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Title: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 04, 2014, 12:03:14 am
The Future Fire (http://futurefire.net/) is an online magazine of social-political and progressive speculative fiction with a focus on feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological SF/F. We publish a mixture of SF and fantasy, with some horror (and other more slipstream genres such as surreal, absurdist, gritty realist, etc.). I'll post an update here when we have a new issue, or other projects, anthologies, calls for submissions, competitions, etc. going on.

(Are there any authors we've published in the past who hang out on these forums? Please come over and say hi if you are…)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 05, 2014, 10:16:41 pm
The latest issue of TFF -- 2014.30 -- is online at http://futurefire.net/2014.30/ (http://futurefire.net/2014.30/), containing stories by Melinda Brasher, David Gallay, Carol Holland March, Victor Fernando R. Ocampo and Ranylt Richildis; and illustrations from Laura-Anca Adascalitei, Eric Asaris, Lou Badillo (cover artist), Lisa Grabenstetter and Cécile Matthey. (The only one of these that is overtly fantasy is Ranylt Richildis's "No Chimeras" (http://futurefire.net/2014.30/fiction/nochimeras.html), but none of them is hard SF, and I think you'll enjoy them all.)

(http://futurefire.net/images/f30cover.jpg) (http://futurefire.net/2014.30/)

We're posting a series of mini-interviews with all the authors and artists in this issue in the TFF Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) this week and next. If you have additional questions to ask, please feel free to comment (there or here, and I'll pass them along).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 14, 2014, 10:24:55 pm
In a couple of days we will be opening the Call for Stories for a themed, pro-paying SF anthology. Accessing the Future, co-edited by Kathryn Allan, will publish speculative fiction stories that interrogate issues of disability, along with the intersecting nodes of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class, in the imagined physical and virtual spaces of the future. We want people of all abilities to see themselves, as they are now and as they want to be, in our collective human future.

In the meantime, there are two and half days left on the fundraiser, and the more contributions we receive, the bigger and better the anthology will end up being. Please tell all your contacts, networks, lists and forums, that they can still claim perks or pre-order the anthology at http://igg.me/at/accessingfuture (http://igg.me/at/accessingfuture).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 20, 2014, 11:57:59 am
Accessing the Future

CALL FOR STORIES

Accessing the Future, co-edited by Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad, will be an anthology that explores the future potentials of technology to augment and challenge the physical environment and the human form—in all of its wonderful and complex diversity. We are particularly interested in stories that address issues of disability (invisible and visible, physical and mental), and the intersecting axes of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class. We are looking for stories that are 2500-7500 words in length (no reprints), from anyone familiar with the social construction of disability and a sensitivity to intersectional politics.

The anthology will pay $0.06/word. Submissions should be sent to accessingfuture@gmail.com and are due by November 30, 2014. For more details about the anthology and submissions, please see http://futurefire.net/guidelines/accessingfuture.html (http://futurefire.net/guidelines/accessingfuture.html).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on November 01, 2014, 05:59:34 pm
New Issue 2014.31 (http://futurefire.net/2014.31/)
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“And you think they’ll let you,” said Machine. It was a flat, sad statement.
“No,” she said, “but nobody ever let me do anything in my life before and I never let that stop me.”

—Joanna Russ

Editorial introduction by Regina de Búrca.

Download e-book version: EPUB (http://futurefire.net/issue/ff201431.epub) | Mobi (http://futurefire.net/issue/ff201431.mobi)
(http://futurefire.net/images/f31cover.jpg)
cover art © 2014 Martin Hanford
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on November 28, 2014, 11:53:29 pm
A few people have asked us for extensions of up to a couple of weeks to complete their stories for the Accessing the Future anthology (see above), so we decided it would be fairer to give everyone the same chance at a little longer to get stories in to us. We've therefore extended the deadline to December 31, 2014. See http://futurefire.net/guidelines/accessingfuture.html (http://futurefire.net/guidelines/accessingfuture.html)

(We also have a Call for Illustrations open at the moment. Paying $75 per free-standing, one-page image, on the same theme: disability and SF/F. See http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/call-for-illustrations-accessing-future.html (http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/call-for-illustrations-accessing-future.html).)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on February 07, 2015, 10:33:52 pm
We now have a table of contents and cover art (by The Gorgonist) for the Accessing the Future anthology to share!

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G3p-MiljV8o/VNFNP1FbW8I/AAAAAAAABRQ/iLzW6ezH8tY/s1600/atf-cover1.png)

The stories:

In addition to these stories, we will include eight pieces of freestanding artwork, illustrations that tell stories of their own on the theme of the anthology, by Fabian Alvarado, L.E. Badillo, Jane Baker, Comebab, Pandalion Death, Rachel Keslensky, Vincent Konrad and Tostoini.

Further news will be posted here, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/accessingfuture) and on the AtF Press Page (http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.co.uk/p/accessing-future.html).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Rolnikov on February 08, 2015, 06:22:58 am
Great cover! Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on March 21, 2015, 01:59:02 pm
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“It was not in my nature to be an assertive person. I was used to looking to others for guidance, for influence, sometimes for the most basic cues of life. And yet writing stories is one of the most assertive things a person can do. Fiction is an act of willfulness, a deliberate effort to reconceive, to rearrange, to reconstitute nothing short of reality itself. Even among the most reluctant and doubtful of writers, this willfulness must emerge. Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, ‘Listen to me.’”

—Jhumpa Lahiri

Issue 2015.32


View full issue at http://futurefire.net/2015.32/ (http://futurefire.net/2015.32/)

Download e-book version: EPUB (http://futurefire.net/issue/ff201532.epub) | Mobi (http://futurefire.net/issue/ff201532.mobi)

(http://futurefire.net/images/f32cover.jpg)
Cover illustration © 2015, Cécile Matthey
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Rolnikov on March 21, 2015, 04:31:40 pm
Congratulations on the ten-year anniversary. Well done on keeping it going.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on March 21, 2015, 04:43:09 pm
Thanks, Stephen! It feels like forever, to be honest. :) (And to be fair we took a one-year hiatus in the middle there, so it's kind of cheating.)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on April 03, 2015, 02:55:17 pm
Some kind words about our forthcoming Accessing the Future anthology from JoSelle Vanderhooft, acclaimed writer, editor and anthologist:

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The fifteen stories herein center disabled people on every page, in every keystroke, in futures disarmingly likely and uncannily unfamiliar. And just like the futures from which they hail, no two of them are interchangeable.
Title: Re: Accessing the Future
Post by: Djibril on April 11, 2015, 04:31:48 pm
The blurb that will go on the back of the Accessing the Future anthology (due out in print July 1):

