I'm going to be busy this week revising, so here's a fly-by link post:
* The Future Fire: The Future Fire Reviews Long Hidden
I was incredibly excited to read Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. I first heard about it over a year ago, during its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. I loved everything about the project: the editors (Rose Fox and Daniel José Older), the publisher (Crossed Genres), the authors that had been invited to submit (far too many to name). Most of all, I loved the raison d'être of the anthology: resisting the erasure of marginalized people, both from history and from speculative fiction.
* Kameron Hurley: On Writing the Good Fight: Hugo Roundup
All you can do is use your own voice for good. And amplify other good voices.
* Kickstarter: Crossed Genres Magazine - Another year of quality SFF
Crossed Genres Magazine is a monthly Science Fiction & Fantasy magazine. Each issue has a new theme, where all stories combine the theme with speculative elements. CG Magazine is an official qualifying professional market for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and reserves at least one spot in each issue for a story and interview by a new author who's never had a pro-rate sale before.
After its initial three-year run (2008-2011), CG Magazine was re-launched in January 2013 following a hugely successful Kickstarter. We've produced 18 new issues of quality, diverse fiction, all of which are free to read on our website (# 17 releases May 1, #18 releases June 1). We strongly encourage submissions of stories featuring underrepresented groups in SFF: characters of color, QUILTBAG characters, disabled characters, etc. This ties directly to the mission of Crossed Genres Publications: to give a voice to people often ignored or marginalized in SFF, which has led us to publish titles focused on older women, overweight women, immigration, skilled laborers, QUILTBAG families, and people marginalized throughout history.
* Kickstarter: Media Diversified
Media Diversified is a young and growing organisation which seeks to cultivate and promote skilled writers of colour. We do this by providing advice and contacts as well as through promotion of content online through our own platform. Live since July 2013, the initiative is already diversifying the UK's media landscape, providing important, challenging and new content which contributes to global as well as domestic discussion on issues of social justice and equality.
April 21st, 2014