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MAPS!

Last Friday I posted at (Hugo Award-nominated fanzine) Pornokitsch with a Friday Five: five fascinating maps. Maps are the best! I love writing about maps!

Mentioned in my bio are a few map-related stories I'll have out this year.

One is in Phantasm Japan, a Haikasoru anthology edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington, out in September. They recently announced the TOC, which includes my story "Inari Updates the Map of Rice Fields". The title gives away the contents: Inari, maps, mapping of the world from "centre" to "edge". At the "centre" is a rice map, which looks something like this 8th C CE example (the grid, annotated, with landscape details at its edges):

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I read a couple of interesting articles from the free The History of Cartography when researching it late last year: Kazutaka Unno's "Cartography in Japan" and Kazuhiko Miyajima's "Japanese Celestial Cartography before the Meiji Period". (It actually turned out to be relevant to my academic research, in that it provided useful knowledge of comparative mapping approaches elsewhere in the world.) I'm incredibly excited to be in Phantasm Japan. The TOC is a mixture of Japanese and non-Japanese writers, which has produced a different line-up to other anthologies. I look forward to reading it. I'm also excited to be working (in a small way) with Haikasoru, which is a fantastic imprint, publishing an ever-increasing body of Japanese SFF in English translation. If #WeNeedDiverseBooks crossed your twitter/tumblr/Facebook at the beginning of this month and you want to read more widely, head over to Haikasoru; the sheer range of what they publish ensures you'll find at least one that interests you. There's even a non-binary SF book!

Another story is in Upgraded, Neil Clarke's cyborg anthology. "Coastline of the Stars" is about a missing artist of maps, Sermi Hu, whose work includes a tactile star map inspired by the tactile wooden maps of Ammassalik I mention in the Pornokitsch post. I want a tactile star map. (I want to write about Sermi Hu more, too.)

Then there's Gigantic Worlds, which is out in the next couple of months; and Interfictions Online, which is a recent sale to the fall issue, which I'll talk about later.

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my story "Inari Updates the Map of Rice Fields". The title gives away the contents: Inari, maps, mapping of the world from "centre" to "edge".

It's a great title. I look forward to your Inari.
Thank you! I'm very fond of them.
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