Our very own Mimi Mondal has a novelette, “His Footprints, Through Darkness and Light”, coming out on Tor.com.
Mimi's story takes place in a somewhat anachronistic version of early 20th century India, surrounding a circus troupe called the Majestic Oriental Circus. This is a world in which I have written other stories, the earlier ones being “Other People” (first published by Juggernaut Books in India; an excerpt later published in Words Without Borders) and “This Sullied Earth, Our Home” (first published in Podcastle, and later by Juggernaut Books). Some of the characters from the earlier stories reappear in “His Footprints,” though it can be read as a standalone.
According to Mimi, this story is also probably a reflection on masculinities—the male heart versus the male ego, the ways in which men perform love and loyalty, and the flaws in themselves that they inadvertently fail to see. The narrator-protagonist is a trapeze master called Binu, and the story takes place in a fictitious South Indian temple town called Thripuram where the Majestic Oriental Circus has traveled to perform. The circus owner Johuree appears in both the earlier stories from this world, and the jinn Shehzad Marid first appears in ‘This Sullied Earth.’”
Mimi Mondal is a Dalit writer from India who lives in New York, and is one of the Event Organizers for BSFW. She was the Octavia Butler Scholar at Clarion West 2015, and briefly the Poetry and Reprint Editor of Uncanny Magazine. Her first anthology, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler, co-edited with Alexandra Pierce, was published in 2017. She has appeared in panels at the World Fantasy Convention and given readings at the New York Public Library, Lincoln Center.
“His Footprints, Through Darkness and Light” will be published by Tor.com in 2019.