassLive, May 19
    — Ellen Kushner’s The Privilege of the Sword wins a Locus Award.
    LCRW is nominated for a Hugo.

    2006 Alan DeNiro’s Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead Longlisted for the Second Annual Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
    — Kate Wilhelm’s Storyteller wins the Hugo and Locus Awards.
    –“Make it Weird,” Boston Globe, October 8

    — Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
    — “The Book People,” The Valley Advocate, July 28

    — Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
    — Small Beer on the Rise, Publishers Weekly, June
    Interview, Emerald City, June
    — “Small Beer Press doesn’t put out as many books each year as the bigger houses, but the average quality is remarkable. This remains one of the genre publishing stories of recent years.”
    — Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction, November

    — Nominated for the World Fantasy Award
    — An Omnibus Review at Green Man Review, July
    — Interview in Broken Pencil issue 21 (not online)
    — Feature article: Matrix: the news magazine of the BSFA, Jan./Feb.
    — Small interview (on the Wheel of Time mania page), January 10

    — Feature article in Poets & Writers, Sept./Oct.
    — An interview about Small Beer with Gavin J. Grant on RevolutionSF, July

    — A review of Stranger Things Happen and Meet Me in the Moon Room in Canada’s January Magazine, Aug. 21
    Bookweb/Bookselling This Week, “Small Beer Press Makes a Heady Debut“, July 19

    Water Logic
    Laurie J. Marks

    • Tiptree Honor List
    • Booklist starred review

    Endless Things
    John Crowley

    • Locus Award finalist

    Edited by Delia Sherman & Theodora Goss
    published for the Interstitial Arts Foundation

    • Tiptree Honor List

    Generation Loss
    Elizabeth Hand

    • Believer Book Award Finalist
    • Shirley Jackson Award Finalist

    Howard Who?
    Howard Waldrop

    The Privilege of the Sword
    Ellen Kushner

    • Locus Award Winner
    • Tiptree Honor List
    • Nebula & World Fantasy Award finalist
    • Romantic Times Epic Fantasy Novel Revewers Choice Award finalist

    Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead
    Alan DeNiro

    Magic for Beginners
    Kelly Link


    • Best of the Year: Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Locus, Capital Times, PopMatters
    • Book Sense pick
    • Locus Award Winner
    • World Fantasy, Stoker, International Horror Guild Award finalist

    Mothers & Other MonstersMothers & Other Monsters
    Maureen F. McHugh


    • Finalist for The Story Prize
    • Book Sense Notable Book


    Kate Wilhelm

    • Hugo Award Winner
    • Locus Award Winner

    Travel Light
    Naomi Mitchison

    Sean Stewart

    Perfect Circle
    Sean Stewart


    • Excerpted on
    • Book Sense Notable Book
    • Starred review in Booklist
    • World Fantasy & Nebula Award finalist
    • “Clearly one of the best fantasy novels of the year.”
      — Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

    Trash Sex Magic
    Jennifer Stevenson


    • “A strong first novel, a wild book, well-imagined and well-written, with absorbing characters.”
      — Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

    Kalpa Imperial: the greatest empire that never was
    Angélica Gorodischer
    translated by Ursula K. Le Guin


    Kelly Link, ed.


    • Greer Gilman’s novella “A Crowd of Bone” won World Fantasy Award.
    • Alex Irvine’s short story “Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman” and the anthology were both nominated.
    • Richard Butner’s “Ash City Stomp” received an Honorable Mention from the new Fountain Award.
    • Susan Mosser’s “Bumpship” will be reprinted in The Year’s Best SF.
    • Christopher Barzak’s Dead Boy Found” will be reprinted in The Best New Horror.
    • Karen Joy Fowler’s “King Rat” and Richard Butner’s “Ash City Stomp” are reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. [paperback] [ hardcover]

    The Mount
    Carol Emshwiller


    • Philip K. Dick Award Winner
    • Impac Award Nominee
    • Nebula Award Nominee
    • Starred review in Publishers Weekly
    • Reprinted by Firebird

    Report to the Men’s Club and Other Stories
    Carol Emshwiller

    • “Creature” won the Nebula Award for Short Story

    Stranger Things Happen
    Kelly Link


    • Firecracker Award Nominee
    • “Louise’s Ghost” won the Nebula Award for Novelette
    • “The Specialist’s Hat” won the World Fantasy Award
    • “Travels with the Snow Queen” won the James Tiptree, Jr., Memorial Award

