Aka. I get paid to read things? Amazing things? HOW?!
Basically, I got to copy-edit an absolutely fantastic anthology; it’s ridiculously varied, interesting, strange, weird, wonderful and eerie. I don’t think I have a favourite story – although I do have about six that have captured my heart in various ways – but it’s been fantastic to work on.
And I did have to read through and tell China Mieville if any of their writing could be improved. ARGH. (Spoiler: it couldn’t.) Anyway, The Outcast Hours is now up for pre-order, and has a wonderfully weird mix of stories – I adore it.
We live our lives in the daylight. Our stories take place under the sun: bright, clear, unafraid.
This is not a book of those stories.
These are the stories of people who live at night; under neon and starlight, and never the light of day.
These are the stories of poets and police; writers and waiters; gamers and goddesses; tourists and traders; the hidden and the forbidden; the lonely and the lovers.
These are their lives. These are their stories. And this is their time:
The Outcast Hours.
Including stories by Amira Salah-Ahmed, Cecilia Ekbäck, Celeste Baker, China Miéville, Daniel Polansky, Frances Hardinge, Indrapramit Das, Jeffrey Alan Love, Jesse Bullington, Karen Onojaife, Kuzhali Manickavel, Sam Beckbessinger, Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, Lavie Tidhar, Leah Moore, Maha Khan Phillips, Marina Warner, M. Suddain and Omar Robert Hamilton.
Also, I recently got to email one the authors of my favourite book ever, basically going “Hi so yes here’s a little bit of business stuff and OMG I LOVE YOUR BOOK SO MUCH THANK YOU FOR WRITING IT I’VE READ IT NINE TIMES AND IT’S STILL SO AMAZING” and also incidentally I got to read it nine times, and it’s still as fantastic the ninth time. So, there’s that. (I should be able to tell you about that soon!)
I’m still mostly in shock about all of this; the amount of fantastic writing, fantastic authors, fantastic editors… I’m currently working on some of the best SFF to come out of 2018 and it’s just amazing.
I get to read wonderful things, and they pay me to do it. My job rocks!