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Obligatory 2019 Eligibity Post

It’s time for that obligatory end of year post where I tell you what I published this year, in the hopes that if you read it and like it you might (ahem) consider nominating it for your favorite SFF awards in the coming year.So, without further ado:

2019 Publications


Ancestral Night, from Gollancz (UK) and Saga (US), Gillian Redfearn UK ed., Navah Wolf US ed. (novel, March)

A big queer space opera featuring dark energy, snarky AIs, angst, and Mantis Cop, who is everybody’s favorite, it turns out.

The Red-Stained Wings (Lotus Kingdoms #2), from Tor books, Beth Meacham, Ed. (novel, May)

A big queer fantasy (middle book of the Lotus Kingdoms trilogy) featuring ethical dilemmas, fancy geology, badass women, a metal man, a lich with a great sense of humor, bearded vultures, and a certain amount of megafauna.


"A Time to Reap," from Uncanny Magazine, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael D. Thomas, eds. (novella, Nov-Dec issue)

A young actress falls through a tesseract into 1978 and is offered an unprecedented opportunity to study the girl she’s portraying in a murder mystery… or to save her life.


"Erase, Erase, Erase," from The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, C. C. Finlay, ed. (novelette, Sep - Oct issue)

What if you were pretty sure you knew who was behind a terrorist plot that might kill millions? What if you couldn’t remember?

"Deriving Life," from, Beth Meacham, Ed. ( novelette, January 31)

Would you become host to a sentient cancer? 

Short Stories:

"Bullet Point," in Wastelands 3, from Titan, John Joseph Adams, ed. (short story, June 4)

You’re the last woman on earth. Thank God.

"Lest We Forget," from Uncanny Magazine, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael D. Thomas, eds. (short story, June 4)

The people who love war are mostly the ones that have never been in it.

"Soft Edges," Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology, Ann Vandermeer, Ed. (Short story, June 7)

Technology can solve crimes. But does punishing the guilty solve anything?

"No Moon and Flat Calm," Slate, Andres Martinez, ed. (Short story, May 25) Response by Amanda Ripley here.

A group of interns are the only ones that can make life or death decisions as the crew of a dying space station attempts to evacuate.   

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