    Ray Vukcevich, Meet Me in the Moon RoomMeet Me in the Moon Room
    Ray Vukcevich

    ReviewsPublisher’s Weekly, Booklist
    Also: Locus, F&SF, Science Fiction Chronicle, Tangent Online, January Magazine

    • Philip K. Dick Award Nominee


    The Rose in Twelve Petals
    Theodora Goss

    • The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVIII (Datlow, Grant, & Link, eds.) honorable mentions: “Her Mother’s Ghosts” & “The Bear’s Daughter.”
    • Fantasy Book Spot
    • “Theodora Goss is one of the most exciting new writers to appear in this
      — Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

    Horses Blow Up Dog City
    Richard Butner

    • “Butner picks up the absurdities of high-speed America and throws them back in its face, reveling in the wild, wonderful mess he creates.”
      New Pages
    • The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVIII (Datlow, Grant, & Link, eds.) honorable mention: “The Rules of Gambling.”
    • “Wry, caustic, calculated, impulsive…. Gems of gorgeous weirdness.”
    • “Richard Butner has rather quietly published some interesting stories over
      the past several years…. Good stuff—the foundation of a fine career,
      I hope.”
      — Richard Horton, Internet Review of Science Fiction

    Bittersweet Creek and Other Stories
    Christopher Rowe

    • “As smooth and heady as good Kentucky bourbon”
    • “‘Men of Renown’ is a herald of what Rowe can do best: deal with time and place without limits.”
      Tangent Online

    Other Cities
    Benjamin Rosenbaum

    • “Throughout Other Cities, compressed insight and wonder are compressed into but a handful of words. This small book’s crisp design and illustrations mirror the elegance of the writing: recommended.”
      Xerography Debt
    • “Charming…”
    • “I enthusiastically urge you to get a copy and enjoy the exciting and odd metropolises in Other Cities.”
      Washington Science Fiction Association The WSFA Journal Dec. 2003
    • “And though the stories are tiny, they do not disappoint as a result of their brevity. When you leave one fantastic destination behind, there is another city right around the corner.”
      Tangent Online

    Foreigners, and Other Familiar Faces
    Mark Rich

    Lord Stink and Other Stories
    Judith Berman

    Rossetti Song: Four Stories
    Alex Irvine

    Five Forbidden Things
    Dora Knez

    • SF Site
    • “a fine burgeoning talent.” Asimov’s
    • “…one admires Knez’s gift for language. It should come as no surprise that three poems of impeccable craftsmanship follow the five narrative prose works…”
    • The (almost) title story, “The One Forbidden Thing” and “Vaster Than Empires” received honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (vols. XIII & XIV, respectively)

    4 Stories
    Kelly Link

    Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

    No. 22

    No. 21

    • “An accomplished magazine. There’s no shortage of ambition amongst the writing on show, and even those stories criticised here have obvious qualities and are the work of demonstrably capable writers. The standard throughout is high and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is neither as fey nor as hard to approach as its esoteric name might suggest. This issue contained a number of genuinely memorable stories and some excellent writing. It is a read that is certainly worth your while.”
      The Fix
    • Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is a different kind of magazine.”
      SF Revu

    No. 20

    • Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is a different kind of magazine.”
      SF Revu

    No. 19

    • Reviews?

    No. 18

    • “Primarily fiction with some non-fiction and poetry. Literary journal/small press quality; very polished writing. A two-page play I didn’t get, a magic realist piece about souls blowing loose from their bodies on windy days that makes a comment on being on the fringe; a dreamy piece about lost girls and a witch’s garden; something about a train I didn’t get; a darkly funny zombie story about consumer guilt; and poetry I actually understood. That’s just the first half. Well worth the price.”
      Zine World #24
    • Tangent

