It’s still January, so I’ll try for a quick new year’s update before that becomes completely ridiculous. First, Point of Sighs is now through production and is scheduled for release in May! I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out, and can’t wait to share it with everyone. I’ll be at Balticon 51 over Memorial Day weekend, and the plan is to hold a launch party there, so if you’re going to be attending, please look for it! We’ll have tea and little cakes, in proper Astreianter style.
I’m tremendously excited to announce that I’ve sold a novel, Finders, to Athena Andreadis at Candlemark & Gleam. It’s expanded from the short story of the same name, which first appeared in Andreadis’s The Other Half of the Sky (and subsequently in Year’s Best Science Fiction 31) and from a second story, “Firstborn, Lastborn,” which appeared in Andreadis’s To Shape the Dark (and in Year’s Best Science Fiction 34), and it’s been a joy to get back to far future, high science SF.
I love books that have as a central conflict the disjunction of law and justice. Unsurprisingly, you'll find that as a theme in many of my novels, along with the question "who gets to count as people?" and that's certainly true of my contributions to the Pride Storybundle. Of course, both Point of Hopes and Death By Silver are fantasies structured as mysteries, which automatically foregrounds the question — most mysteries use the tension between law and justice to raise the stakes of their plots.
Or, why I like queer Victorian fiction
There is a lot of queer SF/F set in what is at least nominally the Victorian/Edwardian period (three very different novels in the current LGBT Storybundle alone), and of course that raises the question of what makes this period so appealing. For me, at least, the period from the mid-19th century through the start of the First World War is attractive because it’s both familiar and deeply alien, and the ways in which it is different from the modern world offer some excellent opportunities for comment on our contemporary lives.
Yep, it's an LGBT+ Storybundle - 5 books in the basic bundle, yours for $5, or if you throw in another $10, you'll get 7 more titles, for an eclectic grouping of some of the best queer writing out there today.
With the latest takeovers at LiveJournal, and the mass exodus that followed, I think it's time for me to finally set up an independent blog at the domain I've been hoarding for some years, particularly since I'm just about to begin promoting some LGBT+ material. It's not entirely clear how having the LJ servers in Russia is going to affect LJ's ability to host queer content. This is by way of a soft launch, and I'll be posting at both sites for a little longer, but by the end of the summer I hope to be moved to the new blog. And maybe I will have learned to use all of its fancy features by then!