Caitlín R. Kiernan
REDDIT continues its fascination with Caitlín R. Kiernan’s work in general and their collection THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN in particular.
Would definitely recommend much of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s work. Most of her anthologies deliver her particular slant on that Lovecraftian dread, sometime within the mythos, sometimes just inspired. Probably more towards a horror of the ocean/Deep Ones kind of stuff, and often from a female POV. Her THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN is a fine collection and actually seems to have more Lovecraftian stories than some others.
One of my favorite writers is Caitlin R. Kiernan. She has written science fiction, fantasy, and horror, oftentimes blending the three together. Her short fiction, especially, is excellent, and her recent collection VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN is a good place to start.
Anything by Caitlín R. Kiernan, her The Red Tree might be a good starting point (ignore the cover) or the recent collection THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN
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Over at REDDIT, the r/WeirdLit Short Story Discussion group has been discussing THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, one story/week for the past two months. This week’s story is “Galapagos,” the 11th story in the collection.
This is a weekly discussion focusing on short stories within the Weird Fiction genre. For those who do not know, Weird Fiction is a subgenre of horror, fantasy, and speculative fiction is which is infamously hard to quantify.
Each week I will be posting a new thread on a story from the current collection, moving from front-to-back. We are currently following through a single collection as a pilot, and when we’re done with it, we will set a broader schedule.
Eileen Gunn participated in the 2020 Virtual Clarion West Summer Reading Series: Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy on Tuesday, June 30.
It’s unfortunate that scheduling didn’t quite work out so that Kameron Hurley could be included in this collection, because her collection MEET ME IN THE FUTURE. absolutely blew my mind. It sorts of mingles and juxtaposes some ideas about technology and biological fusion, quietly contemplating what that might mean for the soul, both for humans and machines, in a way I thought was truly beautiful.
A must-read for anyone interested in the latest and most exciting science fiction writing out there.
CLARKESWORLD (Issue 166, July 2020) published the Michael Swanwick story “Artificial People.”
My first moment of consciousness pleased me so much that I wanted it to last forever. An insect hanging upon invisible wings, a dust mote jittering in a sunbeam, the flash of motion that was a vanished tetra in the fish tank, the smell of coffee from the break room . . . My brain was sparking. Everything filled me with joy and made me grateful to be alive.
I drew a breath. Bliss! I took a step. Ecstasy!
It was only later that I realized I had just been born. At the time, I was too entranced by the wonder of existence to notice.
Subroutines booted up vocal and musical abilities and I began to sing.
All but lost among the many wonders crowding about me was Dr. Ellen Lange. I saw her delighted smile and liked it no less than everything else I beheld.
“Stop that noise and tell me how you feel,” Dr. Leonidas Erdmann said. “Please focus. How are your cognitive functions? Can you see my hand? How many fingers am I holding up? What is the capital of Kyrgyzstan?”
“You have a lovely voice,” said Dr. Lange. “Do you feel as happy as you sound?”
“Ellen, please. Don’t muddle the data.” To me: “That’s enough for a start. I’m going to put you down now.”
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Since joining Tachyon in 2002 as the managing editor, Jill Roberts has overseen the remaking of the press from one that originally published 2-3 titles a year and only sold to specialty bookstores into its present incarnation of 8-10 books a year and mainstream distribution. Tachyon titles under her watch have won Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, Campbell, Neukom, Sturgeon, and Locus awards and routinely make “best of the year” lists. Among the numerous acclaimed titles Roberts oversaw include HER SMOKE ROSE UP FOREVER by James Tiptree Jr., THE EMPEROR’S SOUL by Brandon Sanderson, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE by Daryl Gregory, STEAMPUNK edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, CENTRAL STATION by Lavie Tidhar, THE HOTEL UNDER THE SAND by Kage Baker, THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION by Peter Watts, THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, and THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R. B. Lemberg.
Prior to Tachyon, Roberts worked within the gaming, fashion, and health industries. She has been a columnist for Books to Watch Out For and the Thirteenth Moon, as well as a consulting editor at the nonprofit writing program Streetside Stories.