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The fifteen authors and nine artists in this volume bring us beautiful, speculative stories of disability and mental illness in the future. Teeming with space pirates, battle robots, interstellar travel and genetically engineered creatures, every story and image is a quality, crafted work of science fiction in its own right, as thrilling and fascinating as it is worthy and important. These are stories about people with disabilities in all of their complexity and diversity, that scream with passion and intensity. These are stories that refuse to go gently.
Title: Re: Call for submissions: Fae Visions of the Meiterranean
Post by: Djibril on April 12, 2015, 03:25:22 pm
This anthology, titled TALES: Fae Visions of the Mediterranean, is seeking speculative short stories about wonders, terrors, omens, ghosts, pirates, sea-monsters, apparitions and other folk creatures and horrors from throughout the Mediterranean region. The final works will be gathered into the semblance of a postcolonial, Borgesian travelogue by a many-gendered, multiracial, polyglot and polymath sailor (i.e. stories may feature any nature of protagonist/s) recounting their fantastic adventures on naval journeys between Taranto, via Algiers, Latakia and Eluària, to Susa (your TALES need not take place at any of these sites). Stories of up to 5000 words, comics up to 12 pages, and poems up to 40 lines will be paid €10 each. Micro-stories up to 500 words in other Mediterranean languages will be paid €5. Royalties from the proceeds of the anthology will be shared among all authors.

Submit stories to faevisions.med@gmail.com by June 30th, 2015.

Full CFS at http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.com/2015/04/cfs-fae-visions.html (http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.com/2015/04/cfs-fae-visions.html)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on April 19, 2015, 11:54:42 am
A handful of authors and other "friends of TFF" met up in a pub in central London last night for a nice chat, pint or three, and dinner. It was great to put some faces to names, to discuss various zombie scenarios (the "working-class monster") and share dreams for the future. People also took away a few copies of a hilariously misprinted promo copy of the latest TFF (and were kind enough to pretend that we'd left guidelines and margin shading on the front cover as a postmodern statement!). Thanks to everyone who came along, and we'll try to do something similar in the next few months if anyone's interested.
Title: Re: Accessing the Future
Post by: Djibril on April 30, 2015, 08:13:38 am
My co-editor just alerted me last night to the fact that the Accessing the Future anthology has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. I'm still bouncing off the walls, but of course all the credit goes to our 15 wonderful authors and 9 great artists for producing the content deserving of this acclaim. People in the know tell me a starred review from PW is kind of a big deal!  :) :) :)  ;D

Read what they have to say about the anthology at http://apps.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9573975-4-5 (http://apps.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9573975-4-5)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on May 09, 2015, 07:08:43 pm
Accessing the Future now has a Goodreads page (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25510286-accessing-the-future). (Obviously no one has reviewed it there yet because it isn't out and so very few people have read it—but if anyone would like to see a cheeky e-copy in return for a GR/Amazon/similar review, just give me a shout and I should be able to organize it.)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on June 11, 2015, 09:13:26 pm
On the TFF blog, I interviewed Małgorzata Mika (http://djibrilalayad.blogspot.com/2015/06/interview-with-magorzata-mika.html) about Polish and Czech scifi and fantasy, the Speculative Treasury, and what frightens her. (What else would you have asked her?)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on June 20, 2015, 09:50:54 pm
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“Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.”

—Guillermo del Toro

Issue 2015.33


View full issue at http://futurefire.net/2015.33/ (http://futurefire.net/2015.33/)

(E-books and PDF versions coming soon.)
(http://futurefire.net/images/f33cover.jpg)
Cover illustration © 2015, Robin E. Kaplan
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on June 30, 2015, 09:34:55 pm
The Accessing the Future anthology of disability-themed speculative fiction is now available to pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords in e-book formats (Kindle and Epub respectively), and can be bought in trade paperback (approx £10) from all the usual online venues as of tomorrow. Full details at the press page (http://press.futurefire.net/p/accessing-future.html).

Kindle version from Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B010IU2IQU/thefuturefire-21)

Epub version from Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/554468)

Review copies still available if anyone would like them! Just give me a shout…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on July 02, 2015, 10:26:47 pm
And she's off!

Accessing the Future: A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction is now available to buy in trade paperback or various e-book formats, from all the usual places (e.g. Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0957397542/thefuturefire-21)). If you're curious what to expect, there are a few reviews and ratings on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25510286-accessing-the-future) already.

We've also had a few posts and reactions from some of the contributors, such as this from David Jón Fuller (http://www.davidjonfuller.com/2015/07/01/accessing-the-future-exploring-in-many-senses/) and this from Comebab (https://sites.google.com/site/comebab/accessingthefuture), and are planning more promotional activities. If anyone would like to interview any of the editors, authors or artists, drop us a line, or poke us on the Twitter hashtag #AccessingTheFuture (https://twitter.com/hashtag/accessingthefuture) and we'll set something up!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on July 09, 2015, 11:19:33 pm
On the TFF blog: Nicolette Barischoff, one of the authors in the new Accessing the Future (http://press.futurefire.net/p/accessing-future.html): A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction has a guest post titled How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Access the Future (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/07/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and.html).

(http://futurefire.net/images/atf-thm.jpg) (http://press.futurefire.net/p/accessing-future.html)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on July 12, 2015, 12:28:13 am
We have, by the way, extended the call for stories for our horror anthology Fae Visions of the Mediterranean (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html) until the end of September. We're hoping to receive more stories from authors in or from Southern Europe, North Africa, the Near East and various Mediterranean islands, and to this end we also plan to increase the pay rate (watch this space for exact figures).

(http://amptoons.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/sea_monster_engraving.jpg) (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html)

We'd be very grateful if you would help spread the word both among authors and communities, especially any fora relating to “World SFF,” or whatever we might call it. If you would be interested in featuring a guest blog about the anthology, or interviewing my co-editor Valeria, or have any other suggestions for getting the word out, please get in touch.
Title: Re: Accessing the Future
Post by: Djibril on July 16, 2015, 11:22:15 pm
Kathryn Allan and I were just interviewed by AC Wise about the Accessing the Future disability-themed anthology, about scholarship, the process of editing, and how SF readers and editors unwind. Read it at http://www.acwise.net/?p=1873 (http://www.acwise.net/?p=1873).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on July 29, 2015, 12:07:05 am
I was interviewed on the subject of diversity in speculative fiction in Urban Fantasy Magazine (http://urbanfantasymagazine.com/) this month. It's only available in the for sale e-book at the moment, but I believe the articles will become freely available to read online one at a time, so if you're interested, keep an eye out for it over the next few days. (Or subscribe to the magazine—it's a steal at the price!)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 01, 2015, 02:54:11 pm
We've started running a series of mini-interviews on The Future Fire's FB page (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) with the authors and artists from TFF #33. We have so far spoken to Erika D. Price (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10153063159712717) (author of “Tiangong Park”), L.E. Badillo (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10153064738267717) (illustrator of “All Along the Mall”) and Nick Wood (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10153067134122717) (author of “Paragon of Knowledge”). The others will be posted over the next few days, so feel free to follow or 'like' us to keep updated.
Title: Re: The Future Fire @ 10
Post by: Djibril on August 02, 2015, 04:39:29 pm
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Future Fire, we’re raising funds to publish an anthology of reprints, enhanced stories and new material, including sequels and other spin-offs, new artwork and satirical or speculative pseudo-fiction, dubbed “TFFX.”

