Award Season: World Fantasy nominees

Tue 4 Aug 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Kessel, Baum PlanHey, lovely news today from the World Fantasy Award people. John Kessel’s terrific mashup “Pride and Prometheus” from the January 2008 issue of F&SF and reprinted in his collection, The Baum Plan, picked up another award nomination, as did the last volume of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and Kelly & Gavin were nominated for Small Beer & Big Mouth (what a pairing!).

Congratulations to all the nominees! It is an honor to be nominated. Before posting the whole list, here’s a quick gender breakdown to follow up on previous award posts:

  • 26 men
  • 21 women

Novel
The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)

Novella
“Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel”, Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
“If Angels Fight”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
“The Overseer”, Albert Cowdrey (F&SF 3/08)
“Odd and the Frost Giants”, Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury; HarperCollins)
“Good Boy”, Nisi Shawl (Filter House)

Short Story
“Caverns of Mystery”, Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 7/08)
“Pride and Prometheus”, John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
“Our Man in the Sudan”, Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)
“A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)

Anthology
The Living Dead, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Night Shade Books)
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Del Rey)
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (St. Martin’s)
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)
Steampunk, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)

Pretty MonstersCollection
Strange Roads, Peter S. Beagle (DreamHaven Books)
The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)
Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link (Viking)
Filter House, Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct Press)
Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic ’09)

Artist
Kinuko Y. Craft
Janet Chui
Stephan Martinière
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

Special Award—Professional
Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)
Farah Mendlesohn (for The Rhetorics of Fantasy)
Stephen H. Segal & Ann VanderMeer (for Weird Tales)
Jerad Walters (for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft)
Jacob Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)

Special Award—Non-professional
Edith L. Crowe (for her work with The Mythopoeic Society)
John Klima (for Electric Velocipede)
Elise Matthesen (for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her “artist’s challenges.”)
Sean Wallace, Neil Clarke, & Nick Mamatas (for Clarkesworld)
Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)



Award Season: Locus

Wed 27 May 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Almost forgot one of the award lists that came out recently: way back in April (where’s the telescope? Who can look back that far?) the finalists for the Locus Awards were announced. A bit of a disappointment in the collection department that John Kessel or Ben Rosenbaum didn’t get nominated, c’est la vie with awards seasons though.

Here’s the Small Beeriana-connected stuff (a bit of a reach, but Kelly still works here) and it was nice that the final Year’s Best volume received a nod:

Carrying on from the gender and country breakdown of previous lists: who are they, where do they come from?

Finalists (if a person is in a category twice they were counted twice. Numbers are hopefully accurate):

  • 50 men (32 USA, 9 UK, 6 AUS, 3 CAN)
  • 16 women (14 USA, 1 UK, 1 AUS)

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
5 men (2 UK, 3 USA)

FANTASY NOVEL
3 men (3 USA)
2 women (2 USA)

FIRST NOVEL
4 men (1 UK, 3 USA)
1 woman (1 USA)

YOUNG-ADULT NOVEL
4 men (1 CAN, 1 UK, 2 USA)
1 woman (1 AUS)

NOVELLA
4 men (2 UK, 1 USA, 1 CAN)
2 women (2 USA)

NOVELETTE
4 men (1 UK, 2 USA, 1 CAN)
1 woman (1 USA)

SHORT STORY
3 men (3 USA)
3 women (3 USA)

ANTHOLOGY
5 men (3 USA, 2 AUS)
2 women (2 USA)

COLLECTION
4 men (4 USA)
1 woman (1 USA)

EDITOR
4 men (3 USA, 1 AUS)
1 woman (1 USA)

ARTIST
5 men (4 USA, 1 AUS)

NON-FICTION/ART BOOK
4 men (2 USA, 1 UK, 1 AUS)
2 women (1 USA, 1 UK)



The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror

Mon 12 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 152 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Sad to say we have bad news about The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: there will be no volume this year after all.

It is a simple truth that no book exists without much unseen work, so we’d like to thank the people at St. Martin’s who published the series for twenty-one years, the readers, writers (of the fiction, poetry, and the various annual summations), our co-editor Ellen Datlow, the packager Jim Frenkel, cover artist Tom Canty, and all the booksellers, librarians, and readers who supported the series over its lifetime.

It has been an honor and a thrill to work on these books over the past six years. We edited five anthologies and were part way through the sixth when we got the news about the 2008 volume and we’d like to thank (and apologize to) all the editors, publishers, readers and writers who helped us by sending and recommending material.

