My latest short story is out in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
When I first started writing short stories, back in the 90s, F&SF was one of the ‘big three’ that I really wanted to get a story in to cross off my bucket list. The big three were Asimov’s, F&SF, and Analog. I managed to place a story in Analog, which was cool. Now I’ve managed F&SF. I guess I’ll need to start plotting stories to send to Asimov’s next…
“Apocalypse Considered Through a Helix of Semiprecious Foods and Recipes” is a non standard structure. It came out of my listening to a presentation by Sofia Samatar about structure where she mentioned that structure could be anything… even a recipe.
When that happened, I wrote the first scene of ‘Helix’ in one quick go.
But it needed something more. I created a series of recipes, each illustrating a different piece of dystopia, moving through the stories with a rhythm and set of characters. The final piece is a mirror help up to the idea of ‘who’s dystopia?’ meant to flip the experiences back on each other.
It is something I spent a lot of time on, because I deeply was grappling with a core idea that it’s not just the future as in cool stuff, neat gadgets, that’s already here but unevenly distributed, but the hellish future as well, depending on who you are.
I hope you’ll consider checking it out…
Here’s the issue link, where you can buy The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in whatever form you prefer!