http://igg.me/at/tffx (http://igg.me/at/tffx)

You can support this project by pre-ordering the anthology in e-book or trade paperback, or you can pick up some of our other perks: copies of the other Futurefire.net Publishing anthologies, the Lowest Heaven anthology generously donated by Jurassic London, limited edition hardcopies of zine issues, short story critiques, custom knitted undead dolls in your likeness. We'll also be adding some artwork perks in the next few days: TFF wouldn’t be where it is today without the work of our many wonderful artists! And if you can't back us financially at the moment, please help us get the word out, offer a guest post or interview opportunity, run a writing contest, or come up with other novel ideas.
Title: Re: Diversity in Speculative Fiction
Post by: Djibril on August 04, 2015, 10:57:10 pm
My interview on diversity in speculative fiction in Urban Fantasy Magazine last month is now free to read online at: http://urbanfantasymagazine.com/2015/07/diversity-in-speculative-fiction/ (http://urbanfantasymagazine.com/2015/07/diversity-in-speculative-fiction/)
Title: Re: Microsequel Monday
Post by: Djibril on August 07, 2015, 12:25:59 am
On Monday, we posted the first of a new feature: "Microsequel Monday", in which authors write a 500-word or less sequel to a story originally published in TFF, set ten years after the events of the original story. It's surprisingly effective! This week, C.A. Hawksmoor offers us “Little Match Girl ten years on (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/08/little-match-girl.html)” (a sequel to “Shadow Boy and the Little Match Girl (http://futurefire.net/2013.27/fiction/shadowboy.html)” in TFF #27).

You choose which one to read first. :)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 08, 2015, 07:03:12 pm
TFF co-editor Kathryn Allan interviewed Singaporean author Joyce Chng (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/08/interview-joyce-chng.html) over at the TFF Press blog this week.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 09, 2015, 07:49:56 pm
Jocelyn Koehler posted an interview with me, about the past and future of SF/F, over on the Team Blood (http://www.teamblood.org/interview-with-djibril-al-ayad-of-the-future-fire/) blog this week.
Title: A Low Ride with Victor Theremin
Post by: Djibril on August 10, 2015, 11:47:21 pm
This may seem tangential, but you should read this lovely short-short story from Ernest Hogan, “A Low Ride with Victor Theremin (http://www.mondoernesto.com/2015/08/a-low-ride-with-victor-theremin.html)”, over at his Mondo Ernesto blog. Brilliant, and hilarious, and good-natured to a fault as always!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 12, 2015, 01:23:52 pm
Reposting this link from Stephen's thread:

The Future Fire fundraiser! (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-future-fire-fundraiser.html) – a post about our friends at The Future Fire, who are raising money to fund a tenth anniversary special

There have been a few other posts, stories, interviews etc. posted recently, which I'll try to summarise in a post here soon. Thank to everybody for the support.
Title: Re: Writing contest
Post by: Djibril on August 17, 2015, 01:03:49 am
We're running another little writing contest over at the TFF Press blog, this time with some lovely books by Stephanie Saulter and Jennifer Marie Brissett to give away. Simply write a flash story (under 500 words) on the theme of the number ten (ten years, ten fingers, ten-legged beasts…), tweet or FB a link to it along with the #TFFX hashtag and a plug for our fundraiser. Eligible stories will be read by Stephanie and by Lori Selke, and a winner will be announced next week.

Full rules at http://press.futurefire.net/2015/08/writing-contest-for-tffx-celebration.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/08/writing-contest-for-tffx-celebration.html).

I look forward to reading the stories. Good luck!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 19, 2015, 12:43:11 am
Over on the Skiffy and Fanty blog, I was invited to talk about My Superpower (http://skiffyandfanty.com/2015/08/18/my-superpower-djibril-al-ayad/), and how it helps me to do what it is that I do…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 24, 2015, 04:21:51 pm
The formidable, inestimable, indefatigable, incomparable and indefinable Peter Tennant (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tennant), of Black Static fame, but previously known for running the Whispers of Wickedness Forums and writing almost 200 chilling short stories, has been kind enough to run an interview with me and publish it at the Black Static blog over on the TTA website: http://ttapress.com/1855/the-future-fire-ten-years-on/ (http://ttapress.com/1855/the-future-fire-ten-years-on/)

A bit of history, there…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 01, 2015, 12:21:39 am
We ran a couple of author/artist double-interviews in the TFF-X series last week:


Both Cécile and Robin are offering limited art perks in the TFF-X fundraiser (http://igg.me/at/tffx), which is open for about another 24 hours. I strongly recommend them—they're both fabulous illustrators.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 14, 2015, 07:39:07 pm
I just sent out the following message to all backers of the TFF-X fundraiser (http://igg.me/at/tffx):

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Many thanks to all of you who supported the TFF-X fundraiser, which exceeded its target by nearly $300 at the beginning of the month; you have made this anthology possible, and freed up some much-needed funds to increase the pay rate for Fae Visions of the Mediterranean as well.

That's right, we have as a result of the generosity of our backers raised the pay-rate for our Mediterranean-themed horror anthology to €30 per short story or poem, and €15 per flash story. The Fae Visions of the Mediterranean CFS (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html) is still open for a few more weeks, and we’re especially keen to hear from any authors from the Mediterranean region, in particular those from North Africa, the Near East or Turkey, who are currently very underrepresented. It’s going to be a great anthology whatever happens, but it has to be representative of the region if it’s to mean anything.
Title: TFF-X anthology: call for experimental stories
Post by: Djibril on September 17, 2015, 09:02:39 pm
The TFF-X anthology, celebrating ten years of The Future Fire, will contain a mix of reprint or revised stories from the last decade, plus a healthy handful of previously unpublished stories, poems, flash fiction, and experimental styles to give an idea of the sort of thing we hope TFF will do more of in the next ten years. If you fancy trying your hand at a story written in a non-traditional mode (review of a non-existent book/film, roleplaying-game module, short comic, radio play), we have a call open for very short pieces, roughly 500-1000 words, for the next month or so. See the TFF-X call for experimental stories (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/09/seeking-experimental-microstories.html) for details and suggestions.