At this point in the year we’re usually deep in final reading and we can give the usual report: 2008 was a great year for fantasy. Over the next couple of months we’ll try and post more about what we read, recommendations, and so on.

New incarnations of the book may appear, there will be further announcements as the year goes on.

Again, thanks,

Sincerely,

Gavin J. Grant & Kelly Link



Gavin Chunters On

Mon 8 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Charles Tan asks the questions:

YBF&H 21In the US it’s mostly only tea, coffee, and coffee that are Fair Trade whereas in the UK there are many more products. I think its very important to support Fair Trade and other programs like that. I’d rather (and this is a currently skint penny-pinching Scot talking) buy something made by employees paid a fair wage to encourage that market than to buy a bunch of cheap shit made in factories where wages and labor laws are a joke.

and on and on



The Lone Star Stories Reader

Sun 16 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The Lone Star Stories Reader CoverEric Marin of Lone Star Stories just sent along a couple of copies of The Lone Star Stories Reader which has stories by Martha Wells, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gavin J. Grant, M. Thomas, Sarah Monette, Catherynne M. Valente, Tim Pratt, “Manuscript Found Written in the Paw Prints of a Stoat” by Samantha Henderson, and an Introduction by Sherwood Smith. We’d recommend you order it direct from the source but it looks like Eric decided not to do that any more. Can’t think why! The book looks good and has received some really good pre-publication reviews:

“From both established talents like Nina Kiriki Hoffman and relative newcomers like Marguerite Reed, these stories offer a wide enough range to keep the reader fumbling to find some commonality other than editor Marin’s excellent taste. Hoffman’s contribution, the short and sweet “Seasonal Work,” is the holiday retail season seen through a very strange lens—the kind of thing she does so well. Reed’s gorgeous “Angels of a Desert Heaven” is the story of a musician and a Hopi seer and the ways the gods of their shared desert home adopt even the Anglo, if the need is great enough. Despite the book’s title, the stories don’t have any Texas connections, though several take place in various Western settings. Title and stories come from the Web zine Lone Star Stories, where the latter are electronically archived. At any rate, this selection suggests that LSS is a force to be reckoned with.”
Booklist

“In Catherynne M. Valente’s stunning ‘Thread: A Triptych,’ a fantastical mail-order bride is brought to the ‘real’ world, only to be cast aside. The western meets dark fantasy in Martha Wells’s standout ‘Wolf Night,’ when a group of people barricaded in a stockade are attacked by an otherworldly creature. Other standouts include Ekaterina Sedia’s ‘The Disemboweler,’ where a robot explores a world where little spirits animate machines, and Sarah Monette’s ‘A Night in Electric Squidland,’ where two queer psychic cops infiltrate an occult BDSM nightclub…. the gems really shine.”
Publishers Weekly



YB coming soon

Wed 27 Aug 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 6 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

YB21.jpgThe Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror marches toward publication. We just received an advance copy and Publishers Weekly just gave it a starred review (yay!) picking out some of our fave choices:

The 40 selections in this exemplary anthology from Link and Grant (the fantasy half) and Datlow (the horror half) reflect virtually every hue of the fantasy/horror palette: urban fantasy in Jeffrey Ford’s “The Drowned Life” and Karen Joy Fowler’s “The Last Worders”; traditional supernatural horror in Paul Walther’s “Splitfoot” and Terry Dowling’s “Toother”; modern folk fantasy in Elizabeth Hand’s “Winter’s Wife” and Eileen Gunn’s “Up the Fire Road”; and cosmic terror fiction in Laird Barron’s “The Forest” and Don Tumasonis’s “The Swing.” A handful of stories involve child abuse and abduction, of which Lisa Tuttle’s “Closet Dreams” is the most horrifying. The front matter’s snapshot summaries of the past year’s yield in fantasy, horror, comics, mixed media and music are a small and invaluable book unto themselves. (Oct.)



if we were good at this

Fri 11 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 21st Annual Collection Coverthere would be pictures of books received today (Greg Frost’s second Shadowbridge novel Lord Tophet &c.), hellos to Dear Aunt Gwenda up there in Vermont, loving meditations on the chocolate bars we are considering for the LCRW subscriptioneers, a link to the fantastic fundraiser Matt et al. have put together for the KGB Reading Series, daily calls to action on the Bush disaster (hello to all wireless tappers), and, wait, there was a reason for this….

