Hello, hello dear Reader! Happiest of New Years! It’s so good to see you again! What? Where have I been, you ask? Nowhere. Everywhere. I can’t say. There’s no time. Shut up!
Something wonderful has happened, dear Reader! In the time since we last spoke, I have undergone a marvelous transformation. I have become… an EDITOR!!!
I’m pleased to announce that I will be co-editing (with Rivqa Rafael and Djibril al-Ayad) Problem Daughters, a brand-spanking-new anthology of Feminist speculative fiction forthcoming from the Future Fire.
But this ain’t your mom’s Feminist speculative fiction anthology! (Or maybe it totally is.) Here’s our brief:
Problem Daughters will amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional feminism, with a specific focus on the lives and experiences of women of colour, QUILTBAG women, disabled women, sex workers, and any intersection of these.
Sound cool? We think so, too. Female agency isn’t something invented by middle-class North Americans in the mid-to-late 20th century, after all. Empowered women have always existed, across culture and across time. And they have lived millions and billions of lives, and carried entire communities on their backs.
Not all women choose to express their agency in the same way, and not all feminists share the same vision of the world. We want to bring you lots of sparkling new sci-fi and fantasy tales filled with bold, actively compelling heroines unlike any you’ve met before!
Help us bring them to you a little faster. Check out our freshly launched fundraiser here:
We’re up to our ears in kick-ass perks! Head on over and pick out something you like. There’s something for everyone:
You’ll be able to pre-order Problem Daughters in whatever format you may desire (there’s even a super-limited edition hardcover with personalized insert, custom crocheted bookmark and numbered bookplate, signed by the editors. How cool is that?! Only three of these left in the whole wide world! Make one of them yours!)
We’ve got complete canon book bundles for all you Future Fire fans of all Future Fire titles (including Accessing the Future, home of my space opera Pirate Songs). For you book collectors, we have a signed and personalized hardcover of Sofia Samatar’ s new book The Winged Histories , the story of four “problem daughters” seeking not just to survive war, but to be remembered by history.
For all of you writers wanting to give your short fiction that extra edge, we’ve got short story critiques and coaching sessions aplenty, from acclaimed authors as well as editors, so you can see how this short fiction racket works from both sides of the slush pile (you can even get your story critiqued by one of the Problem Daughters editors, if you’re interested to know what kinds of stories knock our socks off). And the television writer seeking an experienced set of eyes on her pilot or spec script can win herself a comprehensive script critique (not to mention usable and practical advice) from a 20- year industry veteran.
We’ve got some simply fucking adorable, very limited edition and completely custom-made crocheted “Problem Daughter” dolls. Have one created for you in the likeness of any historical problem daughter you wish. Crocheted Lady Godiva doll, anyone? I wonder if she’ll come with her own little crocheted horse? Get ’em while they’re hot. Only two remain.
If you really feel like digging deep and helping this beautiful book get made, 5-time Bram Stoker winner Nancy Holder needs a name for a very complex and important character (well, a character, anyway) in her next book, and she wants to use yours! In the biz, we call it a Tuckerization. Act quickly, and you could be a character in the next Teen Wolf. Or Buffy novel. Or something entirely new and equally cool!
I can’t tell you any of these awesome perks will go unclaimed for long, but there’s more perks to come, so stay tuned! I’ve heard rumblings of signed art prints, and super exclusive batches of a certain writer’s rare-breed grape jam.