Submission guidelines summary:

Length: approx. 500-1000 words (poems 40 lines, comics, 2-4 pages)
Submissions: email as attachment to fiction@futurefire.net
Deadline: October 31, 2015, or sooner if filled
Pay rate: $20 (USD) per story, poem, comic, etc.
Title: Re: TFF-X anthology: call for experimental stories
Post by: joshua rainbird on September 18, 2015, 11:07:25 pm
The TFF-X anthology, celebrating ten years of The Future Fire, will contain a mix of reprint or revised stories from the last decade, plus a healthy handful of previously unpublished stories, poems, flash fiction, and experimental styles to give an idea of the sort of thing we hope TFF will do more of in the next ten years. If you fancy trying your hand at a story written in a non-traditional mode (review of a non-existent book/film, roleplaying-game module, short comic, radio play), we have a call open for very short pieces, roughly 500-1000 words, for the next month or so. See the TFF-X call for experimental stories (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/09/seeking-experimental-microstories.html) for details and suggestions.

Submission guidelines summary:

Length: approx. 500-1000 words (poems 40 lines, comics, 2-4 pages)
Submissions: email as attachment to fiction@futurefire.net
Deadline: October 31, 2015, or sooner if filled
Pay rate: $20 (USD) per story, poem, comic, etc.

I have some ideas to sub that would combine image and words - could you specify dpi, image dimensions and any limitations on greyscale or colour and bytes
thanks  8)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 19, 2015, 01:19:28 pm
Hi Joshua, thanks for the question! We're flexible about formats and media, but the basic parameters we're working within are:
Look forward to seeing anything you come up with!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: joshua rainbird on September 21, 2015, 10:17:47 am
thank you  8)
Title: Re: The Future Fire #34
Post by: Djibril on October 10, 2015, 05:26:38 pm
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“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
—Maya Angelou

Issue 2015.34 (http://futurefire.net/2015.34/)

(http://futurefire.net/images/f34cover.jpg)


EPUB, Mobi and PDF versions coming soon.
Title: North African/Near Eastern horror
Post by: Djibril on October 17, 2015, 04:04:58 pm
The open call for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology is now closed, and we're drawing up the table of contents from the many excellent stories we received as we speak. There was a shortage of stories actually from the southern/eastern coasts of the Mediterranean region, though, so we're still open if any authors from North Africa or the Near East (or for that matter Turkey, Malta, etc.) would like to send us horror or spooky sea stories up to 5000 words. Call for stories is at http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html).

Please spread the word!
Title: Horror in Mediterranean languages
Post by: Djibril on October 18, 2015, 11:32:55 pm
We're also keeping the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean CFS open for a little while longer for microfiction (500-1000 words) written in the languages of the Mediterranean: if you write (or know anyone who writes) horror, fantasy, sea or ghost stories in Portuguese, Spanish, Català, French, Corsican, Italian, Sardinian, Sicilian, Slovenian, Croatian, Albanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Coptic, Tifinagh, Berber, Maltese, or any other language spoken by a people whose ancestors stared out across Mare Nostrum with fear and longing in their hearts, please answer our call. Ask your grandmother to write down her nightmares for us. Dig out war stories from a pirate ancestor. Show our CFS to a shipwrecked refugee. We want all the stories in all the languages!

press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html)
Title: 35 horror stories from TFF archives
Post by: Djibril on October 30, 2015, 11:09:56 pm
We’ve just posted to the TFF News and Press blog a list of 35 horror stories from the last decade of The Future Fire magazine, subdivided into classic/contemporary, secondary world, and surreal.

http://press.futurefire.net/2015/10/halloween-special-horror-stories-from.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/10/halloween-special-horror-stories-from.html)

Because, y’know, there’s probably not much horror going around at this time of year, is there…?
Title: Hallowe’en favorites
Post by: Djibril on November 01, 2015, 09:34:31 pm
Last night the TFF News and Press blog posted a handful of Hallowe’en recommendations (http://press.futurefire.net/2015/10/halloween-favourites-from-editors-of-tff.html) from the editors of the magazine. We've brainstormed a few of our favourite horror stories, books, movies, artworks, authors and videogames, just to start the ball rolling. We'd love to receive more recommendations from other aficionados of the genre; I've discovered three new stories as a result of this process already!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: joshua rainbird on November 02, 2015, 11:52:27 pm
regarding female writers I have been impressed by the following:

- Kate Jonez, particularly The Ceremony of Flies
- and especially, SS Michaels, Revival House - I cannot recommend this novel enough !!!

TV Horror

- although not considered a horror but more shonen (boys' adventure stories), Fullmetal Alchemist, both the manga and anime series, have strong horror elements that are truly freaky including animal and human mutation, demonic corruption, necromancy and war crime ... but by far the episode that upset me the most involved 2 kids and a rabbit and having to kill it in order to survive ... the brainchild of Hiromou Arakawa





Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on November 04, 2015, 08:29:02 pm
Thanks, Joshua! I'll keep an eye out for Revival House in particular. (If you want to leave a comment on the blog as well, we'll collate people's recommendations there...)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on November 29, 2015, 10:52:25 pm
The table of contents of our TFF-X: ten years of The Future Fire anthology, which goes on sale in December:


The fabulous cover art by Cécile Matthey is also previewed on our Press Page (http://press.futurefire.net/p/tff-x.html).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 13, 2015, 08:20:33 pm
Our latest anthology TFF-X: Ten years of The Future Fire is now on sale:


If anyone would like a review copy, we have some available; please give me a shout. There's a good mix of scifi, fantasy and horror (as well as more experimental) content in this one.
Title: Re: The Future Fire 35
Post by: Djibril on December 31, 2015, 06:27:09 pm
New Issue 2015.35 (http://futurefire.net/2015.35/)

Quote
“The waves of the Aegean are not just washing up dead refugees, dead children, but the very civilisation of Europe.”

—Alexis Tsipras

(http://futurefire.net/images/f35cover.jpg)
Cover art © 2015 Laura-Anca Adascalitei


E-book versions coming soon.

