Update: This post is being written LIVE in Daegu, South Korea. After a lot of hand-wringing and gnome-slapping, my wife and I have finally made it across the world. It’s a wonderful experience, even now at the beginning, and I thank you in advance for your well wishes and prayers.
Because it’s been such a long day here (mostly laundry) (and beer), I’ll keep this relatively short.
If you’ve read any of this blog, you know how I feel about representation of people of color in speculative fiction and nerd/geek culture.
My reading and writing choices are directly influenced by my belief that PoC should be better (and more frequently) represented in fiction, especially speculative fiction.
A couple of months back, I got invited by my good man, John Henton look-alike, and superb fiction writer Daniel José Older to submit a story to Long Hidden, an anthology slated to be published by Crossed Genres that aims to highlight speculative fiction historical works written by and featuring authors of color.
From the announcement:
Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center. People with less power, money, or status–enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others–are relegated to the margins. Today, mainstream history continues to perpetuate one-sided versions of the past while mistelling or erasing the stories of the rest of the world.
There is a long and honorable legacy of literary resistance to erasure. This anthology partakes of that legacy. It will feature stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist–an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange–on real past events.
After my own heart.
The list of authors signed up to contribute to this anthology is amazing. I cut my teeth on Tananarive Due’s African Immortals series. Just yesterday, Nnedi Okorafor’s African Sunrise made me shed a couple’a R.N.T.’s. Kima Jones‘ writing burns my skin in the best kind of way.
This promises to be an epic gathering. All that’s needed is your support.
Here’s a link to the anthology’s kickstarter page. If you feel half the way that I do about the necessity of supporting great literature and art, then you can come up with a small something to support this effort.
That’s all I got for today. Beer is calling and towels need…hanging. Because apparently, dryers aren’t a thing in South Korea.
Y’all be easy!