Saturday, October 03, 2015

50 years of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act

October 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of landmark legislation that opened the door to immigrants from non-European countries and their family members, and fundamentally shifted the definition of American. Today, a growing number of immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America are entering the country in unprecedented numbers, making the United States a uniquely diverse nation.

Here's to 50 years, and hopefully, in the years ahead, we'll have finally come to terms with our legacy, our heritage, and our enduring potential that lives up to very limits of our dreams.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Book of Starry Wisdom Kickstarter live!

“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” —H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

The Book of Starry Wisdom compiles newly edited editions of H.P. Lovecraft’s public domain cycle of Cthulhu stories, edited and produced by Simon Berman, and illustrated by renowned deific and fantasy artist, Valerie Herron (The Book of the Great Queen).

Accompanied by essays and musings by some of today’s premiere Lovecraftian scholars, writers, and devotees, The Book of Starry Wisdom will be a luxurious, approximately 192 page hardback tome, featuring a leather textured cover with gold foil pressed symbols of significance to the Cult of Cthulhu, 13 interior B&W illustrations, as well as other features to be unlocked as the Kickstarter meets its stretch goals.

This premium volume will be a stunning addition to the library of any enthusiast of H.P. Lovecraft or worshipper of Dead Cthulhu Who Lies Dreaming.

I'll be one of the contributing essayists providing perspective on the Cult of Cthulhu in connection to French Indochina and specifically Laos, where the nefarious Great Old One is more frequently whispered as Phaya Kuthulu.

In any case, this will be a gorgeous project and an exceptional collector's item put together by a very exciting team. I hope you'll consider backing it and giving your support!

Strange Horizons 15th Anniversary e-book

Strange Horizons is on its annual fundraising drive and one of their great rewards for supporters includes the release of their 15th Anniversary E-book which will be made available to anyone who donates at least $10 to the campaign.This ebook includes stories by Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, Carmen Maria Machado, Vandana Singh, and many others, plus a history of the magazine.

The cover was designed by Heather McDougal, based around an image by Frank Fox. The ebook itself includes 15 stories and 7 poems -- some well-known, some lesser-known, all of them favourites of current or past editors.

I'm delighted to report that my poem, "Full Metal Hanuman" and the art of Nor Sanavongsay will be included in this collection. As one of only 7 poets included, I think that's a very distinct honor. So, I hope you'll consider donating to the wonderful folks at Strange Horizons so they can continue bringing you amazing and imaginative work from around the world!