With the Nebulas now open for nominations, SFFH awards season has officially arrived. A.C. Wise has a fantastic meta post of awards eligibility posts and links to reviewers; in it, she reiterates the importance of art even—especially—in these times: “[T]he art we make is important. Stories are important. So as award season gets under way and 2016 comes to an end, it’s a perfect time to look back and celebrate what you’ve accomplished over the year, as well as celebrating the works you loved.”
I’ve had a number of things come out this year. The first awards eligibility I’ll mention is that I am in my first year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Next are my individual works for this year:
“Chimera” by Gu Shi (Clarkesworld, March 2016) is a translation that Ken Liu and I worked on together. It’s a complex story that explores family and bioethics through parents desperate enough to save their son that they create the first viable human–pig chimera. But their experimentation comes at a cost… Eligible novella for the Nebula and the Hugo.
“Her Sacred Spirit Soars” (Strange Horizons, July 2016: Our Queer Planet) is a story about love and loss, about caring for yourself and others; it’s also about symbiotic mythological creatures and a human–bird body swap. Eligible short story for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award.
“Th Fifth Lttr” (Daily Science Fiction, September 12, 2016) is a linguistic dystopia, a story about the power of language and resistance to tyranny. Eligible short story for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award.
“Someone’s Checking You Out Right Now!” (Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures, October 2016 from DefCon One Publishing) is a story told as an OKCupid profile of a lonely jiangshi, or Chinese zombie/vampire. Eligible short story for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award.
“The Lies You Learned” (Liminality, March 2016) is about the oppression we internalize, the twisted relationships that we justify. Eligible long poem for the Rhysling Award.
“Children of the Geese” (Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, July 2016) is my anti-love letter to geese and how terrifying they are. Eligible short poem for the Rhysling Award.
“Parallax” (inkscrawl, August 2016) is a tiny poem about space. Eligible short poem for the Rhysling and Dwarf Star awards.
“肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea)” (Uncanny, September 2016) is my ode to food and friendship. Eligible short poem for the Rhysling.
My narration of “Just a Little Spice Will Do by Andrew Wilmot (GlitterShip, May 2016) is eligible for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) [SCS] for the Parsec Awards.
My narration of “The Gold Silkworm” by Tony Pi (PodCastle, July 2016) is also eligible for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) [SCS] for the Parsec Awards.
Aaand… that’s it, I think! Wow, I did a lot in 2016. Many thanks to everyone who’s supported me and made all this possible ♥!
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