Sequential Tart published a review of both Clockwork Phoenix anthologies today, with a mixed reaction to both. Of "Akhila, Divided" the reviewer writes:
CS MacCath's "Ahkila Divided" tells of a living bomb that is captured by her potential victims. It seems like a slice of a much broader story; I would have liked a little more information on the nature of Ahkila and the augments, and felt frustrated by the lack of information. Even so, what we do get is enough to appreciate the moral of the tale, how we can be both a victim and a perpetrator in war.
I am delighted to report that my short story, "Akhila, Divided", which appeared in Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, has received Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois.
I am proud of this story and grateful to have been published in such an incredible anthology. Congratulations to my fellow Honorable Mentionees from CP, who are listed on Mike Allen's LiveJournal, and congratulations to Mike Allen himself, who edited the work.
I might add that I've been buying and reading this anthology for as long as I can remember, so having been mentioned in it is a big, big deal for me.
Two new reviews up for "The Longest Road in the Universe" today; the first from
Stephen Hunt's SF Crowsnest* and the second from SFRevu. Both are positive, and both are part of favorable reviews for Murky Depths Issue #7 as well, which is really great.
*05/24/2010: Links to site home page; review page removed.
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness has made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2008!.
Congratulations to Vera Nazarian, Mike Allen, and all my fellow authors. CP really is a beautiful book.
Two great pieces of news have found their way to me in the last couple of days:
- Vincent Chong has been nominated for a British Science Fiction Award in the Best Artwork category for the cover of Murky Depths Issue #4, which includes the story "Casting Sin" by yours truly. Sure, *I* wasn't nominated, but I'm thrilled for Chong.
- I'm on the cover of Murky Depths Issue #7, which includes my epistolary story "The Longest Road in the Universe." This is my first appearance on a magazine cover, and what an outstanding cover to appear on!