Alumni News

Clarion West Alumni News, Fall 2014

The Halloween decorations are being put away as the first of Seattle’s traditional autumn windstorms has industriously stripped the leaves from the cottonwoods and vine maples. Gore-Tex and flannel winter attire is being brought out of storage, and everything is pumpkin-flavored—even things that probably shouldn’t taste like pumpkin.

Clarion West is still hard at work on getting ready for application season. If you’re interested in applying for 2015 (or know a writer who might be), you can check out instructors, costs, and all sorts of other information on the Summer Workshop page. Applications open in December, and you can save $20 on the application fee by applying early.

If you’ve ever wondered if you might be able to write a tie-in novel, our One-Day Workshop “Tie-In Fiction: Why It’s Awesome and How to Do It” with Erik Scott de Bie on Sunday, December 7 can help you get started. Registration is still open for this six-hour intensive workshop.

 

Awards
Craig L. Gidney’s (CW ‘96) novel Bereft won a Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Congratulations!

 

Community Announcements

Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention where readers and writers meet on common ground. Their format, with a single track of programming, brings everyone together in a lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations — and people — in the science fiction community.

This year’s Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue.

Potlatch has a close connection to Clarion West. They feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings and a half-day Writers Workshop. Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend as many of you have in the past.

Visit their website for registration details and contact information.

 

Publications
Katrina S. Forest (CW ’09) had a story appear in September in Every Day Fiction, “In Line With a Prize.” Her story “The Poisoned City” will appear in the next issue of The Future Fire.

Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative WritingSeveral Clarion West alumni will appear in the reprint anthology Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, including Siobhan Carroll (CW ’09), Indrapramit Das (CW ’12), Neile Graham (CW ’96), and Jennifer Giesbrecht (CW ’13). Helen Marshall (CW ’12) is one of the editors on the volume.

Shannon Peavey (CW ’13) has a story up at Daily Science Fiction titled “At First Glance.”

David D. Levine (CW ‘00) has sold his “Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure” novel Arabella of Mars to Tor in a three-book deal. The first volume will be published in late 2015 or early 2016, with two sequels to follow at yearly intervals. David says, “Getting to this point has been a real emotional rollercoaster, with many years of hard work, long waits, and near misses. Arabella of Mars, my first sale, is my fourth completed novel; I started outlining the first one at the beginning of 2003, so this moment is the culmination of more than ten years of effort. And yet, of course, this is also only the beginning of an equally long strange journey to publication and beyond. I have a lot to do in the next year, including soliciting blurbs, writing blog posts, assembling a street team, and scheduling readings and interviews, as well as shepherding the book through production, not to mention writing book 2 (which currently exists as a solid outline and 4000 words of text). It’s going to be a heck of a ride, and I plan to keep you informed along the way.” Congratulations, David!

Ancillary Sword by Ann LeckieAnn Leckie (CW ’05) has a sequel to her award-winning Ancillary Justice out now: Ancillary Sword.

M. Huw Evans (CW ’12 and Clarion West Workshop Administrator) has a story out in GigaNotoSaurus, titled “Nine Instances of Rain.”

Sandra Odell’s (CW ’10) flash piece “Exchanges, No Refunds” debuted in Daily Science Fiction in October.

Helena Bell’s (CW ’13) story “Lovecraft” appeared in the October issue of Clarkesworld.

Usman Malik’s (CW ’13) story “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” (first published in Qualia Nous) can now be read online. The story was reviewed favorably by several authors including Nathan Ballingrud and Ken Liu.

Alyc C. Helms (CW ’12) has just sold two books to Angry Robot Books. The Dragons of Heaven will be published in April 2015 with the sequel to follow a year later. Read the announcement and more details at the Angry Robots site.

Ship House,” an excerpt from Helen Marshall’s (CW ’12) collection, Gifts For The One Who Comes After, is up at Tor.com. Helen describes the story as “The Haunting of Hill House crossed with Rumpelstiltskin.”

Falling Sky by Rajan KhannaRajan Khanna’s (CW ‘08) first book, Falling Sky, came out in October from Pyr. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “solid and memorable debut” while Library Journal gave it a starred review and named it Debut of the Month.

Gord Sellar (CW ‘06) and Emily Skaftun (CW ’09) both have novelettes in the October/November 2014 issue of Asimov’s, on sale now.

Chinelo Onwualu (CW ’14) is starting a new monthly speculative fiction e-zine called Omenana, focusing on fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora. Submissions are now open.

 

Appearances
Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) is participating in the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series on Tuesday, November 11 in Kirkland, WA and Wednesday, November 12 in Portland, OR. The other featured authors are Django Wexler and Daniel H. Wilson. For more details, please see the SFWA site.

 


 

October 2014

October is a fine month to be in Seattle—if you like rain, that is! Clarion West is busy getting ready for application season for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop, as well as preparing for more One-Day Workshops. There are still spaces left in the Tie-In Fiction: Why It’s Awesome and How to Do It One-Day Workshop with Erik Scott de Bie. If you’ve ever dreamed about creating media tie-ins, please join us.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for the Clarion West Six-Week Workshop, we have information about applications, materials, and costs on our Six-Week Workshop page. Applications open in December, and you’ll save $20 by applying before February 11, 2015. If you’re an alumnus who knows writers who might benefit from the workshop, help spread the word.

