Here are some recent reactions to my writing, or collections in which my work appears:
Karen Burnham’s discussion of Hugo-worthy stories mentions my own “Dhuluma No More” and even links to a very flattering discussion of it in the course of a review of the Oct/Nov 2008 Asimov’s SF, tellingly titled “So What Should SF Be Talking About?” She called “Dhuluma No More” “the stand-out story” of the issue, and explained:
This story hits a lot of Big Issues, and Makes You Think. Obviously there’s the idea that whatever we come up with in the West to mitigate climate change will have a real effect on real people; they may come looking for us someday. This often gets left to the side in writing like Kim Stanley Robinson’s Capitol Trilogy or Ben Bova’s climate engineering columns in Analog. There’s also the dilemma of the passive observer: the filmmaker is forced to make a decision to stay uninvolved or to actually help the Africans in their violent action. He can’t hide behind his cameras anymore and he has to take a side. This is something of a call to action to all of us who read the news but think that news is what happens to other people. I’d like to see more of this sort of story, and I’ll be thinking of this one when I look at the Hugo ballot this spring. This is a short story, but with enough weight that it feels longer. In this case, that’s a good thing.
What can you say to that, except thank-you? (If you’re interested in checking the story out, here’s a link to the podcast!) Burnham also had nice things to say about “The Country of the Young” in her double-review of issues 218 and 219 of Interzone, just previous to the Hugos post.