Oh yea. We boomeranged the page proofs of the next Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (#21!) back to Jim Frenkel this morning and by the magic of the internets, it’s aready online! Wow and Yay!

This year Powell’s has the book listed under Kelly’s name, maybe Ellen and Gavin are invisible? Who knows? Who cares? ‘Tis done! And Thomas Canty’s cover is brighter than the last couple of years, so that’s cool. Um, recommendations for the 2008 edition always welcome!

Here’s the table of contents (as Ellen posted a while back) in alphabetical order — actual order and all the extra bits to be found in the book when it hits the bookshops this autumn:

“The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” Daniel Abraham
“The Gray Boy’s Work” M.T. Anderson
“Troll” (poem) Nathalie Anderson
“The Monsters of Heaven” Nathan Ballingrud
“The Forest” Laird Barron
“Reversal of Fortune” Holly Black
“The House of Mechanical Pain” Chaz Brenchley
“The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” Ted Chiang
“Scenes of Hell” (poem) Billy Collins
“Toother” Terry Dowling
“The Drowned Life” Jeffrey Ford
“The Last Worders” Karen Joy Fowler
“Monkey” (poem) Eliza Griswold
“Up the Fire Road” Eileen Gunn
“Winter’s Wife” Elizabeth Hand
“A Perfect and Unmappable Grace” Jack Haringa
“The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” Kij Johnson
“The Boulder” Lucy Kemnitzer
“The Hill” Tanith Lee
“The Ape Man” Alexander MacBride
“Lovers (Jafaar the Winged)” (poem) Khaled Mattawa
“Hum Drum” Gary McMahon
“A Thing Forbidden” Donald Mead
“England and Nowhere” Tim Nickels
“Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again” Garth Nix
“Valentine, July Heat Wave” Joyce Carol Oates
“Mr. Poo Poo” Reggie Oliver
“Fragrant Goddess” Paul Park
“Holiday” M. Rickert
“Vampires in the Lemon Grove” Karen Russell
“Rats” Veronica Schanoes
“The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” Delia Sherman
“Village Smart” (poem) Maggie Smith
“The Tenth Muse” William Browning Spencer
“Follow Me Home” Sonya Taaffe
“The Swing” Don Tumasonis
“Closet Dreams” Lisa Tuttle
“The Seven Devils of Central California” Catherynne M. Valente
“Splitfoot” Paul Walther
“The Hide” Liz Williams



Wed 30 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We just handed in our final section of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (Yay!).

First (after we send some initial contributor names and our bios for the St. Martin’s Press catalog) we send Jim Frenkel the story and poem selections (Jim does all the contract parts, puts the book together, manages it, herds cats and sphinxes, etc.), then we send the story introductions (brief, easy!), and then the honorable mentions. Which are neither brief nor easy.

Lastly we send the Summation. This year it came in at 12,000 or so (dense, worked over) words. This is the fifth year we’ve edited this book (and the 6th year is already 1/3 over!). The Summation has ranged from 12-17,000 words as we’ve looked at different parts of the field and changed it up a little each year. The most fun part is arguing (no!) over what books go into the Favorite Books of the Year section. Researching what’s been coming out from where, who’s doing what, and so on doesn’t seem to stop. We are curious about which parts people enjoy most or whether they find anything missing (or think anything should be cut!).

That doesn’t come out until October so in the meantime, have you read The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007?



Wed 30 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We just handed in our final section of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (Yay!).

First (after we send some initial contributor names and our bios for the St. Martin’s Press catalog) we send Jim Frenkel the story and poem selections (Jim does all the contract parts, puts the book together, manages it, herds cats and sphinxes, etc.), then we send the story introductions (brief, easy!), and then the honorable mentions. Which are neither brief nor easy.

Lastly we send the Summation. This year it came in at 12,000 or so (dense, worked over) words. This is the fifth year we’ve edited this book (and the 6th year is already 1/3 over!). The Summation has ranged from 12-17,000 words as we’ve looked at different parts of the field and changed it up a little each year. The most fun part is arguing (no!) over what books go into the Favorite Books of the Year section. Researching what’s been coming out from where, who’s doing what, and so on doesn’t seem to stop. We are curious about which parts people enjoy most or whether they find anything missing (or think anything should be cut!).

That doesn’t come out until October so in the meantime, have you read The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007?



