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Water Child

Specutopia is out! Buy it for the stellar lineup of writers and stories, or because it’s an interesting new venue for speculative fiction, or because you’d like to read “Water Child”, but do buy it. For the moment, your choice is to purchase through Amazon or Barnes and Noble, though it will soon be available directly from the publisher.

The writers featured in the first issue are: Greg Mellor, James Beamon, D. Thomas Minton, Rachael Acks (who also has a great story out at Strange Horizons this week), David Steffen, and Jetse de Vries. (And me, but if you’re reading this, you already know that.) I’ve only had time to read a few of the stories so far, but I’ve enjoyed them.

What can I tell you about “Water Child”? I could say it came from a title of a documentary I read about, or from standing at the viewing window of a fish ladder while enormously pregnant, and watching the tattered, tired fish trying to reach their final destination. Both would be true, to a certain extent. But beyond those things, it’s simply about the fact that motherhood takes you places you never expected to go.

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Hey! Look!

It’s the table of contents for the inaugural issue of Specutopia! Yes, that is my name right in the middle of it.

How I ended up there is kind of a funny story. I’m not going to share the whole thing, mostly because it would involve confessing to being a flake at times, and I’m not in a confessional mood. But I will tell you that it all started with checking my spam. Look, I said to myself, an email from Specutopia. They must want me to subscribe.

Things got more confusing from there. Somewhere around the point of seeing “Ash and Dust” I figured out that it was a personal email. At an even later point it sunk in that, rather than being the recipient of the world’s most personal subscription request, I was being invited to submit a story. Some days I’m appallingly slow.

Anyway, “Water Child” will be appearing in Specutopia in July. It looks like an exciting lineup, and I encourage everyone to buy a copy next month. I promise to say a little more about “Water Child” then.