Science Fiction World, based in Chengdu, China, would like to translate my story “A Sweet Calling” (Clarkesworld Magazine) into Chinese for their October 2012 issue. This would be my first story to appear in Chinese. Coincidentally, the story itself is set in old Chengdu. Looking forward to it!
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I’m back from summer vacation, having gone to San Francisco, Reno (for WorldCon) and Las Vegas. Great trip! Here is a photo for each city:
Alcatraz in the background. I actually missed visiting Alcatraz in SF because the tickets were sold out for at least another week. Ugh. But had great ramen at Tanpopo in Japantown, saw relatives, and rode the cable car.
Me, on the Throne of Swords at Renovation (WorldCon). I didn’t do any panels but did participate in the Clarkesworld authors reading and the Edge Books book launch (reading from my story in Tesseracts 15).
Vegas was terrific, as always. It costs an arm and a leg but is totally worth it. I finally saw Cirque du Soleil’s O, and it was stunning.
“A Sweet Calling” Podcast Reviewed
David Steffen wrote an article called The Best of Clarkesworld Podcast and mentioned “A Sweet Calling” as one of his favourites. Kate Baker, who narrates the Clarkesworld stories, does amazing work. I’m very pleased with her podcast of my story myself. He says this about my story:
A candy vendor with the ability to use his candies as avatars and who can use his ability to create elementals faces off against a dangerous foe. A very well developed and compelling magic system based around the Chinese Zodiac.
Check out his full review.
2010 in Review: Stories
Now that all of my stories for 2010 have been published, here’s a summary of where they appear. The links below go to subpages with links and reviews. It’s the most I’ve published in any single year, and the reviews for my stories have been very positive, so an excellent year overall.
“A Sweet Calling”, Clarkesworld #44, May 2010 (online)
“The Gold Silkworm”, Fantasy Magazine, December 13, 2010 (online)
“The Character of the Hound”, The Dragon and the Stars, DAW Books, May 2010 (print)
“The Curse of Chimère”, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #53, October 7, 2010 (online)
“Cygnet’s Shadow”, On Spec #80, Spring 2010 (print)
“Night of the Manticore”, Abyss & Apex #33, January 2010 (novelette, online)
“The Paragon Lure”, Alembical 2, Paper Golem LLC, June 2010 (print)
“Silk and Shadow”, The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One (online)
As it’s also award nomination season, some readers may also find this list useful as a reading guide. I’ve received very positive reviews for “A Sweet Calling” (in the short story category) and “The Paragon Lure” (in the novella category). The former is readily available on the web, and the latter is available to SFWA members in the discussion forums. Or, contact me if you prefer a different format. Thank you for your consideration.
Note: Some works are eligible for certain awards due to geographical restrictions. “The Paragon Lure” is ineligible for the Prix Aurora Borealis Award, and “Cygnet’s Shadow” is ineligible for the Nebula or Hugo Awards.
“A Sweet Calling” Extra
“A Sweet Calling” in Clarkesworld #44 is my tribute to the vanishing art of candy blowing, which has been seen in the streets of China since the Tang Dynasty.
Watch a modern Tangren at work: