It's here! My novelette, Afiya's Song, has been published in the oh-so-fantastic Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It is the story of a slave woman in the American South who has the power to heal herself and others with her song. It was inspired by what I saw missing in Hollywood's recent infatuation with slavery.
I am honored to share it with you.
- I wrote this story for instructor Nalo Hopkinson at Clarion West. It was the story I now believe I went to Clarion to write.
- Cory Doctorow offered to buy the story for BoingBoing but, being the good mentor that he is, advised me to go after the big magazines first. So, I did.
- F&SF editor C. C. Finlay had been serving me encouraging personal rejections for years. I had a flicker of a hope that Afiya's Song would be the one to get him to take a chance on me.
- I received the news of acceptance while on interview day for the Mount Sinai Psychiatry Residency Program. I couldn't hold my excitement and told the residency director, Dr. Antonia New, and she was thrilled. My first day as a Mount Sinai Resident is on Monday.
- As of writing this, I have not yet had a chance to read the issue but I hear it is excellent and I am making it a priority.
- I am over the hills excited!
Table of Contents (my impressions to come)
- There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House – David Erik Nelson
- The Masochist's Assistant – Auston Habershaw
- The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet – Robin Furth
- I Am Not I – G.V. Anderson
- Afiya's Song – Justin C. Key
- In a Wide Sky, Hidden – William Ledbetter
- A Dog's Story – Gardner Dozois
- An Obstruction to Delivery – Sean Adams
- An Unearned Death – Marissa Lingen
- Northwest Cruise – Sophie M. White