SF Novella of the Month, April 2022: Helpmeet

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for April 2022 is Naben Ruthnum’s Helpmeet, forthcoming in May 2022 from Undertow Publications. It’s possible that body horror rooted in a mysterious and terrible illness is not the best choice of reading material when the reader is sick in bed with COVID-19. I, however, am not always known for making the best …

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SF Novella of the Month, March 2022: And In Her Smile, the World

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for March 2022 is Rebecca J. Allred and Gordon B. White’s And In Her Smile, the World, published by Trepidatio Publishing in February 2022. Lately I have a weakness for tiny books that pack as much unsettling detail into their brief little worlds as possible. I’ve been aware for some time that Gordon …

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SF Novella of the Month, February 2022: The Night Library of Sternendach

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for February 2022 is Jessica Lévai’s “vampire opera in verse”, The Night Library of Sternendach, published by Lanternfish Press in April 2021. As someone who generally adores most things involving vampires, operas, novellas, and books that aren’t quite like other books, I had a feeling that Sternendach—a book which speaks to each and …

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SF Novella of the Month, January 2022: Sisters of the Vast Black & Sisters of the Forsaken Stars

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for January 2022 is a double feature: Sisters of the Vast Black (Tordotcom, October 2019) and Sisters of the Forsaken Stars (Tordotcom, February 2022) by Lina Rather. I requested an advance review copy of Sisters of the Forsaken Stars from the publisher via NetGalley on a whim, not realizing until after receiving the …

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SF Novella of the Month, December 2021: The Annual Migration of Clouds

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for December 2021 is The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed, published in September 2021 by ECW Press. Incredibly, Mohamed published three novellas in 2021 (and a novel, and a novelette, and...). Even more incredibly, all of these novellas are, well, incredible. After I read the second of the three, And What …

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SF Novella of the Month, November 2021: & This is How to Stay Alive

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for November 2021 is & This is How to Stay Alive by Shingai Njeri Kagunda, recently published as part of the 2021 novella series from Neon Hemlock Press. Kagunda published a short story of the same name and themes in Fantasy Magazine last year; reading her interview for Fantasy’s Author Spotlight added to …

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SF Novella of the Month, October 2021: Rookfield

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for October 2021 is Rookfield by Gordon B. White, forthcoming from Journalstone’s Trepidatio Publishing imprint. I’ve never been a big horror reader. I’m too easily frightened to find much pleasure in adding fictional terrors to the real shadows I’m already jumping at every time I move, breathe, or catch a glimpse of something …

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SF Novella of the Month, September 2021: In the Watchful City

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for September 2021 is In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu, just out from Tordotcom Publishing. The city of Ora is a place of beauty grown (quite literally) from unbearable trauma. Its luxuriant tangles of vines, structurally integral trees, and streets named for flowers and painted with their namesake floral motifs to …

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SF Novella of the Month, August 2021: Night Roll

The #sfnovellaofthemonth for August 2021 is Michael J. DeLuca’s Night Roll, published in October 2020 by Stelliform Press. Reading Night Roll is like coasting through the unknowable streets of someone else’s dream. Strange, mysterious, lovely; laced with ribbons of slowly-unspooling anxiety and spiked with passing slivers of danger, this gently wild novella is a ride …

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