Loki

Thu 24 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This has nothing to do with Trickster gods (excepting The Coyote Road, which has lots to so with it). Instead it is just a tricky headline to make you wonder what we’re on about now. It’s Locus finalist celebration day—thanks to John K. for the heads-up!

Chocolate bars for all!

YBF&H 20It is excellent—and we are very grateful to each and every one of you who made your butler go vote—to see John Crowley’s unendingly brilliant Endless Things on there, along with The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection, and, and this is a lovely surprise, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Holy Xerox Printed Zine Batman! What’s that doing there? (Um, basking?) Guess we’ll keep it going after all.

The finalist list is a reminder that 2007 was a strong year, especially for men writing in this genre. That’s not snarky, look back at the list. Congratulations to Elizabeth Bear (“Tideline,” Asimov’s Apr/May 2007) and Connie Willis (“All Seated on the Ground,” Asimov’s Dec 2007; The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, Subterranean), the only women in short fiction. SF novels are all men, then Fantasy, YA, and Debuts are all pretty mixed—and all are very strong categories (below the cut). Too much work to look at more except perhaps there should be a PR campaign by any women artists in the genre?

It will be fun to see who wins but the real winners, said without cheesiness—especially after serving on award juries—are readers who use this as a reading list to see what’s good out there at the moment.

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Date: Up.

Tue 4 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Today’s juggling of tasks incomplete landed these few on the ground as done enough for now:

Kelly is one of the readers in a Tin House/excellent indie press night on Thursday at the Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza with Anne Carson, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Lydia Millet.

Maureen McHugh has some new stories coming up (or at least one in Ellen Datlow’s Del Rey Books of Science Fiction and Fantasy) and maybe she’s working on a novel in between more of those computer game/operas she’s working on. Catch up with her in a Locus interview.

Updated the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading Series page with some upcoming readers. Yes, you will need to go to the page to see who. Ooh! Unless, of course, it is you, Michael Swanwick or David Keck who is reading this. Some of these readers are more firmly booked than others.

Since we just finished the selections for the next Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror now seemed like a good time to update the page a little. Not much. There really are ghostly gremlins working away to make the site better so until then, hodge and podge are the breakfast, elevensies, lunch, threesies, nibbles, dinner, supper, and midnight feast around here.



The Year’s Best No. 20

Tue 11 Dec 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

ybfh20.JPGCome ye to pre-industrial pastoral hills and villages where ye cheese and bread eaters mix with the ale swillers and fight ye evil orcs. Yea, verily, tis time to till the soils and put forth magick into ye lande (and also all ye e’s missing from A Void) in ye name of Ye Annum’s Superlative Phantasies & Politicians.

A few things happening on The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection front. First: the book is out there (and makes a wonderful holiday gift…).

There’s an online party at Green Man Review celebrating the 20-years-so-far run. There are reviews of all the volumes (don’t read them all at once, your head may explode), an interview with cover artist Tom Canty, an essay by packager Jim Frenkel, and an interview with Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant:

In any given year, approximately what percentage of writers have appeared in a previous YBFH? Do you seek out just the best, or do you like to showcase new talent?

Ellen: In 2006 in my horror half there were nine stories by writers from whom I’d never taken a story for YBFH. In 2005, there were twelve. So obviously, I showcase new talent all the time. I seek out the best and that often means discovering new talent. Some of the writers have been well-known but I’d never taken anything from them before because their earlier stories weren’t the best or maybe they were too long.

Gavin: We pick based on the stories. Who the author is has nothing to do with it. It drives me crazy that an editor would only read work by familiar writers. That would make the book The Best of Who You Know instead of it always being full of surprises. Every editor likes to discover new talent.

One of the best aspects for us is to reach out into the non-genre magazines, collections, and anthologies, select something to reprint, and then to hear from the editor or writer how excited they are by it. It’s also great to find out that many of those editors and writers are reading widely across different fields and are already familiar with the anthology.

Also out there on the internets is a new handy reference guide compiled by Rodger Turner at the SF Site: The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: by Volume:

In 1988, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling collected together what they thought was the best short fantasy and horror from the previous year. They went through as many of the magazines, collections and anthologies published in 1987 that they could find and chose those stories which they decided best represented the fantasy and horror field. Jim Frenkel arranged for its publication by St. Martins’s Press and it has been produced every year since then. In 2003, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant took over from Terri Windling as the fantasy editors.

