World Weaver Press has acquired the rights to publish an English translation of the science fiction anthology Solarpunk – Histórias Ecológicas e Fantásticas em um Mundo Sustentável, originally published in 2012 by Editora Draco in São Paulo, Brazil. Solarpunk is an anthology of optimistic science fiction stories compiled by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro, which envision a world run on renewable energies, featuring nine authors from Brazil and Portugal including Carlos Orsi, Telmo Marçal, Romeu Martins, Antonio Luiz M. Costa, Gabriel Cantareira, Daniel I. Dutra, André S. Silva, Roberta Spindler, and Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro. The anthology will be translated from Portuguese to English by Fábio Fernandes, and publication is expected in the first half of 2018. Portuguese artist José Baetas will create interior illustrations for the anthology. A Kickstarter campaign will run during the summer of 2017 to assist with translation costs.
**Update**: The Kickstarter campaign runs August 14 to September 14, 2017. Find more here.
About the Anthologist
Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro had two novelettes published in Brazilian Asimov’s: hard SF “Mythic Aliens” and “The Ethics of Treason”; the latter was the first alternative history story in Brazilian and Portuguese science fiction. His alternative history novelette “The Vampire of New Holland” won the Nova Award in 1996, while his SF novelette “The Daughter of the Predator” won the Nautilus in 1999. His main short fiction collections are: Other Histories…, The Vampire of New Holland, Other Brazils, Taikodom: Chronicles and The Best of Carla Cristina Pereira. Gerson has published four novels so far: Xochiquetzal: An Aztec Princess Among the Incas, The Guardian of Memory, The Adventures of the Vampire of Palmares and Strsangers in Paradise. He has edited eight short fiction anthologies so far: Phantastica Brasiliana, How Lustful my Alien Girl Was!, Vaporpunk, Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Fantastic Erotica 1, Super-Heroes, and Dinosaurs. Beyond the science fiction borders, he published Vita Vinum Est!: History of Wine in the Roman World.
About the Translator
Fábio Fernandes lives in São Paulo, Brazil. He has published two books so far, an essay on William Gibson’s fiction, A Construção do Imaginário Cyber, and a cyberpunk novel, Os Dias da Peste (both in Portuguese). Also a translator, he is responsible for the translation to Brazilian Portuguese of several SF novels, including Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. His short stories have been published online in Brazil, Portugal, Romania, the UK, New Zealand, and the USA, and also in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded and Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction (2011), The Apex Book of World SF, Vol 2, Stories for Chip. He co-edited (with Djibril al-Ayad) the postcolonial anthology We See a Different Frontier. He is a graduate of Clarion West (class of 2013), and a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine.
What is Solarpunk?
Solarpunk is an emerging subgenre of optimistic science fiction that imagines the radical possibility that we might not destroy ourselves and our planet (or that if we nearly do, we'll get it together after that). Like Cli-Fi, eco-speculation, and eco-weird, solarpunk engages with issues of climate change, renewable energies, and the politics of sustainability, and explores the implications of those changes through a human lens. While other types of climate fiction usually present a bleak, dystopian, or apocalyptic vision of the future, solarpunk is hopeful, often portraying unique adaptations to ecological challenges.
While there has been much discussion about solarpunk as an aesthetic, there are few defining texts that put these ideas into practice—which is one reason we felt it was so important to bring this Brazilian anthology to an English-speaking readership. Many of the works of Kim Stanley Robinson fit the description, especially Pacific Edge (1990) and New York 2140 (2017). Other anthologies of solarpunk short fiction include Wings of Renewal, edited by Claudie Arseneault and Brenda Pierson (2015), and Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland (forthcoming 2017).
WWP editor-in-chief Sarena Ulibarri blogged about solarpunk last year, so if you're curious, check out her blog post The Brighter Futures of Solarpunk. For more on solarpunk as a movement and an aesthetic, check out Solarpunks.Tumblr.com.
Thank you to the team at Editora Draco for this opportunity!
EQUUS, the final installment in Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries, a popular anthology series that began with FAE in 2014, will arrive on July 18, 2017. Pre-orders are available now, and we're excited to show off the pretty cover. Many thanks to Jonathan C. Parrish for this cover design! (He was also the genius behind the SIRENS cover last year.)
There’s always something magical about horses, isn’t there? Whether winged or at home in the water, mechanical or mythological, the equines that gallop through these pages span the fantasy spectrum. In one story a woman knits her way up to the stars and in another Loki's descendant grapples with bizarre transformations while fighting for their life. A woman races on a unique horse to save herself from servitude, while a man rides a chariot through the stars to reclaim his self-worth. From steampunk-inspired stories and tales that brush up against horror to straight-up fantasy, one theme connects them all: freedom.
