My 2016

Like a lot of folks, I’m going to focus this 2016 retrospective on my professional work, not on social and political happenings because, well, you know.

2016 was a big year for me on the editorial side. The year kicked off with the publication of Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Bestiary, and I was an editorial assistant on that one. It picked up some nice reviews, and the book itself is a thing of beauty. It’s always a pleasure working with the VanderMeers, and this project was no different. I’m particularly excited to be working as a consultant on their next project, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, to be published by Vintage.


I’ve been working on the editorial side for a number of years now as an assistant and consultant, and May saw the publication of my first anthology under my own byline: Clockwork CanadaSteampunk Fiction, from Exile Editions. This was a huge undertaking for me, editing my own book. I’ve worked on smaller projects in the past, and as an assistant, but this one was all mine. We had two launches for CC. The first was at Ad Astra, the second in Toronto. Both had a good number of attendees, and the book was met with enthusiasm. Later CC received rave reviews from Quill & Quire,, Lightspeed Magazine, Broken Pencil, and other lovely places. CC was the first anthology of Canadian steampunk, and I’m tremendously pleased with the reception. In fact, it will be going for a second print run in 2016. Definitely something to celebrate!


The year continued with my next BIG undertaking, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, an original cross-genre anthology of retold fairy tales I co-edited with Navah Wolfe. Starlit was an editorial dream come true. I couldn’t have asked for a better co-editor in Navah, and working with her and Saga was pure delight. The entire process was terrific, and the final book is perhaps one of the most lovely physical books I’ve ever seen. Everything from the table of contents to the cover and interior art to the overall design is wonderful. We launched Starlit at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, to a ravenous crowd that bought up all the copies we had for sale. The book’s reception has been fantastic, garnering excellent reviews from the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi blog,, the Portland Herald Press, Booklist, Library Journal, and many others. I’m particularly proud to report that Starlit made it onto the Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016. Also, several stories are being reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies, but we aren’t able to announce all of them yet so I’ll do a separate post on those later.

Starlit Wood (1)

On the writing side, 2016 was quiet. I only published one story, “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” in Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories, edited by Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay. I was lucky enough to have the story singled out for praise in the Publishers Weekly starred review of the book. “Where…” was also longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $15,000 short fiction contest. Editing is my main focus now, so, overall, I’m rather pleased with the outcome this year considering I wrote very little original work. I’m starting to get back into it though.

Aside from fiction, I wrote a deeply personal essay, “Growing up in Wonderland“, for Uncanny Magazine. In it I discussed living with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and various other aspects of my health and disability and the impact all of it has had on my career. This was definitely the most open I’ve ever been about my disability online. It was intimidating to write, but I’m very proud to have it out in the world, especially considering there are few articles available on Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

In addition to the essay I also wrote a guest introduction for a forthcoming anthology. The table of contents hasn’t been announced yet, so I’ll post about this one later.

On the awards front, the two stories I published in 2015, “Goodbye is a Mouthful of Water” and “Spider Moves the World”, were both longlisted for the Sunburst Award this year. There was a great list of stories, and although I didn’t make the shortlist I was still the only writer to have two stories nominated, so I can’t exactly be disappointed.

Finally, my next anthology for Saga Press, this one also co-edited with Navah, is nearing completion. We finished editing the last story a few days ago and we’ll have details on the book later in the new year.

2016 Award Eligibility

I’ll do a more comprehensive year’s end review at a later time, but here’s a roundup of the material I published this year. In terms of my own work, I only published a single short story and an essay. My real focus this year was on the anthologies, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (co-edited with Navah Wolfe) and Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction, and this post is really with those in mind.

The Starlit Wood is available to SFWA members voting for the Nebulas on the SFWA forum. Voting runs from November 15 to February 15, and Active and Associate members of SFWA may submit nominations through the online ballot.


 My Work

From The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales

In the Desert Like a Bone Seanan McGuire Short story
Underground Karin Tidbeck Short story
Even the Crumbs Were Delicious Daryl Gregory Short story
The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest Charlie Jane Anders Short story
Familiaris Genevieve Valentine Short story
Season of Glass and Iron Amal El-Mohtar Short story
Badgirl, the Deadman, and the Wheel of Fortune Catherynn M. Valente Short story
Penny For a Match, Mister? Garth Nix Short story
Some Wait Stephen Graham Jones Short story
The Thousand Eyes Jeffrey Ford Short story
Giants in the Sky Max Gladstone Short story
The Briar and the Rose Marjorie Liu Novelette
The Other Thea Theodora Goss Novelette
When I Lay Frozen Margo Lanagan Short story
Pearl Aliette de Bodard Novelette
The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle Sofia Samatar Short story
Reflected Kat Howard Short story
Spinning Silver Naomi Novik Novelette

From Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction

La Clochemar Charlotte Ashley Short story
East Wind in Carall Street Holly Schofield Short story
The Harpoonist Brent Nichols Short story
Crew 255 Claire Humphrey Short story
The Curlicue Seahorse Chantal Boudreau Short story
Strange Things Done Michael Wojcik Novelette
Buffalo Gals Colleen Anderson Short story
Our Chymical Séance Tony Pi Short story
The Seven O’Clock Man Kate Heartfield Short story
The Tunnels of Madness Harold R. Thomson Short story
Let Slip the Sluicegates of War, Hydro-Girl Terri favro Short story
Equus Kate Story Short story
Gold Mountain Karin Lowachee Short story
Komagata Maru Rati Mehrotra Short story
Bones of Bronze, Limbs like Iron Rhea Rose Short story

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have just announced their next big project: The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, to be published by Vintage Books. This book, like their Big Book of Science Fiction, will be a massive undertaking, collecting fiction from roughly 1850 up to WWII.

I’m incredibly excited about the project, but I’m particularly excited for this part of Jeff’s post:

“We’re also very happy to have Dominik Parisien on board as an editorial consultant for this project. Dominik is the co-editor of stellar anthologies such as the current The Starlit Wood.” 

Yes, I will be joining them on their adventures in classic fantasy! The VanderMeers have a strong international focus to their books, so you can be sure this is going to be a bold, ambitious project.