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People Saying Stuff About My Fiction

People Saying Stuff About My Fiction

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been made aware of several people saying things about my stories but haven’t had the time to mention it here due to some other stuff taking up my time. Heh. Anyway, here it all is in simple list form.

  • SFScope’s Mark L. Blackman attended the NYRSF Federations reading on July 7th and gave his impressions of the stories and the readers. I have to say, he picked what has to be the worst picture of me, ever! I look like I just discovered a bug in my copy of the antho. :)
    • After a break, next up was K. Tempest Bradford, whose breezily snarky offering, “Different Day”, was a reaction to the common premises that alien worlds have one culture/one global government and that, invariably, they “come to America first.” She cleverly posits rival alien tribes, just as mutually hostile as our contemporary nations, visiting and negotiating with other parts of the world (like Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama), though her present-day biases and digs limit the story’s shelf-life.
  • Tom Crosshill reviewed Sybil’s Garage No. 6.
    • “Elan Vital” by K. Tempest Bradford. A story of dealing with loss, of holding on, and of letting go. The execution is superb, even if the premise feels somewhat familiar (I won’t reveal it here, except to say that this story too is about the undead, although to call it a zombie story would hardly be accurate.) At its core is a parent-child relationship, which as you will see becomes a recurring theme in this issue.
  • Sam Tomaino at SFRevu made me go “squee!”
    • K. Tempest Bradford gives us what, I think, is the best story in the issue with “Elan Vital”. … This is one you won’t forget soon.

There’s more to that last review but it’s a bit spoilery. Obviously you should read the story right now so you can then read the whole review ;)

4 Comments

  1. Angie Angie on 27.07.2009 at 17:16 [link] (Reply)

    Congrats! Great reviews are always awesome, and the third one in particular is a doozy. :)

    Angie

  2. Robyn Fleming Robyn Fleming on 28.07.2009 at 10:55 [link] (Reply)

    Just read the story. Wow. Very emotionally powerful.

  3. wealhtheow wealhtheow on 28.07.2009 at 16:08 [link] (Reply)

    Oh god, I just finished “Elan Vital”. Insanely good. I love how what’s going on keeps creeping up on the reader–I’d guessed about the mother, but not what the daughter was doing. It really is an incredibly powerful story. Thank you so much for making it available–now I have to buy every anthology you’re in!

  4. Pam Adams Pam Adams on 28.07.2009 at 18:13 [link] (Reply)

    Double-squee on Elan Vital. I love the stories that kick you in the teeth!

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I'm a writer, most often committing acts of genre (fantasy, science fiction, and other stretches of the imagination). You can find my short stories in many and various magazines and anthologies and podcasts. In addition to being a writer I also engage in activism and fandom -- often both at once.

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