Friday, December 05, 2014

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens

One of the upcoming anthologies I'll have work appearing in is Upper Rubber Boot's "How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens edited by Joanne Merriam. It will explore the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre’s best writers. Keep an eye out for it when it arrives!
"You’ll find Sturgeon winner Sarah Pinsker’s robot grandmother, James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner Nisi Shawl’s prison planet and Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner Ken Liu’s space- and time-spanning story of different kinds of ghosts. You’ll find Bryan Thao Worra’s Cthulhic poetry, and Pinckney Benedict’s whimsical tale of genocide. You’ll travel to Frankfurt, to the moon, to Mars, to the underworld, to unnamed alien planets, under the ocean, through clusters of asteroids. You’ll land on the fourth planet from the star Deneb, and an alternate universe version of Earth, and a world of Jesuses. This is not a textbook. You will not find here polemics on immigration policy or colonialism. The most compelling fiction articulates the unsaid, the unbearable, and the incomprehensible; these stories say things about the immigration experience that a lecture never could. The purpose of this book is, first and foremost, to entertain the casual and the sophisticated reader, but its genesis is a response to the question: Who do we become when we live with the unfamiliar?"
They also just launched their kickstarter for the final bridge funds to bring it to market. You can give them a hand over here. Their ultimate stretch goal is $4,500 which would allow them to print 500 copies in hardcover format through a local printer in Tennessee.

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