Nisi Shawl







Filter House




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Something More





  • “Evens” in The Obama Inheritance, Three Rooms Press, October 2017.
  • “Vulcanization” in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Mariner, October 2017 (reprint) (Everfair adjacent).
  • Everfair paperback, Tor Books, September 2017.
  • “Sunshine of Your Love” in The Sum of Us, Laksa Media, September 2017.
  • “The Colors of Money” in Sunvault, Upper Rubber Boot Press, August 2017 (an Everfair sequel).
  • “Sun River” in Clockwork Cairo, Twopenny Books, June 2017 (an Everfair sequel).
  • “More than Nothing” for’s Nevertheless She Persisted series,, March 2017.
  • “Queen of Dirt” in Apex Magazine, February 2017.
  • “Slippernet” for Slate Magazine’s Trump Story Project,, February 2017.
  • “Lazzrus” in Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, Apex Publications, December 2016.
  • “Luisah’s Church” in Dark Discoveries #36, Journalstone, Fall 2016.
  • “Just Between Us” in Words Magazine, Hex Publishing, December 2016 (reprint).
  • “The Pragmatical Princess" in The Dragon Super Pack, Wilder Press, November 2016 (reprint).
  • “Like the Deadly Hands” in Analog, October 2016.
  • “Cruel Sistah” in the People of Color Destroy Horror issue of Nightmare Magazine, October 2016 (reprint).
  • “The Mighty Phin” in Cyber World, Hex Publishing, September 2016.
  • “Deep End” in The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked, Cinco Puntos Press, September 2016 (reprint).
  • “An Awfully Big Adventure” in An Alphabet of Embers, Stone Bird Press, July 2016.
  • “White Dawn” in Procyon Press Science Fiction Anthology, Procyon Press, July 2016 (reprint).
  • “The Mighty Phin” in Cyberpunk Week for, June 2016 (reprint).
  • “Jamaica Ginger” (with Nalo Hopkinson) in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, Solaris, May 2016 (reprint).
  • “Street Worm” in Street Magicks, Prime Books, April 2016 (reprint).
  • “Salt on the Dance Floor” in Not Your Average Monster Volume 2, Bloodshot Books, February 2016 (reprint).
  • “Vulcanization” in Nightmare Magazine Issue 40, January 2016.
  • “Jamaica Ginger” in Stories for Chip, Rosarium Publishing, August 2015.
  • At the Huts of Ajala” in See the Elephant #1, Metaphysical Circus Press, July 2015 (reprint).
  • “Walk Like a Man in Bahamut #1, Underland Press, June 2015.
  • “A Beautiful Stream” in Cranky Ladies of History, FableCroft, March 2015.
  • “The Tawny Bitch,” The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, Robinson, London, November 2014 (reprint).
  • “Street Worm,” Streets of Shadows, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, Alliteration Ink, Dayton, OH, September 2014.
  • “The Return of Chérie,” The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures, edited by Sean Wallace, Robinson, London, September 2014 (reprint).
  • “Promised,” Steampunk World, edited by Sarah Hans, Alliteration Ink, Dayton, OH, June 2014.
  • “White Dawn,” Athena’s Daughters, edited by Jean Rabe, Silence in the Library, Washington, DC, May 2014.
  • “Wallamelon,” Magic City: Recent Spells, edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books, Germantown, MD, April 2014 (reprint).
  • "Lupine" in Once Upon a Time, edited by Paula Guran, published in November 2013 by Prime Books, Gaithersburg, MD
  • "Red Matty," published in September 2013 by Strange Horizons
  • “Otherwise” in Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, Lethe Press, August 2013 (reprint).
  • “The Five Petals of Thought” in Missing Links and Secret Histories, Aqueduct Press, May 2012.
  • “In Colors Everywhere” in The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark and Gleam, April 2012.
  • "Salt on the Dance Floor," in Beast Within 3: Oceans Unleashed, edited by Jennifer Brozek, published by Graveside Tales on December 7, 2012.
  • "Extremiades," in Like a Coming Wave: Oceanic Erotica, edited by Andrea Trask, published by Circlet Press on December 4, 2012.
  • "In Blood and Song," in collaboration with Michael Ehart, in Dark Faith 2: Invocations, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, published by Apex Publications on August 18, 2012.