    No. 17

    • John Brown’s “Bright Waters” reprinted in Best of the Rest 4.
    • Deborah Roggie’s “The Mushroom Duchess” was on the Fountain Award short list and was reprinted in The Year’s best Fantasy & Horror: 2006, 19th Annual Edition (Gavin Grant, Kelly Link, & Ellen Datlow, eds.)
    • “Number 17 is one of the best issues I’ve seen of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.Hightlights include Philip Raines & Harvey Welles’s “All the Things She Wanted”, set in a much changed Washington DC, where everyone seems to have (at least potentially) a personal map of a different city. A woman buys a potion that gives her what she wants, at a certain price (first one’s free!) — only to find that the things she wants keep changing. Deborah Roggie’s “The Mushroom Duchess” is a pleasant depiction of a quite monstrous Duchess, whose experiments with mushrooms extend to using them to control her unwanted daughter-in-law in a nasty way. John Brown’s “Bright Waters” is a fine, long story, only barely fantastical, of a rather ugly trader in pre-Revolution America whose efforts to find a wife among the local Indians meets with little success. But things change when he meets a feisty English immigrant, and also gets some magical help from an Indian medicine woman.”
      —Rich Horton, Locus, 2/06
    • “A feast of mystery, novelty, and desire.” — Zine World 23
    • Tangent

    No. 16

    • “Three Urban Folk Tales” by Eric Schaller reprinted in Best of the Rest 4. and recommended by Rich Horton in Locus (“Impressive…. The three stories intertwine in surprising ways — lovely stuff.”)
    • Tangent

    No. 15

    • “Successively bridges the literary and genre worlds with strange, off-beat tales that venture into the fantastic while somehow remaining grounded in the real world. This really is a magazine worth checking out, regardless of whether you favour genre or literary fiction.”
      Kara Kellar Bell on the Laura Hird site
    • “LCRW never ceases to amaze me. It is always a beatiful zine, but the caliber of the writing in it is stunning.”
      Xerography Debt, 17

    No. 14

    • Douglas Lain’s story “Music Lessons” received an honorable mention from the Fountain Award.
    • Deborah Roggie’s story “The Enchanted Trousseau” from has been picked by Jonathan Strahan and Karen Haber for their anthology, Fantasy: The Best of 2004.
    • The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVIII (Datlow, Grant, & Link, eds.) honorable mentions: James Sallis’s “The Museum of Last Week,” Deborah Roggie’s “The Enchanted Trousseau,” and David Blair’s poem Diamond”
    • Tangent
    • “Old as Methuselah in small-press years, LCRW shows no signs of hardening of the arteries.”

    No. 13

    • SF Site
    • “If you enjoy short fiction and essays this one comes highly recommended.”
      Xerography Debt
    • As usual, the editorial dynamic duo, Grant and Link, has put together an assortment of sly, bizarre, funny, and haunting stories by writers both familiar and unfamiliar. …[Which] amuses, enthralls, mystifies, and moves me. It’s always a wonder to me that Grant and Link can continually bring us such fresh, idiosyncratic talents.”

    No. 12

    • Harvey Welles and Philip Raines’s “The Fishie” received an Honorable Mention from the new Fountain Award.
    • Harvey Welles and Philip Raines’s “The Fishie” reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.
    • Home and Security” by Gavin J. Grant was reprinted in the Zine Yearbook Vol. 8
    • “There’s something for everyone within these pages, which include fiction, poetry, non-fiction, a book review, a film review, a few zine reviews, and even a piece that could pass for a visual poem. If anything, you could argue that the zine is a little too eclectic because it doesn’t cohere under any one theme or mood. But these days, who needs coherence?… Many of the stories, like Jan Lars Jensen’s “Happier Days”, at first seem perfect for a lazy, hung-over Sunday afternoon when you may be more receptive to a bit of gold old nostalgia, but then take a weird and welcome twist. Cara Spindler offers some poetic mid-zine relief with her delightful lyricism, and Richard Butner instructs on how to make a proper martini. (There is no such thing as a Choco-Banana Martini.) … This is a good zine to keep in your bag during daily travels.
      Broken Pencil, 23
    • “Rich in elegant prose and startling literary perspectives, Richard Parks demonstrates anew his talent for oriental fables…[with] a medieval-Japanese ghost story with a shock in reserve; Ursula Pflug intones a heartfelt love song to mythic Ireland…; Jan Lars Jensen…haunts his characters with much more recent legends, to alarming effect; and Jennifer Rachel Baumer writes with superb lyricism of very subtle phantoms…. But best of all is “Bay” by David Erik Nelson, a recontextualization of ghosts that is authentically surprising, genuinely horrifying — an extraordinary achievement in a hackneyed subgenre.”
      –Nick Gevers, Locus
    • “A highbrow literary zine that presents fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with beautiful layout and spare but attractive graphics.”
      A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, no. 20
    • “Had LCRW #12 been a sheaf of blank pages around “The Fishie,” I still would have felt compelled to give it a good review. But with its usual assortment of quietly compelling fiction hovering somewhere around the nexus of ghost story, fairy tale, folklore, fantasy, and magical realism, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet continues to define-and redefine-for me why we read, write, and take risks on new writers, new ideas, and new ways. Quality.”

