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My Exceptionally Late and Exceptionally Brief Post-Sasquan Post

I came, I saw, I choked to death in the apocalyptic-levels of forest-fire smoke. Awesome people were hung-with, I met old friends for the first time, spent time with three-thirds of a brain, created an epic photobomb when I didn’t mean to, and basically had a blast. All while maintaining the utmost professionalism, of course.

I present to you my limited collection of pictures (as I am awful at stopping the party to pull out my phone):

On the Street sasquan

Above: C. Stuart Hardwick, Martin L. Shoemaker, Gama Ray Martinez, Austin DeMarco, Tina Gower

Austin and Beth

Above: Austin n Beth Cato

Jeremy Tina Andrea

Above: Jeremy Honer, Tina Gower, Andrea G. Stewart

Photo 3 by Lezli Robyn

Above: Tina, Kary English, Me, Mike Resnick, Lezli Robyn

Tina n Tardis

Above: Tina, the TARDIS, and Dr. Bashir

At the Hugos!

Me n Jackie

Above: Jacquelyn Bartel n Me

Hugos 1

Above: Gama, Thomas K. Carpenter, Jacquelyn, Jeremy, Andrea

Hugos 2

Above: Stuart and Dominick D’Aunno

Hugos 3

Above: The awards stage, before the place was packed.

After the Hugos!

Photo 1 by Lezli Robyn

Here’s an extremely blurry picture of the Alfies (an award created and distributed and voted upon by GRRM, which you’ve probably heard the run down on by now):

GRRM n alfies

Above: GRRM and company

And the epic photobomb.  Which I actually did not mean to do. Obviously it is the best picture take of me during the con:

photo bomb

Above: John Scalzi and Jason Gurley and me being an idiot (photo by Annie Bellet).

Others took much less–ahem–insane pictures of me as well, here’s an example. Note lack of crazy groundhog face:

Photo 2 by Lezli Robyn

Above: Me n Tina being photobombed by Writer Dad and Robert Silverberg (photo by Lezli Robyn)

Anywho, there’s my drama-free roundup. Informative and controversial, I know.

~Marina

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Stories (by Me and Others) Eligible for Awards this Year

Hello all!  If you by any chance are nominating for either the Nebulas or Hugos, here is a list of my publications from 2014 that are awards-eligible (which excludes  reprints and shared-world stories).

I’ve linked to the stories that are available on line.

Best Short Story category:

Elsa’s Spheres, sci-fi (IGMS)

Imma Gonna Finish You Off, sci-fi humor (Galaxy’s Edge)

A Debt Repaid, sci-fi flash fiction (Lightspeed Magazine, WDSF special issue)

Lenora of the Low, dark fantasy (Fantasy for Good anthology)

Best Novelette category:

Balance, sci-fi (Baen.com) (also won second in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest)

 

And here’s a list of other people’s short work that I recommend. I’m specifically choosing lesser-known pieces that I think deserve far more attention than they’ve received.

Best Short Story category:

The Thing About Shapes To Come by Adam-Troy Castro, sci-fi (Lightspeed Magazine)

Rules For Killing Monsters by David Sklar, dark fantasy (Nightmare Magazine)

Unfilial Child by Laurie Tom, fantasy (Streets of Shadows anthology)

Intersection by Gio Clairval, sci-fi flash fiction (Galaxy’s Edge)

A Dragon’s Doula by M.K. Hutchins, fantasy (IGMS)

Best Novella:

On the Winds of the Rub’ Al-Khali (part 1, part 2), by Stephen Gaskell (IGMS) (ETA: NOTE.  Only part 1 is technically eligible for nomination this year.  The novella will be eligible as a whole next year if part 1 does not make the ballot this year.)

 

And there are a few wonderful people I think you should consider for the Campbell Award for best new writer. I admit to a bias here, seeing as how they are some of my WotF vol. 29 classmates, but I genuinely think they deserve recognition this early in their careers:

Andrea G. Stewart (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and more)

Tina Gower (Galaxy’s Edge, Black Denim Lit, and more)

Brian Trent (Apex, Analog, and more)

Shannon Peavey (Urban Fantasy magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and more)

 

Go forth, read, nominate!

~Marina

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Happy Reading in 2015!

It’s 2015!  Hope the new year brings you lots of laughs and loves and good stories.  I look forward to sharing more new fiction and new artists’ interviews with you soon!

