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Nisi Shawl

Author of Everfair

37+ Works 1,721 Members 66 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

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Series

Works by Nisi Shawl

Everfair (2016) 666 copies
Filter House (2008) 207 copies
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (2015) — Editor — 60 copies
Speculation (2023) 25 copies
Something More and More (2011) 12 copies
Kinning (Everfair, 2) (2024) 9 copies

Associated Works

Semiotext(e) SF (1989) — Contributor — 248 copies
Unexpected Stories (2014) — Foreword, some editions — 236 copies
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2005) — Contributor — 199 copies
Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices (2021) — Contributor — 169 copies
Kindred / Fledgling / Collected Stories (2021) — Editor — 153 copies
Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project (2020) — Contributor — 150 copies
Mojo: Conjure Stories (2003) — Contributor — 147 copies
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 146 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 142 copies
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Contributor — 131 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Other Half of the Sky (2013) — Contributor — 98 copies
Wet: More Aqua Erotica (2002) — Contributor — 97 copies
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (2013) — Contributor — 92 copies
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation (2017) — Contributor — 92 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 89 copies
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (2019) — Contributor — 86 copies
Brave New Love (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies
Cranky Ladies of History (2015) — Contributor — 84 copies
Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction (2018) — Contributor — 78 copies
Detroit Noir (2007) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures (2014) — Contributor — 60 copies
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling (2016) — Contributor — 57 copies
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (2017) — Contributor — 57 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contributor — 55 copies
Letters to Tiptree (2015) — Contributor — 54 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contributor — 50 copies
Steampunk World (2014) — Contributor — 46 copies
Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy (2021) — Contributor — 44 copies
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contributor — 37 copies
80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir (2017) — Contributor — 37 copies
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (1995) — Contributor — 37 copies
An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables (2016) — Contributor — 30 copies
Hath No Fury (2018) — Contributor — 28 copies
Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt (2017) — Contributor — 27 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 26 copies
Streets of Shadows (1656) — Contributor — 26 copies
Cyber World: Tales of Humanity's Tomorrow (2016) — Contributor — 25 copies
Dark Faith: Invocations (2012) — Contributor — 22 copies
Mother of Invention (2018) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (2017) — Contributor — 21 copies
Steam-Powered 2 (2011) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 19 copies
Lilith Unbound (2008) — Contributor — 17 copies
Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition (2021) — Contributor — 15 copies
The WisCon Chronicles Volume 4: Voices of WisCon (2010) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance (2014) — Contributor — 11 copies
Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good (2015) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Moment of Change (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies
River (2011) — Contributor — 10 copies
Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 76 • September 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 7 copies
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11: Trials by Whiteness (2017) — Contributor — 7 copies
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 8: Re-Generating WisCon (2014) — Contributor — 7 copies
Apex Magazine 108 (May 2018) (2018) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 93 ‚ÄĘ February 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 5 copies
Adventures in Bodily Autonomy (2023) — Contributor — 5 copies
Tor.com Nov/Dec 2023 Short Fiction — Contributor — 5 copies
Crossed Genres Quarterly 4 (2011) — Contributor — 5 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 133 (October 2017) (2017) — Contributor — 4 copies
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 10: Social Justice (Redux) (2016) — Contributor — 4 copies
Fantasy Magazine, Issue 53 (August 2011) (2011) — Contributor — 3 copies
Apex Magazine 93 (February 2017) (2017) — Contributor — 3 copies
Dreams for a Broken World (2022) — Contributor — 3 copies
Ruins Excavation (2015) — Foreword — 1 copy
Like a Coming Wave: Oceanic Erotica (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy
Beast Within 3: Oceans Unleashed (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1955
Gender
non-binary
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Places of residence
Seattle, Washington, USA
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Education
Clarion West (1992)
Occupations
fiction writer
editor
trainer & consultant in cultural sensitivity
essayist
Organizations
Clarion West (board member)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Carl Brandon Society
Awards and honors
WisCon Guest of Honor (2011)
Short biography
Nisi Shawl is a queer writer of color who lives in Seattle and prefers they/them pronouns. They grew up in Michigan and have lived in Seattle for a number of years. They have always been into fiction that operates outside of consensus reality.

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Reviews

I was really into this book in the beginning, the set-up and characters were so interesting, and nothing like I had ever read before. I got stuck in the middle and gave up because I had a hard time following different characters' over the years, and since the story is told in short vignettes, i stopped caring about any of the characters. I am still giving it three stars since the concept and writing were good.
 
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mslibrarynerd | 28 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
A good, diverse collection. there is a bit much fantasy and supernatural for my tase, but everything is well-written and interesting.
 
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SChant | Dec 15, 2023 |
*glee* The steampunk alternate history of Belgium’s invasion of the Congo if the natives had known a lot more about steam technology. Air canoes! Mechanical bicycles!

Queer women, women being awesome.

Read everything she has written, there's lots.
 
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Black_samvara | 28 other reviews | Aug 9, 2023 |
I decided to read "New Suns" after it was announced to have won the Locus Award for Best Anthology. I've never been big on short stories, but I've been trying to branch out lately. And in part of that, I've been trying to ensure I read from new perspectives and new authors than I have before. So Nisi Shawl's collection was the perfect collection for me to dive into.

This anthology does its job of providing speculative fiction from a variety of backgrounds really well. Different cultural norms, mythologies, and aesthetics are all laid before the reader in an approachable manner, without sacrificing or white-washing their substance. I did a few times find myself having to pause in my reading to look up a phrase or word that I wasn't familiar with, but was glad to have been included as keeping these stories authentic to each author's background made them whole.

I in particular wanted to highlight the story "Burn the Ships" by Alberto Y√°√Īez, which was my personal favorite of the anthology. It seamlessly blends the horror and shame of the holocaust and colonialism, as well as cultural/religious themes from Y√°√Īez's backgrounds, into a very dark tale of the oppressed and oppressor.

The whole collection is mixed in humor, horror, and intriguing speculation. The book never really drags; while each story clearly has different pacing, they're organized in a way that the flow never becomes an issue. It really does have something for every reader, and I'm incredibly glad to have read it.
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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
66
ISBNs
38
Languages
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Favorited
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