Diversity in SF/F: A New Resource

I’ve been participating in the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge for a couple of years now, and I’ve found it a rewarding and worthwhile experience.  The challenge is described thus:

The 2017 LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge seeks to promote diversity and expand horizons amongst readers and writers of speculative fiction.

Read and review books that either:

  1. Are written by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors,
  2. Explore LGBTQ themes, or
  3. Feature LGBTQ characters.

Author repeats are admissable.

Remember that we have the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Resource List here on WWEnd. It is our own resource for finding great LGBTQ books. The books on the list primarily feature Lambda Literary and Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees.

I have found it particularly challenging to meet the first requirement, however.  While SF/F has traditionally been a refuge of outsiders and non-conformists, authors (understandably, considering the tone of the market) have not always been “out”.  I am looking to compile a list of speculative fiction authors who are.  I’ve started a page, which you can find in my blog’s sidebar or at this link, and I’m asking people to contribute to it.  Please do a little research before offering up a name; the authors who are listed so far are officially out, legally married to someone of the same gender, or specifically have been gender non-conforming in their personal and professional lives.  And thanks in advance for your help!

Link: Diversity in SF/F.

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Pagan Fiction Authors Coming Together!

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Did you know that many of your favourite Pagan authors write fiction too? And did you know that there’s a lot of great fiction out there written by Pagan authors? Pagans have unique perspectives to offer to the world of fiction, from a deep understanding of ancient mythologies to unique character relationships that break the standard mould.

I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 12, I’m hosting a Facebook event to bring Pagan fiction writers and readers together.

Source: Pagan Fiction Authors Coming Together!

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By Any Means Necessary: An Indie Authors’ Event!

With the upcoming release of my Wyrd West Chronicles, I’ll be participating in an indie fiction authors’ event to share our work and promote community-building!  By Any Means Necessary is a Facebook takeover event where writers post about their work and what drives them to write for a scheduled period of time.  I’m scheduled for 11:30 pm this coming Monday night (Feb. 13) to 12:30 am Tuesday morning (Valentine’s Day: share the love!) PST but I encourage you to tune in any time over the three days to meet and greet a variety of independent authors!

Join us for three days in celebrating what community truly means. A place where we share ideas, laugh with each other and strive to bring joy to our lives by any means necessary. No matter anyone’s marketing style or connection to others, we want to remind everyone why we coexist in the indie world together.

Yes, there are grueling days where sometimes we lose sight of what being an indie truly means. Sometimes we have to take giant leaps to discover what it is that makes our fan base tick. There are some days where maybe we need the extra income just to get by. For the next three days, we want to remind everyone the joy this community brings.

This event is open to anyone who wants to share their work by either giveaways or simply posting teasers. Either way, we all must remember to love the art of writing and remain humble to the ones who give us the time out of their busy days to enjoy our work.

Find the event HERE!

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James Webb Telescope Taking Project Proposals

I feature the technology of the James Webb telescope prominently in my near-future novel about asteroid mining in deep space, The Cloud:

Who Will Get First Dibs on the Powerful James Webb Space Telescope?

NASA has issued solicitation for science projects using the long-awaited and incredibly powerful successor to Hubble, which is scheduled to launch next year.

Read full article at Seeker.com.

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Do Writers Write What Readers Want to Read?

Have you ever wondered if the genres authors most enjoy writing in, match the genres readers most enjoy reading? Before self-publishing, all new books for sale were filtered by agents and publishers, who acquired and worked on books they thought would sell well. If there was an oversupply of manuscripts by authors in a particular genre, the competition to be chosen and published within the genre, would be higher too. Enter self-publishing: now any writer can publish, without filter, into any genre they desire. Given the influx of new books across genres, does the proportion of books in each genre meet with readers’ demand?

Read full article at Kadaxis.com.

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Ray Gun Gothic

Illustrator and game developer Aaron Siddall has commissioned me to write flavour text for the game he’s developing, Tales of the Stellar Deep.  Ray Gun Gothic meets the Cthulu Mythos!  Here’s a primer on what Ray Gun Gothic is all about:

“The future was a chrome-trimmed triangular window in the front of dad’s car, and it had its own knob to open it up. The future was a hamburger under a light fixture that looked like an atom. The future was going to be awesome.”

James Lileks, The Bleat, October 31, 2008

“Welcome to THE WORLD OFTOMORROW!Raygun Gothic is a ubiquitous aesthetic of early- and mid-20th century Science Fiction, roughly from Metropolis to Star Trek: The Original Series. Raygun Gothic architecture is modeled after Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and/or Populuxe (aka Googie). Everything is slick and streamlined, with geometric shapes and clean parallel lines constructed of shiny metal and glass, lit prominently by neon. Sweeping curves, parabolas, and acute angles are used to suggest movement — movement into The Future.

Read full article at TV Tropes.

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