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Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado's work has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She lives in Philadelphia.

Genres: Science Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 (2019) (with Danielle Evans and Alice Sola Kim)
   Bax 2020: Best American Experimental Writing (2020) (with Seth Abramson, Jesse Damiani and Joyelle McSweeney)
Non fiction
   March Sisters (2019) (with Kate Bolick, Jane Smiley and Jenny Zhang)
   In the Dream House (2019)
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book nominee (2017) : Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado recommends
The Merry Spinster (2018)
Daniel M Lavery and Mallory Ortberg
"Dear Reader: It would, truthfully, be simplest to call the stories in THE MERRY SPINSTER 'retellings, ' but that word does not adequately capture their dark alchemy. Mallory Ortberg has created a Frankenstein's monster of familiar narratives. . .[that swings] between Terry Pratchett's satirical jocularity and Angela Carter's sinister, shrewd storytelling, and the result is gorgeous, unsettling, splenic, cruel, and wickedly smart. I've never read anything quite like them, and I bet, Dear Reader, that you haven't either."
Blackfish City (2018)
Sam J Miller
"A floating Arctic city; nano-bonded orcas and polar bears; an Earth violently reshaped by the mistakes we’re making right now… I haven’t been this swept away by imagination and worldbuilding since Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. A gorgeous, queer, muscular novel."
Everything Under (2018)
Daisy Johnson
"Surprising, gorgeously written, and profoundly unsettling, this genderfluid retelling of Oedipus Rex will sink into your bones and stay there."
The Mere Wife (2018)
Maria Dahvana Headley
"Maria Dahvana Headley is a gift, a genius, and an absolute wonder; I would follow her anywhere."
The Lonesome Bodybuilder (2018)
Yukiko Motoya
"Charming, bizarre, and uncanny, The Lonesome Bodybuilder is Etgar Keret by way of Yoko Ogawa. I'd follow Yukiko Motoya anywhere she wanted to take me."
A Cosmology of Monsters (2019)
Shaun Hamill
"A monster stalks a family across generations; a hidden city beckons from beyond perception; trauma and human frailty and loss bear their terrible fangs. . . . A Cosmology of Monsters is as weird and compelling and ambitious a horror novel as you could possibly want."
Leave the World Behind (2020)
Rumaan Alam
"Leave the World Behind is so many things—funny, sharp, insightful about modernity and race and parenthood and home—but at its core it’s a story of our shared apocalypse; a steady look at humanity in the moment it tumbles from a great height. I have not been this profoundly unnerved by a science fiction novel since Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go."
The Ghost Variations (2021)
Kevin Brockmeier
"The Ghost Variations is pure Kevin Brockmeier--lush and playful and devastating and brilliant; a haunted hotel with a hundred rooms and a hundred doors, behind which lie a hundred perfect and terrifying dioramas. It's been ages since I've been this profoundly sated by a story collection, and I loved every minute of it."
The School for Good Mothers (2021)
Jessamine Chan
"A terrifying novel about mass surveillance, loneliness, and the impossible measurements of motherhood - The School for Good Mothers is a timely and remarkable debut."
Nightbitch (2021)
Rachel Yoder
"Feral, unholy... Nightbitch is an incredible feat."
Manhunt (2022)
Gretchen Felker-Martin
"Reading this book was like tonguing a live wire; I loved every moment and I still haven't recovered. As erotic as it is devastating, as brilliant as it is visceral, Manhunt is a modern horror masterpiece."
The Seaplane on Final Approach (2022)
Rebecca Rukeyser
"I didn't realize how much I needed this lusty, funny, heartbreaking book until I devoured it in a single sitting. The Seaplane on Final Approach is a novel set at the edge of the world, about people who belong everywhere and nowhere and the vast, unknowable wilderness of desire. A sharp, flawless debut. Sexy and dark and strange and absolutely perfect."
Saturnalia (2022)
Stephanie Feldman
"A heady mix of the most terrifying elements of our troubled past and inevitable future; an eerie, propulsive novel."

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