An anthology of science flash fiction with work from Jonathan Lethem, J. Robert Lennon, Lynne Tillman, J. G. Ballard, and many more!
UPDATE 7/02: We've hit our first stretch goal which means the book will be hardcover!
UPDATE 6/24: We are excited to announce Gigantic Worlds will include rare and previously uncollected work from J. G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick!
UPDATE 6/21: We are thrilled and humbled to say we've hit our initial goal! Stretch goals added below.
UPDATE 6/19: We are insanely excited to announce that the great Michael DeForge will be doing the cover for the anthology!
What is Gigantic Worlds?
The weeping planet of sadness, the cackling planet of joy, the realm of night and nightmares, a city composed entirely of clones of 18th-century novelists, and the world of mole people tunneling mere miles below our feet...
Gigantic Worlds, the first ever title from Gigantic Books, will be an anthology of science flash fiction and art published simultaneously in print and e-book form. The anthology will feature original work by contemporary writers such as Jonathan Lethem, Ed Park, J. Robert Lennon, Lynne Tillman, and Matt Bell (see list below).
These stories will transport you to other worlds—realms of the unknown, the unbelievable, the logically illogical, and the disturbing or disturbed.
And unlike the disposable paperbacks and poorly formatted e-books that litter garbage dumps both terrestrial and virtual, Gigantic Worlds will be a beautiful art object that deserves a permanent place on your shelf or hard drive. Both the e-book and print editions will feature gorgeous color illustrations by contemporary artists such as Michael DeForge, Luisa Kazanas, and Panayiotis Terzis.
Why science flash fiction?
We could talk about how in an age of Google Glass and remote-controlled drones our own reality is becoming increasingly unreal, making science fiction more important than ever. But really we’re just huge fans of the genre. Although our background is in the “literary” world, we’ve always thought the barrier between “literary” and “genre” is about as solid as a hologram. Gigantic Worlds will feature a wide range of work from a wide variety of authors, so whether “science fiction” to you means J. G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, H. P. Lovecraft, or Italo Calvino, you will find work inside that you will love.
Why flash fiction? Gigantic has always focused on flash fiction. It is simply what we love, know, and do best. Science flash fiction poses a unique challenge, since the author has a limited number of words to impart a whole other reality. But if all the matter in the universe was compacted into a singularity before exploding out in a big bang, we are confident our writers can wow you in a few hundred words.
Who will be in it?
Authors already on board include:
- Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude
- J. Robert Lennon, author of Castle
- Lynne Tillman, author of Someday This Will Be Funny
- Laird Barron, author of The Croning
- Grace Krilanovich, author of The Orange Eats Creeps
- Ed Park, author of Personal Days
- Christopher Kennedy, author of Nietzsche's Horse
- Matt Bell, author of Cataclysm Baby
- Alexandra Chasin, author of Brief
- Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen
- Kyle Minor, author of In the Devil's Territory
- Adrian Van Young, author of The Man Who Noticed Everything
- Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
- Clancy Martin, author of How to Sell
- Seth Fried, author of The Great Frustration
- Corey Zeller, author of Man Vs Sky
- James Brubaker, music editor at The Fiddleback
- Ben Segal, ed. of The Official Catalog of the LIbrary of Potential Literature
- Blake Butler, author of There Is No Year
- Helen Phillips, author of And Yet They Were Happy
- Virginia Zech
- Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection
- J. G. Ballard (rare and previously uncollected work)
- Philip K. Dick (rare and previously uncollected work)
- and more to come!
We are also looking for submissions from YOU. In addition to aesthetic diversity, Gigantic Books thinks it’s important to maintain diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, and country (or planet) of origin. We encourage writers from all backgrounds and all known points of the universe to submit.
We have an open submission period—right now!—so click here to see our guidelines. Submit and donate and be a part of the very anthology you help create!
Where will the money go?
How amazing we can make Gigantic Worlds depends on how much you give. As long as we hit our minimum goal, Gigantic Worlds will be a beautifully designed and illustrated full-length book on high-quality paper. But the more money we raise, the more we can do. More illustrations, more color, more content, a guaranteed professional rate for our contributors, and all the bells and whistles at our designer’s hands, from linen-bound hardcover to hot foil stamping.
Our expenses include: printing with color illustrations, ISBN purchase, Kickstarter fees, design, website, and shipping.
When can I get my hands/tentacles/clamps on it?
Gigantic Worlds will be out by the end of 2013. It will then be made available online and at select independent bookstores. Backers will have their copies beamed to their homes first.
Gigantic is a Brooklyn-based magazine of short prose and art edited by Lincoln Michel and James Yeh. The magazine is known for its innovative, handcrafted design, as well as its aesthetically-driven flash fiction. Gigantic Worlds, the first title from Gigantic Books, will feature the same attention to design and aesthetic vision.
The Gigantic Worlds Team
Lincoln Michel is a cofounder and coeditor of Gigantic. His fiction appears in Tin House, NOON, Unstuck, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. All of his stories are recorded from the mutterings of sleeping children as they channel unknown horrors from another plane.
Nadxieli Nieto is the managing editor of NOON, a former editor-in-chief of Salt Hill Journal, and the principal book designer and editor at Nieto Books. Her writing appears in New York Tyrant, Washington Square Review, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. She is the 6.2 version of the NietoCorp's Designer/Destroyer Bot, executive edition line.
Michael Barron is an editor at New Directions, and a percussionist for the experimental noise group Megafortress. Unlike most time travelers, Michael is visiting 2013 from a distant past that discovered time travel while attempting to develop the wheel.
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Gigantic has been making beautiful and acclaimed magazines since 2009, but Gigantic Worlds will be our first full-fledged book. As such, it will require a lot more work, effort, and money to make. Our editorial and design team have been working on fiction and books for years, and are putting our passion into this project. Once Gigantic Worlds gets made, you can expect equally awesome titles from Gigantic Books in the future.
You can check back in with us as we add more authors and artists, and stay updated on our progress.
Your support will make Gigantic Worlds a science fiction reality!
There is a link to our submissions page and guidelines above, but if you missed it:
Without waxing philosophically, flash fiction is simply very short fiction. We are capping submissions at 1,200 words.
Yes! We've (luckily) raised enough that we will definitely be paying our contributors!