Dawn Vogel Reviews Glittership Winter 2017

Glittership began as a podcast for reprints of short stories with LGBTQ characters and themes. Recently, however, they have begun publishing some original stories as well. As of 2017, Glittership is also available in ebook format in advance of the audio versions of the stories.

The first of these collections, Winter 2017, features four original stories and three reprint stories. There’s a range of speculative fiction encompassed in these stories, including high fantasy, sci-fi, and more, similar to other spec fic publications.

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Marcy Arlin’s Manifesto for SF Writers

THE MANIFESTO by Kiah Ankoor is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Speculative fiction writers should sometimes reflect the feelings and emotions of the audience; sometimes it should give us something to think about. SF writers should aspire to changing the world; sometimes it should be for a good laugh or cry. They should tell a good, clear story; or, it could be a cacophony of bizarre images that leave one totally confused. They should examine the moral and social issues of its day; but sometimes a peek at the old ways helps us appreciate the new. They should carefully avoid stereotypes and categorization of people by gender, ethnicity, sexual persuasion, nationality, religion, appearance and ability. Those people who belong to a particular category, by their own definition, should have the right to make fun of themselves.

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A Project We Want to Support: Utter Fabrication A Mad Scientist Anthology

Mad Scientist Journal produces a themed anthology via a Kickstarter each year. In 2017, they are Kickstarting Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures. This anthology will include stories about haunted houses, non-Euclidean buildings, and other weird places.

Their funding goes toward paying their authors (semi-pro rates of 2 cents per word) and their artists. Because the anthology is about buildings, they have recruited two architects to provide interior art pieces as well.

Good News! They funded. Click here for the update and link to the submission call!

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A Project We Want to Support: Problem Daughters

Dare as seen in The Future Fire no. 26 (© 2013 Eric Asaris).


Statement on the Dissolution of the Problem Daughters Anthology

Unfortunately, the Problem Daughters project has been canceled, and Nicolette Barischoff and Rivqa Rafael have parted ways with Djibril al-Ayad and FutureFire.net Publishing. This decision was extremely painful, and not taken lightly in consideration of the many wonderful, generous people who helped us get to this point. Unfortunately, the ideological differences between the involved parties have proved insurmountable, leaving us no choice but to end this collaboration.

We apologize to all of you who feel let down by this decision — our backers, our potential contributors and just anyone who wanted to read this book. We did, too.

Everyone who backed the project will be contacted as soon as possible so we can arrange a refund. We ask for your patience as we undergo this process.

Once again, we thank you for your support, and apologize for this inconvenience and disappointment.

Nicci and Rivqa

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Alma Alexander: High Science And High Fantasy Walk Into A Bar

Wolf by Orest U Creative Commons License 2.0

I have a science degree. Well, I have three, actually. I got my basic undergraduate BSc back in 1984, and then followed that up with what in South Africa at the time was a stepping-stone half-undergraduate and half-postgrad degree known as BSc (Hons.)

In my Honours year, there were five of us – three young women, two young men, all eager-beaver young scientists all dewy fresh and enthusiastic. At our post-graduation-ceremony celebration, gathered together at the worst-kept secret at my University, a watering hole called Spanish Gardens. (I used it as a setting for a novel I wrote back before the Mayans said the world would end.)

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