Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.


I'm not good at self-promotion.  I kind of hate talking about myself outside the confines of marshmallows and cockatoo sightings, and pointing out anything good that has come of my writing tends to raise the hackles of my Protestant upbringing.  Conversely, though, I love talking about my stories.  They're like my kids or my pets, and I'm extremely proud when anyone says something good about them.

All of this is leading up to say that two of my stories are on industry recommended reading lists this year.  "Amor Fugit," which is also being reprinted in Rich Horton's Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011, is on both the Locus and Tangent 2010 Recommended Reading lists.  More surprising, at least to me, "The Door in the Earth" is also on Tangent's list.  Of all my stories so far, "The Door in the Earth" received the most divided reception.  I think it was one of those that you either loved or hated, depending on your tolerance for ambiguity in fiction.  I'm surprised and delighted to see it on Tangent's list.

There are some really great stories on both lists, including "Eating at the End-of-the-World Cafe," by Dale Bailey, "The Green Book," by Amal El-Mohtar, and "A Thousand Flowers," by Margo Lanagan.  Head over and check them out!

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