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05 March 2008 @ 12:42 am
Chuffed!  
My story "Sweet Potato Woman" (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #28) is included in Dave Truesdale's 2007 SF & Fantasy Recommended Reading List over at the Black Gate site. It's very satisfying to be listed among stories by writers like Gene Wolfe, Ted Chiang, Nancy Kress, Jeffrey Ford, and many others. Thanks to wendy_waring for pointing it out.

(Pardon me for a moment.... *happy dances* .... there, that's better.)

Other locals on the list are Grace Dugan, Terry Dowling and Greg Egan.

Reading Truesdale's comments about his preferences in stories, I can see how "Sweet Potato Woman" would have fitted his personal taste:

"I prefer optimistic to pessimistic, though there is plenty of room for both when written intelligently. I find (from perusing my Personal Favorites) that I seem to be more of a softy than I would have imagined. Four of the six starred stories in the short story category moved me emotionally and had to do either with death (of a planet or an individual) or love in one form or another (the Baxter, Palwick, Ford, and Gilbow). Same with Alastair Reynolds’ starred novella “Minla’s Flowers.” Maybe I’m just growing old enough to appreciate love lost, and death’s a comin’ stories, I don’t know. But there you have it."

"Sweet Potato Woman" certainly fits the bill for optimism, love lost and death's a-comin'.
 
 
 
karenmiller: cute puppykarenmiller on March 4th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful! Woot!
kaaronwarrenkaaronwarren on March 4th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Good news! It's a great story.
quatrefoilquatrefoil on March 5th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Well done! That's a pretty big vote of confidence.