Review this issue on Goodreads. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28383060-the-future-fire-35)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on January 05, 2016, 11:55:35 pm
We got a lovely video review of the Accessing the Future (http://press.futurefire.net/p/accessing-future.html) anthology (disability-themed SF/F) from Erin on the YouTube channel "WafflesVeryHappy" a little while ago. It's so good for the soul to hear someone getting this enthusiastic about a book you helped publish! Check out the review at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456V9ayAOQg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456V9ayAOQg)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on January 20, 2016, 11:21:24 pm
We're running the mini-interviews with authors and artists from TFF #35 (http://futurefire.net/2015.35/index.html) over on fakebooc the next couple weeks. Starting with Pear Nuallak (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10153370336402717) (author of “Rice Mother in Red”) and Eric Asaris (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10153376865467717) (illustrator of “Lavender Tea”), the rest will follow at regular intervals—keep an eye on the TFF FB page (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) to catch them all.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on February 09, 2016, 10:30:56 pm
Cover reveal for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean horror anthology:

http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on February 16, 2016, 10:25:29 pm
Over the next couple weeks, on the Accessing the Future FB page (https://www.facebook.com/accessingfuture), we’re going to post a series of micro-interviews—authors and artists from the anthology asked each other questions, and gave short answers. Please feel free to comment, ask follow up questions, or otherwise interact there on the comment stream.

(And if you want to read the anthology beforehand so you know what they’re talking about, you know where to get it! The e-book is only £3. (http://press.futurefire.net/p/accessing-future.html))
Title: Fae Visions TOC reveal
Post by: Djibril on March 10, 2016, 10:15:23 pm
TOC reveal for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/03/fae-visions-of-mediterranean-toc.html) anthology (edited by Valeria Vitale for Futurefire.net Publishing):


This anthology will be out in May this year, but review copies are available sooner: get in touch if you'd like to request one!
Title: Fae Visions PW review
Post by: Djibril on March 12, 2016, 05:39:46 pm
Fae Visions of the Mediterranean has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly (http://publishersweekly.com/978-0-9573975-8-3), who had this to say about it:

Quote
This slim volume of 24 diverse stories and poems, most written in English, captures the magic and mystery of the Mediterranean and invites the reader to “see beyond what they think they already know.” In Dawn Vogel’s “Salt in Our Veins,” a teen girl is captured by Maltese pirates and calls on her mother, fabled to be a Nereid, for help, with surprising results. “Bilaadi” by S. Chakraborty, set in Cairo, heartbreakingly depicts an ancient river dweller who interferes in a human’s fate and must forsake the river that is the very essence of his existence. Angela Rega’s “The Return of Melusine” features a Venetian mermaid who abandons her tail for love; in the midst of Carnevale, when her human lover leaves her, she feels the call of her ocean family. In the sensual “Xandra’s Brine” by Claude Lalumière, a woman named Camille falls for the mysterious, beautiful Xandra and must decide what she would sacrifice for true love. Poems by Kelda Krich, Mari Ness, and others round out this unusual, lyrical collection.

We're pretty proud of this anthology, and we're glad they liked it too!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on April 17, 2016, 05:57:29 pm
You can now pre-order the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean e-book in Kindle (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01E2XWCRY/thefuturefire-21) or EPUB (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/630295) formats. (International Amazon links from the press page (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html).) “This speculative fiction anthology collects twenty-four pieces of bizarre, dark fiction and poetry, new and old; caring sea monsters, still dripping and briny; brave mermaids, merciless ghosts and bizarre creatures.”

Print and e-book coming May 2nd. Makes a great gift or holiday reading! :D
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on April 22, 2016, 10:56:24 pm
The first online review for the TFF-X: Ten years of The Future Fire anthology has appeared at the Nerds of a Feather (http://www.nerds-feather.com/2016/04/microreview-book-tff-x-ten-years-of.html) blog. Charles Payseur calls it a “stellar collection” and says that “TFF-X does exactly what it sets out to do, which is celebrate the publishing history of The Future Fire. From crushing tragedy to indomitable revolution, the stories all burn with hope.”

And he gives it an overall score of 9/10, “Nearly perfect.”
Title: The Future Fire 36
Post by: Djibril on April 25, 2016, 11:29:19 pm
Quote
“But when I woke up this morning, could’ve sworn it was judgment day.”
— (http://futurefire.net/images/prnc.gif)

Issue 2016.36 (http://futurefire.net/2016.36/)

(http://futurefire.net/images/f36cover.jpg)
Cover art © 2016 Pear Nuallak


E-book versions coming soon

Review this issue on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29988876-the-future-fire-36)
Title: #FaeVisions release
Post by: Djibril on May 02, 2016, 06:12:50 pm
Fae Visions of the Mediterranean: An Anthology of Horrors and Wonders of the Sea (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html), edited by Valeria Vitale and released by Futurefire.net Publishing, is now on sale in print and e-book from all online bookstores.

The TFF Press blog will be hosting a series of author interviews, guest posts, teaser images, and other fun content through May. I'll post occasional updates here too, in case you don't subscribe (but if you want to, you can sign up for emails from the sidebar (http://press.futurefire.net/)). Today's post is an interview with Croatian author Vladimira Becić, author of “Kod Kose i Sata”—translated as “The Scythe and the Hourglass” and published here in both Croatian and English versions. Check out her questions and answers at http://press.futurefire.net/2016/05/interview-with-vladimira-becic.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/05/interview-with-vladimira-becic.html).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on May 07, 2016, 02:28:43 pm
A handful of guest posts from and interviews with the authors of stories and poems in Fae Visions of the Mediterranean (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html), which we're celebrating at the TFF Press blog all this month:

Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on May 14, 2016, 02:19:29 pm
One of the authors in Fae Visions of the Mediterranean, Mattia Ravasi (“The Miracle Town”) has posted in the #FaeVisions campaign series a short video reviewing his top 5 novels with a Mediterranean setting.

https://youtu.be/N0I7Z_mm8ZA (https://youtu.be/N0I7Z_mm8ZA)

Any other recommendations for (especially fantasy or horror) novels set around or on the Mediterranean?
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on May 25, 2016, 02:30:27 pm
A few more author/editor/artist interviews and posts in the #FaeVisions of the Mediterreanean (http://press.futurefire.net/p/fae-visions.html) series:


We've also been running a series of interviews, guest posts and teasers on the TFF Press blog (see http://press.futurefire.net/search/label/Fae%20Visions (http://press.futurefire.net/search/label/Fae%20Visions)) and more fun to come between now and the end of the month!
Title: #FaeVisions giveaway
Post by: Djibril on May 27, 2016, 10:54:26 pm
If anyone is wondering what all the fuss is about and fancies a free copy of the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology of horrors and wonders of the sea, we're running a social media random giveaway. Simply post on Twitter or Facebook a short comment or image about the Mediterranean Sea (something fantastic, horrific, dreamy, weird, fun, or whatever) and include the hashtag #FaeVisions in the post. Every ten people who take part between now and May 31st we'll give away one e-book of the anthology to a randomly selected player. If more people play, we'll start giving away paperback copies too.

