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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
Callum McSorley, on his eponymous site, offers a preview of his forthcoming SHORELINE OF INFINITY review for Kameron Hurley’s MEET ME IN THE FUTURE.
I’ve spent many words on this excellent SFF collection in my Shoreline review which will be published in a future issue. Here’s a sneak peek:
“Conceptually, these stories are out at the weird end of SFF, but her characters are so well drawn, rich in complexity, allowed to be angry, scared, cruel, and even kind sometimes, that they are believably, undeniably human – regardless of their appearance or if their intelligence is deemed real or artificial – which creates an anchor for the incredible things happening all around them.”
So glad that this project has led me to writers like Nalo Hopkinson and her collection, FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS. Hopkinson’s books number in the teens and her awards, especially from sci-fi and fantasy-type societies, are just as numerous. I loved exploring her imagination, her settings, and her characters, eating up her super-awesome stories one after another.
WOW ESSAYS in their sample essay Godzillas Transformation From Monster To Hero Research Papers Example cites James Morrow’s Sturgeon Award winner SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA.
In James Morrow’s novella SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA, a man is hired by the US government to put on a rubber monster suit and put on a demonstration in which he destroys a small city, in order to completely end World War II. As his main character says of his intentions for the beast, “I hope to make this magnificent lizard as famous a symbol for the abolition of nuclear weapons as Smokey the Bear has become for the prevention of forest fires” (Morrow 162). This scenario is an obvious homage to the Godzilla films from Japan’s Toho Company in the 1950s – a distinct reaction to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki several years beforehand, and a nuclear cautionary tale in the guise of a kitschy monster movie.
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.
I cannot recommend this short story collection enough. If you are not familiar with Kameron Hurley’s work, it is an excellent introduction and jumping off point. After reading this, I am going to check out her Worldbreaker Saga and the Bel Dame Apocrypha series. If you have read her novels before, then you definitely should buy this collection.
In this entertaining vlog, MICHEAL READS tells us what they are going to read this month, which includes MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, that they picked up at the library because the mechanical beetleborg is so cool and the Booklist quote.
In her regular LOCUS column, Hurley writes about the new decade “Into the Raging ’20s, We Ride.”
As we barrel toward the spring, I’ve resolved to spend the 2020s engaged in active work; not only the directly political kind, but also the quieter kind, the kind that is the work of crafting meaningful stories that move people. This is my profession. My vocation. Yet I’ve found so much of the headspace I need for creation stolen by a world in upheaval.Read rest at LOCUS
I’ve found myself seeking ways to transform how I work in the 2020s. Certainly much of this is about turning away from social sites that are especially bad at policing misinformation. It’s about checking into reputable news sites once or twice a week instead of following the latest tragedy in real time on Twitter. I no longer wake up and scroll through Twitter first thing in the morning. It’s no longer my primary source of news. I go to Twitter for discussions about books and films. My Instagram is primarily full of books and dogs. I deleted Facebook. I’ve started turning off my phone altogether an hour before I want to go to bed.
Our always-on culture has been driven by organizations that seek to get an increasing share of a finite resource: our attention. The more attention I give their services and algorithms, the less attention I have for the things that matter to me: my work, my family, my own social causes.
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.
Join Guest of Honor Kameron Hurley and the acclaimed R. B. Lemberg at Confusion, January 16-19 in Detroit, MI.
In addition to being the longest-running fan-run SF/F convention in Michigan, ConFusion is a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike. It is hailed as a place to experience programming and guests on the caliber you find at a WorldCon, while located in a convenient and affordable setting.What is ConFusion?
Pro Guest of Honor: Kameron Hurley
Creative Guest of Honor: Brandon O’Brien
Fan Guest of Honor: Bogi Takács
Science Guest of Honor: Dr. Julie Lesnik
Hurley and Lemberg are participating in several events at the convention.
