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Am I Officially ‘Back from the Dead’ Now?

I just realized that I posted about my latest story publication everywhere online except … my own actual web site. <facepalm>

cover of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, Jul/Aug 2023

“Hope Is the Thing With Feathers” — my short story about a nonspeaking autistic person, genetically engineered corvids, and the importance of self-determination — appears in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, July/August 2023 issue. Individual print copies are in bookstores (most Barnes & Nobles, plus indies that carry SFF) and newsstands until around the second week of August. Single-copy digital versions are available on Magzter.

Given the lineup of well-known authors in this issue, I’m surprised (but pleased) that my name made the cover. This is my first fiction sale to Asimov’s, though I had two poems in the magazine back in the Dozois era.

I also wrote an essay about the differences between writing short- and long-form fiction, and the giant life-gap in my publishing career, to my Nine Lives newsletter.

That’s all for the moment; more writing in the pipeline for later in the month.

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  1. Paul Barbeau Paul Barbeau

    Hi !
    I enjoyed your story ” Hope is the Thing with Feathers ” in Asimov’s. I didn’t
    recognise your name , so I looked you up online and was disappointed that weren’t
    a bunch of books of yours that I could order and read . I look forward to seeing more of
    your work in the future,
    Paul Barbeau

    • Karawynn Karawynn

      Thank you, Paul! I am doing everything I can to get my first novel finished, polished, and published! It’s not a fast process, though … if you’d like to be notified when I have something available (and don’t mind monthly updates), you can sign up for my newsletter.

  2. Zach Haines Zach Haines

    Hi, Karawynn!

    I recently picked up a copy of this edition of Asimov’s and read Hope Is a Thing With Feathers and loved it! I am a pediatric speech pathologist who works with neurodivergent children. Your exploration of the inner life of a minimally speaking and multimodal communicator was so enlightening. The way the protagonist’s communication and struggles are mirrored in the Crebain really helps bring the reader into he perspective of the character. The humanness of both is respectful and thought provoking. What would be the best way to share your story with others in my field? I think others may be interested and enjoy it.

    Zach Haines

    • Karawynn Karawynn

      Hi Zach! That’s really nice to hear, thank you! In the short term, the best way to share the story is probably by lending out your copy of the magazine; Asimov’s doesn’t have a web archive. In the longer term, I plan to make “Hope” available as part of an ebook mini-collection of bioethics-themed short fiction, but realistically I’m probably looking at the second half of 2024 for that. One way to be notified when that’s ready is to subscribe to my newsletter; I do post fiction news there as well as the occasional nonfiction essay.

      You might also be interested in the blog post I wrote for Asimov’s which talks about why I wrote the story and lists some of the first-person sources I read that led to that narrative voice.

    • Karawynn Karawynn

      Hi Zach … and anyone else who might be reading this comment. I’m just writing to update that “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers” is a finalist for the Asimov’s Readers’ Award for Best Short Story, and so is available for a limited time (basically award nomination season) on Asimov’s web site as a free pdf! You can find “Hope” and the other finalists here.

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