The School by Lavie Tidhar

As soon as I wrote this story I realised I would most likely have to self-publish it. To my delighted surprise, though, an editor at one of the big online magazines offered me, shortly after, to publish it. Two days later, however, the publisher of the same magazine declined the story, not wanting to deal with any potential fallout. I then showed it – unofficially – to a handful of people, and got a potential offer to publish it in another big magazine, if only I were to change some of the references in the story.

I decided, instead, to publish it here.

–Lavie Tidhar

I think this is an excellent story and am sorry that some magazines are afraid of “any potential fallout.” This is what stories should do — challenge us as readers, make us confront our assumptions and expectations, offer us diverse views of the status quo.

Click on the excerpt below to read the full story, and consider donating a couple of bucks to Mr. Tidhar.

My earliest memory is of white men in white coats holding clipboards, examining me. They measured my skull and prodded me with thick pink fingers and made careful notes. There was a war coming, they kept saying, and we had to be prepared.

Because of aliens.

Good Fiction, Free Fiction

Here’s a list of stories from around the web that I think are worth reading:

After October by Ben Burgis @ GigaNotoSaurus

Peerless by Karen Munro @ Strange Horizons

Not so free, but Oh So Good!

I hope you’ve listened to my story “The Giant of Malheur Park” via PodCastle. The reading, by Anna Schwind, was excellent; she made each character and every scene stand out. Brava, Anna!

If you’d like to read the story, hold a copy of it in your hands, look at print on paper, then I suggest you get yourself a copy of Kaleidotrope #10, where “The Giant…” originally appeared.

$5 for the print copy
$2.99 for the ebook


Listen to “The Giant of Malheur Park”

My story “The Giant of Malheur Park” went live on PodCastle yesterday. The intro is fantastic, the reading is wonderful. It’s free, so check it out.

Listen to it here.

If you like what you hear, consider making a donation to Escape Artists, the company that brings you Escape Pod, PseudoPod, and PodCastle.

“The Giant of Malheur Park” was originally published in Kaleidotrope #10, a print ‘zine that publishes a great variety of speculative fiction. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check out this publication. Authors published in Kaleidotrope include Rachel Swirsky, Bruce Boston, Genevieve Valentine, Marshall Payne, Camille Alexa, and more.

PodCastle Acceptance

Trying to play it cool, but my story “The Giant of Malheur Park” has been accepted for publication by PodCastle. Ahhhhhh!!!

“Giant” originally appeared in print in Kaleidotrope

Not sure when it will go live, but in the meantime go listen to stories by Saladin Ahmed, N.K. Jemisen, and more. There are a lot of great stories to choose from!

About PodCastle:

PodCastle is the world’s first fantasy audio magazine. Each week we bring you short stories across the spectrum of fantasy from leading authors and new discoveries. Like our sister podcasts, Escape Pod and Pseudopod, PodCastle is entirely free to listen and share.

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