If you’d like to start 2015 off with warm fuzzies and a good book, might I suggest Fantasy for Good?  It was officially released on December 9th.  Don’t forget that all of the work was donated and the proceeds go to the Colon Cancer Alliance.  This book helps fight cancer!  The anthology contains stories by George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony, Katherine Kerr, Carrie Vaughn, the late Jay Lake and Roger Zelazny.  Not to mention many more.  And I might have something in there, too.  Here’s an excerpt from my story, Lenora of the Low:

Lenora turned to the claw-footed bathtub and pulled the cracked curtain from around its edge. Beyond lay her flesh-garden.

Like insects pinned to a collector’s cardstock, sections of skin lay mounted on fragments of wood in a saline bath.  Small wires slithered into the tub and provided mild shocks every few moments.  The flesh crawled with the energy, flexing and shivering at the stimulation.

Each stolen piece of living tissue equated another day on Earth for a Low One such as she.  Another day beyond the reach of the reaper’s clawing spirit.

Exiting the bathroom, she began preparations for her last harvest.  With giddy, fidgeting fingers, she pulled her tobacco pouch and pipe from their hiding place between the bedsprings and lit up.

Thin smoke curled around her like a halo. Avoiding her grotesque reflection in the vanity mirror, she pulled a small chain with a rose charm from a drawer and secured it around her neck.  It was a reminder that this night didn’t belong to her alone.  She would get her revenge and become a savior all in one glorious swoop.

Click on the cover to pick up a copy:

Fantasy for Good cover

And if you’re looking for yet more great fiction, grab a copy of the Best of Galaxy’s Edge 2013-2014.  It’s the best of the best from the publication’s first year–curated by Mike Resnick.

Click the cover to get a copy:

Best of Galaxy's Edge One

Happy New Year, and happy reading!

 

~Marina

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Song of the Sargasso up at Galaxy’s Edge

Song of the Sargasso is the first story in a new shared-world series from Galaxy’s Edge.

Hundreds of years in the future, we discover that the solar system is encased in a strange region of impassable space, known as the Sargasso Grid.  Those who enter never come back–it’s the Bermuda Triangle of space travel. In Song of the Sargasso, freelance miners attempt to scout out a dwarf planet orbiting just over the Sargasso boundary, but something unexpected threatens to end their operation.  The pilot, Victor Carvalho, grapples  with personal-demons made reality while trying to keep his crew from falling apart. Here’s an excerpt:

Aye, aye, m’lady,

There’s a dragon down below.

Aye, aye, m’lady,

Yet exploring we shall go.  

Don’t give your heart to the red-dusted man,

Don’t give your heart to the Sea.

Please stay steady-on by the dock,

And save your heart for me  

—Chorus. Last transmission from the Illico One.  

***

Victor Carvalho couldn’t hear Kira’s scream, but he sure as hell could see it.

It was plastered on her face, frozen there beneath her space helmet. The image would be forever seared into his memory.

He crouched down on the barren deck of the Illico and reached a shaking hand toward her supine form. She didn’t move—how could she, with her body twisted like that? We shouldn’t have come here. We shouldn’t have reached into God’s domain.

***

Nineteen Hours Before

“All right everyone, we’re about to cross into Sargasso space. If you feel the need to vomit, or strap yourself in tight, maybe say a few prayers, no one will hold it against you.” Victor made a slight course adjustment, then buckled himself into the nav chair.

His cat, a short-haired calico with ‘Starbuck’s limp,’ curled herself up on his lap. “Ready, Dinah?” he asked, running his fingers through her soft fur. “Hold onto your hairballs.”

Though he joked, he didn’t think anything was funny about the extra-solar Sargasso Sea—or the Sargasso Grid, as it was called by those who’d never dare travel out beyond the planets. He watched the computer count down as it estimated their position, and his heart beat faster with every light-second gained. Just remember the money, you can’t beat the money, he told himself.

A lot of hazard pay came with venturing into the Sea, and Victor ticked off all the things he could buy when he got back to Mars. An entire biodome all for himself. A sports-class racing ship. A million swimming pools’ worth of cat food.

… Diapers. Lots of diapers.

There were as many stories about the Sea as there once had been about the edge of the world. Here there be drag-ions, went the old astronaut’s joke. Mythical beasts, mythical particles, it didn’t matter—the region, forming a globe around the solar system starting at 1,260 AUs from the sun, was a very real borderland. Did something swallow the ships out this far, or shut them down? Did they fall into micro black holes, or drop out of existence altogether? No one really knew what happened out in the Sargasso. But one thing was for sure: no one who’d gone more than three light-hours in had ever come back.

You can find the rest here (free to read for the months of November and December): http://www.galaxysedge.com/n9.htm Other writers in the series include Hugo and Nebula nominee, Brad R. Torgersen, my fellow WotF vol. 29 alumni, Andrea G. Stewart and Tina Gower, and authors Lou J. Berger and Alex Shvartsman. Happy reading! ~Marina

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