Tripping the Tale Fantastic – Must-Read Deaf Lit

I’m thrilled to have a story in Handtype Press’ latest anthology, Tripping the Tale FantasticWeird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers. This anthology « pushes Deaf Lit… and Science Fiction and Horror and Fantasy in a new direction, and in the world of exploration all new directions are bold ones. » My story, Dreaded Silence, is about music.

I’ve been hard of hearing since childhood, and have worn hearing aids since the age of five. I learned to play basic piano and compose by ear, but I’m still fascinated by people who can read sheet music and hear what’s on the page in their heads – which is what lead to my story.

You can read more about the anthology – and buy yourself a copy – here: http://www.handtype.com/books/tripping/

Blue and yellow cover page of the anthology

The haunting call of the orbsong

Photo from Time.com

My short story, The Call of the Orbsong, in which the main character is a transparent amphibian named Dafenid, is a modern speculative take on an old fairy tale. Thanks to Luna Station Quarterly, you can read the story now: http://lunastationquarterly.com/story/the-call-of-the-orbsong/

Shout out to Ursula K. LeGuin for the spark that led to this story.

About Genre, from Ursula K. Le Guin

« The Obligatory Bit about Science Fiction, Fantasy and Genre

There are dozens of definitions of what “science fiction” is; few are useful and none is definitive. Variations on the term, such as “speculative fiction,” complicate the discussion more than they clarify it.  …

Genre, a concept which could have served as a useful distinction of various kinds of fiction, has been degraded into a disguise for more value-judgment. The various “genres” are now mainly commercial product-labels to make life easy for lazy readers, lazy critics, and the Sales Department of publishers.

It’s not my job as a writer to make life easy for anybody. Including myself. …

For a writer, there is a genuine difference between fantasy and science fiction, which has nothing to do with the commercial branding of books as “genre” or the categorical imperatives of critics. The difference is in how you write it—what you are doing as a writer. In fantasy you get to make it all up, even the rules of how things work, and then follow your rules absolutely. In science fiction you get to make it up, but you have to follow most of the rules of science, or at least not ignore them. …

If you’re getting bored with this classifying, I’m sorry—I’m doing it to show that the whole vocabulary—“realism” “science fiction” “genre fiction,” and the rest of it—doesn’t give even a remotely adequate description of what I write, Or of what many other serious writers are writing. We need a whole new discourse on fiction. … »

–Ursula K. Le Guin. August 2012

The Unreal and the Real – selected stories of Ursula K. Le Guin

Alicorn 2108 – Champion

In April, I submitted my sci-fi short story about spacefaring unicorns to an online independent authors competition.

Readers were invited to read each of the seven stories, then vote for their favourite.

At the end of the month, my short story, Alicorn 2108, had gathered nearly 65% of the vote – for the win -, and numerous positive comments from readers, some of which I’ll copy here:

« I did read all the stories, and there is really no contest. [Alicorn 2108] is far and away the best (even though I am not generally a fan of science fiction.) » – Ron P.

« [Alicorn 2108] was the best by far – a good story by any standards. » – Dave M.

« I loved [Alicorn 2108] – I also loved one of the others but I can’t remember the title – these are interesting & up-and-coming writers. [A.M. Matte] has a great imagination & talent. Also excellent language. » – Helen G.

« Wow  I am impressed – I love the flow of [A.M. Matte’s] writing.  She really takes you there.  And the votes – everyone else is majorly impressed. » – Sheila B.

Thanks to D.R. Racey for holding the competition, and thanks to all who read and voted.

Competition results / Résultats du concours

Competition results / Résultats du concours

Writer’s Shorts Challenge

One of my sci-fi short stories, Alicorn 2108, is competing in an online indie authors competition this month. While the rules state that I can’t encourage people to vote directly for my story, I can encourage you to read the stories and vote.

It is all up to you, the readers. Each reader may only vote once. Read the Writer’s Shorts Challenge contenders here: http://indieauthorsandbooks.wordpress.com/writers-shorts-challenge/writers-shorts-challenge-april-2013/

My story is the last one posted, right before the voting buttons. Happy reading!

Afterwards, no matter how you voted, feel free to leave a comment about the story on this page. It’s appreciated!