[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]

Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which has been made into the Sundance feature film “Jamie Marks is Dead”. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards. He is also the author of two collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies. He grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years. His next novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, will be published by Knopf in 2015. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.

Christopher answered a few of my questions about Before and Afterlives, which has been nominated for Best Single-Author Collection!


KC: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about your short story collection and what inspired you to write it?
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TOC & Cover: ‘Before and Afterlives’ by Christopher Barzak

Author Christopher Barzak has posted the cover sent us the table of contents for his upcoming collection Before and Afterlives:

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The recently-announced 2009 Nebula Award ballot includes lots of great fiction from lots of great writers and only hints at all the great work being published. So we asked this year’s nominees this question:

Q: If your work couldn’t have been on the ballot this year, what work would you have liked in its place?

Here’s what they said…

[Note: Due to my poor interviewing skills, there were multiple revisions of this question ultimately intending to clarify that its intent was not to slight any of the fiction that was nominated, but rather, to name additional works that are also award-worthy. Along the way, I also left open the possibility that panelists could name work in any category. Any perceived lack of cohesion in this Mind Meld is thus entirely of my own making — but I think you’ll find plenty of great titles to seek out in addition to the one’s on this year’s Nebula ballot. So there.]

Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld is the author of five adult and ten young adult books, including the Risen Empire and Uglies series. His latest is Leviathan, the first of an illustrated steampunk trilogy.

I’d have liked to see Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a post-zombie-apocalypse novel.

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TOC: Interfictions 2 edited by Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak

Small Beer Press has posted the Table of Contents for their upcoming anthology Interfictions 2 edited by Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak:

  1. “The War Between Heaven and Hell Wallpaper” by Jeffrey Ford
  2. “Beautiful Feast” by M. Rickert
  3. “Remembrance Is Something Like a House” by Will Ludwigsen
  4. “The Long and Short of Long-Term Memory” by Cecil Castellucci
  5. “The Score” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  6. “The Two of Me” by Ray Vukcevich
  7. “The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria” by Carlos Hernandez
  8. “Shoes” by Lavie Tidhar
  9. “Interviews After the Revolution” by Brian Francis Slattery
  10. “Count Poniatowski and the Beautiful Chicken” by Elizabeth Ziemska
  11. “Black Dog: A Biography” by Peter M. Ball
  12. “Berry Moon: Laments of a Muse” by Camilla Bruce
  13. “Morton Goes to the Hospital” by Amelia Beamer
  14. “After Verona” by William Alexander
  15. “Valentines” by Shira Lipkin
  16. “(*_*?) ~~~~ (-_-) : The Warp and the Woof” by Alan DeNiro
  17. “The Marriage” by Nin Andrews
  18. “Child-Empress of Mars” by Theodora Goss
  19. “L’Ile Close” by Lionel Davoust
  20. “Afterbirth” by Stephanie Shaw
  21. “The 1211″ by David J. Schwartz

Additioanlly, the volume features Introduction: On the Pleasures of Not Belonging by Henry Jenkins and Afterwords: An Interstitial Interview by Colleen Mondor, Christopher Barzak, and Delia Sherman.