  • "Honorary Earthling" at Expanded Horizons, December 2011
  • "Otherwise" in Brave New Love, December 2011, Running Press
  • "Black Betty" at Crossed Genres December 2011
  • "Beyond the Lighthouse" in River, November 2011, Dark Quest Books
  • "The Last of Cherie" in Steam Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk, November 2011, Torquere Press
  • "Just Between Us" in Phantom Drift, A Journal of New Fabulism, Issue 1, Fall 2011
  • "The Pragmatical Princess" at Fantasy Magazine August 9, 2011 (reprint)
  • "Something More" in Something More and More, May 2011, Aqueduct Press
  • "Pataki" in Something More and More, May 2011, Aqueduct Press (reprint)
  • "Pataki" at Strange Horizons, April 4 (Part One) and April 11, 2011 (Part Two)
  • Filter House, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, June, 2008
  • "To the Moment," Reflection's Edge, November 2007.
  • "Little Horses," Detroit Noir, NY, NY, November 2007, Akashic Books.
  • "Women of the Doll," GUD Magazine, Laconia, NH, Fall 2007.
  • "Deep End," 2007 Think GalactiCon Discussion Primer, Think Galactic Literary Cooperative, Chicago, IL, July 14, 2007.
  • "But She's Only a Dream," Trabuco Road, March 2007.
  • "The Snooted One," Farrago's Wainscot, January 2007.
  • "Cruel Sistah," Asimov's SF Magazine, October/November 2005; Year's Best Fantasy & Horror #19, St. Martin's Press, NY, NY, August 2006.
  • "Matched," The Infinite Matrix. (Excerpt from the novel The Blazing World, co-sponsored by the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.) May 2005
  • "Wonder-Worker-of-the-World," Reflection's Edge. May 2005
  • "Wallamelon," Aeon Magazine [Preview]. March 2005
  • "Deep End," So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan, 2004, Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • "Looking for Lilith", Lenox Avenue magazine #1, July 2004
  • "Maggies," Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, Warner Books, NY, NY, 10020, January 2004
  • "Momi Watu," Strange Horizons, August 2003
  • "The Tawny Bitch," Mojo: Conjure Stories, NY, NY, April 2003, Warner Books.
  • "Vapors," Wet: More Aqua Erotica, Mary Anne Mohanraj (editor), Three Rivers Press, NY, NY,
  • "Shiomah's Land," Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, March, 2001.
  • "At the Huts of Ajala," Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, NY, NY, July, 2000, Warner Books. Now available in Filter House.
  • "The Pragmatical Princess," Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, January, 1999.
  • "Down in the Flood," PanGaia, Summer, 1998.
  • "Down in the Flood," Daughters of Nyx, Fall, 1996.
  • "The Rainses'," Isaac Asimov's Ghosts, NY, NY, August, 1995, Ace.
  • "The Rainses'," Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April, 1995.
  • "I Was a Teenage Genetic Engineer," Semiotext(e) SF, NY, NY, April, 1989, Columbia University.


  • “My One-and-only Octavia” in Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2017.
  • “All My Relations” in WisCon Chronicles 11: Trials by Whiteness, Aqueduct Press, May 2017.
  • “Golden Ages” for Fantasy Café, April 2017.
  • “Peter Pan and Everfair” for Unbound Worlds, October 2016.
  • “Representing My Equals” for the Tor/Forge blog, September 2016.
  • “Everfair: The Big Idea” for Whatever, September 2016.
  • “Five Books About Loving Everybody” for, August 2016.
  • “Ones and Twos and Rarely Threes” for Fireside Magazine, July 2016.
  • “Our Queer Roundtable” (with A.J. Odasso, anna anthropy, Rose Fox, Vanessa Rose Phin, and Cynthia Ward) for Strange Horizons, July 2016.
  • “The Best and Worst of Writing Cyberpunk” for’s Cyberpunk Week, June 2016.
  • “The People Men Don’t See” in the People of Color Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed Magazine, June 2016.
  • “Across the Lies of Space and Time” in WisCon Chronicles 10, Aqueduct Press, May 2016.
  • “A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction” for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, February 2016.
  • “IGY” in Shattered Prism #1, Rosarium Publishing, December 2015.
  • “Foreword” for Ruins Excavation, Hadley Rille, November 2015.
  • “Family Ties” in WisCon Chronicles 9, Aqueduct Press, May 2015.
  • “Unqualified,” The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Volume 5, Number 1, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, January 2015.
  • “Power Begets Power,” The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 8: Re-Generating WisCon, edited by Rebecca J. Holden, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, May 2014.
  • “Reviewing the Other: Like Dancing About Architecture,” Strange Horizons, , March 2014.
  • "Past the World's End: Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, published January 2014 by Aqueduct Press, Seattle.
