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On Writing the Exhibit Text for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction by Michi Trota

Being a science fiction fan has opened a lot of doors for me that I would never have thought to even knock on several years ago, and “writing the text for a museum exhibit exploring the history and representation of Asian Pacific Americans in science fiction” would definitely have fallen in that category; yet here I am, on my way to Seattle to because I got to do just that for the Wing Luke Museum’s new exhibit, Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction, which opens on Friday, October 12, 2018, and will run through September 15, 2019.

The exhibit covers pop culture touchstones like Star Trek, Star Wars, time travel, “cli-fi,” and sentient robots, as well as how APA creators are imagining silkpunk worlds, reclaiming the genre from Orientalism, envisioning exploration narratives free from colonialism, and grappling with the ethics and morality of technological access and development, as well as science fiction’s ever-present questions of what it means to be human—all through the lens of APA experiences and perspectives.

I’m excited to recognize many of the names of creators, actors, artists, and other notable APA figures in science fiction, but even better were the names I didn’t know and got to learn about while writing the exhibit text. I’m particularly thrilled the exhibit explores the topic of Pacific Indigenous futurisms as well. The importance of understanding what it means to be APA in science fiction, and to have our experiences acknowledged isn’t even a question in this exhibit—it’s taken as fact that our history and visibility matter, and that’s incredible to me because despite how much I loved science fiction growing up, it often felt like the genre and community didn’t actually love me back, or even care about people like me. And I know I’m not alone in feeling that way. I hope that by seeing this exhibit, others who have felt similarly will be able to see how in fact APA perspectives and creations are thriving in science fiction, and making more space and opportunities for more APA creators and fans to participate and be welcomed.

Being a fan of science fiction (and fantasy) has in large part been the reason I’ve been able to connect with and learn from other Asian Pacific Americans about what it means to be part of a larger collective of marginalized cultures. It is because of science fiction and the many, many APA creators and fans I’ve met that only now, heading toward middle age, am I finally comfortable exploring the complex and often deeply painful questions of what being APA means to me, and how our portrayals in science fiction, pop culture, and beyond irrevocably shape our perceptions and concepts of identity. Contrary to what I’d been told and what I saw growing up, APAs are intensively active in science fiction, with contributions to and influences on the genre that are extensive and inspiring. Our stories, our faces, our work, are irrevocably, proudly, part of science fiction, and I’m so proud to be part in this because not only did I write the exhibit text, I am also loaning my first Hugo Award (2016) as Uncanny Magazine’s Managing Editor, for which I became the first Filipina to win a Hugo, to the exhibit for the next year!

A whole museum exhibit dedicated to highlighting APA history in science fiction, and getting to be a part of it, means more to me than I can say. The fact that the exhibit opens during Filipino American History Month is also deeply meaningful (*waves at all my Fil-Am Spec Fic Fam who are too numerous to name*). Writing the exhibit text was probably one of the most challenging things I’ve done, because how can you distill decades of history and do justice to just how much APA creators and fans have done in science fiction? I hope what I’ve written for the exhibit makes it clear to visitors why representation matters, because science fiction has been an important part of how APA creators and fans see ourselves, the art and stories we make, and the worlds we’re able to imagine. It matters that we can see ourselves, and that others can see us, in a genre that has enormous influence on the world and cultures around us. Above all, I hope it’s clear that there is space for all of us in science fiction, and that space is continuing to grow. Now all it needs are more of us to fill that space with our stories, our art, our visions. Get to it, friends, we can’t wait for you to join us.

Many thanks to the Wing Luke Museum for extending this opportunity to me, especially Exhibit Developer Mikala Woodward for her infinite patience and encouragement.

Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction

October 12, 2018 – September 15, 2019

Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

Admission includes all-day access to other museum exhibits, including Day in the Life of Bruce Lee: Adult $17; senior (62+): $15; student (13-18 or with ID): $12.50; youth (5-12): $10; children under 5: free

 

Meet Uncanny Magazine’s New Assistant Editor, Chimedum Ohaegbu!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Our awesome Editorial Intern Chimedum Ohaegbu is becoming the new Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor! Chimedum is a passionate fan of science fiction and fantasy, with impressive editorial experience, and has a done a tremendous job as our Editorial Intern! We’re eager and excited to work with her on more Space Unicorn shenanigans!

Chimedum Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbird sightings and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. The 2017 recipient of the full Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers, her work is published or forthcoming in Strange Horizons and This Magazine. When she’s not yelling approvingly about cool stuff she’s read, she’s usually editing one thing or another.

Here she was answering some interview questions during our Year 5 Kickstarter!

Fran Wilde’s “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” Won the Eugie Foster Award!

Excellent news, Space Unicorns! Fran Wilde’s “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” won the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction! Congratulations to Fran!!!

Congratulations also to Sarah Pinsker,  whose “And Then There Were (N-One)” was also a finalist!

And congratulations to all of the other wonderful finalists!

From their website:

The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (or Eugie Award) celebrates the best in innovative fiction. This annual award is presented at Dragon Con, the nation’s largest fan-run convention.

The Eugie Award honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. We will be looking for stories that are beautiful, thoughtful, and passionate, and change us and the field. The recipient is a story that is unique and will become essential to speculative fiction readers.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 24- Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming September 4th, THE 24th ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, & 2018 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE, the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue!!!

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is guest edited by: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Editor-in-Chief, Nonfiction), Dominik Parisien (Editor-in-Chief, Fiction), Nicolette Barischoff (Personal Essays), S. Qiouyi Lu (Poetry), and Judith Tarr (Reprint Fiction)!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on October 2.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 24- Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Table of Contents

Cover:
And With the Lamps We Are Multitudes of Light by Likhain

Editorial”
“The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Manifesto” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien (9/4)

Fiction:
“Fiction Introduction” by Dominik Parisien (9/4)
“The House on the Moon” by William Alexander (9/4)
“Birthday Girl” by Rachel Swirsky (9/4)
“An Open Letter to the Family” by Jennifer Brozek (9/4)
“Heavy Lifting” by A. T. Greenblatt (9/4)
“The Frequency of Compassion” by A. Merc Rustad (9/4)

“The Stars Above” by Katharine Duckett (10/2)
“The Things I Miss the Most” by Nisi Shawl (10/2)
“Abigail Dreams of Weather” by Stu West (10/2)
“A House by the Sea” by P. H. Lee (10/2)
“Disconnect” by Fran Wilde (10/2)
“This Will Not Happen to You” by Marissa Lingen (10/2)

Reprint Fiction:
“Reprints Introduction” by Judith Tarr (9/4)
“By Degrees and Dilatory Time” by SL Huang (9/4)

“Listen” by Karin Tidbeck (10/2)

Nonfiction:
“Nonfiction Introduction” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (9/4)
“Design a Spaceship” by Andi C. Buchanan (9/4)
“The Linguistics of Disability, or, Empathy > Sympathy” by Fran Wilde (9/4)
“The Body to Come: Afrofuturist Posthumanism and Disability” by Zaynab Shahar (9/4)
“The Expendable Disabled Heroes of Marvel’s Infinity War” by John Wiswell (9/4)
“And the Dragon Was in the Skin” by A. J. Hackwith (9/4)

“Miles Vorkosigan and ‘Excellent Life Choices’: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga” by Ira Gladkova (10/2)
“Give Me Heroism or Give Me Death” by Gemma Noon (10/2)
“My Genre Makes a Monster of Me” by teri.zin (10/2)
“The Future Is (Not) Disabled” by Marieke Nijkamp (10/2)

Poetry:
“Poetry Introduction” by S. Qiouyi Lu (9/4)
“Ctenophore Soul” by Rita Chen (9/4)
“core/debris/core” by Rose Lemberg (9/4)
“How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks” by Genevieve DeGuzman (9/4)
“the body argonautica” by Robin M. Eames (9/4)
“All the Stars Above the Sea” by Sarah Gailey (9/4)

