Short Fiction on the Wiki

You may or may not be aware that the Carl Brandon Society has a brand new wiki! This makes me particularly happy because I love wikis. I like categorizing and organizing information, and I love that the process can be democratized. There can be a lot of drama around wikis (just look at Wikipedia), but ultimately they’re a good thing.

Example: look at the short fiction I’m listing on the blog. It’s great to have it here, and hopefully when people search for multicultural or multiethnic fiction they’ll find the listings. But a wiki has a further advantage of listing and presenting the information in a straightforward, easy to find way. This page will soon be a complete record of the short fiction published by POC in 2009. It won’t be complete just because of me, though. It’ll be complete because other people will come along and add any missing information.

Here on the CBS blog I’m only focusing on 2009 short fiction. But over on the wiki there’s a page for listing 2008 short fiction. And if someone wants to, they can create 2007, 2006, 2005, etc. pages. Plus, there’s a page for listing book-length work and individual author pages.

I very much encourage POC authors to contribute to the wiki. Unlike Wikipedia it’s okay for the authors themselves to add their own information. (For now… I think. I did.) I’d love for the wiki to be one of the most comprehensive repositories for information about SF by and about people of color.

First Order of Business: May, June & July Short Fiction

Thanks to the Carl Brandon Society for having me as a guest blogger this month! I’m very excited about contributing and will hopefully institute a few regular features. The first one I’ve already talked about a bit on my other blog, The Angry Black Woman — each month we’re going to list the short fiction that’s been published by POC in magazines and anthologies. Part of the CBS mission is to bring attention to our fiction and I’m happy to facilitate that. Plus, I like having a handy reading list each month of stories I’m likely to be interested in.

Since it’s already July I’m going to spend the month playing catch up. So for today here are all the short stories published by POC in magazines in May, June and July that I know about. Want to be included in this or future lists? Check out the verbiage below the stories.

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

Should your story be on this list? If it was published anytime in 2009, then: yes. Please let me know! I’m also going to add stories to the Carl Brandon wiki and I don’t want to miss any. If you’re a POC author and had a spec fic story published in a magazine or anthology, be it online or print, in 2009, please fill out this form.

Editors are welcome to alert me of stories I missed as well. I hope that editors and authors will give me a heads up every month!