A short form version of musings, tidbits, quotes, and other assorted items from your friendly neighborhood Book Smugglers, Ana Grilo and Thea James.
A few months ago we announced our exciting new venture: Book Smugglers Publishing. BSP (for the initiated) will be publishing original short stories from all around the world. Our original goal was to publish at least three short stories every year, unified by a central theme, but given the incredible response we received and the high quality of the stories that were submitted, we could not limit ourselves to just three stories. We are thrilled to announce that in 2014 we will be publishing six amazing stories, every two weeks beginning on October 7.
Our goal with BSP was to find, curate, and publish stories that are not only entertaining, but that uphold all the tenets we value as Book Smugglers: we want stories that are subversive, feminist, and from diverse voices that reflect the world we live in.
We believe that the first six stories we picked meet this criteria, and we cannot wait to share them all with you. We will be announcing the line-up of authors and stories as well as revealing the first amazing (OMG so amazing) cover very soon.
For now, though, how about we reveal our official logo, designed by the fabulous Jacqueline Pytyck?
S is for Smugglers: Awesome Stories for the Discerning Reader
Today we are super delighted to unveil the cover for A Hero at End of the World, Erin Claiborne’s debut novel. The book comes out on November 11 2014 and it’s the first release from a new publishing venture called Big Bang Press, dedicated to publish original fiction by emerging talent from the fan writing community. A Hero at End of the World has already earned a starred review from Kirkus! But enough from us.
What are you waiting for? Go HERE to see the Smugglerific Cover and to enter the giveaway!
Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary is an anthology that celebrates online science fiction and fantasy non-fiction and its influence on the community. Each year, a collection of the anthology will be curated by rotating editors. Last year, Ana and Thea from The Book Smugglers created Speculative Fiction 2013, which is out now!
This year, we’re pleased to say that we — Shaun Duke from The World in a Satin Bag and Renay from Lady Business — will be editors of Speculative Fiction 2014.
The first volume of Speculative Fiction, released in 2012, collected 52 pieces from authors, bloggers, and critics, and is nominated for the 2014 Hugo Awards in Best Related Work. The second volume, Speculative Fiction 2013, collects 53 pieces. All profits from the sales of Speculative Fiction will be donated to Room to Read. Each edition is published by Jurassic London.
The 2013 edition contains an afterword written by us, which explains what we’ll be looking for as the conversation surrounding SF continues throughout 2014. As we edit, we will follow those stated guidelines:
- We will continue the work of previous editors in finding symmetry between long term, ongoing debates and original discussions spurred by new developments in genre culture, both in creative content and fan response.
- We will embrace the rich diversity of voices both from within SF fandom and beyond, with the recognition that important genre conversations are happening outside standard literary SF community culture and its platforms.
- We will do our best to strive for parity in gender, sexuality, race, and nationality in recognition that as a fandom, SF is stronger when it includes the perspectives that may lie outside U.S. and U.K. cultural narratives.
What we’re looking for in 2014:
- We’re looking for non-fiction reviews, essays, and criticism (“works”) with speculative fiction at their core. This can include science fiction, fantasy, horror, and topics that fall under or align with those topics.
- We welcome works about all forms of media, including but not limited to: books; film; television; all forms of games from tabletop to games next-gen consoles; and comics and manga.
- The work must have a publication date between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
- Anyone is eligible for inclusion: authors, fans, bloggers, critics who blog, bloggers who are authors, etc.), and all identifications are welcome, from full legal names to fannish pseudonyms.
- Everyone is welcome to submit any link they find interesting even if they are not the author (we’ll ask permission of the authors before including anything).
- There is no limit on nominations. If you see five relevant posts, we’ll take them! If you see 50, we’ll take those, too.
- We’re aiming for pieces between 800 - 1500 words, but longer pieces are absolutely welcome.
- Submitted works can be from anywhere in the world, although we do need an English translation for consideration.
- SPECIAL NOTE: we are very interested in receiving commentary on speculative fiction from the young adult community, media fandom (mainstream film/television), academia, and less represented fandoms, such as anime/manga, as well as content on a wide array of platforms, including tumblr and other nontraditional writing spaces.
With our goals in mind, we’re happy to announce that we’re open for submissions! Send us the best reviews, commentaries, and other non-fiction works using this form. Thanks! :D
Monthly signal boost! Looking for awesome SF-related reviews, meta, and commentary from January 1, 2014 up until now. If you’ve read (or written!) something about a science fiction/fantasy canon or fandom, feel free to submit it. :D
A happy piece of news: Speculative Fiction 2012, the first iteration of this anthology, just won a British Fantasy Award for Best Nonfiction, which is super cool!
Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far spreading the message and signal boosting. <3
Kirkus only awards a starred recommendation to a select few books, so it’s super encouraging for this to be Erin’s first review.
I’m so excited about this! This time last year, morgan-leigh had only just started chatting to me about her idea for starting a publishing company, and now HERE WE ARE. The first original novel by Big Bang Press is scheduled for release on November 11 in paperback and ebook format, and has already been singled out for recommendation from one of the biggest mainstream review outlets. :D
(BTW, the reason why there’s no cover art on this review is because it was published super early, and we’d already promised the cover reveal to another blog. We’ll be able to share that cover art soon!)
IN FACT I think I first emailed Gav about this LAST APRIL. A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. Around this time last year we were reading the first pages of A Hero at the End of the World and flipping out because we Knew. We just Knew.
And now it is a year later and the book is (almost! almost!!!) real. HOW COMPLETELY FUCKING INSANE.
i don’t know how time works, and also i had forgotten which year morgan and i met. EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO MUCH!!
So exciting! We are so happy to be doing the cover reveal for this book (next Monday!) (also, a GIVEAWAY). #TEASE
They’ll talk about diversity and anti-racism, but will interpret people pointing out whiteness and straightness as an insult rather than a fact. They’ll see it as an attack, because they’re used to comfy invisibility-as-default. They’ll praise “colorblindness” as though it’s something to aspire to. “Colorblindness” as an ideal has been criticized at length by many, many smart people—let’s listen. Don’t strive to make the marginalized invisible; strive to make the privileged visible.
It’ll make people uncomfortable. Trust me. They’ll live. The least the privileged can do is be aware of it.
Notice. Again and again and again, until it drives you to frustration because it’s everywhere. Until it drives others to frustration because they’re starting to notice, too, and now they can’t stop either.
Do not allow the barrage of majority narratives to pass unremarked upon.
Do not let the privileged be the default.