Slowly and surely, we begin to care for this strange man and his creations, even as we realize that both are more dangerous than they seem, and this in itself is a delight.
Paul Cornell had some very kind words for “Watch Bees” in his Favourite Fiction of 2011 post:
Again, what becomes of America in the near future, where genetic engineering is available for farmers, but social order not so much. It’s not about the deadly bees that guard property from anyone whose biology they don’t recognise, or the desperate ways to get around that, it’s about how the world got here.
I can only be delighted to find myself mentioned among such company as Neal Stephenson, Carol Emshwiller, Kij Johnson, John Kessel. . . .
“Watch Bees” was in the August, 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
In her “picks for the best of 2011′s short fiction,” Lois Tilton had kind mentions for two stories that appeared in Redstone Science Fiction, including one of mine:
Two good ones were “Like a Hawk in Its Gyre” by Philip Brewer and “Evoë! Evoë!” by Robert Pritchard.
I woke up this morning to email from Alexander Shalganov, Editor-in-Chief of ESLI, an sf and fantasy magazine in Russia, saying that he wanted to buy reprint rights for my story “Watch Bees,” which appeared in the August issue of Asimov’s! (The name ESLI apparently means “IF” or perhaps “What if” in Russian.)
This ticks off a couple of firsts for me: First reprint sale and first translation into a foreign language.
I pick up a mention in the beta of the new on-line Science Fiction Encyclopedia, in the entry on Redstone Science Fiction:
“Like a Hawk in its Gyre” (February 2011 #9) by Philip Brewer delivers a soft but effective punch in portraying a future that’s not all it seems.
The story itself is available at Redstone: Like a Hawk in its Gyre.
Lois Tilton seems unconvinced by the economic scenario implied by my story “Watch Bees.”
I haven’t read it yet, but of course I flipped through it. Seeing the “next issue” section of the new issue prompted me to check out that section of the previous issue, which turns out to be available on-line. It mentions my story, saying:
Another new author, Philip Brewer, gives us a stinging tale about how to recover from the end of life as we know it in “Watch Bees.”
I hadn’t noticed that before; it’s sure fun to see.
The new issue should go on sale June 21st.
SFScope has the first mention I’ve seen of the table of contents of the August Asimov’s including my story “Watch Bees,” and an image of the cover.
Looking over the ToC is a treat. I’m in some great company!
They say it’ll go on sale on June 21st.