My story “The Sounds of Old Earth,” a Nebula Award Finalist, is out today in Polish in Smokopolitan nr 10. The story is translated by Translated by Magdalena Grajcar. I don’t read Polish (even though I live in a Polish neighborhood and should) but it appears the issue also contains translated works from Ann Leckie and Peter Watts.
The folks over at the Gendered Text Project recently contacted me to ask if they could adapt “The Sounds of Old Earth” (my 2013 Nebula Award Finalist short story) as part of their project to challenge unconscious biases about gender and characters. I thought it sounded cool, and said yes. You can read the finished product here, which allows you to select the gender for every major character as Male, Female, or Non-Binary. All the names and pronouns change within the text based on your selection. I’ve always thought of Abner as male and Lin as female, so it’s cool to play around with those assumptions and see how it affects the story.
You can check out “The Sounds of Old Earth” at the Gendered Text Project here.
My Nebula Award-nominated story “The Sounds of Old Earth” (originally published in Lightspeed Magazine) was reprinted in the 2015 Nebula Award Showcase, edited by Greg Bear, and is recently reviewed by Pop Matters, who has this to say:
The category nominees also uniformly impress, but the standout among them is surely Matthew Kressel’s ‘The Sounds of Old Earth’, the story of an old man on a largely evacuated and denuded Earth awaiting its destruction by space-based laser in order to use the resultant raw materials for a gigantic piece of space engineering. The sense of resignation has extraordinary resonance in today’s world, in which the destruction of people’s homes through flooding and natural disaster is becoming worryingly commonplace, and the image of the Earth being sliced into pieces like a hard-boiled egg is one that will stay in the memory. This was Kressel’s first Nebula nomination but, one feels, almost certainly not his last.
They also have praise for works by Rachel Swirsky, Ken Liu, Ann Leckie, and more. You can read the full review here.
The Chicago Tribune reviews the 2015 Nebula Awards Showcase, edited by Greg Bear, which contains the Nebula winners and finalists from 2014, and has nice things to say about some of the stories, including works by Rachel Swirsky and Kenneth Schneyer. The anthology includes my story “The Sounds of Old Earth,” and they say:
There are strong examples of more traditional science fiction and fantasy from Aliette de Bodard, Matthew Kressel, and Christopher Barzak, but the main sense we come away with is that the line between genre and literary fiction is increasingly arbitrary.
You can read the full review here.