Some of these have been on my to-read shelf WAY too long.
No library books this week? Well, no speculative fiction library books this week. I’m working on my to-read stack for this weekend’s Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, and needed some more genre variety. This stack reaches way back into my to-read shelves. Three of these have been hanging out there in limbo for at least a year. The PKD book, however, I just recently picked up at Michigan News in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A fantastic bookstore with a great science fiction section. (I wasn’t able to wander over to the fantasy section, or indeed, any other section before I had already exceeded my book budget for the day.)
What new bookstores have you discovered lately?
The 2017 Hugo Award nominees have been out for a little while, and I have never read more of the nominees ahead of the awards than this year. As much as I love speculative fiction, my reading habits are so varied, and my shelves of unread books so extensive, that most …
The reading period has been extended! The reading period at Dancing Star Press will be a three months on, three months off format. The first reading period will end June 30, 2017. Future reading periods will follow this schedule: Open to submissions: April – June, October – December Closed to …
At this time I am seeking speculative fiction novellas, in pdf form only. Find all the details on the submissions page, also accessible from the link at the top of the page. The submission period will be open through the end of the month. Please email me or comment here if you …
All morning I was mulling over what I would write for a “why speculative fiction?” post. And then I read this article:
Imagine and Survive: Resistance Through Speculative Fiction
“There’s another reason why stories like the ones Octavia Butler and Margaret Atwood tell are so important to me, why I think they’re so important period. And what it comes down to is that they’re not just stories of future horror and oppression and domination, or destruction and death, and the images of ourselves in the midst of it all.
They’re stories about resistance.
This is why speculative fiction is exactly what we need right now. It allows us to imagine ourselves into these futures, and that’s a vital first step, but that’s not all they do. These stories of the future, stories that feel so piercingly true, allows us to imagine what it looks like to fight in those futures. We can imagine resistance, and if we can imagine a future in which we are present and matter and resist, we can imagine a present in which we can do the same. We can look at the nightmarish aspects of our current America and we can dream of Butler’s Earthseed, and that dream is real. We aren’t trapped in this present moment, no matter how overwhelming the feeling is. Stories of the future show us a way out.
Imagining what the monstrous people in power might do next will only take us so far. But when we tell the stories of our futures, we can imagine what we’ll need to do to care for each other, to protect each other, to fight for each other. The truth is that we can’t imagine a finish line, because there very possibly isn’t one. But we can imagine the race, and what it’ll take to make sure we can all keep running.”
I feel like I should print this out and tack it to my wall. Keep it simple! http://kenbaumann.tumblr.com/post/149772602077/how-to-be-a-good-publisher Ken Baumann is the one man force behind Sator Press, and he and his entire operation are my inspiration for the day.
Short answer: I blame Melville House Books. Long answer: I do really feel like it started with Melville House Books. It was the first time I’d fallen in love with a publisher that I was actually likely to find at a bookstore. (Much earlier, in college, I’d been obsessed with Soft Skull …