Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Afiya's Song

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

Buy Links

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If you've read the story, please leave comments below. I'd love to hear from you!