“Convalescence” by Alicia Cole (10/2)
“hypothesis for apocalypse” by Khairani Barokka (10/2)
“Spatiotemporal Discontinuity” by Bogi Takács (10/2)
“You Wanted Me to Fly” by Julia Watts Belser (10/2)

Interviews:
Rachel Swirsky interviewed by Sandra Odell (9/4)

Marissa Lingen interviewed by Sandra Odell (10/2)

Personal Essays:
“Personal Essays Introduction” by Nicolette Barischoff (9/4)
“The Stories We Find Ourselves In” by A. T. Greenblatt (9/4)
“The Horror and the Reality: Mental Illness Through the Lens of Horror” by V. Medina (9/4)
“We Are Not Daredevil. Except When We Are Daredevil” by Michael Merriam (9/4)
“Nihil De Nobis, Sine Nobis” by Ace Ratcliff (9/4)
“From Rabbit Holes to Wormholes: KidLit Memories” by Alice Wong (9/4)
“Stories That Talk” by Keith A. Manuel (9/4)
“Once We Were Prophets” by Leigh Schmidt (9/4)
“Science Fiction as Community” by Kathryn Allan (9/4)
“Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille, PhD (ABD) (9/4)
“Disabled or Just Broken?” by Jaime O. Mayer (9/4)
“Now I Survive” by Jacqueline Bryk (9/4)
“Instant Demotion in Respectability” by Bogi Takács (9/4)
“Being Invisible” by Joyce Chng (9/4)
“We Are Not Your Backstories” by K. C. Alexander (9/4)
“Disabled Enough” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (9/4)

“Malfunctioning Space Stations” by Marissa Lingen (10/2)
“BFFs in the Apocalypse” by John Wiswell (10/2)
“Why I Limp” by Dilman Dila (10/2)
“The Only Thing Faster Than Tonight: Mr. Darkness” by Elise Matthesen (10/2)
“Homo Duplex” by Tochi Onyebuchi (10/2)
“A Dream to Shape My World” by Eli Wilkinson (10/2)
“To Boldly Go” by Cara Liebowitz (10/2)
“Move Like You’re From Thra, My People” by Haddayr Copley-Woods (10/2)
“Everything Is True: A Non-Neurotypical Experience with Fiction” by Ada Hoffmann (10/2)
“Unlocking the Garret” by Rachel Swirsky (10/2)
“The Stories We Tell and the Amazon Experiment” by Day Al-Mohamed (10/2)
“Science Fiction Saved My Life” by Laurel Amberdine (10/2)
“After the Last Chapter” by Andi C. Buchanan (10/2)
“Dancing in Iron Shoes” by Nicolette Barischoff (10/2)

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 24A (9/4)
William Alexander- “The House on the Moon,” as read by Erika Ensign
Sarah Gailey- “All the Stars Above the Sea,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
William Alexander Interviewed by Haddayr Copley-Woods

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 24B (10/2)
Nisi Shawl- “The Things I Miss the Most,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Alicia Cole- “Convalescence,” as read by Erika Ensign
Marieke Nijkamp Interviewed by Haddayr Copley-Woods

Uncanny Magazine Wins Its Third Best Semiprozine Hugo Award, and the Uncanny Thomases Win the Best Editor-Short Form Hugo Award!

We have wonderful news you probably already know! Uncanny Magazine won its third Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! We are so deeply honored by this Hugo Award. It was a stellar group of finalists.

A magazine is the work of numerous people, so we want to thank again our main 2017 staff of Managing Editor Michi Trota, Poetry/Reprint Editor Julia Rios, and Podcast Producers/Readers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, all of whom shared this award with the Uncanny Thomases and joined us onstage at Worldcon 76. We also want to thank our former Poetry Editor Mimi Mondal, our former Interviewer Shana DuBois, our current podcast reader Stephanie Malia Morris, our current Editorial Intern Chimedum Ohaegbu, our current Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim, all of our submissions readers, every Uncanny contributor, all of the Hugo voters, the Worldcon 76 staff, and every single member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, who have supported us. Shine on, Space Unicorns!