Full rules and regs at http://press.futurefire.net/2016/05/faevisions-giveaway.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/05/faevisions-giveaway.html)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on May 31, 2016, 09:57:29 pm
The last few stops in the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean blog tour coming up! The carnivale ends today, although if anyone would like to hear more about the anthology, interview any of the authors or editors, or see a review copy, do give me a shout.


(Bold items are not on the TFF blog.)

There's still a few hours left to enter the Twitter/Facebook giveaway (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/05/faevisions-giveaway.html)… if a few more people enter tonight, we'll give away a paperback copy as well as the e-books.
Title: Invitation to TFF book launch
Post by: Djibril on June 06, 2016, 11:00:35 pm
We’d like to invite all members of the BFS forums to a small launch party for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean horror/fantasy anthology if you can make it to London on Wednesday evening, June 22nd.

The event: FAE VISIONS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN BOOK LAUNCH
The time: 18:00, Wednesday June 22, 2016
The place: Upstairs function room, The Plough, 27 Museum St, London WC1A 1LH
Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=WC1A+1LH (https://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=WC1A+1LH)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1347595131922795/ (https://www.facebook.com/events/1347595131922795/)

We hope to be joined by the editors, Valeria Vitale and myself (Djibril al-Ayad), authors Rhys Hughes (http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=2390.0), Kalina Aïch, Kelda Crich, translator Arrate Hidalgo, and other friends. There will be copies of the anthology to examine or buy, and you can just hang out with us in the pub for a little while if that’s all you want. (Please reply at FB if you plan to come, so we get an idea of numbers.)
Title: Are you in London?
Post by: Djibril on June 19, 2016, 08:33:11 pm
Just nudging again to re-invite any BFS types or other friends to the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean book release party, next Wednesday (June 22) at 6pm, in the Plough (opposite the British Museum, central London). I know at least a couple of people from these forums will be there, and it would be lovely to put a few more faces to names if anyone else is around.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-laW_Xn-tWps/VyaJlyd4ErI/AAAAAAAABoQ/5A4JL2LFB4kx7DmEHjYZPQ-iiyOntHUWgCLcB/s320/FV_banner.jpg)

If you feel like it, RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/events/1347595131922795/ (https://www.facebook.com/events/1347595131922795/) if you think you might join us. Or just come along on a whim. :)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on June 23, 2016, 10:23:26 pm
Today on the TFF Press blog we run an interview with Bart Leib and Kay T. Holt, co-publishers of the acclaimed Long Hidden anthology, who are currently running a Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537879721/hidden-youth-speculative-stories-of-marginalized-c) to publish the follow-up anthology, Hidden Youth: Speculative stories of marginalized children. Bart and Kay talked about the anthologies, the fundraiser, childhood, and the future of the Crossed Genres publishing house.

http://press.futurefire.net/2016/06/interview-with-bart-kay-from-crossed.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/06/interview-with-bart-kay-from-crossed.html)

While you're there, consider backing the project and getting yourself a copy of the antho. It'll be well worth it, I guarantee…
Title: TFF micro-interviews
Post by: Djibril on June 25, 2016, 04:47:03 pm
We've been running micro-interviews with the authors and artists from issue #36 (http://futurefire.net/2016.36/index.html) over on the TFF Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) the last couple weeks. We asked 2–3 questions each of Chris Cartwright, Anna Sykora, Michael Díaz Feito, Pear Nuallak, A.J. Fitzwater, and more to come!

(I like the format of these short interviews. Still in two minds as to whether FB is the best place to run them though. Thoughts?)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on June 26, 2016, 10:01:22 pm
Quote
“Oui dehors il pleut mais cette pluie est délicieuse.
Dehors la vie est belle, que diable est-elle dangereuse.”

—HK et les Saltimbanks

(http://futurefire.net/images/f37cover.jpg) (http://futurefire.net/2016.37/)

Issue 2016.37 (http://futurefire.net/2016.37/)


E-book versions coming soon

Review this issue on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30755281-the-future-fire-37)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on July 24, 2016, 07:58:57 pm
We’re been running a short series of mini-interviews (2-3 questions) with the authors and artists of issue #37 (http://futurefire.net/2016.37/index.html) on the TFF Fakebooc page (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/). So far we have interviews with:


Follow or “like” the FB page (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) to catch up with the rest of the interviews as they come.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 06, 2016, 03:36:55 pm
A few more TFF mini-interviews that popped up in the last few days:


Again, like or follow the FB page (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) to catch any more that come up next.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 11, 2016, 11:33:51 am
Probably the last of the mini-interviews for #37: assistant editor and in-house illustrator Cécile Matthey (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10153833261217717) talks about seals, sea cucumbers and whales (not sure how this became a totally marine-themed interview!).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 13, 2016, 03:25:58 pm
On the TFF Press blog we occasionally interview or feature authors and other creators whose work in genre or other speculative fields touches on our interests. This month, Cait Coker interviews Ada Palmer (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/08/interview-with-ada-palmer.html), historian and author of Too Like the Lightning and the Terra Ignota trilogy (Tor). Ada talked about the Enlightenment, truth and heresy, old typography, and the God of War…

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hKJma3DpUU0/V6JkPX9aPfI/AAAAAAAAB38/ksDMEOIK-OYb-cDDt4Rb0-FXFG17oCjVQCLcB/s400/Ada%2Btoolikethelightning.jpg)
Title: Happy birthday James Tiptree, jr
Post by: Djibril on August 24, 2016, 04:01:37 pm
To celebrate the birthday of James R. Tiptree, jr. (pen name of Alice Sheldon), the three Guests of Honor from this year's WisCon have all shared their GoH speeches online today. Sofia Samatar has posted hers on the TFF Press blog, at http://press.futurefire.net/2016/08/sofia-samatar-goh-speech-for-wiscon-40.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/08/sofia-samatar-goh-speech-for-wiscon-40.html), on the subject of “Flight.”