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About the Anthologist
Rhonda Parrish is driven by the desire to do All The Things. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press, and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and C is for Chimera. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015), and Mythic Delirium. Her website, updated weekly, is at rhondaparrish.com.
More Magical Menageries
World Weaver Press is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Wendy Nikel's science fiction novella, THE CONTINUUM, tentatively scheduled for publication in spring 2018. Professional time traveler Elise Morley is an expert on the past, but when a high-stakes assignment lands her a hundred years into the future, for the first time ever, she's the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.
THE CONTINUUM was acquired by World Weaver Press Assistant Editor Rhonda Parrish, who was the primary editor for the recently published urban fantasy DREAM EATER by K. Bird Lincoln, as well as anthologist for the Magical Menageries anthology series including FAE, CORVIDAE, SCARECROW, SIRENS, and EQUUS.
About the Author
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and various other anthologies and e-zines. For more info, visit wendynikel.com or subscribe to her newsletter here!
We're excited to announce that Cheryl Low's debut fantasy novel, VANITY IN DUST, will be available in ebook and paperback August 8, 2017. VANITY IN DUST is the first in the Crowns & Ash series, set in a decadent dark fantasy world of hedonism, addiction, and political intrigue.
About the Book
In the Realm there are whispers. Whispers that the city used to be a different place. That before the Queen ruled there was a sky beyond the clouds and a world beyond their streets.
About the Author
Cheryl Low might be an Evil Queen, sipping tea and peeping on everyone from high up in her posh tower—a job she got only after being fired from her gig as Wicked Witch for eating half the gingerbread house.
…Or she might be a relatively mundane human with a love for all things sugary and soap opera slaps.
Find out by following her on social media @cherylwlow or check her webpage, cheryllow.com. The answer might surprise you! But it probably won’t.
We'll be revealing the cover for VANITY IN DUST on May 10th. If you have a book-related blog, join our cover reveal team so you can see it before anyone else, and also have the chance to receive an advance review copy.
While you wait for the cover, please add VANITY IN DUST to your Goodreads shelf, and follow Cheryl Low on Twitter.
by K. Bird Lincoln
Recently an author friend wailed online about the often hopeless feeling one can have writing books and casting them into the great, white, beyond.
Is anybody there? Does anybody care?
I’ve been asking myself that for nigh on 18 years. Crazy, but 18 years is how long I’ve been writing speculative fiction.
You see, I can’t seem to do things in a straight-forward, timely manner. I got my first professionally-published pay rate for a short story in Strange Horizons in 2000. (The Valley of Darkness) It took me another 9 years for Strange Horizons to publish another one in 2009. (Sometimes We Arrive Home) Of course I was having children and moving from the West Coast to Japan and back again during that time, but those are only excuses, right?
Then I wrote a novel. And it sucked, big time. No, seriously, it was terrible. Way too many ninjas. So I wrote another novel that only sucked a little. And then I wrote another novel, Tiger Lily, which I thought actually was entertaining and unsucky, but that probably wasn’t the most commercially viable genre (medieval Japanese fantasy with gender-bending characters anyone? Anyone?)
And then I found myself in Portland, Oregon. And there were other budding, neo-pro authors nearby who liked to get together at downtown patisserie/hippy bars and hang out and encourage each other. And there was artisanal chocolate to eat. I decided to write another novel, this time Urban Fantasy because I had discovered Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, and Jim Butcher and loved this genre with my whole heart. I wanted to marry this genre.
But again, not a straight-forward, chocolate-less, boring old regular Urban Fantasy--it couldn’t have vampires, nor were-wolves or ye olde incredibly beautiful Orlando Bloom-as-Legolas fae. My daughters were experiencing life as biracial Japanese-Americans, so it was natural to turn to baku, kappa, Snow Women, and kitsune legends for my fae.
Cue dramatic music: I was then diagnosed with breast cancer. And while it was only stage 2, I had to do the whole slash, burn, and poison treatment. (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) For the first time in my life I couldn’t write. There was nothing at the heart of me, it was all burned up. I existed in a fog of swiss-cheese brained day to day life. Even chocolate held no allure.
About a year after the last radiation treatment, that spark, that restless desire to write, ignited again. It was a slow, painful process. There’s nothing worse than sitting down in front of a notebook or computer with that story-restlessness wiggling around inside your skin and no words to release them. Out of desperation, I returned to Tiger Lily and started writing a sequel (The Straw Doll Cries at Midnight), bashing out the words as best I could.
