We believe that science fiction/fantasy fans and music fans have been waiting for this mashup of punk rock and speculative fiction, A Punk Rock Future, forever.
Why now for this anthology? A punk strain not only runs through music and art but right through the heart of SFFH (think cyberpunk, steampunk, solarpunk, silkpunk, hopepunk, ecopunk, or whatever punk).
We know that great stories are out there because we've already read them in our submissions pile. In fact, it is the forward-thinking science fiction and fantasy community that is propelling all things punk into the future.
Want a recent published example of the kind of story you'll read in A Punk Rock Future? The Big So-So by Erica Satifka in Interzone. Or read Sarah Pinsker’s Nebula Award winner, Our Lady of the Open Road, published in Asimov’s. These influential stories were inspirations for this anthology.
The big news is that we will have stories from both writers in A Punk Rock Future!
Satifka has written a sequel to The Big So-So, and we are very lucky to have that story in our anthology! Satifka is a writer from the Philip K. Dick tradition and a winner of a British Fantasy award as best newcomer for her debut novel Stay Crazy.
We are also extremely fortunate to include a story from Pinsker in A Punk Rock Future. A musician, Pinsker is breaking all kinds of new ground as a leading writer of music-infused science fiction and fantasy stories. She'll have much more from this world when her debut novel, Song for a New Day, is published in September 2019!
There are more great stories on tap in A Punk Rock Future with possibly another short submission period specifically for flash fiction, if we are funded!
We’re thrilled by the response from writers and music fans and want to make sure that as many new voices as possible get into A Punk Rock Future!
Here's some of the writer line-up so far for A Punk Rock Future:
Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly artificial construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm. She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos. Her debut novel Stay Crazy (Apex Publications) won the 2017 British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, and her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Interzone, and The Dark. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats, and is currently at work on more stories involving the band from "Trial and Terror."
Sarah Pinsker is a science fiction and fantasy short fiction author whose stories have appeared in publications such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lightspeed, along with multiple "year's best" collections. A six-time finalist for the Nebula Award and two-time Hugo finalist, Pinsker won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novelette. Her fiction has also won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and been on the shortlist for the Tiptree Award.
Spencer Ellsworth has been writing since he learned how. His short fiction has previously appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and at Tor.com. His space opera trilogy, A Red Peace, Shadow Sun Seven & Memory's Blade, was released by Tor in 2017 and 2018. Over the years, he's worked as a wilderness survival instructor, paraeducator in a special education classroom, and in publishing; he currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children and works at a small tribal college on a Native American reservation.
Margaret Killjoy is an author, musician and anarchist with a long history of itinerancy who currently calls Appalachia home. When she's not writing, she can be found organizing to end hierarchy, crafting, or complaining about being old despite not being old at all. Her books include A Country of Ghosts (Combustion Books, 2014) and the Danielle Cain series (Tor.com, 2017-). She blogs at www.birdsbeforethestorm.net and says things @magpiekilljoy on twitter. Killjoy produces dark electronica as Nomadic War Machine and atmospheric black metal as Feminazgûl. Killjoy is a Shirley Jackson award nominee for The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, published by Tor.com.
Izzy Wasserstein is a writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming from Clarkesworld, Apex, and Fireside Magazine, among others. Her most recent poetry collection is When Creation Falls (Meadowlark Books, 2018). She shares a home with the writer Nora E. Derrington and a variety of fury companions. Reports that she is actually a cyborg fox remain unconfirmed.
Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, and the editor-in-chief of sub-Q Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places. Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family—although if anyone asks, he’ll usually say he’s from the Internet.
Michael Harris Cohen has work published or forthcoming in various magazines and anthologies including F(r)iction, Black Candies, Fiction International, The Dark, Catapult’s Tiny Crimes, and Conjunctions. He is the winner of F(r)iction's short story contest, judged by Mercedes Yardley, as well as the Modern Grimmoire Literary Prize. He’s received a Fulbright grant for literary translation and fellowships from The Djerassi Foundation, OMI International Arts Center, Jentel, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation. His first book,The Eyes, was published by the once marvelous but now defunct Mixer Publishing. He lives with his wife and daughters in Sofia and teaches in the department of Literature and Theater at the American University in Bulgaria.
Corey J. White is the author of The VoidWitch Saga – Killing Gravity, Void Black Shadow, and Static Ruin – published by Tor. He studied writing at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. Find him online at coreyjwhite.com.
This just in: There’s more! Stories from Maria Haskins! Kurt Pankau! Zandra Renwick! Marie Vibbert! P.A. Cornell! Jennifer Lee Rossman! M. Lopes da Silva! R. K. Duncan! Steven Assarian! Dawn Vogel! Matt Bechtel! Josh Rountree! Vaughan Stanger!
And still more stories to be announced.
How Will We Do This?
We believe there’s an opportunity to reach a wider audience, beyond SFFH. To music fans. To fans of punk. Too often we've been told by writers that publishers don’t spend enough on marketing, particularly for anthologies. That’s mostly where we want your money to go and toward buying more stories, adding art, and possibly giving a pay increase to writers!
We want these great writers' visions of punk futures to be read by as many fans, of fiction and music, as possible. We think we can pull some new fans into each genre. We want to bring both communities together in A Punk Rock Future.
We believe in this project so much so that we're putting in our resources upfront to make sure the project is a go. But without you, it won’t be close to the project it could be. We need you and your enthusiasm for these writers, for great science fiction/fantasy/horror stories, and punk rock music!
A little more about us. This anthology was conceived by editor Steve Zisson, a speculative fiction writer, science journalist, and nonfiction publisher. He has brought together a group of futurists/punks to produce A Punk Rock Future.
Editorial staff includes writers, editors, music journalists, artists, musicians, and former colleagues from a music/entertainment market research firm, but all with a common love of great stories (science fiction, fantasy and horror) and punk rock music.
Assistant editors include Dave Brigham, Jay Kumar, Karyn Korieth, Ric Dube, Jay Breitling, and artist/assistant editor Eva Heaps.
If we reach $7,500, we'll add some internal illustrations for the book.
If we reach $10,000, it's bonus pay time for writers! An extra 2 cents per word for a total of 8 cents per word.
If we reach $15,000, we'll have a launch party with a punk band(s).
If we reach $20,000, we'll add an audiobook.
If we reach $22,500, we'll add music from an awesome punk band(s) to the audiobook.
Another Open Submission Period?
To encourage new writers, as well as to maintain the spirit of punk/garage rock, we already had an open submission from May 1 until August 15 and received 341 stories from so many great writers. We accepted just one solicited story and 20 directly from the slush. So our open submission period was truly open. We believe in open submissions so much so that if we are funded, we'll have another very short submission period of two weeks for stories up to 1,500 words. We'd love a few more stories on the shorter, flash fiction end.
Risks and challenges
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