Happy new year, everyone! It's been awards season for a hot minute already, but it takes a little while to do a roundup for all my guests who are interested in being a part of it, so here we are!
Works mentioned in this episode:
When We Were Magic, by Sarah Gailey
Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey
“We Don’t Talk About the Dragon,” in The Book of Dragons, by Sarah Gailey
“Drones to Plowshares,” by Sarah Gailey
“Tiger Lawyer Gets It Right,” by Sarah Gailey
“Everything Is The Hunger Games Now,” by Sarah Gailey
Here's the Thing
Sarah's awards post
“Raff and the Scissor-Finger,” by R. K. Duncan
“Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories,” by R. K. Duncan
“For Every Jack,” by R. K. Duncan
"Witness," from Fireweed: Stories of the Revolution, by R. K. Duncan
R. K. Duncan's awards post
Prime Deceptions, by Valerie Valdes
Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes
The Archive of the Forgotten, by A. J. Hackwith
The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith
Finding Faeries, by Alexandra Rowland
Be The Serpent
Beneath the Rising, by Premee Mohamed
“Everything As Part Of Its Infinite Place,” (Patreon-locked) by Premee Mohamed
“The Redoubtables,” by Premee Mohamed
“Restoration of function to Biochemical Structure 34 using iterative molecular construction techniques: teaching an old dome new tricks,” by Premee Mohamed
“An Empathy of Fear,” by Premee Mohamed
The Big Idea: Premee Mohamed, John Scalzi's blog, March 2020
Whatever, John Scalzi's blog
Premee's awards post
“And All the Trees of the Forest Shall Clap Their Hands,” by Sharon Hsu
“Upon What Soil They Fed,” by Jennifer Mace
“In the Salt Crypts of Ghiarelle,” in Silk and Steel, by Jennifer Mace
Silk & Steel: A Queer Speculative Adventure Anthology
"saltwashed," by Jennifer Mace
“Open House on Haunted Hill,” by John Wiswell
Machina, by Fran Wilde, Malka Older, Curtis C. Chen, and Martha Wells
A transcript of the show is below:
Before we get started, a quick reminder that I’ll be returning as a guest on the next episode of We Make Books, which should be hitting the feed on January 5th, talking about the process of trunking things. A huge shout out to Rekka and Kaelyn for inviting me back on the show!
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Hello, and welcome to Tales from the Trunk: Reading the stories that didn’t make it. I’m Hilary B. Bisenieks.
It’s awards season once again, and while I’ve already made my obligatory awards post on social media, that doesn’t do a whole lot if you don’t follow me or the show on Twitter. So once again, I’m collecting awards information for the show and all interested guests here in the feed.
This show, Tales from the Trunk, is once again eligible for Best Fancast and is my only eligible work for 2020.
Sarah Gailey, who appeared on our very first episode in March of 2019, is eligible for the Lodestar and other YA awards for When We Were Magic. They are eligible for Best Novella for Upright Women Wanted, (one of my favorite books of the past year). In the Best Short Story category, they have the following eligible stories: “We Don’t Talk About the Dragon,” “Drones to Plowshares,” and “Tiger Lawyer Gets It Right.” They are eligible for Best Related Work for their essay “Everything Is The Hunger Games Now,” and for Best Fan Writer for their newsletter, Here’s the Thing. A link to their awards post will be in the show notes.
R. K. Duncan, our May 2019 guest, has three stories eligible for Best Short Story: “Raff and the Scissor-Finger,” “Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories,” and “For Every Jack.” Additionally, their poem, “Witness,” is eligible for various poetry awards. A link to their awards post will be in the show notes.
Valerie Valdes, our July 2019 guest, is eligible for Best Novel for Prime Deceptions, the excellent sequel to last year’s Chilling Effect.
A.J. Hackwith, who was on the show in September of 2019, is in her second year of eligibility for the Outstanding Award for New Writers. The Archive of the Forgotten, the sequel to last year’s stellar debut, The Library of the Unwritten, is eligible for Best Novel.
Alex Rowland, who came on the show in October of 2019, is eligible for Best Novella for Finding Faeries, and Best Fancast for Be The Serpent, along with our October 2020 guest, Jennifer Mace.
Premee Mohamed, who joined us in November of 2019, is eligible for Best Novel for her debut, Beneath the Rising. The following are eligible for Best Short Story: “Everything As Part Of Its Infinite Place,” “The Redoubtables,” and “Restoration of function to Biochemical Structure 34 using iterative molecular construction techniques: teaching an old dome new tricks.” She is eligible for various nonfiction awards for her essay “An Empathy of Fear,” and her appearance on John Scalzi’s “Big Idea” feature on his blog, Whatever. A link to Premee’s awards post will be in the show notes.
Sharon Hsu, our December 2019 guest, is eligible for Best Short Story for “And All the Trees of the Forest Shall Clap Their Hands.”
Macey, AKA Jennifer Mace, who joined us in October of this year is eligible alongside their podcasting compatriots, Alex Rowland and Freya Marske, for Be the Serpent in the Best Fancast category. Macey’s stories, “Upon What Soil They Fed” and “In the Salt Crypts of Ghiarelle” are both eligible for Best Short Story. Silk & Steel: A Queer Speculative Adventure Anthology is eligible for the World Fantasy Award for Best Speculative Anthology, and “saltwashed,” is eligible for poetry awards.
John Wiswell, who joined us in November of 2020, is eligible for Best Short Story for “Open House on Haunted Hill.”
Finally, Fran Wilde, who will be joining us on the show in two weeks, has the Serial Box serial, Machina, eligible for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, along with Malka Older and Curtis C. Chen.
Links for eligibility posts, as applicable, along with all the works mentioned on this episode will be available in the show notes.
Tales from the Trunk is mixed and produced in beautiful Oakland, California.
Our theme music is “Paper Wings,” by Ryan Boyd.
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