July seems to have been the month of proofs. Early, I got the proofs from EDGE Publishing for my dark fantasy story "Dog's Paw" that will be appearing in the Chilling Tales 2 (edited by Mike Kelly, available for preorder here) anthology before the end of the year. No sooner was that done, than the proofs for my longish hard science fiction novelette "Schools of Clay" arrived from Asimov's Science Fiction. The Asimov's story will hit the stands in December or January. Lastly, I received the proofs for "Juan Caceres and the Zapatero's Workshop," a fantasy short story about magical street children in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which will be appearing in the anthology When the Hero Comes Home 2 (edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, cover art here) in August. Juan Caceres was also picked up by Podcastle.org for their most excellent weekly fiction podcast. I'm not sure which I'm most excited about, because all three were tough stories to write and all four markets took me time to break into. Probably easier to just say it was Christmas in July.
I would like to add my name and support, privately or publicly, to the
well-publicized suggestion by Amal El-Moktar that action (serious action) be
taken against Theodore Beale. Aside from the technical reasons he should
not be a member, I can only say that I was appalled at his election campaign
postings and surprised at SFWA (the organization) for tolerating them. His
further public posts made it seem quite clear to me that he was not rowing with
the rest of the team and that his interests were broadly damaging to individual
members and the organization's reputation.
I am a relatively new member, but I have to say that the recent flare-ups of
intolerance (including the stupidity related to the Bulletin) have surprised
me. More important, the fact that SFWA as an organization does not seem to
act until people complain suggests to me a systematized lack of values and
ethics. By system, I mean that governance structures beyond Section 10 of
the by-laws is necessary.
A code of conduct is necessary and I call on my elected representatives
to borrow, steal or invent one that will assure me that a system is in
place such that people of any gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or race
are protected by the organization from personal attack.
I am a very happy to say that my novelette "The Way of the Needle," which appreared in the March, 2012 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, has just won the 2012 Asimov's Reader's Award. This award is chosen by the magazine's readers and is a bit humbling, given that the other novelettes published by Asimov's in 2012 were written by such brilliant writers as Allen Steele, Megan Lindholm, Paul MacAuley, Ken Liu, Rudy Ruckers, Indrapramit Das, Rick Wilbur, Robert Reed, and many others. I received the award this morning from Sheila Williams in San Jose, California. Thank you to the readers of Asimov's for picking my story among so many great ones! I'm very grateful.