It’s been so long since I’ve updated this space — I return to dust, debris and desolation. Posts are scarce. Winds herd tumble weeds over an unforgiving landscape. Let updates beset what I have so forgotten the way even deserts experience rain every once a blue moon.
If you’ve been paying attention to my non-fiction writing, you know I’ve launched a column at TOR.com entitled Innumerable Voices. The overall gist of it is that every month I choose an author with a budding short fiction career, over whose body of work I attempt to say smart things. Inadvertently, it all devolves into gushing… But it’s all good!
Innumerable Voices is a monthly column profiling short fiction writers and exploring speculative fiction themes in their many permutations. The column will discuss stellar genre work from both fresh and established writers who don’t have short fiction collections or novel-length works, but who actively contribute to anthologies and magazines.
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In March, I started out with a profile on the beautiful, magical fiction of Shveta Thakrar. As far as debut materials go, I’m happy with my choice and execution.
After an extensive hiatus, I return with a profile on the short fiction of JY Yang – one of the more interesting voices in the SFF short scene.
If there’s one thing to unite all sister genres of the speculative—each vast and unknowable in the entirety of its domain—it’s the human body. Flesh and blood, bone and muscle. The simplest of ingredients, containing all the power to decipher the world and an undying preoccupation with storytellers. In growing up and growing old, we learn that our bodies are mutable things, if only by the smallest of degrees. We fear the day we fail to recognize our bodies; exert careful control over appearance and performance; dread the possibility our bodies might betray us, as they often do in small or large ways. For all we’ve achieved, bodies remain the final frontier.
JY Yang recognizes the potential in the human body as a vessel for storytelling and with a background in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology, sets forth to seek her own truths.