    No. 11

    • Sarah Monette’s story “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland” won the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award
    • Nan Fry’s poem “The Wolf’s Story” was reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror XVI (Datlow & Windling, eds.).
    • The following stories & poem received honorable mentions:
    • Theodora Goss — The Rapid Advance of Sorrow
    • Sarah Monette — Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland
    • Kathryn Cramer — The Mourners
    • “I particularly enjoyed Sarah Monette’s fey eroticism in “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland.”
    • “Oil and Greece” by Gavin J. Grant reprinted in the Zine Yearbook Vol.7
    • “Smart, accessible… If you’re looking to spend some quality time with a lit zine, this is a must have.”
      A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, no. 18 — supplement
    • Locus, Jan. 2003, “a very strong outing.” Especially recommended: Minsoo Kang’s “Three Stories”
    • Locus, Feb. 2003 Recommended Reading: Sarah Monette’s “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland”
    • Tangent

    No. 10

    LCRW 9No. 9

    No. 8

    No. 7

    No. 6

    • SF Site review
    • “Intriguingly surreal fiction” — Asimov’s
    • The Hotsy-Totsy Club review
    • Nice mention in the “Zines with a Literary Bent” section of the shouldn’t-be-missed Xerox Debt
    • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror XIII, (Datlow & Windling, eds.) nod: Kelly Link’s “The Dictator’s Wife”

    No.5 (v3,n2) —

    No. 4

    • A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, no. 12
      “The fiction by Nalo Hopkinson and a hilarious short story by Kelly Link about beauty queens are impressive. The poetry ranges from good to fair, but the zine has some interesting nonfiction pieces as well. Naoko Takahashi’s observations on Japan’s culture and media are fascinating. A debate about the death penalty by Gavin J. Grant is excellent. Fiction and zine reviews, too. Nicely presented.”

    Press releases

    August 22, ’01, “A play based on a Kelly Link short story”

    Seems like we don’t really do these after all.

    “Small Beer is the hottest thing in publishing. It’s amazing. Like learning that Luxembourg has nuclear warheads.”
    — Rick Bowes

    Kelly Link

    Tue 14 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors, Kelly Link | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    Pretty Monsters

    October 2, 2008 from Viking Penguin:


    Kelly Link
    HC: October 2, 2008 · 978-0670010905 · $19.99

    Nine stories each with an illustration by Shaun Tan.

    “The Wizards of Perfil,” “Monster,” “The Surfer,” The Constable of Abal,” “The Wrong Grave,” “The Faery Handbag,” “The Specialist’s Hat,” “Magic for Beginners,” and “Pretty Monsters.”

    Order a signed copy and receive tattoos, stickers, and similar items of interest.

    ** News:

    ** Interviews:

    magic for beginnersMFB pbMagic for Beginners

    • Illustrated by Shelley Jackson.
    • Hardcover | paperback | Limited
    • Best of the Year: Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, PopMatters.
    • Reviews
    • Free Download
    • “Eerie and engrossing.”
      Washington Post Book World
    • * Not only does Link find fresh perspectives from which to explore familiar premises, she also forges ingenious connections between disparate images and narrative approaches to suggest a convincing alternate logic that shapes the worlds of her highly original fantasies.”
      Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

    Stranger Things HappenStranger Things Happen

    • Debut collection by Kelly Link. A Salon Book of the Year and Village Voice Favorite Book.
    • Reviews
    • Free Download
    • Now in its sixth printing.
    • Fifth Printing Note: We are sorry to say some copies of this printing have page 118 reprinted where page 188 should be. There are a couple of remedies. You can download the pdf of page 188here or you can email us.
      We are a tiny press and we apologize for our mistake. We hope the replacement page (or the book) will satisfy readers. However, if you’d rather, we will replace your book. Please email us if this is the case.
      How to identify if your copy is a 5th printing: On the copyright page it states “First Edition 5 6 7 8 9 0”
      Thank you.

    Trampoline -- click for larger imageTrampoline: an anthology of mostly original fiction edited by Kelly Link.

    • Greer Gilman’s novella “A Crowd of Bone” was a World Fantasy Award Winner. Alex Irvine’s story “Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman” and the anthology were also nominated.