Everyone at Tachyon wishes the amazing Jill a happy birthday. And not just because we’re scared of her.
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The finalists for the 2020 Locus Awards were announced. Kameron Hurley’s MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, and Tachyon Publications itself all received notices. Previous Tachyon authors, editors, and artists John Joseph Adams, Charlie Jane Anders, Ellen Datlow, Julie Dillon, John Picacio, Alastair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer, Charles Vess, Michael Whelan, and Sheila Williams were all honored too.
Congratulations to all the finalists.
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
- The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
- The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; Chatto & Windus)
- Ancestral Night, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
- Empress of Forever, Max Gladstone (Tor)
- The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
- Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (Tor; Gollancz)
- The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK)
- Fleet of Knives, Gareth L. Powell (Titan US & UK)
- The Rosewater Insurrection/The Rosewater Redemption, Tade Thompson (Orbit US & UK)
- Wanderers, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey; Solaris)
- Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron; Gollancz)
- A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley; Viking Canada; Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Raven Tower, Ann Leckie (Orbit US & UK)
- Jade War, Fonda Lee (Orbit US & UK)
- Middlegame, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
- Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
- The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday; Harvill Secker)
- Storm of Locusts, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
- The Iron Dragon’s Mother, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
- Dead Astronauts, Jeff VanderMeer (MCD; Fourth Estate)
- Imaginary Friend, Stephen Chbosky (Grand Central; Orion)
- Prisoner of Midnight, Barbara Hambly (Severn House)
- Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Mulholland)
- Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James (Riverhead; Hamish Hamilton)
- The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager US & UK)
- The Institute, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
- Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju, Kim Newman (Titan US & UK)
- The Pursuit of William Abbey, Claire North (Orbit US & UK)
- The Toll, Cherie Priest (Tor)
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
- King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo (Imprint; Orion)
- The Wicked King, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Hot Key)
- Pet, Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me a World; Faber & Faber)
- Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (TorTeen)
- Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney Hyperion)
- Destroy All Monsters, Sam J. Miller (Harper Teen)
- Angel Mage, Garth Nix (Katherine Tegen; Allen & Unwin; Gollancz)
- War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
- The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Penguin UK & David Fickling)
- Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit US; Gollancz)
- The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World)
- Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey (Tor)
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
- A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
- Infinite Detail, Tim Maughan (MCD x FSG Originals)
- Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
- Finder, Suzanne Palmer (DAW)
- A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)
- Waste Tide, Chen Qiufan (Tor; Head of Zeus)
- The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)
- “A Time to Reap“, Elizabeth Bear (Uncanny 12/19)
- To Be Taught, If Fortunate, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager; Hodder & Stoughton)
- “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, Ted Chiang (Exhalation)
- The Haunting of Tram Car 015, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
- Desdemona and the Deep, C.S.E. Cooney (Tor.com Publishing)
- This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)
- The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, Saad Z. Hossain (Tor.com Publishing)
- Permafrost, Alastair Reynolds (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Deep, Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga)
- The Ascent to Godhood, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
- “Erase, Erase, Erase”, Elizabeth Bear (F&SF 9-10/19)
- “For He Can Creep“, Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com 7/10/19)
- “Omphalos”, Ted Chiang (Exhalation)
- “A Country Called Winter”, Theodora Goss (Snow White Learns Witchcraft)
- “Late Returns”, Joe Hill (Full Throttle)
- “Emergency Skin”, N.K. Jemisin (Forward)
- “The Justified”, Ann Leckie (The Mythic Dream)
- “Phantoms of the Midway”, Seanan McGuire (The Mythic Dream)
- “Binti: Sacred Fire”, Nnedi Okorafor (Binti: The Complete Trilogy)
- “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye“, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 7-8/19)
- “The Bookstore at the End of America”, Charlie Jane Anders (A People’s Future of the United States)
- “Lest We Forget“, Elizabeth Bear (Uncanny 5-6/19)
- “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex”, Tobias S. Buckell (New Suns)
- “It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning“, Ted Chiang (New York Times 5/27/19)
- “Fisher-Bird”, T. Kingfisher (The Mythic Dream)
