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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

January Fifteenth (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Memory of Wind (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eros, Philia, Agape (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Monster's Million Faces (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fields of Gold (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grand Jeté (The Great Leap) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Placed into Abyss (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Also, the Cat: A Tor.Com Original (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

How the World Became Quiet (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Conversation Pieces Books

Alien Bootlegger (By: ) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Counting on Wildflowers (By: Kim Antieau) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ordinary People (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Candle in a Bottle (By: Carolyn Ives Gilman) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Absolute Uncertainty (By: Lucy Sussex) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knots (By: Wendy Walker) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens of the Heart (By: Carolyn Ives Gilman) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices from Fairyland (By: Theodora Goss) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Observations and a Dialogue (By: Sylvia Kelso) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through the Drowsy Dark (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slightly Behind and to the Left (By: Claire Light) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Her Body (By: Nicola Griffith) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Rose Rages (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grand Conversation (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Distances (By: Vandana Singh) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shotgun Lullabies (By: Sheree Renée Thomas) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of Love and Other Monsters (By: Vandana Singh) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
De Secretis Mulierum (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brood of Foxes (By: Kristin Livdahl) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor (By: Anne Sheldon) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing the Other (By: Cynthia Ward) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bone Spindle (By: Anne Sheldon) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talking Back (By: E.C. Myers) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Letter (By: Fiona Lehn) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Making Love in Madrid (By: Kimberly Todd Wade) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Wuz Pushed (By: Lee Mandelo) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Tide (By: Rosaleen Love) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Receptionist (By: Lesley Wheeler) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birds and Birthdays (By: Christopher Barzak) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naomi Mitchison (By: Lesley A. Hall) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others (By: Richard Bowes) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spring in Geneva (By: Sylvia Kelso) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The XY Conspiracy (By: Lori Selke) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction (By: Sheila Finch) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Numa: An Epic Poem with Photo Collages (By: Katrinka Moore) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
NoFood (By: Sarah Tolmie) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Girl (By: Lisa M. Bradley) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Songs for Roxy (By: Caren Gussoff) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Signs (By: Sonya Taaffe) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prince of the Aquamarines (By: Ruth Berman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back, Belly, and Side: True Lies and False Tales (By: Celeste Rita Baker) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Day in Deep Freeze (By: Lisa Shapter) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marginalia to Stone Bird (By: R.B. Lemberg) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unpronounceable (By: Susan diRende) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (By: Sheree Renée Thomas) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Places (By: Karen Heuler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monteverde (By: Lawrence Schimel) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Incognita Countess (By: Cynthia Ward) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boundaries, Border Crossings, and Reinventing the Future (By: Beth Plutchak) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Field Guide to the Spirits (By: Jean LeBlanc) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liberating the Astronauts (By: Christina M. Rau) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Search of Lost Time (By: Karen Heuler) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
We, Robots (By: Sue Lange) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Search of Lost Time (By: Karen Heuler) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cosmovore (By: Kristi Carter) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helen's Story (By: Rosanne Rabinowitz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liminal Spaces (By: Beth Plutchak) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints (By: Alex Dally MacFarlane) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Not Skin (By: Toby MacNutt) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Changeling (By: Nancy Jane Moore) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum (By: Cynthia Ward) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
People Change (By: Gwynne Garfinkle) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invocabulary (By: Gemma Files) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green and Growing (By: Erin K. Wagner) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything is Made of Letters (By: Sofía Rhei) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight at the Organporium (By: Tara Campbell) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Algorithmic Shapeshifting (By: Bogi Takács) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rampant (By: Julie C. Day) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Shelley Makes a Monster (By: Octavia Cade,Crista Kempton) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Articulation (By: Cesi Davidson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of a Thousand Feelings (By: Anya Johanna DeNiro) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Naked Guide (By: Cynthia Ward) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient Songs of Us (By: Jean LeBlanc) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sacred Summer (By: Cassandra Clarke) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disease (By: Sarah Tolmie) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms (By: Hal Y. Zhang) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resistance and Transformation (By: Mari Ness) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silences of Ararat (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cabinet of Wrath (By: Tara Campbell) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Golden Woman (By: Cynthia Ward) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fricatives (By: Cesi Davidson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
We’ve Been Here Before (By: Anne Carly Abad) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bilabials (By: Cesi Davidson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Home, No Need to Cry (By: Erin K. Wagner) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apollo Weeps (By: Xian Mao) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
To the Woman in the Pink Hat (By: LaToya Jordan) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Voyages Unreturning (By: Deborah L. Davitt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oz Reimagined Books

Dorothy Dreams (By: Simon R. Green) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust (By: Seanan McGuire) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Detective of Oz (By: Tad Williams) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Meeting in Oz (By: Jeffrey Ford) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Off to See the Emperor (By: Orson Scott Card) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cobbler of Oz (By: Jonathan Maberry) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Girls of Oz (By: Theodora Goss) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blown Away (By: Jane Yolen) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tornado of Dorothys (By: Kat Howard) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Veiled Shanghai (By: Ken Liu) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Blue (By: David Farland) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz (By: C.C. Finlay,Rae Carson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Naked Eye (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
City So Bright (By: Dale Bailey) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Flew Over the Rainbow (By: Robin Wasserman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The WisCon Chronicles Books

The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 2: Provocative essays on feminism, race, revolution, and the future (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wiscon Chronicles, Vol.3: Carnival of Feminist SF (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 4 (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wiscon Chronicles Volume 5 (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wiscon Chronicles Vol 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles, Vol.9 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles 11 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