    Laurie Marks Bio

    Mon 13 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    Marks, Water Logic
    Laurie J. Marks is the author of three Elemental Logic novels, Earth Logic, Fire Logic, and Water Logic, as well five other novels. She teaches at U.Mass Boston and lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, with her partner, Deb Mensinger.

    For more see here.

    Author photo: Deb Mensinger.

    Water Logic Reviews

    Mon 13 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    Water Logic
    Laurie J. Marks

    “The war between the Sainnites and the Shaftali has ended with a Sainnite victory and a gesture of peace and reconstruction. As Sainnite General Clement renews her relationship with Shaftali cow doctor Seth, now a Councilor from her village, forces are working to undermine the peace and end the life of Karis, the new Shaftali G’deon, the woman who agreed to peace with her country’s enemies. When an earth-blooded prophet gets lost beneath the ice and is transported to another time, she finds that she holds the key to solving the problems of the “future,” if she can only discover a means of communicating through time. The third installment, after Fire Logic and Earth Logic, in Marks’s “Elemental Logic” series, explores the relationship of water, an element that travels through space and time, to those people who share its qualities or who oppose its power. Finely drawn characters and a lack of bias toward sexual orientation make this a thoughtful, challenging read that belongs in most adult fantasy collections.”
    Library Journal

    “Frankly, it’s mind-bending stuff, and refreshing…. I haven’t read the previous two Logic books by Marks so this was like a flashback to my childhood. Interestingly, while there was some character history that I missed, from what I’ve seen of Marks’ writing style, I didn’t necessarily miss much explanation anyways. The world is presented as-is, and of course all the people in it know what is going on and why. I found the book quite intriguing, since Marks does have some unusual magic going on, and there’s certainly no overkill in the infodump department.”
    —James Schellenberg, The Cultural Gutter

    * “How gifts from the past, often unknown or unacknowledged, bless future generations; how things that look like disasters or mistakes may be parts of a much bigger pattern that produces greater, farther-reaching good results—such is the theme of Marks’ sweeping fantasy, which reaches its third volume with this successor to Fire Logic (2002) and Earth Logic (2004).”
    Booklist (Starred Review)

    “This is a genuinely original and subversive work of fantasy literature. It’s the real thing: capable of changing the world, or at least the way you see it. Grittier and ultimately more satisfying than Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels, but with some of the same delicious sense of a world with plenty of room for queerness . . . there’s the depth and mythic sweep of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels, with a seasoned, mature sense of a world where adults make hard choices and live with them.
    “Marks’s characters are real people who breathe and sleep and sweat and love; the food has flavor and the landscape can break your heart. You don’t find this often in any contemporary fiction, much less in fantasy: a world you can plunge yourself into utterly and live in with great delight, while the pages turn, and dream of after.”
    —Ellen Kushner

    “Picking up the threads left loose at the end of Earth Logic (2004), Marks’s third Elemental Logic tale weaves three story lines through her tapestry of a war-torn world whose elemental forces are dangerously out of balance. Clement, reluctant general of the Sainnite army occupying Shaftal, has made peace with Karis, the Shaftali G’deon, and now seeks to suppress insurrection in her ranks and legitimize the leadership role thrust upon her. Meanwhile, Clement’s lover Seth pursues an assassin who nearly murdered Karis. In the story’s most fantastic subplot, fire witch Zanja na’Tarwein [spoiler deleted]. Marks plays the fantasy of her unfolding epic more subtly here than in previous volumes, and the resulting depiction of intransigent cultures in conflict, rich with insight into human nature and motives, will resonate for modern readers.
    Publishers Weekly

    Ellen Kushner Bio

    Mon 13 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    Ellen KushnerEllen Kushner
    is the host of PRI’s Sound and Spirit. She is the author ofSwordspointThomas the Rhymer, and, with Delia Sherman, The Fall of the Kings. Her novels have won the World Fantasy, Spectrum, and Mythopoeic Awards, and been chosen as a School Library Journal Adult Book for Young Adults. She lives in New York City.

    Full bio on the Sound and Spririt site.

    Download author photo for print.
    Author photo credit: TK.

    The Privilege of the Sword – Reviews

    Mon 13 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment| Posted by: intern

    The Privilege of the Sword
    Ellen Kushner


    “This novel introduces a fearless and resourceful heroine with a true heart and a keen-edged blade. Spiced with humor and spot-on period detail, this coming-of-age tale belongs in most fantasy and YA collections.”
    Library Journal (Starred Review)

    “Plot and style here are in the swashbuckling tradition of Dumas, but the characters are very real beneath their facades.”