  • "A Brave and Contrary Thing: Review of AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers" in Paradoxa 25: Africa SF, published December 2013 by Paradoxa, Vashon Island, WA.
  • "Into the Canny Valley," introduction to Jane Irwin's graphic novel The Clockwork Game, published December 2013 by Fiery Studios, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler (co-editor with Rebecca J. Holden), Aqueduct Press, May 2013.
  • “Invisible Inks: On Black SF Authors and Disability”in WisCon Chronicles 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives, Aqueduct Press, May 2013.
  • “Unbending Gender” in Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Seventh Star Press, April 2013.
  • “Here He Is” in Here I Come, Golden Dawn Books, August 2012 (introduction).
  • “What I Want: WisCon 35 Guest of Honor Speech” in WisCon Chronices 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom, Aqueduct Press, May 2012.
  • “Annunciation” in Ancient, Ancient: Stories, Aqueduct Press, May 2012 (introcution).
  • “Transbluency: An Antiprojection Chant” in The Moment of Change, May 2012, Aqueduct Press (poem).
  • “Cookies and Kindness: Meeting Gene Wolfe” in the program  for The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe, published March 17, 2012.
  •  “Solitude and Souls” in 80! Memories and Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, October 2010, Aqueduct Press.
  • "I Hear a Different Frontier," (nonfiction), on The Future Fire's editors' blog, edited by Djibril al-Ayad, published on June 11, 2012.
  • The WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity, May 2011, Aqueduct Press (editor)
  • "How to Save the World, One Story at a Time" in Something More and More, May 2011, Aqueduct Press (reprint)
  • "Because We Are All So Royal" in Something More and More, May 2011, Aqueduct Press (reprint)
  • "Race, Again, Still" at Strange Horizons, April 4, 2011
  •  “Solitude and Souls” in 80! Memories and Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, October 2010, Aqueduct Press.
  • "Because We Are All So Royal," The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 2, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, May, 2008.
  • "The Third Parable," Potlatch 17 Program, Seattle, WA, February 29, 2008.
  • "Dry Eyes," The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 1, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, May, 2007.
  • "To Jack Kerouac, to Make Much of Space and Time," Talking Back: Epistolary Fantasies, L. Timmel Duchamp (editor), Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, March, 2006.
  • Writing the Other: A Practical Guide, with co-author Cynthia Ward, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, December 2005.

Selected Reviews and Interviews

Nisi regularly writes about books for The Seattle Times, and also contributes frequently to Ms. Magazine, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, The Washington Post, Seattle Review of Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  Below are a few examples of her recent book reportage.
  • “Talking with Cory Doctorow,” interview for Seattle Review of Books, May 2017.
  • “The Latest Dazzling Novel,” review of  Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, in The Washington Post, April 2017.
  • Review of The Crunk Feminist Collection by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn, in Ms. Magazine, April 2017.
  • “New Fantastic Fiction,” review of The Universe of Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu in The Seattle Times, May 2016.
  • “Fantastic Cities,” reviews of The Just City by Jo Walton, The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock, and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab in The Seattle Times, April 2015.
  • “The Shock of the New Normal,” review of Hurricane Fever by Tobias Buckell in Los Angeles Review of Books, September 2014.
  • “The True, the Blushful Hippocrene,” review of A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, April 2013, from Small Beer Press, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, April 2013.
  • “Three Messages: Mexican Stories of the Fantastic,”  review of  Three Messages and a Warning edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo and Chris N. Brown, December 2011 from Small Beer Press, in The Seattle Times, February 2012.
  • “Lovely Disturbances,” review of The Universe of Things by Gwyneth Jones, January 2011, from Aqueduct Press, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, April 2012.
  • “World of Magic,” review of Akata Witch  by Nnedi Okorafor, April 2011, from Viking Press, in Ms. Magazine, Winter 2011.
  • Interview conducted by Eileen Gunn in Something More and More, May 2011, Aqueduct Press
  • "Gems and a Novel Character Emerge from Short Stories," reviews of Saffron and Brimstone by Elizabeth Hand, M Press, Milwaukie, OR, 2006; Zima Blue and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds, Nightshade Books, San Francisco, CA, 2006; and Majestrum by Matthew Hughes, Nightshade Books, San Francisco, CA, 2007; 12/29/2006.
  • "Octavia E. Butler: In Memoriam," Foundation Magazine, Kempston, Bedford, England, Summer 2006.
  • "Colorful Stories," Vector Magazine, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, May/June 2006.
