August 3, 2011 9:04 AM
Posted by Jei D. Marcade
"Apology" by Sam Ferree
"So," I say. "You're from the future."
"That's the short of it. And that I'm going to kill you."
"How did you get into my apartment?" I ask. Maybe I should call the police.
"Frozen Voice" by An Owomoyela
They've made us speak Hlerig.
They've made us wrestle sounds slippery as fish or burly as bears through our throats. They've made us stumble through conversations, even human-to-human, that we can hardly say. We can't pronounce our names.
"Trois morceaux en forme de mechanika" by Gord Sellar
The bastards come with the water hoses. Clever flesh: cleverer metal, they spew and spray a rain toxic to their gears, their delicate systems, the tiny pockets of living data in their nerveless electronic systems. But the mechanikae have pork grease this time, all along the chinks and cracks of their systems. They have tallow, too, and are secure.
Oh, the tidings. Come closer, frail little sinew-sacs, the mechanikae whisper in their hiss-click language; 'tis time to celebrate.
"The Rugged Track (part 1 of 2)" by Liz Argall
Lady Shove had been dying since before Princess Bite was born. At first she had been dying secretly, but as Princess Bite grew older she was less able to hide her slow decay. Lady Shove had encephadaknes, a mysterious degenerative disease that occurred only in men. This was deeply unfair, as Lady Shove had never thought of herself as a man, and she had shed that awkward seeming when she was twenty-five years old, six years before Princess Bite was even born.
Under the cut are reading recommendations I received while attending the workshop, which I shall share with ye, O my faithful, and also store here so as not to forget them myself.
"Five Music Lessons for Writers" by Louise Marley
"The Dead" by Michael Swanwick
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway
"Ponies" by Kij Johnson
Holiday (collection) by M. Rickert
"Pelt" by ??
"Nine Lives" by Ursula K. Le Guin
"Sandkings" by George R. R. Martin
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Magic or Madness (trilogy) by Justine Larbalestier
The Damnation Game by Clive Barker
anything by Tim Powers
Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons
How to Build a Planet by Poul Anderson and Stephen Gillett
Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress
The 10% Solution by Ken Rand
Booklife by Jeff VanderMeer
The Jewel-Hinged Jaw by Samuel R. Delaney
Storyteller by Kate Wilhelm
Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrative Power edited by L. Timmel Duchamp
"That the Night Come" by W.B. Yeats
The Lincoln Lawyer
King Leopold's Ghost