The other WisCon 40 Guests, Nalo Hopkinson (http://nalohopkinson.com/1/post/2016/08/my-wiscon-2016-speech.html) and Justine Larbalestier (http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2016/08/24/my-wiscon-40-guest-of-honour-speech/) have also posted their speeches.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Tiptree_585x491.jpg)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 27, 2016, 05:15:58 pm
Artist Christine Cartwright has been illustrating stories for TFF for ten years now—she was introduced to us by our friends at the lamented Whispers of Wickedness in 2006, and her lovely digital work has been a regular fixture (http://futurefire.net/artists/index.html#ccartwright) ever since. A few days ago we invited her to our press blog to share some of her other work with us: book covers, illustrations, even a children's book of her own.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8k2ybsm0ESo/V6eXBI-2rKI/AAAAAAAAB4w/5pFieYCI3NU4Zsm4FuEFeC_hS3tNCdrRQCLcB/s320/cc-gina.png)

See some examples of Christine's cover art at our feature post (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/08/artist-feature-christina-cartwright.html), with some of the stories of the origins of the illustrations. We're very happy to have been working with her for so long, and look forward to continuing to do so for some time!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on August 30, 2016, 05:25:26 pm
This weekend we interviewed James Bennett (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/08/interview-with-james-bennett.html) (who has had a couple stories in our magazine over the years, and one in the TFF-X anthology) for the TFF Press blog. James talked to us about his new fantasy novel Chasing Embers, which is out next week, and about dragons, monsters, diversity, and traveling the world.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5iSINy4qnwo/V73ZTphu1iI/AAAAAAAAB6U/w3ls8GSiTHgWPEpzgwveFM1x2-MZm4jUQCLcB/s320/Chasing-Embers-final-visual-658x1024.jpg) (https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9780356506647)

Check out and pre-order Chasing Embers (https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9780356506647) at Orbit, it looks like a mighty good read, and James (http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=3097.0) has been a friend of the BFS for several years (and a great writer of horror and fantasy for many more!).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 03, 2016, 09:16:23 pm
TFF author (“Godwin's Law” TFF #34) Curtis C. Chen comes to the press blog (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/09/curtis-c-chen-i-gotta-wear-shades.html) to talk about optimistic science fiction, and why he prefers futures that are a bit better than the present, at least in some ways, to all the relentless gloom and grit of a dystopian.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zlOHGw6IA6M/V8cNUpcGRpI/AAAAAAAAB8A/BJf-FcD2fz0gvH6ZBhM_qQdb6q0v6IY7ACLcB/s320/waypointkangaroo.jpg)

Come for the talk of solar system colonization and social reconciliation, stay for Curtis's science fiction spy thriller Waypoint Kangaroo!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 14, 2016, 10:00:03 pm
Last week we had a visit from author Nisi Shawl (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/09/nisi-shawls-everfair.html), who kindly shared a few words about her thrilling new novel Everfair, a steampunk utopia set in an alternative nineteenth-century Congo. She talks about genius, community, diversity, and how readers dictate the importance of a work, not the author…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on September 17, 2016, 03:46:41 pm
 William Squirrell, editor of Big Echo: Critical SF, interviewed by Michael Díaz Feito (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/09/interview-with-william-squirrell.html) (who is one of two recent TFF authors with stories in the first issue of Big Echo, suggesting if nothing else that this new ’zine's editors have taste…)

 ;)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on October 02, 2016, 09:17:41 pm
We had a visit to the TFF press blog from Alison Littlewood, whose new novel The Hidden People, a dark mystery that mixes crime and superstition, is out next week. Alison told us a little about her inspiration for the book, the relationship between reality and fantasy, and belief in fairies and other traditional beliefs.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FJ69XSZu0kw/V-wh5b_dOtI/AAAAAAAAB-Y/AZf_eOJrgKcnBoXhDTBPeNI2aRYHON_TwCLcB/s320/TheHiddenPeopleCover.jpg)

Read her comments at http://press.futurefire.net/2016/09/alison-littlewood-on-hidden-people.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/09/alison-littlewood-on-hidden-people.html) (and consider pre-ordering the book already!).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on October 22, 2016, 02:14:31 pm
This week we ran an interview with legendary Ernest Hogan (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/10/interview-with-ernest-hogan.html), author of the Chicano SF novels Cortez on Jupiter, High Aztech, and Smoking Mirror Blues, as well as numerous short stories (including the great “Pancho Villa's Flying Circus” in our anthology We See a Different Frontier). Ernest talks a bit about his work, his writing process, the concept of "recomboculturalism" that he came up with, and the famous "Calacanaut" (illustrated below). Well worth a read!

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QqdSE5BfrJk/WAU5RlnE7aI/AAAAAAAAB_Q/XfLwujgw46M9huAslK5tVIiR6z6K2VDDwCLcB/s320/Calacanaut.jpg)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on October 26, 2016, 09:43:28 pm
This week we were visited by A.C. Buchanan of Capricious magazine (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/10/support-capricious-magazines-gender.html), who is fundraising for a special, gender diverse pronouns themed issue. It's a great theme, and knowing Andi's tastes as an editor it will doubtless also be a brilliant issue—well worth your chipping in to pick up a copy of. (The CFS also opens next week, so if you have any stories that might fit, now might be a good time to polish them up…)
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on November 07, 2016, 03:17:28 pm
The Future Fire 2016.38 (http://futurefire.net/2016.38/index.html)

(http://futurefire.net/images/f38cover.jpg)

Short stories

Novelettes

Poetry

Comment on the stories in this issue on the TFF blog. (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/10/new-issue-201638.html)
Title: Re: Polyamory in SFF
Post by: Djibril on November 25, 2016, 11:11:00 pm
On the TFF press blog this week, Su J. Sokol, author of the Sunburst Award-nominated Cycling to Asylum (and Je me souviens (http://futurefire.net/2012.24/fiction/jemesouviens.html) in TFF#24), speaks with panelists Redfern Jon Barrett (Liquid Loyalty (http://futurefire.net/2013.26/fiction/liquidloyalty.html) in TFF#26), Jacqueline Koyanagi, B R Sanders, and RoAnna Sylver, in a round-table discussion of polyamory, asexuality, and other diverse sexualities in speculative fiction (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/11/roundtable-polyamory-in-sff.html). These five authors have a lot of interesting things to say, other titles to recommend, and you could do a lot worse than following links to their own work!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on November 30, 2016, 10:32:24 pm
We're joined on the blog by Don Riggs (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/11/interview-with-don-riggs.html), a poet, scholar, writing tutor and Alice in Wonderland-enthusiast from Philadelphia, who has been reviewing for TFF-R (http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=3886.0) for a couple years now. Don talked to us about myth and legend, teaching, art, monsters, rings of hell, poetry, garbage and—of course—Alice in Wonderland!  ;D
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 05, 2016, 03:50:22 pm
We're having fun running a series of micro-interviews (2-3 questions, short answers) with the artists and authors from TFF#38 (http://futurefire.net/2016.38/) on Fakebooc this month. So far we have spoken (in an elevator, and transcribed their answers in shorthand) with:


You may like or follow https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/ (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/) if you want to catch the rest of these short but informative conversations as they come out.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 08, 2016, 10:23:26 pm
We have an interview with A.C. Buchanan (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/12/interview-with-ac-buchanan.html), editor of Capricious Magazine and author of the very fine “Puppetry” in our Accessing the Future anthology. A.C. talked to us about the magazine, gender diversity, their own writing, and space travel.

