Ending what’s been a hugely exciting week for me for reasons I’m mainly not allowed to talk about yet* (but one of which was that it was my birthday and I received a huge pile of new books to read – I love book-heavy birthdays) is the publication of a short story of mine on Beneath Ceaseless Skies, next to other stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Christine Tyler and Katrina Smith. It’s their science-fantasy issue, so there’s bumper content of stories that sit between (or arch over?) both genres – anyway, I’m delighted to be there.
The Spoils is the story of a strange creature’s death, and what that death gives to a community who have lived by ancient rules that don’t quite make sense to them any more. It took quite a bit of effort to get right – huge thanks to editor Scott H. Andrews for putting that effort in with me.
*I know, that’s a mean thing to do, but I definitely tell you as soon as I can.