Check out the covers for our fall releases: You Are My Sunshine and Other Stories by Octavia Cade and Green Fuse Burning by Tiffany Morris.
This post is the second in a series of short reviews about individual stories from McSweeney’s 58 Climate Fiction issue. The focus of this review is “The Rememberers” by Rachel Heng. Click to read the full review!
This review examines how Mikael Awake’s story in McSweeney’s 58, “The Good Plan,” reveals an experience of climate refugees. It is an exploration of memory and feelings of belonging and displacement and a study in displacement and reintegration, which gives the reader a taste of that experience.
Since we started the press in January, we’ve been working on populating the blog with reviews of our favourite science fiction, fantasy, and horror, focusing on environmental content. In this post we’re recapping all the reviews we posted in 2020, organized by date (earliest to latest) and type of review.
Reckoning 4 is a collection of creative writing like a cry of grief for what we have already lost. But it is also comfort, retribution, and the re-creation of exquisite hybrid forms rarely before imagined. Read on for more about the stories we loved from Reckoning’s 2020 volume.
With our first two books in print or at-the-printer, and our next two on the decks (surprise! book #4 will be announced soon!), we’re looking to the climate and social justice related books we love, reading them backwards in a ring of fire to conjure up more environment-focused submissions for Stelliform Years 3 and beyond. Just kidding, we’re sharing them here so you can get to know us a little better — what we love and what kinds of stories we’ll likely publish in the future.
For Pride Month 2020, we’re featuring a story by E. I. Richardson, a queer Black and Malay writer. “A Good Mother” is a powerful, subtly unnerving horror story about family relations, abuse, and the day to day tasks of living with and working through trauma.
Seanan McGuire’s “Hello, Hello” is a science fiction short story which bridges the gaps between several human and inter-species categories to illustrate that while future technologies will facilitate communication in ways that we cannot now imagine, technology alone is not enough.
N.K. Jemisin’s “The Ones Who Stay and Fight” is the opening story in the author’s short story collection, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month. The story introduces the collection, as does the book’s title, as a work of fundamentally utopian sff.
“The Ones Who Stay and Fight” was written in conversation with “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, Ursula K. Le Guin’s own challenge to utopia, published in 1973. “Omelas” has been discussed extensively (a recent article on “Omelas” and its utilitarian implications for our own times can be found here) and this review will side-step a comprehensive comparison of “Omelas” and “The Ones Who Stay and Fight”. Instead, the focus here is on Jemisin’s story, its conception of systemic violence, its implicit sense of justice and hope, and how Jemisin’s vision applies to the fight against climate change.
Osahon Ize-Iyamu’s “More Sea Than Tar” in Reckoning 3 is about a Nigerian family struggling against the currents of modern life in a flooded and slowly disintegrating town. The main character, Uti, must navigate opposing family dynamics in order to find his own way of living.