“State of Short Fiction” Video Posted

(L to R) Writer Erica Satifka; editor Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction); moderator Sarah Pinsker; and editors Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies); Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld Magazine); Norm Sherman (Drabblecast); and Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism).

(L to R) Writer Erica Satifka; editor Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction); moderator Sarah Pinsker; and editors Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies); Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld Magazine); Norm Sherman (Drabblecast); and Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism).

A video of “State of Short Fiction” roundtable hosted by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society on March 22 is now available on YouTube.

[Thanks to Alexander Harris for the story.]

Cyborg Monday Sale

Sunshine Patriots coverThe Fifteenth Anniversary of Bill Campbell’s anti-war military science fiction novel Sunshine Patriots drops on “Cyborg Monday,” December 2, 2013.

Rebellion erupts on the “paradise” planet of Elysia, plunging the colony into chaos. In response, the all-powerful United Earth dispatches its elite corps of cyborg soldiers, led by Aaron “The Berber” Barber. For a hero celebrated galaxy-wide for his acts of bravery against alien hordes, a ragtag group of colonized miners with antiquated weapons should be no challenge. But Barber and his soldiers are unprepaed to meet the most dangerous enemy yet–humans just like them. And on Elysia, the soldiers discover dangers that neither United Earth nor the Elysians themselves could have foreseen. The secrets Barber and his soldiers uncover lead them to question the true meaning of freedom in a world where nothing is what it seems.

The new edition from Rosarium Publishing includes an eye-popping cover by Vincent Sammy and an introduction by Prof. Jonathan R. Harvey, who wrote part of his Ph.D. dissertation on the book.

Mothership Has Launched

Mothership SMALLWord is out about the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall. Even James Bacon is recommending it!

Winners of literary awards from the Pulitzer Prize to the Bram Stoker are represented in the collection, the first from Rosarium Publishing. Contributors include Junot Diaz, Victor LaValle, Lauren Beukes, Tobias Buckell, N.K. Jemisin, S.P. Somtow, Eden Robinson, Vandana Singh, Rabih Alameddine, Linda D. Addison, Charles R. Saunders, Darius James, Greg Tate, Carmen Maria Machado, Chinelo Onwualu, Jaymee Goh, and Tade Thompson. Many of the stories have been published previously.

Co-editor Bill Campbell told the Washington City Paper that he started the book project to gain more recognition for black sf authors:

While attending predominantly white science-fiction conventions, the Prince George’s County resident perceived a general disregard for black authors writing speculative fiction. “I would mention these people’s names and people would just be like ‘who?'” Campbell says. “Either I could complain that these people aren’t known or I could do something about it.”

…Campbell refers to the pieces in Mothership as “story donations”—he couldn’t afford to commission his writers. He started his own publishing company specifically for the book.

And he explained the choice of title in an interview for RisingShadow:

We named the collection “Mothership” because we wanted to capture the spirit, in a literary sense, of what one could expect in a Parliament/Funkadelic album, which was the unexpected. We also wanted to give readers a taste of the diversity that many of these writers have to offer. So, we have stories from all the genres within speculative fiction. We have stories with and without overtly political content. We even have stories that some would most likely contest aren’t speculative fiction at all. But that is the beauty and spectrum of the writers represented here. We felt that it was important to celebrate that.

Bill Campbell outside of the American Book Center in Amsterdam, where he, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Tade Thompson, and Hodan Warsame conducted a Mothership lecture and book signing (11/9/13).