A Light-Hearted Examination of Paradoxical Technology, the Opacity of the Future,
 and Humankind’s Inevitable Self-Destruction

A feature I wrote for Flaunt Magazine.

Flaunt Magazine | Place: The Road to Extinction Is Paved with Good Intentions.


Issue 139, The Frankenstein Issue

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Best Horror, 2013 | Shimmer

Surprised and very pleased to make this list.

Best Horror, 2013 | Shimmer.

Yesterday, Ellen Datlow posted her long list of Honorable Mentions for her 2013 Best Horror of the Year, and six Shimmer stories are among the mentions:

From Issue #16:

The Revelation of Morgan Stern, by Christie Yant
The Binding of Memories, by Cate Gardner
Word and Flesh, by Dennis Ginoza
The Life and Death of Bob, by William Jablonsky

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FELINE MYTHOLOGY, a feature I wrote for Flaunt Magazine.

5,300 years ago in the village of Quanhucun in Shaanxi, China, cats ate millet alongside the farmers who grew it. The story is told in pieces of bone—mandible, pelvis, tibia, humerus—unearthed and carbon dated by Chinese scientists in 2013. Isotopic data reveals a diet rich in grains, indicating the sharing of food between cats and humans. Variations in the amount of millet to meat suggest that some cats were treated better than others. One cat in particular was quite elderly, its teeth worn down to nubs. Researchers speculate that it was a favorite, provided with food and shelter by humans after a long life protecting the harvest from mice.

Flaunt Magazine | The monthly American fashion culture magazine.


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Per Contra

The full text of my short story, “The Widower”, is now available online at Per Contra.

Per Contra, Issue 29


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Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network — Support the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship

Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network — Support the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship.


Want to support more writers like Octavia Butler? Philadelphia Printworks will donate a portion of the proceeds for this shirt to the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia Butler Scholarship for Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at UCSD.

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Reading Report: Honoring the Legacy of Octavia E. Butler | No Inside Voice

A terrific blog post by Rashida J. Smith in which she shares memories of working with Octavia E. Butler and talks about the reading last Friday in Seattle to honor Ms. Butler’s legacy .

Reading Report: Honoring the Legacy of Octavia E. Butler | No Inside Voice.

Last night I had the privilege of participating in a reading in honor of the late Octavia E. Butler at Wayward Coffeehouse here in Seattle.

NORTHWEST WRITERS HONOR LEGACY OF OCTAVIA E. BUTLER was put together by the incomparable Caren Gussoff to support the recently released anthology “Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars. ” The anthology, in turn, is to suppor the Octavia E Butler Scholarship organized by the Carl Brandon Society. I’ve blogged about Octavia’s importance to Clarion (and science fiction genre) here before, but, in short, the scholarship supports the attendance of one writer who has been accepted into any of the Clarion workshops (West, South, San Diego) and might otherwise not be able to attend.

I can’t even begin to describe Octavia’s influence in my writing. Fresh off the Patternmaster series I realized that this was the kind of writing I could aspire to. As Caren said in one of her introductions, reading Octavia’s work left a young, impressionable writer thinking: “We can do THIS?!”

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Reading to Benefit The Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Fund

I was honored to be the Octavia E. Butler Scholar at the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. On 4/12, I’ll be joining Vonda N. McIntyre and Nisi Shawl as well as several fellow OEB Scholars to celebrate Ms. Butler’s legacy and to raise funds for the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Fund.

I hope lots of folks will come out and have fun while supporting a worthy endeavor! If you can’t be there, you can still purchase Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars until June 22, 2013. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.


Northwest Writers Honor Legacy of Octavia E. Butler – SF Signal.

In celebration of the legacy of Octavia E. Butler, Pacific Northwest writers Vonda N. McIntyre, Nisi Shawl, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Erik Owomoyela, Caren Gussoff, and Rashida Smith will read work inspired by their relationships with Octavia Butler, or stories included in Blood­children: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars.

These readings will be at Seattle’s world famous sci-fi/fantasy coffeehouse, the Wayward Coffeehouse (6417 Roosevelt Way NE, #104, Seattle WA 98105) on Friday, April 12, at 7PM.

Octavia E. Butler was one of the world’s most respected speculative fiction writers. Butler, an African-American woman, was recognized during her lifetime with numerous awards, such as the Hugo and Nebula, and was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Butler made the Seattle area her home in 1999, and lived in Lake Forest Park until her death in 2006.

Bloodchildren is an e-book anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories by those who have received the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship.

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