Award Eligibility Post 2017

Dear friends, in 2017 I would like you to consider one piece of mine for awards – the Birdverse novella A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power  in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. The trans/bigender narrator, the powerful but very tired Old Royal, meets their match in a dangerous stranger traveling through the sands.

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power Part I, Part II, epic podcast by C.S.E. Cooney.

Portrait the most ambitious thing I’ve published to date, and by far the most nuanced. CWs for power exchange, pain play, advanced discussions of consent, discussions of past abuse and trauma.

It is on the SFWA recommended reading list (Novellas).

What others say:

“One of the best novellas of 2017 is “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” by Rose Lemberg in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. An intricate masterpiece which I will be nominating for the Hugo and Nebula Awards.” – Jason Sanford

An Incomplete List of Great Reads from Others – Fran Wilde (lists Portrait under Novellas)

“I have followed Lemberg’s Birdverse series of stories for several years now. I think this is the best one yet. A rich, strange novella of falling stars, millennia-old star-guardians, shapeshifters, lions, and flying carpets.” Vanessa Fogg, It’s a Jumble

“This summer Beneath Ceaseless Skies published [Lemberg’s] story “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” … I highly recommend it.”  – Ann Leckie

“I may not be able to give this more than five stars on Goodreads … but, in my heart, Rose Lemberg gets all the damn stars in the sky.” – Avery/Book Deviant

“Stunning… this novella is one of my favorite reads…” (full review at Quick Sip Reviews; 2017 Recommended Reading list – QSR).

“This non-binary centered novella has supermages and spies and ghosts and I adore the ways those things are interwoven into a narrative that is so much about consent and kink and trauma.  This is my favorite book that has come out in 2017, the one closest to my heart. I love it dearly. It means the world to me. “-  Xan West

“Lemberg’s prose is spellbinding… Love, transformation, magic, lust, longing, pain and desire – so many threads are woven together in this tale. Breathtaking storytelling.” – Maria Haskins  (Also included in 2017 Suggested Reading list under Novellas)

“I always love Rose Lemberg’s work but they have outdone themselves. An amazing & intricate & rich piece” – Aliette de Bodard

Thank you very much for considering this piece.

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Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Tiptree, Elgin, Rhysling, and Crawford awards.

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