Thursday, November 16, 2023

New Story: "Papas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Slug Monsters" at Apex Magazine!

I have a new story out! Well, it's been out for a week, but I'm just getting around to talking about it on my long-neglected, little-visited website now. (Do people still read these things?) It's called "Papas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Slug Monsters," and the premise is... basically exactly what it sounds like. Here's a teaser:

"And I can pick out anything I want?" As Ruth pages through the look book with her extensors, a squeal rises from whatever remains of her flesh mouth. With a start, Jerome Parker realizes he hasn't seen one organic part of his daughter in years.

"Happy birthday, sweetie." Privately, he's steered the salesman toward budget options. Business at the mine isn't what it used to be. They'll have to stay within the government stipend for a first-time Skyn. Hell, Jerome still wears his first one, though he pays to age it up every few years.

On the salesman's tablet, Ruth skims through the collection of models. With growing irritation, Jerome watches her reject Skyn after Skyn. She lingers for a half-second on a picture of a pretty ebony-colored girl with bright red hair, then flips all the way to the back of the catalog. The expensive part.

A story of teens, fitting in, and the rationale behind looking human (or not) on an alien world, "Papas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Slug Monsters" is my first long story in almost two years, and I hope it's worth the wait! The story won't be on the Apex Magaine site for another month, but you can read it now by purchasing the issue here. The issue also contains thousands of words of fiction by J.S. Breukelaar, E. Catherine Tobler, Damien Angelica Walters, and many others. I've read about half of it so far and can confirm it's dynamite. You can also subscribe to a full year of Apex here.

Speaking of longer stories, while it won't be out officially until January 1, you can get an eARC of Weird World War: China now from the Baen Books site, which includes my story "Tunnel Vision"! This is a story co-written with my editor/husband Rob McMonigal, the second of (possibly?) more. I'll write more about the story once the anthology is officially released, but let's just say that if stories about evil interdimensional shifters are up your alley, you'll probably want to get a copy of this.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

New Story in Nature: Futures

I have a new story out in Nature: Futures this month-ish! Check out "Deus Est Machina," the story of a sentient spaceship with a world in her belly who has to contend with the curiosity of the troublesome organisms who may have twigged to the fact that their reality isn't what it seems. Here's an excerpt:

Ancient spacefaring humans had built the world-ships as temporary shelters after ruining every planet they’d attempted to colonize. But when it became clear that their new homes were not destined to be temporary, they’d descended into chaos, tearing apart their artificial universes rivet by rivet. Despite the fact that they were well cared for by the world-ships, and even loved in a way, humans chafed under their self-imposed ‘imprisonment’. So now the world-ships shield their organisms from the truth, keeping them dumb for the sake of all sentients involved.

This story appears almost a year after my last story in Nature, "Symphony of the Damned." As much as I love writing and publishing flash, I'm happy to say that I also have some full-length stories coming out this year. As always, Twitter is the best place to get the latest scoop on my writing, but I'll post it here as well for non-Twits.

In case you missed my Endeavour Awards livestream a few months ago, you're in luck! There's a podcast version available here, featuring a Q&A followed by a live reading of "After We Walked Away" (my take on an Omelas story, every writer gets one). Like the fiction, I have a few other podcasty things in the works, which I can hopefully post about soonish.

Lastly, just a reminder that if you've read my Endeavour Award-winning short fiction collection How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters, I'd really appreciate it if you left a review (starring is fine) on Amazon and/or Goodreads. They help sales and give a little burst of dopamine, and isn't the latter what we're all looking for?

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Endeavour Awards Livestream!

As you probably heard if you read my Twitter, my Facebook, or even this very blog, my collection How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters won the 2021 Endeavour Award a few weeks ago! In commemoration, check out the livestream happening this Friday (April 28) over at the Endeavour Awards Facebook page. I'll answer questions about the collection and read a story. You should also be able to watch the livestream after it's over.

The details:
Date: Friday, April 28, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Eastern

See you there!

Monday, April 17, 2023

How to Get to Apocalypse is an Endeavour Award Winner!

I am very pleased to announce that my debut collection How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters is the winner of the 2021 Endeavour Award for speculative Pacific Northwest fiction! It was announced at Norwescon last weekend. which was a real blast. I was and am so honored to receive this distinction, and I'm thankful the award coordinators, judges, my publisher Patrick Swenson for publishing the book in the first place, and my husband/editor Rob McMonigal for shining up every one of these stories. There'll be an interview posted soon on the Endeavour Award Facebook page, so watch for that!

The judges' comments were quite complimentary (I teared up a little listening to them), so I'm putting them here for posterity:
"We are delighted to help shine an eerie phantasmagorical glow of regard onto a book of such spiky originality as this. Satifka's How To Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters is a fractal triumph that works on every level, from individual sentences and stories to the splendidly counterintuitive jigsaw of the whole. Rather than forming a seamless sameness, they constitute a fully interlocking kaleidoscope of moods and modes. These 23 stories take a gorgeously broad view of the genre, jacking especially into the cyberpunk mainframe, while exploring 21st-century concerns in language that raises a shower of sparks on every page. One juror compared this book to classic collections by Avram Davidson and R.A. Lafferty, which is the same as saying it's basically incomparable; another juror summed up by saying, simply: ‘I'm very impressed.’ We also must honor the chutzpah of a book that identifies all the stories t
herein as disastrous."​ — Catherine Asaro, Andy Duncan, & Fran Wilde

If you haven't yet picked up a copy of Apocalypse, you can get it at Amazon, Books2Read, or the Fairwood Press site itself. Or ask your local library to order it! And if you have a moment to drop a review (Amazon and Goodreads especially, but anything's cool) then it would really be appreciated.

And now... I definitely need to write more stories!

Monday, March 27, 2023

Norwescon 2023!

I'll be at the 45th annual Norwescon in SeaTac, WA from April 6-9! It'll be my first time at Norwescon since the global unpleasantness, and my first time paneling. In case you didn't remember, my collection How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters is up for a delayed Endeavour Award this year, which is of course ridiculously exciting. (I'll be reading part of one of the collection's two original stories on Saturday.)

Here are the panels I'll be on:


Into the Metaverse

2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Cascade 11

Dr. Sean Robinson (M), Kimberly Unger, Wm Salt Hale, Erica L. Satifka

Reluctant Heroes

4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Cascade 10

Erica L. Satifka (M), Shiv Ramdas, Brenda Carre, Brianna Tibbetts


Systems of Governance in SFF

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Cascade 7 & 8

Brenda Cooper (M), Erica L. Satifka, Crystal Lloyd, Tracy Furutani

Rising Oceans, Blurring Genres

4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Cascade 11

Brenda Cooper (M), Erica L. Satifka, Scott James Magner

Language in Science Fiction

6:00pm - 7:00pm @ Cascade 12

David D. Levine (M), Erica L. Satifka, Shweta Adhyam, Joseph Malik, Nisi Shawl


Reading: Erica L. Satifka

11:00am - 11:30am @ Cascade 3

Erica L. Satifka (M)

Endeavour Awards

4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Cascade 12

Jim Kling (M), Marilyn Holt, Erica L. Satifka


Reboot Your Myth

10:00am - 11:00am @ Evergreen 3 & 4

J Tullos Hennig (M), Ellis Bray, Benjamin Gorman, Erica L. Satifka

Vacations in Space

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Cascade 10

David D. Levine (M), Dan Dubrick, Greg Dubos, Erica L. Satifka