2022 in fiction
From me, that is
Inspired by many writers friends making their what-they-did-in-’22 lists, here’s mine.
The City Inside, novel, Tordotcom, which I’ve been yelling about all year of course. Thrilled to report it was in the Washington Post’s best SFF of 2022 list recently. Additionally thrilled because the list was by Charlie Jane Anders, and I’ve been a huge fan since All The Birds In The Sky. It’s essentially the same book as Chosen Spirits (2020), though a new draft with about 10k more words and 2020 factored into the worldbuilding.
Waking Nydra, short story, for The Best of World SF vol 2, ed Lavie Tidhar, Head of Zeus. A space taxi driver finds the epic adventure he always dreamed of when he stubbornly jetpacks into a far-future retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
Langchas, short story, for Governing Health Futures and UNICEF, featuring a village in Bengal, medical drones and viral videos.
Butirub, short story, Apex Magazine - featuring Bollywood producer meetings, bikini beach vampires, and mythological ointment. It’ll be free to read on the Apex website on Dec 13th, no direct link yet but it’ll be on this page.
That’s more work out than most years, though nowhere close to several authors I look at with unlimited envy for their insane quality-quantity-both-amazing output capacity. I have been writing more since 2020, though - and that started out because the pandemic stopped me from running around doing Bollywood meetings, and then I discovered anew how much I enjoyed not doing Bollywood meetings, and so now I’m trying to keep that streak going for as long as I can.
Here is a duck I enjoyed
Back in a bit
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See you next year, I think! Before we go, here’s my amazing editor Ruoxi Chen, recent winner of the Hugo best editor longform and Publisher’s Weekly star awards, on her 2022 books.