I’m honoured to have my story “The Billow of Sarto” appear in the just-released Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy from Paper Road Press. My, I’m in some good company there; quite humbled really. This is my first story in a “Year’s Best” anywhere (though I’ve had a few nods in those “Honorable Mentions” or “Suggested Reading” pages at the back of other volumes, which has been nice).
Paper Road Press is doing great stuff with New Zealand science fiction. Marie Hodgkinson, the publisher, does awesome work and brings a lot of wonderful energy to her projects. This is the first New Zealand year’s best anthology.
The stories have all appeared previously in venues such as Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Landfall and so on. “The Billows of Sarto” first appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, in the March/April 2018 issue.
Numerous people I know in person here – Octavia Cade, A.J. Fitzwater, Andi Buchanan, Mark English, M. Darusha Wehm. I was even on a panel at a con a few years ago with Marie, who was already doing great work with Paper Road Press.
And, if you happen to have published something during 2019, Paper Road Press is taking submissions for the 2020 volume. Details here: https://paperroadpress.co.nz/years-best/
“We Feed the Bears of Fire and Ice”, by Octavia Cade (originally published in Strange Horizons)
“A Most Elegant Solution”, by M. Darusha Wehm (originally published in Terraform)
“Girls Who Do Not Drown”, by Andi Buchanan (originally published in Apex Magazine)
“Logistics”, by A.J. Fitzwater (originally published in Clarkesworld)
“The Billows of Sarto”, by Sean Monaghan (originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction)
“A Brighter Future”, by Grant Stone (originally published in Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG))
“The People Between the Silences”, by Dave Moore (originally published in Landfall)
“Common Denominator”, by Melanie Harding-Shaw (originally published in Wild Musette Journal)
“Te Ika”, by J.C. Hart (originally published in Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG))
“Trees”, by Toni Wi (originally published in Breach)
“The Garden”, by Isabelle McNeur (originally published in Wizards in Space)
“Mirror Mirror”, by Mark English (originally published in Abyss & Apex)
“The Glassblower’s Peace”, by James Rowland (originally published in Aurealis Magazine)
Cover art by Emma Weakley
(I couldn’t find links for some of the authors – let me know if they have pages and I’ll update here).
Thanks too, to editor Sheila Williams of Asimov’s who published the story in the first place.
This is my first post here for a while. I’ve been away traveling (aka research for writing), in Papua New Guinea, South Korea and Taiwan. Eye-opening, let me tell you. What wonderful places. I did get a lot of writing done while I was away – on my little phone/mini-bluetooth keyboard set-up. I’ll post on that sometime soon.
I did manage to get ahead on posts for the Pro Writers Writing website, so managed to keep my responsibility there ticking over for while I was away, without having to worry.
The Sunday Star Times contest is on again. Egregious rules once more. I’m not bothering to post this year, but I’ve added a note to previous years’ posts – like this one – about that. Those posts continue to be my most popular around this time of year. I suspect just from people who want to enter and are looking for the rules and how big the prizes are, rather than those figuring out that the terms are less than fair. That’s okay.