Here’s our (rather basic) page for the books which includes the fantasy contents of this year’s book which has stories and poems from

  • magazines: the late-lamented Alchemy, F&SF (including M. Rickert’s World Fantasy Award-winning “Journey into the Kingdom”), Ninth Letter, Fairy Tale Review
  • online magazines: Strange Horizons, The Journal of Mythic Arts, Diagram
  • anthologies: Salon Fantastique, Twenty Epics, Firebirds Rising, Paraspheres
  • and collections: Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Of Tales and Enigmas, Becoming the Villianess

as well the extensive summaries and lists of honorable mentions. We think we look at ~3,000 stories a year (will have to do the math properly sometime!) and in 2006 we listed 205 Honorable Mentions, or about 1 in every 15 stories we read. For the curious after the break there’s a list of where the HMs came from and how many per venue.
Links to previous volumes:

Meanwhile even as we celebrate the 20th edition, we are deep in the reading for the 21st edition—there’s always more to read!

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Year’s Best ToC

Fri 29 Jun 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

More table-of-contenty goodness. This is for the fantasy section of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. Ellen Datlow will post her horror selections on her Amazon blog (don’t call it that!) and various message boards. We’ve sent in our picks to the man behind the book, Jim Frenkel, who is doing the permissions and contracts and so on.

We’re just received the ARC (which includes all the summations and the Honorable Mentions)—Powell’s doesn’t have the cover for some reason and only has Kelly’s name. Amazon has the cover and only Ellen’s bio. Ingram has Ellen and Kelly. Gavin = the invisible man!

The reason posting this took so long was the trying (and failing) to track down rights to Mark Haddon’s excellent poem “The Seventh Circle” from his collection The Talking Horse and The Sad Girl, The Village Under the Sea. Ah well, can’t win them all.

Looking forward to seeing what people think.

Nathalie Anderson, “Tell“, (poem) The Journal of Mythic Arts, Summer/Autumn
Jeanne Marie Beaumont, “Is Rain My Bearskin?”, (poem) Fairy Tale Review, Green Issue
Josh Bell, “Yep, I Said Camel, (poem) Ninth Letter, Vol. 3, No.1
Paul Di Filippo, “Femavillle 29”, Salon Fantastique
Jeffrey Ford, “The Night Whiskey”, Salon Fantastique
Ben Fountain, “The Good Ones are Already Taken”, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara
Jeannine Hall Gailey, “Persephone and the Prince Meet Over Drinks” and “Becoming The Villainess” (Poems) Becoming the Villainess
Frances Hardinge, “Halfway House”, Alchemy 3
Minsoo Kang, “A Fearful Symmetry”, Of Tales and Enigmas
Ellen Klages, “In the House of the Seven Librarians”, Firebirds Rising
Tim Pratt, “Cup and Table”, Twenty Epics
M. Rickert, “Journey into the Kingdom”, F&SF, May
Benjamin Rosenbaum, “A Siege of Cranes”, Twenty Epics
Christopher Rowe, “Another Word for Map Is Faith”, F&SF, August
Geoff Ryman, “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter”, F&SF, Oct/Nov
John Schoffstall, “Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery”, Strange Horizons, June 5
Ira Sher, “Lionflower Hedge”, ParaSpheres
Delia Sherman, “La Fee Verte”, Salon Fantastique
Ysabeau S. Wilce, “The Lineaments of Gratified Desire”, F&SF, July
Caleb Wilson, “Directions”, Diagram 6.4



Mon 23 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to be substituted on for Terri Windling as center-forwards in St. Martin’s Press’s Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror annual extravaganza. We don’t pretend to have Terri’s skill and agility — or her way with words and ability to find great work in the most unexpected quarters — and we always point out it took two of us to do what she was doing. And we struggle. (Mightily!)

We’ve finished the new volume, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: 20th Annual Collection (the copyedited ms is due this week and once that last poem is tied up we’ll post the full table of contents) and to celebrate we’ll be posting the introductory summations from previous volumes.

The Year's best Fantasy & Horror 17Here, since Ellen has already posted hers, are the summarys from the first volume we worked on, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeen:



Mon 23 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to be substituted on for Terri Windling as center-forwards in St. Martin’s Press’s Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror annual extravaganza. We don’t pretend to have Terri’s skill and agility — or her way with words and ability to find great work in the most unexpected quarters — and we always point out it took two of us to do what she was doing. And we struggle. (Mightily!)

