Hello from the scorching hell that is August in Greece, but I do come bearing gifts.
"The Shadowed Undertows," a short story about love lost and found, the bleached feasts of the underworld, and (is anyone surprised?) birds, is now available to read in issue #4 of The Deadlands, edited by the wonderful E. Catherine Tobler.
The rest of the issue will gradually be available online, too (and you're in for a treat!), but you can read everything now with a subscription. If you can, please support the magazines that publish fiction you enjoy, either by subscribing or spreading the word.
I finally got around to restructuring my website a little bit. There's now a page with links to all my games and interactive fiction, as well as a page with my Greek work and translations in other languages.
And since I'm here, an update about recently published work and some upcoming things!
I have some exciting news coming up about a game project that should be released sometime next year. The kind of work that if you told my twenty-year-old self I'd do one day they'd die blissful and cackling. But I can't share the details just yet!
So here's another bit of news instead:
Late last year, I sold a fantasy novella to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction! Mad Milk is a story about what happens when cultures and people relate to each other through the vocabularies, narratives, and practices of conquest alone. It’s about the mythologies of belonging, queer desire, and what we do when we’re lost: the great things, the awful things.
I can't wait to share it with you all.
On 19 May (10am EDT / 3pm BST), I will be doing an AMA on Reddit about Betwixt, the mental resilience game/interactive story I've been working on for the past year, together with the creators, Elitsa Dermendzhiyska and Hazel Gale. Join us and ask us anything!
Here's the link!
10am EDT / 3pm BST
Aka: the Award Eligibility post.
I had three eligible short stories out in 2020.
- “Georgie in the Sun” (2,600 words, Uncanny Magazine, April 2020), written at Clarion West, my sad vampire in space.
- “The Shape of Gifts” (6,900 words, F&SF, July 2020). Birds, divination, and gender feels.
- “To Set at Twilight in a Land of Reeds” (3,700 words, Clarkesworld, October 2020). Cute robots, existential angst, sad stars.
I also hit a couple of writing milestones that I'm very excited to talk about (soon!).
Wishing everyone a happier, kinder 2021.
It's time for that self-promo post I've been putting off!
I published a lot of work I am proud of in 2019 (you can find the full list here), but if you are going to read one short story by me, make it this one, the story of my heart: "Poems Written While," published in Uncanny Magazine (January 2019). The blurb: Star poetry, a trans guy, and a world in which we take care of each other, for once.
In December 2019, I also published my second game/interactive novel with Choice of Games. An Odyssey: Echoes of War is a queer, feminist re-imagining of the Homeric epic, with a few twists. It's available to play on a number of platforms, including Steam, Android, and iOS.
That's it for now. Thank you for reading!
Happy New Year!
2018 was a long and complicated year for many of us. For me, it came with several life-changing moments (I won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story! I went to Clarion West and fell in literary love with every one of my classmates! I became a Word Factory Apprentice and got to work with the wonderful Courttia Newland! To list, astonishingly, only a few things that happened last year). But I also published a few works I am proud of, so here is a roundup of original work for your reading (and award-nominating) pleasure.
So, the Nebulas this year have a new Game Writing category. And I published my first text-based game/interactive novel in 2018.
Notice how my publications tend to cluster? Last year it was November, this year it seems to be January. I had three of my Clarion West stories come out this month. Check them out--I would love to hear what you think!
During my final week at Clarion West, I was stunned to find out that "The Birding: A Fairy Tale" is nominated for the 2018 World Fantasy Award alongside truly amazing short fiction by some of my favourite writers. I am grateful to Strange Horizons and to my editor Vajra Chandrasekera for working with me on this story.
Here is the full list of nominees.
2017 was a challenging year in many ways, so I'm not sad to see it over. However, I had a lot of original fiction published that year in some of my favourite magazines, and all of them are on the Nebula Suggested Reading lists, alongside some truly incredible fiction. Here's a roundup!
I hope you enjoy them. For more, take a look at my full bibliography.
Here's to a better 2018. I hope it treats us all well.
Happy New Year!
My final piece of the year is also my first novelette (a short one, complete at 8,400 words, but still the longest thing I've published so far). It's an apocalyptic tale about birds, Greece, and the stories we tell each other at the end of the world.
You can read "The Birding: a Fairy Tale" here, or listen to the podcast, read wonderfully by Anaea Lay (just over an hour long).
In a surprise turn of events, I have another piece in Clarkesworld this year.
"The Rains on Mars" is a story about sibling love, trauma, and guilt.
Read here (4,800 words).
Listen here (35 minutes).
Later in December, I'll have a novelette in Strange Horizons that I can't wait to share. 2017 has not been an easy year, but it has been full of writerly excitement.
Alexis A. Hunter
George Carlo Cotronis