2017: Retrospective & Awards Eligibility
While 2017 has been a trying year, it has also been my most productive year (so far, at any rate) in terms of publications. It's been a joy to see these stories make it into the world, especially since they're all in venues whose work I enjoy and admire:
The Falling Game in Liminal Stories
Ravana's Children in PodCastle
Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango in The Dark
Hidden in Skin in Gamut
If you are the awards-nominating type and are looking to focus on one piece in particular, I'd point you toward "Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango." It's a story about British colonialism, Guyanese food, and a boy who lives with a parasitic beast in his stomach. It's been included on recommended reading lists from A.C. Wise, Sam J. Miller, Merc Rustad, and Jason Sanford; Paula Guran, Charles Payseur, and Alyssa Wong have also said nice things about it.
I'm proud not only of the work I've done this year, but also of the incredible work being done in this field. Short SF/F constantly pushes the limits of what fiction can do, and this year showcased so many stories doing just that. I'm excited to read the fiction that will make 2018 a better, kinder place.