Team Uncanny 2017! Photo by Olav Rokne

 

 

Also, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas won their first Hugo Award for Best Editor- Short Form! This was another stellar group of finalists, and we are so honored and humbled to have won this.

This has been an epic journey as editors, from Michael being Associate Editor on Lynne’s essay anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords (co-edited with Tara O’Shea), to being Lynne’s Managing Editor at Apex Magazine, to being her official co-editor (with John Klima) on the anthology Glitter & Mayhem, to finally arriving here together four years ago as the Co-Editor-in-Chief gestalt of  Uncanny Magazine.

We learned so much from our time at Mad Norwegian Press and Apex Magazine. Thank you, Catherynne M. Valente, for thinking Lynne would make a good fiction editor—we would not be here without that initial opportunity. We have been blessed with so much help and cheerleading, especially from John Joseph Adams and Christie Yant in our early days when we needed that shove. Thank you friends, family, staff, the ICFA alligator, and colleagues, all, for your support of Uncanny, and of the notion that short fiction is not a zero sum game.

The Uncanny Thomases! Photo by Olav Rokne

Once again, congratulations to the Uncanny Magazine stories which were finalists for the Hugo Awards: “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker for Best Novella, “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara for Best Novelette, ‘‘Children of Thorns, Children of Water’’ by Aliette de Bodard (reprint from 2017) for Best Novelette, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad  for Best Short Story, “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon for Best Short Story, and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde for Best Short Story. These are phenomenal stories by brilliant authors.

Congratulations to all of the Hugo Award winners and finalists. It as truly a stupendous year.

You can still watch the entire Hugo Award ceremony here!

And here is a fun photo of the Thomas family at the Hugo Losers’ Party by Caroline M. Yoachim! We are wearing HATS OF WINNER SHAME!

 

 

Announcing the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Fiction and Nonfiction Editors!

Space Unicorns! We are currently running the Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter. Because we have already received so many backers, we announced the upcoming Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue Guest Editors for Fiction and Nonfiction! Thank you again to all of the Uncanny Magazine Year 4/Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Backers who made the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue happen!

So now the announcement you have been waiting for, THE DISABLED PEOPLE DESTROY FANTASY Fiction and Nonfiction GUEST EDITORS!

The Guest Fiction Editor is… Katharine Duckett!!!

 

Katharine Duckett is a writer of weird fiction by night and works in science fiction and fantasy publishing by day. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise, and her fiction has appeared in InterzoneBest of Apex Magazine: Volume IWilde Stories 2015: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, and is forthcoming in PseudoPod, Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up to No Good, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Her debut book, Miranda in Milan, publishes next March.

The Guest Nonfiction Editor is… Nicolette Barischoff!!!

Nicolette Barischoff was born with spastic cerebral palsy, which has only made her more awesome. Her fiction has appeared in Long HiddenAccessing the Future, The Journal of Unlikely Academia, Podcastle, and Angels of the Meanwhile. As an editor, Nicolette was the Guest Personal Essays Editor for Uncanny Magazine‘s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue. She regularly writes about disability, feminism, sex- and body-positivity, and how all these fit together. Her personal essays on these topics get read way more than her fiction does, which is only a little annoying. She regularly collaborates with visual and performance artists to promote normalization of visibly disabled bodies. She’s been on the front page of CBS New York, where they called her activism public pornography and suggested her face was a Public Order Crime.

We are so thrilled to be working with Katharine and Nicolette! Disabled People Destroy Fantasy will be AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!!!

Watch the Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter  for the upcoming announcements of the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Poetry and Reprint Guest Editors!

The Thomases and Wilde’s Story Are World Fantasy Award Finalists!

More excellent award news, Space Unicorns!