- “I (28M) created a deepfake girlfriend and now my parents think we’re getting married“, Fonda Lee (MIT Technology Review 12/27/19)
- “The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear“, Kelly Link (Tin House ’19)
- “Thoughts and Prayers“, Ken Liu (Future Tense 1/26/19)
- “A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy”, Rebecca Roanhorse (The Mythic Dream)
- “A Catalog of Storms“, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 1-2/19)’
- Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Saga)
- The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
- A People’s Future of the United States, Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams, eds. (One World)
- Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, Ken Liu, ed. (Tor)
- The Mythic Dream, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)
- New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, Nisi Shawl, ed. (Solaris US & UK)
- The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Thirteen, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US & UK)
- Mission Critical, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US & UK)
- The Best of Uncanny, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, eds. (Subterranean)
- The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Vintage)
- Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf; Picador)
- Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
- The Best of Greg Egan, Greg Egan (Subterranean)
- Snow White Learns Witchcraft, Theodora Goss (Mythic Delirium)
- Full Throttle, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz)
- MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, Kameron Hurley (Tachyon)
- THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Tachyon)
- The Best of R.A. Lafferty, R.A. Lafferty (Gollancz)
- Hexarchate Stories, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US & UK)
- Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea, Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer)
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in the southeastern U.S., writer, vertebrate paleontologist, and musician Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of thirteen acclaimed novels including Silk (1998; winner of International Horror Guild Award), Threshold (2001; International Horror Guild), Murder of Angels (2004), The Red Tree (2009), The Drowning Girl (2012; Tiptree and Stoker), the Siobhan Quinn series (all as by Kathleen Tierney; Blood Oranges , Red Delicious , and Cherry Bomb ), Agents of Dreamland (2017), Black Helicopters (2018), and La Belle Fleur Sauvage: Plague of the Womb (2019).
Her more than two hundred and fifty short stories have been collected in Candles for Elizabeth (1998), Tales of Pain and Wonder (1999), Wrong Things (2001 with Poppy Z. Brite), To Charles Fort, with Love (2005), A Is for Alien (2009), Two Worlds and In Between (2011), Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart (2012), The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (2013; winner of the World Fantasy Award), Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea (2015), Dear Sweet Filthy World (2017), The Dinosaur Tourist (2018), Houses Under the Sea (2019), and THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN (2019).
Kiernan has written graphic novels for both DC/Vertigo and Dark Horse Comics including The Dreaming (1996-2001 with various artists), a spin off series from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and the Stoker Award winning Alabaster: Wolves (2013; with artist Steve Lieber). She fronted Death’s Little Sister, a short-lived goth-rock band.
A vertebrate paleontologist, Kiernan co-founded the Birmingham Paleontological Society (1984). She co-authored papers describing a new genus and species of an ancient marine lizard the mosasaur Selmasaurus russelli (1988) and in 2020, a new large fossil sea turtle, Asmodochelys parhami. In 2019, Kiernan became a research associate and fossil preparator at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
In November 2005, she began publishing the Sirenia Digest, “a monthly subscription-only e-zine continuing Caitlín’s exploration of the fusion of erotic literature with elements of dark fantasy and science fiction, usually creating brief, dreamlike vignettes, and sometimes much longer short stories.” There are currently sixty-six issues and more than eighty vignettes.
Kiernan lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her partner, Kathryn Pollnac, and two very large cats, Selwyn and Lydia.
All of us at Tachyon wish the lyrical and memorable Caitlín a happy birthday full of dark fantasy and dinosaurs.
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This is our hub thread for collecting the short story discussion threads surrounding THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN. As long as Reddit allows me, I’ll be linking each discussion in order so that we can follow along.
Eleni Sakellis for THE NATIONAL HERALD includes Nick Mamatas’ THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING among Tips and Recommendations for Your Lockdown Reading List.
For those interested in reading Greek-American authors, Nick Mamatas is a gifted writer with an impressive range of works to enjoy, including Sabbath, THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING, and Mixed Up, a collection of cocktail recipes and flash fiction edited by Mamatas and Molly Tanzer.
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THE VIRTUAL MEMORIES SHOW podcast checks in with editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow where they discuss living in New York City during a pandemic, her health, and the status of FANTASTIC FICTION AT KGB.
