Tony Pi: Made of Awesome


It’s been a big week for my good friend (and evil twin) Tony Pi. Not only does he have a great story, “A Sweet Calling” (which the Stop-Watch Gang got to read in draft), coming out in Clarkesworld (UPDATE: Tony’s story is now online at Clarkesworld and can be found here), but he has also just been highlighted in a Publishers Weekly starred review!

Publishers Weekly is the trade journal for the book business and a “starred review” is their highest honor; starred reviews “denote books of exceptional merit.”

You can find the review on their site or below.

Nice work, Tony!

– S.


Alembical 2 Edited by Lawrence M. Schoen and Arthur Dorrance. Paper Golem (, $28 (228p) ISBN 978-0-9795349-7-3; $16 paper ISBN 978-0-9795349-8-0

According to Walter H. Hunt’s introduction, the novella is the hardest form to get right, but editors Schoen and Dorrance have found three authors who nail it perfectly. In Tony Pi’s “The Paragon Lure,” an immortal thief investigates an elegant and occasionally nerve-racking mystery about a flawless pearl. David D. Levine packs powerful emotion into “Second Chance,” a tale of resurrected scientists in a space research station that has lost touch with Earth. In J. Kathleen Cheney’s “Iron Shoes,” a handsome young male of the Fair Folk is either the greatest problem or the greatest hope for Imogen, a half-fae in danger of losing her home. Cheney’s narrative lingers while the others are faster-paced, but all three have plenty of story for readers to sink their teeth into. (June)