And then WWP editor Rhonda Parrish contacted me about that Portland Urban Fantasy novel, and said she was interested in publishing it. (And there was great rejoicing.)
And that felt like a lovely affirmation. Weirdly enough, when Dream Eater hits the stands on April 4th I will be with my family on our annual trip to present my daughters to their Tokyo grandparents. I’ll be in Japan which is almost like coming full circle since my writing history is so tied to that country. And Koi Pierce, the heroine of Dream Eater is biracial Japanese-Caucasian much like my own daughters.
But it’s not full circle. I’m still on my long, winding road as an author. I’m writing a sequel to Dream Eater wherein my main characters head over to Japan to visit the tomb of Jesus (that’s like an actual real thing, Google it, I dare you) in Aomori. And there are other projects simmering away in my brain.
So I’m excited to see where my path might take me (besides Japan, I mean, there’s really no escaping it for me).
So the moral of the story is, it kind of doesn’t matter if anyone is out there. What matters is that you don’t give up on your creative spark, whatever it is. It might take you a long time. It might go on the back burner if you have children or illness or a social life, but wherever that restless urge to create takes you, go there. I promise, it will be fun. And there might be chocolate.
K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate-- without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online & paper publications such as Strange Horizons. Her first novel, Tiger Lily, a medieval Japanese fantasy, is available from Amazon. She also writes tasty speculative and YA fiction reviews under the name K. Bird at Goodreads.com.
Love urban fantasy, but ready for something more than vampires and werewolves? How about Japanese baku and kitsune, Native American thunder gods, and Middle Eastern dragons? That's what you'll find in K. Bird Lincoln's DREAM EATER, available today in ebook and paperback. Koi Pierce is a half-Japanese college student in Portland, Oregon who discovers her mythological parentage.
What Others Are Saying About Dream Eater:
"This book was amazing. It drew me in from the very beginning and didn’t let go."
“Dream Eater is my kind of urban fantasy, fast, engaging, and diverse. Myths from several different cultures come into play, each one distinctly and lovingly drawn. The tensions between them are as real and as fractious as what we face in the real world. A timely book that happens to be a rollicking read. Dream Eater has it all: mythological and social diversity, strong characters, and a tender romance. I can’t wait for the next one.”
"The characters really drew me in—Koi and Ken are intriguing on their own, but even better together. Overall, the book is as quirky and edgy as Portland itself."
“I came for the Japanese mythology, and I was not disappointed. Readers who want variety in their urban fantasy beyond the werewolf and vampire staples are advised to pick up Dream Eater.”
About the Author
K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate — without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online & paper publications such as Strange Horizons. Her first novel, Tiger Lily, a medieval Japanese fantasy, is available from Amazon. She also writes tasty speculative and YA fiction reviews under the name K. Bird at Goodreads.com.
Title (tentative): MRS. CLAUS
Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish
Open for Submissions: April 1, 2017 - May 30, 2017
Expected Publication: Winter 2017
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Payment: $10 + contributor copy
For a long, long time Santa Claus has hogged the spotlight relegating his wife to the shadows, but no longer. Now it’s Mrs. Claus’ turn to shine!
We’re looking for stories that let Mrs. Claus (or is it Ms. Claus?) take centre stage. Whether she more closely resembles Michelle Obama, Betty White, Shohreh Aghdashlooor or Maggie Smith, Mrs. Claus must be a developed, independent character and not simply an extension of her husband. She can help and support him—of course she can—but there needs to be more to her than only that.
What’s her role on Christmas Eve? What about the other days of the year? Is she into sleek red snowmobiles or is she more of an old-fashioned magic sleigh kinda gal? Does she prefer baking cookies or kickboxing? Betting on the Reindeer Games or Avon parties with the elves?
And what is her first name, anyway?
Stories are encouraged to re-imagine the North Pole in new and interesting ways (steampunk? alien? magically relocated to the equator?) and to explore a variety of other settings as well. They can also take place in time frames both real and imagined—Christmas in 1940 Poland, Mars in 2050 or a rediscovered Atlantis in 2017 would all be welcome in this anthology.
Note: This anthology is intended for an adult audience, please don’t submit children’s stories.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.
Open submission period: April 1, 2017 - May 30, 2017
Length: Under 10,000 words
Submission method: Upload story as .doc or .rtf to niteblade.submittable.com/submit
Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.
Expected Publication Date: Winter 2017
About the Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Equus and D is for Dinosaur. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com
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