I’ve been talking a little bit about this with Ted Chiang and some other people in a book discussion group I’m in, Tom Foster and Evan Cherniavsky. In light of that old “death of the author” idea. Is a story something I create to communicate ideas, or something I participate in with my readers? I’m always thrilled when someone gets out of a story what I was trying to put into it. And I’m also often thrilled when someone gets out of a story a totally other thing I didn’t even know was up in there.
Nisi Shawl has won the James R. Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award for her short story collection Filter House (Aqueduct Press). The Tiptree is for science fiction and fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. A work of art (different each year), $1000 USD, a chocolate typewriter, and the right to wear the fabulous Tiptree tiara, created by Elise Mattheson.