Anthologies: The Literary Cornucopia - The Melting Pot
Short fiction has always been with us, but now it seems to be BOOMING! From novellas to flash fiction, new and established voices have found a medium to tell their stores. With the advent of e-publishing and on-demand printing, no longer do authors have to wait for publishers or magazine markets to decide to acquire their short fiction. Now groups of authors are teaming up to produce their own anthologies. I love anthologies, so be prepared to see several of these works featured in future posts.
As the USA prepares for Thanksgiving feasts, let’s add some short and sweet anthology flavors to the melting pot!
Wow – just WOW! I don’t know if you can get more multicultural than this collection of speculative fiction. There is truly something for just about everyone in this book. From 1919 Wales to 1870 Memphis, Tennessee to 1645 Yangzhou, China, Long Hidden is like peeking through passing windows into different places and times.
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older
In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again – from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman's desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a forest spirit helps a young girl defend her land from American occupiers.
These gripping stories have been passed down through the generations, hidden between the lines of journal entries and love letters. Now 27 of today's finest authors – including Tananarive Due, Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Victor LaValle, Nnedi Okorafor, and Sabrina Vourvoulias – reveal the people whose lives have been pushed to the margins of history.
What is ‘Steamfunk’? Steamfunk is a steampunk aesthetic applied to an Afrocentric world. All too often, diversity and multiculturalism are missing from steampunk worlds. Steamfunk! broadens the cultural landscape beyond the traditional steampunk Eurocentric lens. In this collection you’ll find skilled gunslingers, a mechanical man on a mission, women with guts, and men with swagger.
Steamfunk! Edited by Milton J. Davis and Balogun Ojetade
A witch, more machine than human, judges the character of the wicked and hands out justice in a ravaged Chicago. John Henry wields his mighty hammers in a war against machines and the undead. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman rule a country of freed slaves that rivals - and often bests - England and France in power and technology. You will find all this - and much more - between the pages of Steamfunk, an anthology of incredible stories by some of today's greatest authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Steamfunk - African and African American-inspired Steampunk. Editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade have put together a masterful work guaranteed to transport you to new worlds. Worlds of adventure; of terror; of war and wonder; of iron and steam. Open these pages and traverse the lumineferous aether to the world of Steamfunk!
When you crack open this book you’ll find everything from a baseball game that determines the future of our beloved planet earth to a murder mystery set in Japan. The story lengths vary from one page to novella length, which makes it a good read for road warrior travelers and those of us who still enjoy a quick bedtime story.
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond sets a bold new course for anthologies by showcasing work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside speculative fiction. The writers in this anthology have earned such honors as the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker, among others. They have garnered numerous accolades and have sold millions of books around the world. Many of their names are likely to be new to you; Mothership is your invitation to get acquainted with them and their writing.
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.
With my business partner, Therese Patrick, I work to demystify marketing principles for my author friends. Our first book, Author Marketing 101 Guide & Journal, was published by Gazebo Gardens Publishing and released in October 2013.
Steampunk, futurist, blerd, artist, author, and marketing maven…a real creative force of nature – that’s me in a nutshell.
Keep tabs on my adventures via my blog, Morgan’s Mix Tape, on my website: http://www.cmorgankennedy.com.