    “Bound to become a feminist classic….”
    — Helen Pilinovsky, Endicott Studio

    “Winning high fantasy … a welcome return to the romantic Riverside world Kushner introduced in Swordspoint.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “If Swordspoint is a perfect gem, The Privilege of the Sword is the gem in its full setting: elegant, wicked, funny, intelligent, and fluent.”
    Green Man Review

    “There’s no doubt that the book is great fun. Kushner’s prose is fabulous and her characters vivid, though the book itself is far more charming than any of them. I hate having to say this about a book, because it sounds like an insult, but it really would make great beach reading.”
    Emerald City

    Advance Readers say:

    “One of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever read: it’s witty and wonderful, with characters that will provoke, charm and delight.”
    — Holly Black (Tithe)

    “A magical mixture of Dumas and Georgette Heyer. The dialogue dazzles and so does the swordplay.”
    — Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners)

    Read the new LCRW before it gets printed

    Fri 10 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

    LCRW 24 cover by Matthew Kirby

    Current Issue: Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet Number 24

    Current location: at the printer.

    Current availability: paper edition will mail out next week to subscribers and bookstores. However, the DRM-free PDF ebook is available now.

    Additionally: we’ve dropped the price of the LCRW ebook to $4 from this issue on and also for the back issues (more of which should be available later this month). The price has been changed at Fictionwise, too, although that may take a little while to percolate through the system.

    US/Canada $5 International $8 Ebook $4

    And what’s in this death and radishes issue? Familiar and unfamiliar names! A lack of radishes. A comic by Abby Denson.

    As ever one of the aspects we are most pleased about is the number of authors we were previously unfamiliar with. We aren’t the fastest readers out there, but we read everything we’re sent and are regularly delighted to be able to bring new authors to the fore:


    Alexander Lamb, “Eleven Orchid Street”
    Liz Williams, “Dusking”
    Jasmine Hammer, “Tornado Juice”
    J. W. M. Morgan, “Superfather”
    Dicky Murphy, “The Magician’s Umbrella”
    Alissa Nutting, “Leave the Dead to the Living”
    Eve Tushnet, “A Story Like Mine”
    Dennis Danvers, “The Broken Dream Factory”
    Anya Groner, “The Magician’s Keeper”


    Gwenda Bond, “Dear Aunt Gwenda”


    Neile Graham, “Machrie Moore”
    Marina Rubin, “Bordeaux, And Other Mysteries”


    Abby Denson, “Heady’s Crush”


    Matthew Kirby

    Mystery Contest Winners

    Wed 8 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

    We are pleased to announce after, oh, a brief delay, the winners of the The Manual of Detection Mystery Contest we instigated some time back. Many fine mysteries were submitted, and we’d like to coat each of them in gold and jewels and stage heists around them, but we promised only five winners, each of whom will receive a signed copy of Jedediah Berry’s novel. Here are answers to the mysteries they posed:

    Sue asked: Every time I take the subway, I always notice a cluster of pigeons hanging around. However, all of these pigeons are fully grown. Whatever happen to the baby pigeons? Why don’t we or I see them anywhere? Does the pigeon self replicate? Or is the answer to my question so mundane that my brain cannot grasp it?

    All pigeons send their children away to act on soap operas. How else to explain the phenomenon described by Marta, below?

    Marsha: Are there more teapots or people?

    If we knew the answer to that question, we would have retired by now. Why do you taunt us?

    Kaethe: Why did my grandfather carefully pull back his suit coat before he shot himself in the heart through his vest and shirt?

    Because he was a gentleman, and because he was carrying the gun in the inner pocket of his coat.

    Marta: When soap opera children go upstairs and come back down in a month and they are adults….WHAT HAPPENS UP THERE?

    All children on soap operas are played by pigeons.

    Keith: Why is it that, in the movies, vampire hunters always hunt vampires at night? Why don’t they wait until dawn and do it during the day?

    Members of the Vampire Hunters Labor Union must abide by a number of strict rules. Hunting vampires at night, despite rumors to the contrary, is not one of these rules. They hunt at night because that is when they choose to hunt.

    So, Marta, Marsha, Kaethe, Sue, and Keith: thank you and congrats! Please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to [email protected].

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