Sale announcement, and a short note on “Among Others”

My unclassifiable maybe-flash, maybe-prose poem “Bone Shadows” will appear in the poetry section of the new Interfictions. Sofia Samatar edits the poetry department, so if you have something suitable, please consider sending it to her!

Tangentially, there is an odd blog post on Black Gate entitled “SFF Corruption” in which a blogger is accusing Jo Walton and a few other authors of logrolling the Nebula. He also calls Among Others “banal.” I am not going to argue with this blogger, it is not worth my time. However, I wanted to remark on Among Others. In the interests of full disclosure, I have published a poem by Jo in Stone Telling 3, and have been talking with her on Livejournal, and she has been very kind to me on many occasions. But I am also an extremely critical reader, and it is very hard to get me to vote for anything. I only vote for things that astound me. So. When I was shortlisted for my academic dream job and the campus interview started going south, I stole moments to read Among Others on my Kindle, because it sustained me. I recommended this book to everyone – friends, colleagues, graduate students, undergraduate students, former students. I gave two copies away even though I could not afford it. I discussed the book with academic acquaintances with whom I hardly ever talk about SFF. And heck yeah, I put it on my Nebula ballot. That’s what I do when a work wows me to this degree. And I will continue to do so.


  1. Pyre says:

    Worth mentioning that Jo Walton’s “logrolling” for the Nebula was supposed to have taken place despite her never having been a member of SFWA (only members of which vote for the Nebula) — which makes it rather hard to trade votes and influence as “logrolling” indicates.

    The other writer so accused, supposedly better positioned for such influence as SFWA President, actually won the Nebula vote before holding any SFWA office at all; after that, she became its VP, and still later its President.

    So the accusation’s plausible if one allows for time travel. One impossible assumption’s allowed in science fiction, right?

    • Michal says:

      It’s worth noting as well that the author of the referenced post never actually read Among Others, as revealed in the comments thread, yet felt the need to call it “banal” regardless.

      • Pyre says:

        Well, he’s a reviewer… and must be one of surpassing skill, to render a judgment (like “banal”) upon material yet-unread. It raises the question: how many other reviews has he written without reading the material? Do his readers and publishers know?

        • Rose says:

          Not just banal, but unworthy!

          He should just have the guts to clearly state that Walton readers are at fault for existing. So far, no such luck.

      • Rose says:

        Thank you, Michal! I did not realize this, must have missed the comment where he says this. Wow.

        Has he read the Asaro book?

        • Michal says:

          He says he did, but he also uses a quote from an Amazon review to “demonstrate that Catherine Asaro sucks” rather than saying much about the work itself. Since he admitted to not reading Among Others, I’ll assume he at least skimmed The Quantum Rose.

    • Rose says:

      I just looked at the comments and noticed that Dave T. (can it be… THE Dave T.?) is accusing people of not voting for things they do not like. *sigh*

      As the Russian saying goes, “logic did not spend the night there.”

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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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