We’re entering awards season again, so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of the stuff I have that’s eligible.
“And She Rose in the Sky on a Pillar of Flame,” published in Fusion Fragment #1, May 2020. Aya is newly widowed and has always wanted to explore the stars…which is going to be difficult when her village believes women should die with their husbands.
When the morning dawned clear as a glass of water, they took Aya to the pyre. The first hard frost was coming soon and fields lay ripe for harvesting, but everything would lay dormant today, as it had for the last two days, and as it would until the funeral pyre had burned itself out.
“A Bridge from Sea to Sky,” published in F&SF, Jul/Aug 2020. Aoife has always believed in the mission of the space elevator she maintains, but an accident forces her to decide just how much she’s willing to risk to save it.
Aoife never felt so far from home as she did when she climbed out of the maintenance pod. The first few times she left it to repair the space elevator, she couldn’t even let go of the pod’s external ladder, despite the safety harness. It wasn’t until her fourth time out that she allowed herself drift free and looked down past her feet to South America, twenty-five thousand kilometers below.
And that’s not all! I’m also co-editor of Translunar Travelers Lounge, a biannual speculative fiction magazine. We’ve had two issues out this past year, and all of our stories are eligible for award consideration. You can read the stories for free at the links below.
- Kiki Hernández Beats the Devil, by Samantha Mills (4,970 words)
- Squeezing and Entering, by Noe Bartmess (1,502 words)
- Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord, by Catherine George (1,640 words)
- The Little Chouxmaker and the Elvis, by Mike Reeves-McMillan (3,794 words)
- Hunt, by Mina Li (4,376 words)
- Dance for Your Daughters, by Lulu Kadhim (780 words)
- One Last Stand for the Cold Blooded Chaos Society, by Megan Lee Beals (3,513 words)
- Fresh from the Oven, by M.A. Florin (1,677 words)
- Mr. Lieber Comes to Hirta, by Priya Sridhar (3,826 words)
- Mylène, by Anna Fagundes Martino (3,452 words)
- Acquisition: Earth – Steven Berger (988 words)
- Quicker to Love a Goat than a Boy – James Mimmack (4,163 words)
- Blue – Kathleen Brigid (536 words)
- The Swarm of Giant Gnats I Sent After Kent, My Assistant Manager – Marissa Lingen (1,448 words)
- More than Trinkets – Ramez Yoakeim (2,056 words)
- 5:37 – A.P. Howell (2,733 words)
- Seven Parts Full – Anya Ow (4,966 words)
- The Cat Lady and the Petitioner – Jennifer Hudak (4,929 words)
- Hatchi – Andrew K. Hoe (3,016 words)
- A Most Professional Demon – R.J. Howell (2,943 words)
- Rockets Launch from Florida – E.M. Craven (3,695 words)