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Important note to all backers at the $25 level and above: the final version of the anthology is almost ready to go to press, and we need you to check the form of your name under which you'd like to be thanked in the acknowledgements. The list that we have is as follows:
Kathryn Allan, Barbara Baker, Jacques Barcia, Ryan Baumann, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Nathalie Boisard-Beudin, Tobias Buckell, Regina de Búrca, Karen Burnham, Sharon Carr, Siobhan Carroll, Caroline-Isabelle Caron, Paolo Chikiamco, John Chu, Alicia Cole, Pedro Dobbin, Regis Donovan, Rudi Dornemann, Berit Ellingsen, Kate Elliott, Tom Elliott, Micaiah Evans, Matthew Farrer, Suzanne Fischer, Fish, Sjef van Gaalen, Juan Garcés, David Haddock, Rebecca Harbison, Dr. M.J. Hardman, Sarah Heile, Sandra Heinen, Peter Hollo, L.S. Johnson, Serge K. Keller, Angela Korra'ti, William Kimeria, Alex Lambert, Nathan Lea, Ann Leckie, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, K.L. Maund, Rory McCann, Kirstyn McDermott, Martin McGrath, Todd Meister, Anil Menon, China Miéville, Rafael Monteiro, Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, Catie Murphy, Next Friday, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Siobhan NiLoughlin, W. Olin-Ammentorp, Colum Paget, Richard Palmer, Hiran Patel, Kathryn E. Piquette, Rrain Prior, Giseli Ramos, Paul Graham Raven, Ian Sales, Elizabeth Sanford, Gabriel Squailia, Tricia Sullivan,Rachel Swirsky, Sam Tayag, Kevin G. Toth, Cheryl Trooskin-Zoller, Genevieve Valentine, Jetse de Vries, Nikki Walters, Frances Watson, Mark Webb, Rob Weber, Cel West, Helen Wickham, J.Y. Yang, Zeborah, Stephanie Zvan.
If your name is not on this list and you think it should be, or it is and you'd rather it was not, or you want to change the spelling or form of the name in some way, please get in touch as soon as possible by emailing us at [email protected] The document will go to print around May 14th, so after that it will be too late to change your name.
To celebrate the successful funding of the We See a Different Frontier project (you can see the Call for Submissions that you helped to make possible at http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/we-see-different-frontier-call-for.html) we're holding a small TFFcon (social-political speculative fiction-themed meet-up in a pub) in London, Friday next week. Any of our supporters who are close enough to attend are more than welcome to join us--it would be an honour to buy you a pint! Details at http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/tffcon-july-13th-london.html.
I know most of your are scattered around the world, however, so you'll be hearing from us again later this year when we're ready to start sending out rewards. Please make sure to keep me up to date with any changes of email address or other contact details in the meantime.
The initial target of $3000 was surpassed in the first 40 days, so whatever happens now, the colonialism-themed issue of TFF as described below will happen. But if we can reach our new target of $4000 in the next ten days, We See a Different Frontier will not be an issue of a magazine with 7-8 stories, but a full book-length anthology with over 60,000 words of fiction. Please continue to show your love to this project, and spread the word about our extended target.
We are raising funds to publish a special issue/anthology of colonialism-themed speculative fiction from outside the first-world viewpoint, co-edited by Fabio Fernandes and published by The Future Fire.
Colonialism is still a thorn on the side of humankind. Many of the problems of the Third World, for instance, are due to the social-political-economic matrix imposed on its countries by the First World countries since the 17th century (e.g. the manufacture by European powers of arbitrary borders and tribal conflicts in Africa, and then the creation of Arab countries to defeat the Ottoman Empire in WWI). The balance of power is changing in the 21st Century, but it's still essential to look back if we want to truly understand the forces at play in the political and cultural panoramas of Third World countries—and even in countries that hardly can be labeled as Third World, like the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).
Much widely distributed science fiction and fantasy is written by American and other Anglophone authors, and treats subjects close to the hearts of straight, white, English-speaking men. There's nothing wrong with this sci-fi itself—we love lots of it—but there's clearly something missing. Having white Anglo cis/hetero/males as (the only) role models is not an option any more. We aim to redress this balance, not only by publishing speculative stories by people with different viewpoints and addressing concerns from outside of the usual area (see World SF), but also by explicitly including fiction that addresses the profound socio-political issues around colonisation and colonialism (see Race in SF). We want to see political stories: not partisan-political, but writing that recognizes the implications for real people and cultures of the events and actions that make up science fictional or fantastic histories, as well as our own history.
For this anthology we will be looking for stories from the perspective of people and places that are colonized under regimes not of their choosing (in the past, present or even future). We are not primarily interested in war stories, although don’t completely rule them out. We are not interested in stories about a White Man learning the error of his ways; nor parables about alien contact in which the Humans are white anglos, and the Aliens are an analogue for other races. We want stories told from the viewpoint of colonized peoples, with characters who do not necessarily speak English, from authors who have experience of the world outside the First World.
We want to raise at least $3000 dollars so that we can make this a professional rate-paying anthology for authors and artists from outside of the mainstream. All editorial and technical work will be carried out for no pay, but we feel strongly we should pay authors fairly for their work. This money will cover the cost of paying around $250 for each of 7-8 stories, plus a cover artist, publicity and advertising, review copies, rewards for donors, etc. All profit from sales of the anthology will be paid to the contributors as royalties. If we raise more than this, we can buy even more stories and/or pay even more professional rates to the authors. If we don’t quite make it, we’ll still publish this great anthology, but it may not be as large, as great, or as professional.