We’ve finished the new volume, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: 20th Annual Collection (the copyedited ms is due this week and once that last poem is tied up we’ll post the full table of contents) and to celebrate we’ll be posting the introductory summations from previous volumes.

The Year's best Fantasy & Horror 17Here, since Ellen has already posted hers, are the summarys from the first volume we worked on, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeen:



Ybee

Thu 12 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We think we are finished with the Year’s Best Fantasy. Think. There is one poem which we are still waiting on hearing about because the rights are complicated. Once it is wrapped up—or we are turned down!—we’ll post the full table of contents.

In the meantime, we have handed in the contents, then the intros to the stories (shorter intros every year), the list of honorable mentions (about 200 from this side of the book), and the summation. The last which is a beast and will be written about (and maybe we will post previous year’s summations  along the way) at some point in the next couple of months before the book comes out.

But! The book, as far as we are concerned, is done! So we are celebrating in the way we have become accustomed. Hustling to try and get our next book to the printer.



Tue 20 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

While writing the Year’s Best summation (big voice: “The Year in Fantasy!” Chorus, drums, piles of books, a little research, another cup of tea, please nurse) I typed that William Nicholson’s Seeker was the first in his Nobel Warriors series.

He is the Seeker. He has hunted down medals in Medicine (that bark had a pretty good bite), Physics (how much force does a mace carry?), Chemistry (who is that surprisingly pretty boy from nowhere?), Economics (how much bread and ale does a gold piece buy?), Literature (that old library kept him warm all winter), and now, in his greatest adventure, he has to fight for the last, greatest Prize: for Peace.



Tue 20 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

While writing the Year’s Best summation (big voice: “The Year in Fantasy!” Chorus, drums, piles of books, a little research, another cup of tea, please nurse) I typed that William Nicholson’s Seeker was the first in his Nobel Warriors series.

He is the Seeker. He has hunted down medals in Medicine (that bark had a pretty good bite), Physics (how much force does a mace carry?), Chemistry (who is that surprisingly pretty boy from nowhere?), Economics (how much bread and ale does a gold piece buy?), Literature (that old library kept him warm all winter), and now, in his greatest adventure, he has to fight for the last, greatest Prize: for Peace.



Year’s Best ToC (mostly)

Tue 13 Feb 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This is the almost complete table-of-contenty goodness for the fantasy section of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. Ellen Datlow will post her horror selections on her Amazon blog (don’t call it that!) and various message boards. We’ve sent in our picks to the man behind the book, Jim Frenkel, who is doing the permissions and contracts and so on. He says there are a few people still to contact so we will post the complete version when all is hook, line, and sinkered.
Now we’re reading for the annual Summation and for the 200 or so Honorable Mentions we list and we’ve also (obviously!) begun reading for this year’s book.

Nathalie Anderson, “Tell“, (poem) The Journal of Mythic Arts, Summer/Autumn
Jeanne Marie Beaumont, “Is Rain My Bearskin?”, (poem) Fairy Tale Review, Green Issue
Josh Bell, “Yep, I Said Camel, (poem) Ninth Letter, Vol. 3, No.1
Paul Di Filippo, “Femavillle 29”, Salon Fantastique
Jeffrey Ford, “The Night Whiskey”, Salon Fantastique
Jeannine Hall Gailey, “Persephone and the Prince Meet Over Drinks” and “Becoming The Villainess” (Poems)
Becoming the Villainess
Minsoo Kang, “A Fearful Symmetry”,
Of Tales and Enigmas
Ellen Klages, “In the House of the Seven Librarians”, Firebirds Rising
Tim Pratt, “Cup and Table”, Twenty Epics
M. Rickert, “Journey into the Kingdom”, F&SF, May
Benjamin Rosenbaum, “A Siege of Cranes”, Twenty Epics
Christopher Rowe, “Another Word for Map Is Faith”, F&SF, August
Geoff Ryman, “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter”, F&SF, Oct/Nov
Ira Sher, “Lionflower Hedge”, ParaSpheres
Delia Sherman, “La Fee Verte”, Salon Fantastique
Ysabeau S. Wilce, “The Lineaments of Gratified Desire”, F&SF, July
Caleb Wilson, “Directions”, Diagram 6.4



Lone Star Stories

Thu 28 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

LCRW 19In our great quest to become the number one consumers of chocolate bon-bons while lying on the couch reading comics and drinking champagne we have taken to selling off the pages of LCRW at exorbitant rates to anyone whose cheque book is big enough to take the hit.

