The exciting THESE FRAGILE GRACES, THIS FUGITIVE HEART marks Izzy Wasserstein as a writer to watch

With some two months until publication, Izzy Wasserstein’s debut novella THESE FRAGILE GRACES, THIS FUGITIVE HEART is creating excitement as evident by glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Nisi Shawl for Ambling Along the Aqueduct, and broughtyoubooks at Litsy. During the World Fantasy Convention in Kansas City, Wasserstein found time to sit down with Scott Edelman for Eating the Fantastic.

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Wasserstein makes clever use of genre tropes, including clones, snappy noir-style dialogue, and the damaged, insomniac detective archetype. With a complex and enjoyably flawed trans protagonist and a portrayal of queer life that goes deeper than casual representation, this marks Wasserstein as a voice to watch out for in LGBTQ science fiction. 

Publishers Weekly

Following Wasserstein’s Dora Madsen through Kansas City’s pot-holed, climate-catastrophized streets is more exciting than I or any other reader have the right to expect.  I recommend grabbing it up as soon as you possibly can.

Ambling Along the Aqueduct

Really loved this one. Cool technonoir, and equity based communes (on of the main settings)are always interesting to me.

Photo by Scott Edelman

We discussed the way Sarah Pinsker sparked her lightbulb moment, why it’s important for her to learn your chosen D&D character, which Star Trek: The Next Generation characters caused her to take her first stab at writing, the change she’d make in her life if she were independently wealthy, why we both miss those paper rejection slips from publishing’s pre-electronic days, the disconnect between the way we feel about certain stories of ours and how readers respond, the most important gift she was given by the Clarion writing workshop, our perverse love for second-person present-tense stories, how surprised she was when she sold a story to Analog, and much more.

Eating the Fantastic