Clarion West is also holding a benefit on Saturday, November 22: the Greg Bear Library Tour. Join us for an evening of books, art, and conversation at Greg and Astrid Bear’s home in Lynnwood, WA. Learn more about this special event.

Community Announcements

Potlatch 24
February 6, 7, and 8, 2015 — Hotel Deca — Seattle, WA

Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention where readers and writers meet on common ground. Their format, with a single track of programming, brings everyone together in a lively discussion that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. Potlatch has some of the most interesting conversations — and people — in the science fiction community.

This year’s Book of Honor is the June 2014 issue of Lightspeed magazine, the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue.

Potlatch has a close connection to Clarion West. They feature a Clarion West Benefit Auction (with books, art, and unique hand-made items) on Saturday evening, as well as readings and a half-day Writers Workshop. Clarion West alumni and friends are encouraged to attend as many of you have in the past.

Visit their website for registration details and contact information.

 

Publications

silverblind-coverTina Connolly’s (CW ’06) novel Silverblind, the third book in a series, releases on October 7 in hardcover, published by Tor. The second book in the series, Copperhead, was released in paperback in September.

Cat Rambo (CW ’05) has had her story “The Moon and the Mouse” published in Daily Science Fiction.

Alyc Helms (CW ’12) has just sold her story “A Screech of Gulls” to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. The story is set in the opulent Venetian-inspired world of her epic fantasy novel Chiaroscuro.

Urban Fantasy Magazine, a new site that will be featuring two stories a month as well as articles and reviews, has been launched and is looking for submissions. Jordan Ellinger (CW ’09) and Emily Skaftun (CW ’09) are the editors, and Cat Rambo (CW ’05) is the reviews editor. There are many other Clarion West alumni on the staff. Submissions are open—go forth and submit!

David Levine (CW ’00) has been very busy. His steampunk romantic fantasy novelette “Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance,” appears in the anthology The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five. His story “Goat Eyes” was published in Black Static #42, his post-robot-holocaust story “Mammals” sold to Analog, and his story “Malf” sold to the anthology Mission: Tomorrow. His space opera “Damage” was sold to tor.com, forthcoming in 2015.

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Greg Cox’s (CW ’84) novelization of the new Godzilla movie reached #18 on the New York Times bestseller list. His new Star Trek novel, Star Trek: The Original Series – Foul Deeds Will Rise, will be released in November.

In September, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (CW ‘73) turned in The Dragon in Exile, the 18th Liaden Universe novel. Their editor is promising a June 2, 2015 release date and their Simon & Schuster publicist is promising a book tour. Sharon and Steve have written 67 joint fiction pieces ranging from novels to short stories—22 novels so far, along with 45 shorter works and seven collections (not including overseas editions and translations). In November, they’ll be Principal Speakers at PhilCon. Next year, Steve expects to be back in Seattle for a short book tour as part of a planned trip to SasQuan.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) has had two stories published: “Zugzwang” was published at Daily Science Fiction and his story “Ten Days Up” was selected for upcoming Baen Books anthology Mission: Tomorrow.

Gifts for the One who Comes After coverHelen Marshall’s (CW ’12) second collection of short stories, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, has been published by ChiZine. Her story “Supply Limited, Act Now” from the collection is available for free at SF Signal.

Henry Lien (CW ‘12) has sold his short story “Bilingual” to Fantasy & Science Fiction, guest edited by C.C. Finlay, to be published in 2015. The story is about a teenage girl who figures out a way to save the dolphins in Taiji, Japan from being slaughtered in the thousands every year by teaching the dolphins a meme to spread and warn each other with. The story was inspired by Henry’s watching the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” on the plane up to Clarion West in 2012. After seeing the documentary, he resolved to write something during the coming six weeks that would help make a difference and help be the voice for the dolphins.

Kris Millering’s (CW ’09) story “Coins for their Eyes,” about ghost dolls and psychopomps, will appear in Apex in October.

Silence of Six coverEugene Myer’s (CW ’05) novel Silence of Six, a thriller about teenage hackers and a government conspiracy, will be published in November. He has also had two stories published recently: “Lost in Natalie” in Space and Time (co-written with Mercurio D. Rivera), and “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell” in the anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (Twelfth Planet Press).

JY Yang (CW ’13) has a story in Clarkesworld titled “Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points.”

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ’13) has a story titled “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” in the anthology Qualia Nous. His novella “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” has been acquired by Ellen Datlow for Tor.com.

Craig Gidney (CW ’96) has a new collection out now called Skin Deep Magic. Chelsea Station Magazine has reprinted a story from the collection, “Conjuring Shadows.”

Indrapramit Das (CW ‘12) has sold his story “The Muses of Shuyedan-18” to Asimov’s. He has also sold his story “The Moon of the Unborn” to Strange Horizons.

Sarah Brooks (CW ’12) has her story “The Great Detective” published at Strange Horizons.

 

Appearances
Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14), Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (CW ’14), and Folly Blaine (CW ’14) will be at StoryCon in Vancouver, WA on October 18.

Usman Tanveer Malik (CW ‘13) will be reading with Jeff Vandermeer at Burrow Press’ literary reading series in Orlando on Nov 15.

 


 

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