Because we are such indolent proles, sometimes this doesn’t go as well as we’d like.* For instance, for LCRW 19 among the other lovelies spreading good word about Fictionary Devices and so on, there was the following ad for an online zine we have enjoyed more with each issue, Lone Star Stories. Those with Great eyesight may be able to see on the inside back cover where the ad should have gone. Were that PDF sent to the printer. It wasn’t. Eek! Sorry, Eric! Should be in the next one, but in the meantime, here it is:

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* What we’d like is the bon-bon truck to come to the door once a day and someone cheery to refill the bon-bon tray and perhaps refill the record player with a new set of 78s. How we struggle with how to make this come to pass?!



Year’s Best arriving at platform 19

Fri 25 Aug 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Posted by: Gavin

Arrived today (or so), the latest YB 19edition of the editing gig that eats years as appetizers, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: 2006. This one has stories from Isabel Allende, Robert Coover, etc. Full table of contents here, but you’ll have to tramp to the bookshop (or make the bookshop come to you) if you want to look at the Honorable Mentions or read the short and flighty Summation of the year in fantasy.
Other new books have been arriving around here, so there should be more pix of them at some point.

We’ve been running around (Hello Nantucket, yay!) and we’re going to add some more dates to Kelly’s calendar soon (hello Iowa City).

Congrats to Gwenda, who is right now out looking for a new schoolbag.

Also: The LA Times is the latest to run Hillel Italie’s AP story on Kelly. Wow. (Thanks Andrew, Google, etc!)

See, this thing ain’t no blog. It ain’t no journal. It’s a Site History. Or, A Spectacular Compendium of Companionable Pieces. (Links?)



Alan, Ellen, Condor

Fri 18 Aug 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Posted by: Gavin

Worried about stagflation? Glaciation? Decapitation? Save your head and the global economy (can’t do much about global warming*) by getting multiple copies of Alan DeNiro‘s Book Sense Pick, Harvard Book Shop Select Seventy Pick, etc., etc:

SKINNY DIPPING IN THE LAKE OF THE DEAD: Stories, by Alan DeNiro “This is a great debut collection of loopy, off-the-wall, and still-somehow-packing-emotional-weight stories; DeNiro can weld words into some mighty strange configurations.”
–Caleb Wilson, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Nashville, TN

Quick interview with Julie Phillips (have some rougher stuff that might post later — this was meant to be a longer interview, but ran out of time after the simple stuff).

Keep up with Ellen Kushner’s schedule (the hardcover is at the printer — more news when we have it). Good review of The Privilege of the Sword over at Green Man Review. If you’re in NYC, don’t miss Ellen et al at Shriek: the Movie Event.

Green Man Review also provides one of the first reviews of the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: 2006. More on this, too, when we see it!

Kelly is reading this Sunday on Nantucket. Doesn’t look like she will be at Worldcon next weekend — hope it’s a blast and that Anaheim gets to show off its hidden depths.
* A lie. Brought to you by G.W.Bush & Co. Ask Joe Turner from Three Days of the Condor what it’s all about.



Locus Awards

Sun 18 Jun 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Locus Awards Winners announced Saturday night at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. Congratulations to all the winners which included the following:

Best Novella: “Magic for Beginners“, Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners, F&SF 9/05)

Best Anthology: The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, eds. (St. Martin’s)

Best Collection: Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link (Small Beer Press)

Storyteller Best Non-Fiction: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press)



Locus Awards

Tue 4 Apr 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Amazing results (and a great reading list) from the Locus Poll: Storyteller by Kate Wilhelm is a Locus Awards Finalist for Best Non-Fiction and Kelly Link is a finalist for Best Novella (“Magic for Beginners“), Best Short Story (“Some Zombie Contingency Plans”), and Best Collection (Magic for Beginners) — thank you to everyone who voted.

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Eighteen is also a finalist for Best Anthology, yay! The latest edition is going into galleys and will be out in July. Updated the pages for the 17th and 18th editions and added the Table of Contents for the 19th edition (only in alpha order as yet).

The Locus Awards will be given out at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle (which — along with the Experience Music Project — is a fun day out).

It’s a ballot that leans heavily toward male writers. Maybe someone (hello, Broad Universe) will go check out the historical gender breakdown of the finalists and winners and then we can continue the conversation which starts with “What’s up with that?”