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About this project

Fantastic Stories prides itself on being open to under represented voices. Science fiction and fantasy should encompass the totality of the human experience, in all of its diversity and complexity. Fantastic is determined to help build a more inclusive, realistic vision of the future.

Currently, Fantastic Stories is a bimonthly webzine paying fifteen cents per word for original fiction. To increase the visibility of our outreach to diverse voices, we have decided to run special Take Over issues that feature an under represented demographic. 

Each issue will have a guest editor and will run on an off month from our regularly scheduled issues. Our first issue will be a Queers Take Over issue. 

Guest Editor: Lynne Jamneck

Lynne Jamneck has agreed to helm this special issue. You may be familiar with her as the editor of Dreams from the Witch House and the Lambda-nominated anthology Periphery. We are overjoyed to have such a steady and competent hand steering our first Take Over issue.

Guest Illustrator: Holly Heisey

The issue’s illustrator will be Holly Heisey: an illustrator / designer with a lifelong love of SF and fantasy. She’s produced a series of exquisite covers for hot indie authors and small presses, and when not working on commission, she can be found painting spaceships. Holly is also an author and member of SFWA.

Each issue of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination features two original stories and three reprints, as well as five columns of interest to genre readers. We also offer a blog where writers and artists can take center stage, and tell you about their latest projects. FSI exists to bring you some of the very best in science fiction and fantasy.

STRETCH GOALS:

Should we exceed our initial goal we will reward our backers with the following additional stretch goals.  

  • $12,000: Initial goal
  • $17,000: All five stories become original stories
  • $20,000: Podcast added
  • $25,000 Second special issue added 
  • $40,000: Third special issue added, and we'll produce a print anthology of all of the stories from all three spacial issue
  • $50,000: Payment to 20 cents per word on all stories

We Need Your Help!

We're very excited about these issues, and we wanted to be able to do them right. If you want to see GLBTQ characters reimagining, rebuilding, remaking, genre fiction you need to stand up and be counted.

Genre fiction is a family, a family that has always included GLBTQIA. Now, the deepest and most intimate relationships shared by these family members can inform a new kind of story which is welcoming, diverse, and most importantly, Fantastic.

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Written from the heart, these stories can have a huge impact on our genre fiction family. The recent struggles in our awards culture are a sign of how vital and challenging these new voices have become. 

This particular project is close to the FSI staff's heart because our families are GLBTQIA families, too. As friends and allies and fathers and we have cheered at the great strides made in recent years by and for and with our families. 

This issue (hopefully antho, see our stretch goals!)  is our small part, what we can do now, and we offer it to our genre family and our GLBTQ family, with great love and affection.

Sincerely,

Warren Lapine

Editor/publisher FSi

Risks and challenges

While publishing a top-flight webzine that not only pays writers, but pays them a top rate can be challenging, FSI is now in its third year of publishing and in that time it has not missed a single issue. FSI’s staff have decades of publishing experience and our publisher has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Chesley Award. Simply put, FSI has shown that it can be counted on to deliver on its promises.

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    FSI TAKE OVER: You'll get an e-pub/mobi editions of our two most recent back issues and a copy of the first Take Over issue. ($10.00 value.)

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    FSI SUPER TAKE OVER: You get an e-book of the Queers take over issue of FSI and e-pubs/mobi editions of the entire 2015 year of FSI as well as your name on a page of our website thanking you for your support. ($24.00 value) You will also get the additional special issues and anthology offered in our stretch goals, assuming those get unlocked. (E-pubs/mobi. Up to an additional $15.00 in value.)

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    FSI MEGA SUPER TAKE OVER: You get the SUPER TAKE OVER reward + all of the back issues from 2014. (At least a $39.00 value.)

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    FANTASTIC: You get the MEGA SUPER TAKE OVER reward + a one year subscription to FSI. (At least a $56.00 value.)

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    FANTASTIC STORIES: You get the FANTASTIC reward + 2 year subscription, and a copy of the Queers Take Over FSI anthology in trade paperback if we unlock that stretch goal. (At least a $75.00 value.)

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    FANTASTIC STORIES OF THE IMAGINATION: You get the FANTASTIC STORIES reward + a hardcover anthology in the place of the trade paperback if we unlock that stretch goal. If we do not unlock that goal, you'll get a hardcover copy of the year-end anthology from FSI's 2016 year, which will then include the stories from the Take Over issue(s). (At least a $100.00 value.)

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    T-SHIRT: You will get everything in the FANTASTIC STORIES OF THE IMAGINATION reward + a Take Over T-shirt. (At least a $125.00 value.)

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    DEDICATION: You get everything in the T-SHIRT reward + you get to write the dedication for the anthology, if we unlock that perk. (if we do not unlock that stretch goal, you get to write the dedication for the the year-end anthology from FSI's 2016 year which will then include the stories from the Take Over issue(s). (Note FSI reserves the right to reject a dedication if FSI finds said dedication objectionable or offensive. In that eventuality the donation will be refunded.)

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