  • "Octavia Butler: A Parable of Talent," Colors NW Magazine, Seattle, WA, April 2006.
  • "A Rational Fantasy," review of The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow, HarperCollins, NY, NY, 2006, 4/14/2006.
  • "Stapledonian Vision," review of The Wave by Walter Mosley, Aspect, NY, NY, 2006, 3/24/2006.
  • "Voodoo," The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Themes, Works, and Wonders, Volume 2, edited by Gary Westfahl, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, December 2005.
  • "A Small, Perfect Book about Large, Messy Things," review of Shoot the Buffalo by Matt Briggs, Clear Cut Press, Astoria, OR, 2005, 10/21/2005 .
  • "A Sudden Influx of Collections," reviews of Looking for Jake by China Miéville, Del Rey, NY, NY, 2005; Eternity and Other Stories by Lucius Shepard, Thunder's Mouth Press, NY, NY, 2005; Greetings and Other Stories by Terry Bisson, Tachyon Publications, San Francisco, CA, 2005; and Strange Itineraries by Tim Powers, Tachyon Publications, San Francisco, CA, 2005; 9/2/2005.
  • "Three Novels Look at Historical Events and Ask 'What If?'," reviews of Pashazade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Bantam Spectra, NY, NY, 2005; The New World Order by Ben Jeapes, David Fickling Books, NY, NY, 2005; Here, There & Everywhere by Chris Roberson, Pyr, Amherst, NY, 2005; 6/17/2005.
  • "A White-knuckle, Heart-pounding Ride," review of Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, Ballantine Books, NY, NY, 2005, 3/6/2005.
  • "A Triumvirate of Imagination," reviews of Life by Gwyneth Jones, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, 2004; Air by Geoff Ryman, St. Martin's Griffin, NY, NY, 2004; Light by M. John Harrison, Bantam Spectra, NY, NY, 2004; 12/19/2004.
  • "Appropriate Cultural Appropriation," The Internet Review of Science Fiction, October 2004.
  • "Strange Grails," reviews of The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust, Del Rey, NY, NY, 2004; One King, One Soldier by Alexander C. Irvine, Del Rey, NY, NY, 2004; Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed, Tor Books, NY, NY, 2004; 8/15/2004.
  • "Revisiting a Fantastical Land," review of Iron Council by China Mieville, Del Rey, 2004, 7/30/2004.
  • "Stars of Science Fiction Align for Nebula Awards in Seattle," 4/12/2004.
  • "Mutants Unravels Mysteries of Fate," review of Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi, Viking, NY, NY, 2003, 1/18/2004
  • "Good House Has Stephen King Feel with a Northwest Small-town Twist," review of The Good House by Tananarive Due, Atria Books, NY, NY, 2003, 10/19/2003
  • "Author Masters Novel's Multiple Personalities," review of Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls by Matt Ruff, HarperCollins, NY, NY, 2003, 2/14/2003.
  • "Pattern Recognition is Gibson at His Best," review of Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, G.P. Putnam's Sons, NY, NY, 2003, 1/31/2003.
  • "Machinations of Audacious Solitaire Ring True," review of Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge, Eos, NY, NY, 2002, 9/20/002.
  • "Another World within Our Own," review of The Translator by John Crowley, Morrow, NY, NY, 2002, 7/26/2002.
  • "Illicit Romance Told Against Ethiopian Backdrop," review of The God Who Begat a Jackal by Nega Mezlekia, Picador USA, NY, NY, 2002, 2/15/2002.
  • "Seeing the Light" review of Passage by Connie Willis, Bantam Books, NY, NY, 2001, 7/6/2001.
  • "A Partnership with Plants," reviews of The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, Random House, NY, NY, 2001, and The Sweet Breathing of Plants, edited by Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson, North Point Press, NY, NY, 2001, 6/17/2001.
  • "A Fantastic Journey," combined review of The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin and author profile, Harcourt, NY, NY, 2000, 11/8/2000.
  • "Caribbean Rhythms Set Midnight Robber Scenes," review of Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson, Warner Books, NY, NY, 2000, 7/2/2000.
  • "Transracial Writing for the Sincere," Speculations, October, 1999.
  • "Detectapush! Octaphone!: Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn ," The Stranger, September 30, 1999.
  • "Jumping Genres: Kate Wilhelm," The Stranger, May 6, 1999.
  • "Invasion of the Nerds," The Stranger, February 25, 1999.
  • "A Natural Wealth: Traditions of the African Diaspora," Gnosis Magazine, Summer, 1993.
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