It is an honour to be on the 2015 Aurora Award ballot in two categories:
Best Short Fiction – English
“No Sweeter Art“, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155
Best Poem Song – English
“A Hex, With Bees”, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE
The full ballot is here. Congratulations to all the other nominees!
Voting begins June 1st and closes October 17th, and the voters package will be available at that time to CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association). Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants, and you can sign up to participate in the Aurora Awards.
If you would like to take a look right away at “No Sweeter Art”, it is free to read in various formats from Beneath Ceaseless Skies ( web | PDF | mobi PRC | EPUB ), and has an audio podcast version brilliantly narrated by John Meagher.
Here are some reviews of the story and the poem.
No Sweeter Art
- Tangent Online: “Pi writes a compelling main character and packs a lot of intriguing Chinese-themed magic into the quick, tight plot. An entertaining piece with excellent pacing and detail.”
- Clavis Aurea (Apex Magazine): “A spark of colourful adventure…tidy, refreshing, and smart; a pearl of uncomplicated fun.”
- Short Fiction You Need to Read (The Alternative Typewriter): “Ancient China, assassination attempt, the Zodiac spirits and a magic based on animating caramel sculptures. It’s incredibly imaginative and magical. Tony Pi has an effortless style that takes you to the end in a heartbeat.”
- Locus Online: “A strongly-realized setting here, and an effective Zodiac-based magic system.”
- The Best Podcast Short Fiction of 2014 (SF Signal) & The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Podcast (Diabolical Plots)
A Hex, With Bees
- Publishers Weekly: “Tony Pi’s “A Hex, with Bees,” structured around the I Ching, is the book’s best single piece.”