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The Future Fire
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:03:14 AM »
The Future Fire 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…)
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Re: The Future Fire
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 10:16:41 PM »
The latest issue of TFF -- 2014.30 -- is online at 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", but none of them is hard SF, and I think you'll enjoy them all.)


We're posting a series of mini-interviews with all the authors and artists in this issue in the TFF Facebook 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).
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Re: The Future Fire
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: The Future Fire
« Reply #3 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.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014, 05:59:34 PM »
New Issue 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 | Mobi

cover art © 2014 Martin Hanford
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« Reply #5 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

(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.)
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« Reply #6 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!


The stories:
  • Nicolette Barischoff “Pirate Songs”
  • Sarah Pinsker “Pay Attention”
  • Margaret Killjoy “Invisible People”
  • Joyce Chng “The Lessons of the Moon”
  • Samantha Rich “Screens”
  • Sara Patterson “A Sense All its Own”
  • Kate O'Connor “Better to Have Loved”
  • Toby MacNutt “Morphic Resonance”
  • Louise Hughes “Losing Touch”
  • Jack Hollis Marr “into the waters i rode down”
  • Petra Kuppers “Playa Song”
  • A.C. Buchanan “Puppetry”
  • A.F. Sanchez “Lyric”
  • Rachael K. Jones “Courting the Silent Sun”
  • David Jón Fuller “In Open Air”

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 and on the AtF Press Page.
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Re: The Future Fire
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2015, 06:22:58 AM »
Great cover! Looking forward to it.

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« Reply #8 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/

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Cover illustration © 2015, Cécile Matthey
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Re: The Future Fire
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2015, 04:31:40 PM »
Congratulations on the ten-year anniversary. Well done on keeping it going.

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« Reply #10 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.)
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« Reply #11 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.
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« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Call for submissions: Fae Visions of the Meiterranean
« Reply #13 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
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« Reply #14 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.
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