And in case you missed it, there are 4 days left on the Capricious fundraiser (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/capricious-the-gender-diverse-pronouns-issue-fantasy) which will allow them to publish a gender diverse pronouns issue of the magazine early next year. They're well over 50% funded, but need a bit more of a push to hit the next target. Because we want this to do well, if they reach $2500 by the end of the project, everyone who contributed $10 or more will get a free e-book copy of Accessing the Future (in addition to all the rewards they get anyway).

If you haven't yet, please consider pre-ordering this excellent publication: or pick yourself up a tote bag or Fuzzhog!
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 10, 2016, 06:42:33 pm
A couple more mini-interviews from TFF#38 (http://futurefire.net/2016.38/) contributors up at FB:
As always, more of these to come on our FB (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/) page.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 14, 2016, 07:41:57 pm
Our co-editor Valeria Vitale has interviewed Nick Wood (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/12/interview-with-nick-wood.html), author of the challenging alternative-history Apartheid novel Azanian Bridges, which was listed among the Guardian's best SF/F of 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/30/best-sf-and-fantasy-books-2016-adam-roberts) and blurbed by none less than Ursula K. Le Guin herself! (Nick also has a story in TFF#33, The Paragon of Knowlege (http://futurefire.net/2015.33/fiction/paragonofknowledge.html).)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VKAbbk1wZvs/WEyIk7AIV4I/AAAAAAAAFfI/8GtDsCU8kKMNiESnMLWYSGOA4gJ8-_Z7QCPcB/s320/book_azanian.jpg)

Read this interview in which he talks about psychology, empathy, racism and decolonizing language, and also gives us a long list of recommendations of African SFF and comics. Fascinating stuff.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 17, 2016, 10:14:58 pm
A few more mini-interviews posted this week:
Keep an eye on facebook.com/thefuturefire (http://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) for a few more going past next week…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 19, 2016, 11:46:01 pm
This week we have a guest post from Jo Thomas, author of the Elkie Bernstein trilogy of urban werewolf novels, co-editor of several anthologies over at Fox Spirit, and author of three fantasy and scifi stories in TFF. (* (http://futurefire.net/2012.25/fiction/goodform.html)) (* (http://futurefire.net/2013.28/fiction/huntingunicorns.html)) (* (http://futurefire.net/2015.32/fiction/invisibletide.html))

The Lost Manual for Life (™) (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/12/lost-manual-for-life.html)

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GHGRcteacYs/WEdL9cAURrI/AAAAAAAACGQ/L7hEX7vFWEs2Cwrz_0WVEGpaJJOCYdDMACLcB/s320/1ways.jpg)

Jo talks about her experience as a writer on the Autism Spectrum, likening this to going through life without being having given the users’ manual—just as her heroine Elkie has to fight twenty-five werewolves while writing the book for herself…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 23, 2016, 10:10:21 pm
Last couple of FB micro-interviews from TFF #38 before Christmas (and issue #39 due next week)…

Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 29, 2016, 12:07:36 am
Actually, two more mini-interviews unexpectedly came in after I wrote that last post, so here is the last link update before our next issue (due within days or hours). We ask our mini-interviewees two or three questions, and they reply in a couple sentences each, which we post on FB and link to their work in our latest issue (in this case #38). Our latest subjects…
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 30, 2016, 12:45:13 am
This week at the TFF blog we had a visit from Katrina S. Forest, whose wonderful mid-apocalyptic short story “The Poisoned City (http://futurefire.net/2014.31/fiction/poisonedcity.html)” appeared in The Future Fire #31 back in 2014, and a revised version is now the title story in her self-published SF and Fantasy collection The Poisoned City and Other Stories (https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M63KSW5/thefuturefire-21). She answered a few questions about her writing, collaboration, and learning d/Deaf sign language.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zBlqIRRMJJ8/WGUwIG-E4vI/AAAAAAAACH4/mKBPMR-GtOAB-cpPjq9-zYCb8lA1In1bgCLcB/s320/PoisonedCity_Ebook.jpg) (https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M63KSW5/thefuturefire-21)

Read our interview with Katrina S. Forest here (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/12/interview-with-katrina-s-forest.html).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 31, 2016, 07:45:46 pm
This week sees the release of TFF Issue 2016.39 (http://futurefire.net/2016.39/), the last of this year, featuring wonderful work from seven authors and five illustrators. We’re really proud of this issue, and feel it does justice to a hard year.

(http://futurefire.net/images/f39cover.jpg)
Flash fiction
Short stories
Novelettes
Poetry
If you like any of the work in issue #39, please feel free to leave a comment at the Press Blog (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/12/new-issue-201639.html) saying so, or even leave a rating or review at Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33640338-the-future-fire-39).
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on January 14, 2017, 12:15:17 pm
We did get one last micro-interview from one of the artists of issue #38: Miguel Santos, illustrator of “Siv Delfin” (https://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire/posts/10154264487937717) talks about his illustrating style for this dystopian noir piece, and his ideal wonder-drug.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on January 21, 2017, 06:17:23 pm
Last week we posted an interview with Margrét Helgadóttir (http://press.futurefire.net/2017/01/interview-with-margret-helgadottir.html), editor of the Asian Monsters anthology from Fox Spirit Books (and co-editor of the two previous volumes European Monsters and African Monsters), in which she talks about the coverage and variety of each volume, the importance of illustration and other images, and the future installments of the World of Monsters series.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on October 24, 2017, 08:52:28 pm
This week we've been posting mini-interviews on Fakebooc with all the authors and artists who contributed to TFF #42 (http://futurefire.net/2017.42/index.html). These will keep coming every couple of days for a while yet, but the people we've interviewed so far include:


I'll try to remember to post updates here, but follow or keep an eye on the TFF page (http://www.facebook.com/thefuturefire) if you want to be sure not to miss anything.
Title: Re: The Future Fire
Post by: Djibril on December 05, 2018, 11:07:20 pm
Interview with Ephiny Gale (http://press.futurefire.net/2018/12/interview-with-ephiny-gale.html)

Our friend Ephiny Gale (whose lovely story “The Light Princess (http://futurefire.net/2013.27/fiction/lightprincess.html)” appeared in The Future Fire in 2013, and “Five Tales of the Rose Palace (http://futurefire.net/2018.46/fiction/fivetales.html)” in 2018) has released a collection of her fantastic and unconventional short stories this week, under the title Next Curious Thing from Foxgrove Press. To celebrate this release, we invited Ephiny to the TFF Press blog to tell us a little more about her work.

Full interview at http://press.futurefire.net/2018/12/interview-with-ephiny-gale.html (http://press.futurefire.net/2018/12/interview-with-ephiny-gale.html)