For immediate release
November 12th, 2020
Hugo Award winners headline queer speculative fiction anthology
SEATTLE, WA: Hugo Award winners Charlie Jane Anders and Zen Cho feature in It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility, a fiction anthology newly launched on Kickstarter. The anthology collects positive, uplifting stories envisioning queer affirmation and joy through the lens of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative subgenres.
“As a queer person of color, I was downright sick of seeing stories where queer people suffer,” said co-editor Isabela Oliveira. “Even today, it’s tough to find media where terrible things don’t happen to us and tougher to find uplifting stories about people who share more than one of my marginalized identities. I want to create something that would give my younger self hope.”
Other anthology authors include Amy Griswold, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award; Nibedita Sen, nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and the Astounding Award for Best New Author; and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, nominee for the Nebula and Otherwise Awards. In addition to the Hugo, Anders has won the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, Theodore Sturgeon, and Lambda Awards, and Cho has won the Crawford and British Fantasy Awards.
After the campaign reaches its funding goal, the anthology will open to new submissions from anyone. The editors aim to feature new and little-known authors beside established names, in keeping with the project’s focus on community. “We really want to support and promote people who are just starting out, and people who have been writing for a long time but haven’t gotten much recognition,” said co-editor Jed Sabin.
Sabin is an author as well, and knows the market for speculative fiction. “There are a ton of great short stories out there seeking homes, and not a lot of venues paying pro rates,” they said. “We’re excited to see what comes in!”
The campaign offers an ebook and a physical book as well as higher reward tiers for art cards, backer messages printed in the book, donations of the anthology to community organizations, an advance reading of a story before publication, and a personalized list of queer movie recommendations.
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