Alexander Jablokov


I'm a writer, mostly of science fiction, with a new novel, Brain Thief.

The name is pronounced Yablokov, and the legal name is Jablokow.  My best friends can't spell or pronounce it, so you shouldn't worry about it either.

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"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry", Asimov's Science Fiction July/August 2017(out now)

"The Forgotten Taste of Honey", Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2016

"The Return of Black Murray", Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2016

"The Instructive Tale of the Archeologist and His Wife", Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2014

"Bad Day on Boscobel", The Other Half of the Sky.

"Feral Moon", novella, Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2013

"Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance", Daily Science Fiction, November 6, 2012

"The Comfort of Strangers", short story, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2012

"Blind Cat Dance" reprinted in Gardner Dozois's Best Science Fiction of the Year 28

"The Day the Wires Came Down", novelette, Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2011

"Plinth Without Figure", short story, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2010

"Warning Label", short story, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine August 2010

"Blind Cat Dance", short story, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine March 2010

Brain Thief, a novel, Tor Books, January 2010


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My story in The Other Half of the Sky

A few months ago, my friend and neighbor, Athena Andreadis asked me to contribute a story to an anthology she was putting together. The theme was space opera, a female protagonist who doesn't feel guilty about juggling work vs. family, aimed at adult readers, no "big ideas" or used-up cyber-or-steampunk tropes.

Athena clearly didn't know that I never get asked to contribute to anthologies.

Then I demonstrated why. I was vaguely dissatisfied, pissy, uninspired, and whiny. I couldn't think of anything. I was sick (my eye, for heaven's sake!). I had other important things to do.

Time was getting short. Then, just before the excellent Readercon panel on the anthology, Athena suggested that she would like to see a story about Miriam Kostal, a character in both Carve the Sky (as an older woman) and River of Dust (as a younger woman).

And that did it. I thought about Miriam, and a story occurred to me. Miriam had always been seen by men, particularly men with whom she was sexually involved. This time I showed her from the point of view of a woman, Dunya, a kind of social worker with political refugees, into whose life Miriam erupts.

Athena charitably gave me some extra time, and I just managed to get something in: "Bad Day on Boscobel", set in an asteroid just mentioned as part of the background of Carve. Maybe people should ask me to be in anthologies after all.

The anthology looks fun. Here is the Table of Contents Athena recently posted:

The Other Half of the Sky

Athena Andreadis, Introduction

Melissa Scott, Finders
Alexander Jablokov, Bad Day on Boscobel
Nisi Shawl, In Colors Everywhere
Sue Lange, Mission of Greed
Vandana Singh, Sailing the Antarsa
Joan Slonczewski, Landfall
Terry Boren, This Alakie and the Death of Dima
Aliette de Bodard, The Waiting Stars
Ken Liu, The Shape of Thought
Alex Dally MacFarlane, Under Falna’s Mask
Martha Wells, Mimesis
Kelly Jennings, Velocity’s Ghost
C. W. Johnson, Exit, Interrupted
Cat Rambo, Dagger and Mask
Christine Lucas, Ouroboros
Jack McDevitt, Cathedral

And here is an interesting widget, from Kate Sullivan of Candlemark & Gleam, the publisher of the book, which gives a teaser version of the book:


Reader Comments (1)

Glad I didn't know! *smile*

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAthena Andreadis

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