The World Fantasy Award Finalists have been announced! Once again, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Special Award, Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for Uncanny Magazine! Also, “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for the Best Short Story World Fantasy Award! We are thrilled and honored! Congratulations to Fran and all of the finalists!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 23 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 3, THE 23rd ISSUE OF THE 2016 & 2017 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE, our Special SharedUniverse Dinosaur issue!!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on August 7.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 23 Table of Contents

Cover
Galen Dara- The Uncanny T-Rex

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley (7/3)

Dinosaurs!
Brooke Bolander, Sam J. Miller, Mari Ness, Nicasio Andres Reed, A. Merc Rustad & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, K.M. Szpara, JY Yang, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas- “The Uncanny Dinosaurs – Introduction” (7/3)
Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade” (7/3)
K.M. Szpara- “You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can’t Help Me” (7/3)
R.K. Kalaw- “Bones in the Rock” (7/3)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & A. Merc Rustad- “By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech” (7/3)

Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” (8/7)
Brit E. B. Hvide- “The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown” (8/7)
Mari Ness- “Expecting a Dinosaur” (8/7)
Alex Bledsoe- “Give the People What They Want” (8/7)
Mary Robinette Kowal- “Nails in My Feet” (8/7)
Anya Ow- “Everything Under Heaven” (8/7)

Nonfiction
Tobias S. Buckell- “Island Futures” (7/3)
Alasdair Stuart- “Joy and Applause” (7/3)

Marissa Lingen- “The Seduction of Numbers, the Measures of Progress” (8/7)
Tansy Rayner Roberts- “Thirteen Reasons Who: A Timeline of a Question” (8/7)

Poetry
Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness” (7/3)
Brandon O’Brien- “The One” (7/3)

Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts” (8/7)
Cynthia So- “FIND A HOT ASIAN GIRLFRIEND NEAR YOU” (8/7)

Interviews
K.M. Szpara Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/3)

Anya Ow Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/7)

Podcasts
23A (7/3)
Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade,” as read by Heath Miller
Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Mary Robinette Kowal Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

23B (8/7)
Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts,” as read by Erika Ensign
Brooke Bolander Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Cover Reveal for Tracy Townsend’s The Fall

Last fall, Tracy Townsend’s debut fantasy The Nine, the first of the Thieves of Fate series from Pyr, brought readers a world of gaslamp intrigue, clockpunk technology, and deadly politics tangled up in scientific research and religious mythology. When a book that writes itself is revealed to be the key to the Creator’s Grand Experiment, forces beyond humanity take a keen interest in it and the nine subjects its data seems to track. The aigamuxa (a horrifying, ogre-like species with eyes in their feet and a thirst for vengeance against the humans that enslaved them) and the lanyani (sentient, mobile, murderous trees turned nomad by mass industrialization) mean to put their thumb on the Creator’s laboratory scales. The mysterious Alchemist, the notorious mercenary Anselm Meteron, and their light-fingered ward Rowena Downshire may be the only ones standing in their way.

You can start 2019 off right by returning to the world of the Thieves of Fate in The Nine’s sequel The Fall! And great news, Space Unicorns! Today, we give you its stunning cover, with art by Adam S. Doyle, the plot blurb, a teaser from the book, and the pre-ordering information so you can get this novel when it is released on January 15, 2019!

Would you like a chance to win a copy of The Nine so you can get started on the series and ready for The Fall? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannythefall) with your idea for the strangest non-human species! You have until 11:59 pm Central on Monday, June 11! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random to win the first in this dramatic series — and this includes international entries, so everyone can play along! (THIS IS OVER, BUT THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!)

And now, THE COVER OF THE FALL!

The Fall Synopsis:

An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn’t meant to know–secrets that could destroy humanity.

Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma’s underside. Today, she’s a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist’s infamous apothecary shop, the Stone Scales, and certainly the last girl one would think qualified to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders a second time. Looks can be deceiving.