People of the Book(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 1(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Ships, Black Sails(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 2: Provocative essays on feminism, race, revolution, and the future(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Abyss & Apex Volume One(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Triangulation: Dark Glass(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time in a Bottle, Volume 1(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloody Fabulous(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 5(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Two(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unstuck #1(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Villain Comes Home(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Million Writers Award(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robots: The Recent A.I.(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zombies Vs Robots: This Means War!(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Electric Velocipede(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, January 2015(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some of the Best from Tor.com, 2012 edition(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oz Reimagined(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queers Dig Time Lords(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glitter & Mayhem(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Apex: Volume 4(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, February 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Nine(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Solaris Rising 3(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Upgraded(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jews vs Aliens(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015 Edition(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters of the Revolution(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Tiptree(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long List Anthology(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, December 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 49 (2015)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
GlitterShip Year One(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncanny Magazine Issue 24 September/October 2018(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tor.com Short Fiction: September-October 2020(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2020 Edition(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shattering the Glass Slipper(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Rachel Swirsky
Rachel Swirsky was born in San Jose, California on April 14, 1982 into a Jewish family.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she taught undergrad science fiction and fantasy writing as a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. In 2005, she went to the Clarion West Writers workshop.

Rachel, in addition to her fiction writing, also writes critical reviews, essays, and other non fiction.

She has donated her writing to a number of charity anthologies. “Heat Engine” appeared in “Last Bird, Drink Head”, which is a flash fiction anthology supporting the ProLiteracy charity. In September of 2010, she contributed this story to the online chapbook story collection “Clash of the Geeks”, presented by Subterranean Press and supporting the Lupus Alliance of America.

This comes after she grew up with a very volunteer-minded ethos growing up. Her parents have always worked incredibly hard to support their communities, from the high school where Rachel’s mom worked as a librarian (where she spent three nights a week and Saturdays keeping the fickle computer labs running), to their hobbies like AMICA (an organization for automated musical instrument enthusiasts) and square dancing. When Rachel’s able, she likes to pitch in where she can.

Volunteering is good, she finds, but so is offering up individual or small group support and mentorship to those that need it. That’s definitely Rachel’s favorite part.

Rachel has been published in literary publications that include the Konundrum Engine Literary Review, PANK, and the New Haven Review. Her speculative fiction work has appeared in various markets include Subterranean Magazine, Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, and Realms of Fantasy. It’s also been collected in numerous year’s best anthologies, which includes Rich Horton’s “The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy”, Gardner Dozois’ “The Year’s best Science Fiction”, Jeff & Ann VanderMeer’s “Best American Fantasy”, and Jonathan Strahan’s “Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year”.

When she is crafting a story, it’s a mix between imagery and sometimes it’s ideas that she starts with. Often with ideas it is a science fiction story, but images is almost always fantasy. Rachel began “Love Is Never Still” as a poem, and then the imagery seemed to lend itself into prose and expansion.

Since this story went through such a particularly long draft process, the imagery and the story heavily influenced one another while she worked this story into the shape that she wanted. Rachel was using imagery in order to convey the metaphors that in turned conveyed character. When she put Aphrodite and Hephaestus into this basalt palace, this suggests desolation and things gone cold, which in turn creates the sense of alienation in their marriage. She looked up ancient Greek gold-working, and learned all about techniques which could describe Hephaestus’ multi-faceted abilities as a smith, and these in turn shape the characterization.

Then the main core of her revision process was about directing her story. She was trying to subtract, add, and condense point of view sections in order to make the plot the correct shape, and to give the Aphrodite thread the necessary weight that it needed in order counterpoint Galatea, who draft one was mostly about. While she was pursuing structural goals, which was the majority of the time, she had to work with the imagery she could mine out of the plot.

“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” won the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

“Through the Drowsy Dark” is a short story collection that was released in 2010. This collects together nine poems and ten stories by Hugo- and Nebula-nominee Rachel Swirsky, who’s a terrific writer that has been making her name with a string of perceptive and intelligent stories.

In “Through the Drowsy Dark”, her characters struggle with too much and too little emotional control, with heartbreak, with grief which has gone deep underground; they search for difference, nothingness, for oneness.

One commits this terrible crime since she believes that it is the moral thing to do, as another one digs a dead dog up because the mere thought of kissing it on the lips makes her clitoris throb. Rachel’s exploration of the mind and heart are fearless, and dangerous fictions indeed.

“How the World Became Quiet” is a short story collection that was released in 2013. After this powerful sorceress gets murdered, she is summoned through the centuries to witness all of the devastating changes to the land where she was born. There is a series of apocalypses which leaves the world quiet. A man is searching for the memory which is going to overwrite his childhood abuse. A woman that lives by scavenging corpses in the Japanese suicide forest is haunted by her deceased lover. Helios is left at the altar.

From the politics and riveting emotion of ‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’ (a Nebula Winner) to the melancholy family saga that is ‘Eros, Philia, Agape’ (Theodore Sturgeon and Hugo finalist), this critically acclaimed collection of stories have rapidly made her one of the rising stars in the field. Her work is (by turns) engaging and clever, quietly devastating and unflinching, often in the space of the exact same story.

“How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future” collects together the body of Swirsky’s short fiction to date for the very first time. With these stories envision presents, pasts, and futures which never existed at all, offering revealing examinations of humanity which readers are going to find undeniably true.

Her character is rather stubborn yet still likable. As short as these vignettes are, they nevertheless give a valid feeling about the setting and still bind the reader to the situation. Each part could be extended into a whole entire novel and fans of the book would love to read even more. This is a lovely and haunting set of stories. This was well executed and it’s great to see that the main character was not what you would expect her to be.

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