Nebula Award Ballot Is Up

November 15, 2014

SFWA members received an e-mail this morning notifying them that the Nebula nomination ballot is now available, which signals the beginning of the 2015 award season.

Should you wish to consider any of my writing for your ballot, I had a total of 16 short stories published in 2014 (so far. There *may* be another flash piece forthcoming at DSF, but I don’t know if it will be this year or the next. No other longer stories are due out before 2015). Choosing among these is a little bit like choosing among ones’ children, but if absolutely pressed, I’d ask you to consider “Icarus Falls” as I feel it packs the most emotional punch. Here are a few of my own “top picks” for 2014:

Icarus Falls” – Daily Science Fiction

The fist astronaut to travel beyond our solar system tries to reconnect with her estranged daughter as she is losing her memories.

The Golem of Deneb Seven” – InterGalactic Medicine Show

A Jewish family immigrates to another planet to escape civil war on Earth, but the war catches up to them and they find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict.

Fate and Other Variables” – Galaxy’s Edge

A computer hacker and a kabbalist team up to break into the metaphysical Book of Fate and rewrite their futures.

High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity” – InterGalactic Medicine Show

A sequel to “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.” A Pandora’s box shows up at the Pawn Shop while two factions of the Fae covet technology that would allow electronics to work in their realm.

“Doubt” – Galaxy’s Edge

A cybernetically-enhanced assassin who can’t feel pain faces off against his greatest adversary.

The complete list of my other stories is posted on my Bibliography page.



2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology

February 8, 2013


The award season is upon us. Hardcore fans are furiously catching up on their reading so they can nominate their favorite books and stories for Hugo and Nebula Awards. But for those of us who only recently joined the ranks of professionally published authors, there’s another important accolade: the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

One is eligible for the Campbell Award within the first two years of their first professional publication. Most of the time the title goes to writers who produce an excellent first novel, but occasionally short fiction writers have been honored as well.

There are literally dozens of great eligible authors. Chances are, you don’t know who most of them are yet — but you should.  This year, M. David Blake and Bruce Bethke of Stupefying Stories put together a great sampler of work from the eligible writers. Whether you plan to vote for the award or not, you can download this very large volume absolutely free of charge. It may contain the next G.R.R. Martin or J.K. Rowling and you’ll be able to claim that you were reading them since way before they became famous!

In addition to those soon-to-be discovered geniuses, this anthology contains three of my stories:

“Spidersong” is a dark SF flash which was originally published by Daily Science Fiction in late 2011 and was my first Campbell-eligible sale.
“A Shard Glows in Brooklyn” is an adventure story that combines humor, noir, and urban fantasy elements with the colorful setting of my home town. It was printed in Buzzy Magazine last April.

“You Bet” is an absurdist humor piece about a unique Poker game. I published it at the UFO web site as part of my fulfilling the promises made during the UFO Kickstarter campaign.

When given an opportunity to showcase some of my work in this anthology, I selected these stories because I feel they are a good representation of the sort of things I like to write. They are not my best work to date — those stories are either releasing in 2013 or are still looking for markets — but they’re good stories and I’m proud to have them help make my case for nomination.

So why should you consider nominating me for the Campbell Award?

* I wrote my first story in the spring of 2010. I sold it the same year. And I sold my second one, too.

* In 3 years, I sold 43 original stories to date, not counting reprints and micro things like Twitter fiction.

* Six of those sales are to SFWA qualifying markets. Many others are to pro paying markets.

As proud as I am of those accomplishments, everything really comes down to just one thing: how much do you like the stories? So, please, read this anthology. Track down and read works by the eligible authors who weren’t included in it. And then nominate / vote for the authors whose work has impressed you the most.

Download the FREE Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology here.

2011 Nebula Nominations Announced

February 20, 2012


SFWA announced the 2011 Nebula nominations this morning, and here they are:


  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
  • Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
  • Mechanique: A Taleof the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
  • The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)


  • “Kiss Me Twice,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011)
  • “Silently and Very Fast,” Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011)
  • “The Ice Owl,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2011)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu (Panverse Three, Panverse Publishing)
  • “With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2011)


  • “Fields of Gold,” Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books)
  • “Ray of Light,” Brad R. Torgersen (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2011)
  • “Sauerkraut Station,” Ferrett Steinmetz (Giganotosaurus, November 2011)
  • “Six Months, Three Days,” Charlie Jane Anders (, June 2011)
  • “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus, July 2011)
  • “The Old Equations,” Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine, July 2011)
  • “What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

Short Story

  • “Her Husband’s Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
  • “Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son,” Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011)
  • “Movement,” Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March 2011)
  • “Shipbirth,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2011)
  • “The Axiom of Choice,” David W. Goldman (New Haven Review, Winter 2011)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2011)
  • “The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (writer/director) (Optimum Releasing; Screen Gems)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (writers), Joe Johnston (director) (Paramount)
  • Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
  • Hugo, John Logan (writer), Martin Scorsese (director) (Paramount)
  • Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (writer/director) (Sony)
  • Source Code, Ben Ripley (writer), Duncan Jones (director) (Summit)
  • The Adjustment Bureau, George Nolfi (writer/director) (Universal)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

  • AkataWitch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
  • Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
  • DaughterofSmoke andBone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • EverybodySeesthe Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • TheBoyat theEndofthe World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • TheFreedomMaze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
  • TheGirlof FireandThorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
  • Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Books)


Huge congratulations to all the nominees. There’s lots of reading for me to do. As hard as I tried to read up for the short fiction categories, two of the seven nominated stories are new to me, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

And, in case you wonder what it feels like to get nominated for science fiction’s most prestigious award, check out Ferrett Steinmetz’s blog entry on this very subject.

My 2011 Nebula Awards Nominations

February 15, 2012

One of the cool things about joining SFWA is that I get to nominate my favorite fiction for the coveted Nebula Awards. Nebulas are voted on by the active SFWA members and are awarded in several different categories. I am not well-read enough to nominate longer fiction this year but made certain

There are tons of great stories published every year. I’m sure I haven’t read even 1% of works published in 2011 that are good enough to be considered for an award. So instead, I cheated. Other SFWA members are able to recommend their favorites on a private forum. Over the last week, I read as many of the stories recommended by at least three different people as I could access (some of them weren’t available online) and selected mostly among those. Of course, I also considered the stories that I read and enjoyed over the course of the year. My nominations were as follows:

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu (Fantasy & Science Fiction, 3 / 2011)

The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld, 4 / 2011)

Staying Behind by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld, 10 / 2011)

Like Origami in Water by Damien Walters Grintalis (Daily Science Fiction, 10 / 2011)

I Kill Monsters by Nathaniel Lee (Daily Science Fiction, 10 / 2011)

My overall best short story of 2011 pick Is “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu. It’s beautifully written and emotionally powerful. Ken has had an amazing year and there are easily half a dozen stories of his that were strong contenders for my top 5 list, but I thought it only fair to leave a little room for other authors.

Daily Science Fiction has been providing my SF/F short story fix all year long, and I love a lot of the stuff they publish. I selected my favorites among both flash length stories (Like Origami in Water) and longer fare (I Kill Monsters) that they published in 2011. DSF is getting a cold shoulder from some reviewers due to the sheer volume of material they publish, but I’m confident we’ll be seeing more and more of their stories receive award nods.