When Anselm Meteron and the Alchemist receive an invitation to an old acquaintance’s ball–the Greatduke who financed their final, disastrous mercenary mission fourteen years earlier–they’re expecting blackmail, graft, or veiled threats related to the plot to steal the secrets of the Creator’s Grand Experiment. They aren’t expecting a job offer they can’t refuse or a trip halfway across the world to rendezvous with the scholar whose research threw their lives into tumult: the Reverend Doctor Phillip Chalmers.

Escorting Chalmers to the Grand Library of Nippon with her mismatched mercenary family is just a grand adventure to Rowena until she discovers a powerful algebraic engine called the Aggregator. The Aggregator leads Rowena to questions about the Grand Experiment she was never meant to ask and answers she cannot be allowed to possess.

With her reunited friends, Rowena must find a way to use the truths hidden in the Grand Library to disarm those who would hunt down the nine subjects of the Creator’s Grand Experiment, threatening to close the book on this world.

Praise for The Nine:

“[An] intriguing debut of nearly flawless writing. . . . A gritty series opener.”

Publishers Weekly

The Nine is a tense, fast-moving and twisty caper, with divided loyalties, creepy monsters, and grand mysteries. More please!”

Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence series

“An inventive alloy of low-fantasy grit and saucy gaslamp caper, by turns both uplifting and brutal—I dug the world, I loved the characters, and I definitely want to know what happens next.”

Curtis C. Chen, author of the Locus Award finalist Waypoint Kangaroo

“George R. R. Martin and China Miéville have nothing on the audacious, intricate world-building, gritty politics, and compelling characters in this excellent debut.”

Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award–nominated author of The Art of Starving

The Nine drew me in and twisted me up with not just its richness and complexity, but its intensity and heart, too. I honestly can’t remember a debut novel as brilliant as this one.”

Brandon Crilly, Black Gate magazine

An excerpt from The Fall:

Anselm introduced her to the curious and kind, and to the clearly dissembling, and in less than a quarter hour, his confidence made the words, “This is my niece, Rowena,” seem nearly true. Even Rowena could have believed it. In a way, she wanted to, as they took to the dance floor.

“Tell me which of these ladies watching you with such envy is wealthiest. I’ll give you a clue: you can’t tell by the dress.”

Rowena flicked her gaze over to them, scanning up and down. “’Course you can’t,” she sniffed proudly. “You can get really nice dresses on credit, if you’re keen to. Jewelry, too.”

“And therefore?”

“Gloves and hairpins prove it best,” she whispered back. “Nobody lends gloves because they get all soiled holding hands in dances or picking up refreshments. And nobody just drops their fancy borrowed choker and doesn’t notice. But hairpins fall out all the time.” She nodded her chin toward a curvaceous woman in an ecru gown chased with rose and ivy patterns. Her ginger hair was a confection of jewel-studded clips and curl-pins. “She’s probably got a couple thousand sovereigns just poking out of her head, and they drop out all the time. You have to be a special kind of rich not to care about shedding wealth like hairs in a brush.”

“Very good. That’s the Greatduchess Avergnon—the new Lady Avergnon, I should say. Her great-aunt did her the favor of dying in her sleep back in Threemonth and leaving a surprisingly vague will behind. She’s very eager to consolidate her position with a suitable match.”

“You?” Rowena suggested impishly.

He snorted. “She might like my money but not what it would do to her reputation.” Another step, turn, pass. “Now try the same game again, cricket, but with the gentlemen. Tell me what to look for.”

“Pocket chronometers—ones without yellowed faceplates. And what the buttons on their waistcoats are made of.”

Anselm’s laugh showed his teeth for one, unguarded moment. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had spent your life casting for wealth at the local gentry’s balls.”

“More like on the streets.”

“Well. Over there are two ministers from the Governor’s cabinet and a visiting dignitary from Iberon. Shall we introduce you?”

Rowena blinked. “Um.”

He took her arm and winked. “Be as confident talking to them as you are talking about their clothes and you’ll do better than most, cricket.”

Pre-order links for The Fall!