For TOR.COM as part of their The Lovecraft Reread, Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth discuss Caitlín Kiernan’s “Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl” and Gemma Files’s “Haruspicy”, both of which appeared in LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS.
Know what could be even worse than ghouls or Deep Ones mating with humans? Try ghouls and Deep Ones mating with each other and thus compounding the sins of their forebears! And ghouls and Deep Ones mating (at least potentially) is what Caitlín Kiernan envisions in “Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl.” Croak and howl, now I get it. Deep Ones do the former, ghouls the latter. Sounds like a chorus more hellish than the one rising from the Hall of Dagon. Or not. Strange harmonies may intrigue, even delight.
But Kiernan isn’t doing Lovecraft one more horrible by crossing monster with monster, she’s doing him several more ironic. Like many humans, ghouls know little beyond their immediate World and suspect those seeking further knowledge—surely the gods would disapprove! Like many humans, Deep Ones have a strict social hierarchy. On top are “pureblood” Deep Ones, the original children of Dagon and Hydra. Beneath them but still acceptable are hybrid Deep Ones who’ve overcome landbound humanity and returned to the water. I expect hybrids who don’t transition properly are rungs beneath the returned hybrids. A plain old homogeneous human might be semi-tolerable. In a pinch. But a ghoul? My dear, what would great-great-great-et cetera-grandmother say?
Gemma Files’s “Haruspicy” (alongside H.P. Lovecraft’s “Nemesis”):
To play fair, I’ll take the quiz first. I think both this week’s poems are beautiful. “Nemesis” positively exhilarates me with dread. “Haruspicy” positively exhilarates me with revulsion—haruspicy, after all, is the art of divining through the examination of an animal’s entrails. Couldn’t we just use a crystal ball or tarot cards? Oh all right then, slice open that goat, or hanged man. What’s a little gore between haruspex and client? Besides, in the end “Haruspicy” gives me the warm fuzzies of fellowship. Ghoul or human or a hybrid of the two, we’re all going to face the void together one day, presumably after divining the eve of doom via chicken liver.
Or hanged man liver.
THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN provides a strong starting point for exploring Kiernan’s one-of-a-kind fiction
For THE LINE UP, Orrin Grey includes THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN in What Are the Best Weird Fiction Books? Here Are 13 Tales of Cosmic Horror to Get You Started.
Over the years, Caitlin R. Kiernan has established herself as a savant of all kinds of strange, beautiful, haunting, and tragic stories—she does have more than one “best of” volume to her name, after all—and among those forms in which she has demonstrated a confident mastery is the weird tale. THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN provides a strong starting point for exploring Kiernan’s one-of-a-kind fiction.
Carolyn Cox, at THE PORTALIST, expresses similar feelings about the collection in What to Read Next If You Love Joe Hill Books.
Speculative fiction author Caitlin R. Kiernan also has a reputation for writing horror stories that are truly haunting.
This anthology features the best of the best from Kiernan’s extensive lexicon of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. The World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and James Tiptree Jr. Award-winning author is on full display in this anthology, which makes a perfect companion read to Twentieth Century Ghosts.
The year also saw impressive first story collections from Kameron Hurley and Sarah Pinsker (who had a terrific year with a first novel and a first collection), solid collections from the always underappreciated Gwyneth Jones and Susan Palwick, and important retrospective collections including the massive The Best of Greg Egan, which reminded us just how profound Egan’s influence has been over the past three decades, and the inimitable Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan.
2019 Locus Recommended Reading List includes titles from Lisa Goldstein, Kameron Hurley, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman, and Peter Watts
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LOCUS released their annual recommended reading list. Tachyon is proud to have several selections including Lisa Goldstein’s IVORY APPLES, Kameron Hurley’s MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman‘s THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, and PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR.
Other Tachyon authors, artists, and editors receiving notice include John Joseph Adams, Charlie Jane Anders, Rick Berry, Michael Blumlein, Ellen Datlow, Julie Dillon, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Klages, Susan Palwick, Alastair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick, Lavie Tidhar, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer, and Jo Walton.
Congrats to all.