Cover art by Vincent Sammy.
The first issue of Rosarium Publishing’s new prozine Shattered Prism is out. The contents can be read online, or an ecopy can be purchased for download ($2.99).
Editors Carmelo Rafala and Amir Naaman set the magazine’s agenda in “The Human Sea”.
This is our humble addition to the fight: stories of the imagination that know that realism—indeed, reality itself—is a construct. And it is how we construct reality through our own personal prisms of experience that the world around us takes shape. A personal experience.
But this gives readers a great opportunity. Stories of the imagination asks us—indeed, demands of us—to step back and view another’s reality. It is in this viewing that we begin to recognize that there can be common understanding of the varied and beautiful people in this earthly kaleidoscope we call the Human Sea.
And these short stories give us the perfect opportunity to do just that. Stories that shatter the prism of light, showing us new shapes and colors.
Nisi Shawl talks further about these goals in her article, “I.G.Y.”
Often popular culture makes it possible for those of us formerly excluded from it to count ourselves in. Ads admit that people of color shampoo their hair; anthologies invite immigrants to submit their stories; websites offer those signing up for their services dozens of genders by which to identify themselves. Yes, a backlash has risen against this trend of accommodating diversity; some find it threatening. Yet both the coherency and multiplicity of the voices with which we air our beautiful differences, proudly proclaiming our variant glories, the focus and ambience of our cries for the freedom of the world to be comfortable with its complex self–these qualities bode well for our prevailing. Especially when it comes to the kind of futures we dare to dream up….
The stories in Shattered Prism’s premiere issue are:
Editors Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have announced the table of contents of Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, coming July 1.
The book honors SFWA Grand Master, Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee, and multiple award-winner Samuel R. “Chip” Delany.
- Christopher Brown – “Festival”
- Chesya Burke – “For Sale: Fantasy Coffin”
- Roz Clarke – “Haunt-type Experience”
- Kathryn Cramer – “Characters in the Margins of a Lost Notebook”
- Vincent Czyz – “Hamlet’s Ghost Sighted in Frontenac, KS”
- Junot Díaz – “Nilda”
- Geetanjali Dighe – “The Last Dying Man”
- Timmel Duchamp – “Real Mothers, a Faggot Uncle, and the Name of the Father: Samuel R. Delany’s Feminist Revisions of the Story of SF”
- Hal Duncan – “An Idyll in Erewhyna”
- Fabio Fernandes – “Eleven Stations”
- Jewelle Gomez – “Be Three”
- Eileen Gunn, Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area, March 2005
- Nick Harkaway – “Billy Tumult”
- Ernest Hogan – “Guerilla Mural of a Siren’s Song”
- Nalo Hopkinson & Nisi Shawl – “Jamaica Ginger”
- Walidah Imarisha – “Walking Science Fiction: Samuel Delany and Visionary Fiction”
- Alex Jennings – “Heart of Brass”
- Tenea D. Johnson – “Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets”
- Ellen Kushner – “Delany Story”
- Claude Lalumiere – “Empathy Evolving as a Quantum of Eight-Dimensional Perception”
- Isiah Lavender – “Delany Encounters”
- devorah major – “Voice Prints”
- Haralambi Markov – “Holding Hands with Monsters”
- Anil Menon – “Clarity”
- Carmelo Rafala – “Song for the Asking”
- Kit Reed – “Kickenders”
- Kim Stanley Robinson – “Introduction”
- Benjamin Rosenbaum – “The First Gate of Logic”
- Geoff Ryman – “Capitalism in the 22nd Century”
- Alex Smith – “Clones”
- Michael Swanwick – “On My First Reading of The Einstein Intersection”
- Sheree Renee Thomas – “River Clap Your Hands”
- Kai Ashante Wilson – “Legendaire”
Editor Nisi Shawl is the author of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning collection Filter House. She has edited Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars and co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. She’s a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a board member for Clarion West.
Editor Bill Campbell co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond.
The project is supported by a $1,500 grant from SF3.
The 100 Year Starship 2014 Public Symposium boasts two explicitly science fictional programs. And don’t ask how that’s different from the rest of the conference — remember, the people going don’t think starships are fictional.
The Symposium takes place in Houston from September 18-21. At the end of Friday’s program attendees can unwind at Science Fiction Stories Night.
Following a book signing featuring SF authors Yoon Ha Lee, Les Johnson, Nisi Shawl, and Edward M. Lerner there will be a screening of the original The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Then during Saturday’s Deep Dive Workshop “Designing Interstellar Capabilities through Steampunk Technology,” Steampunk scholar Mike Pershon (Professor of Literature, Grant Macewan University) will guide participants through the opportunities steampunk presents on the interstellar journey –
Space is a very unforgiving environment and a deep space journey, which may take decades is one in which it may be impossible to carry every critical spare or replacement part needed, and that is where steampunk comes in.
The rest of the symposium has a purpose that is heavy on science and light on fiction —
We exist to make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years.
And Mae Jemison of the 100 Year Starship Trust knows why they picked 100 years.
If you said ten years — ‘Nah, we know that’s not long enough.’ If you said 500 years, people would say, ‘I can kick back for another two to three hundred years because I don’t have to worry about it.’ One hundred years is close enough.
The Speculative Literature Foundation has awarded its 2009 Gulliver Travel Research Grant to author Caren Gussoff. The $800 grant will assist Gussoff in visiting western Washington State to research the setting of her near-future novel The King of Seattle.
Gussoff’s stories have appeared in Abyss & Apex, PodCastle and Fantasy Magazine, and in several Seal Press anthologies. Her novel King of Seattle explores a post-pandemic Puget Sound, in which mental illness is a communicable disease.
Gulliver Travel Research Grants are awarded for use in paying for airfare, lodging, or other expenses related to research for a project of speculative fiction. Applications for the seventh annual Grant will open on July 1, 2010.
The full press release follows the jump.