|Managing and Overcoming Professional Burnout||Fri, 1pm||Panelists: Marissa Lingen (M), Pablo Defendini, Ken Schrader, Kameron Hurley|
|Reading||Fri, 2pm||Bogi Takács and R.B. Lemberg|
|Avoiding Muddled Messes in World-Building||Fri, 6pm||Panelists: Sarah E Gibbons (M), Cherie Melinda Priest, Tracy Townsend, J. Zachary Pike, R.B. Lemberg|
|Ready, Steady, Flash!||Fri, 6pm||Panelists: Lee Harris (M), Brandon Crilly, Seanan McGuire, Stephanie Malia Morris, Kameron Hurley|
|Opening Ceremonies||Fri, 7PM||Panelists: Lithie Dubois (M), Seanan McGuire, Gwenda Bond, Kameron Hurley, Bogi Takács, Brandon O’Brien, Dr. Julie Lesnik|
|Evolving Visions of Toxic Masculinity||Sat, 10am||Panelists: Jason Sanford (M), Marsalis, Jim C. Hines, Kameron Hurley, Brandon O’Brien|
|Emotional Non-Violence In Fiction||Sat, 11am||Panelists: E.D.E. Bell (M), Jason Sanford, R.B. Lemberg, Brandon O’Brien|
|Kaffeeklatsch||Sat, 11am||Kameron Hurley|
|Don’t Fridge The Messenger||Sat, 1pm||Panelists: Nora E. Derrington (M), E. Jade Lomax, K. Lynne O’Connor, Kameron Hurley|
|Masculinity and Trauma Recovery in Genre Fiction||Sat, 2pm||Panelists: Brandon O’Brien (M), Adam R. Shannon, dave ring, John Wiswell, R.B. Lemberg|
|The Art of Writing Non-Linear Narratives||Sat, 4pm||Panelists: E.D.E. Bell (M), Jason Sanford, Gwenda Bond, Kameron Hurley|
|Black Gate Interview with Author GoH||Sun, 10am||Panelists: Brandon Crilly, Kameron Hurley|
|Closing Ceremonies||Sun, 3pm||Panelists: Lithie Dubois (M), Seanan McGuire, Gwenda Bond, Kameron Hurley, Bogi Takács, Brandon O’Brien, Dr. Julie Lesnik|
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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
What I love about Vaughn’s writing is that she takes you on a fun adventure and secretly sneaks in layers of complexity to her characters where you find yourself thinking about them for days on end. I can’t wait to see where this series is heading!
A collection that I recommend with pleasure to all readers of imagination and which I hope will one day be entitled to a French publication in order to benefit as many people as possible!Translation from the French courtesy of Google
The author of the first article to ever win a Hugo Award (“We Have Always Fought” 2014), Kameron Hurley also won another Hugo (Best Fan Writer 2014), two British Fantasy Award (The God’s War  and The Geek Feminist Revolution ), and been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke and Nebula Awards.
The Bel Dame Apocrypha/God’s War Trilogy, which introduced the popular Nyx, began with God’s War, concluded with Infidel (2011) and Rapture (2012). Hurley followed up that series with the epic fantasy series, the Worldbreaker Saga, which includes The Mirror Empire (2014), Empire Ascendant (2015), and The Broken Heavens (2020). Other acclaimed novels include The Stars are Legion (2017) and The Light Brigade (2019).
Hurlery’s nonfiction has appeared in numerous online venues, including The Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly. She writes a regular column for Locus Magazine. Many of her essays were collected in The Geek Feminist Revolution.
Her short fiction has graced the pages of many magazines such as Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed, Vice Magazine’s Terraform, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons, as well as numerous anthologies. Her stories have been collected in Brutal Women (2010), APOCALYPSE NYX (2018), and MEET ME IN THE FUTURE (2019).
All of us at Tachyon wish the amazing Kameron a happy birthday. May you long chronicle tales of blood, bugs, and brutal women!
Titles from Kameron Hurley, Lisa Goldstein, Lavie Tidhar, and Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman all garner best of year notices
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“Meet Me in the Future is an episodic jaunt across distant stars whose sixteen short stories bubble with laughter, thrills, tears, and questions. …The stories’ settings are as diverse as their characters, ranging from familiar to surreal. Elements of magic swirl among spaceships, while a body mercenary proves able to jump between corpses. … A trek across galaxies that hits home, Meet Me in the Future is a love letter to the best of science fiction.”FOREWORD
Although some are definitely better than others, overall the stories contained within the pages of Meet Me in the Future are all good reads in their own right. Even better, though disparate in style and tone, there are enough recurring themes explored throughout the tales that the book stands rather well on its own.PAT’S FANTASY HOTLIST
This is my first book by Lisa Goldstein but here is an author that definitely needs to go on my auto buy list. I don’t know what it is but here is an author that can make a book feel personal. Like this book was written for me. It was, I swear it was. The writing is really lovely, hypnotic almost.
The aptly named Elizabeth Story, Tachyon’s lead designer, is that rare and wondrous unicorn who combines artistic, technical, and verbal skills.
She came to Tachyon in 2009 as an editorial intern, having graduated with honors from the Creative Writing department at UC Santa Cruz. Her prior experience included creating motivational posters, newsletters, and comic strips for a children’s tutoring center; editing a campus literary magazine; and assisting in a perfumery.
Once Story dashed off some impromptu promotional materials in Photoshop, it became clear that she was destined to work as Tachyon as an artist instead of an editor. Since that time, Story has designed many of Tachyon’s most creative book covers and interiors, press kits, holiday cards, and catalogs.
Even after earning her M.F.A., Story still sleeps very little while remaining wittier than most people you know. It is said that she locked her first novel, which may or may not have been illustrated, in a drawer because it tried to bite her.
Tachyon wishes the incredible Elizabeth a very happy birthday, and hopes that she doesn’t get cheated of Christmas presents just because she was born on the wrong day.