Every year the Hugo Award administrators release a longer list of stories that received the most nominations by the fans who vote for the Hugo Awards. The purpose of the Long List Anthology is to get more of the works loved by Hugo Award voters to readers in one convenient package. This is the fourth annual volume of the anthology. There are some familiar author names in the book, as well as some authors who are new to the series.
The first three volumes were all funded on Kickstarters--including works by writers including Eugie Foster, Mary Robinette Kowal, Caroline M. Yoachim, Elizabeth Bear, Amal El-Mohtar, Aliette de Bodard, Scott Lynch, Rachel Swirsky, Kai Ashante Wilson, Ken Liu, David D. Levine, Alyssa Wong, and Ann Leckie--and they all succeeded and have gone on to sell steadily on ebook vendors after the Kickstarter as well, selling more than 10,000 copies.
The base goal of the campaign will include only the short stories. There will be stretch goals to add novelettes. The goals listed here include only stories that I've heard agreement back from the authors--some queries to authors are still pending, there may be another story or two added as an additional stretch goal. If these stretch goals are reached, I may add on other goals as well.
This project is not endorsed by nor affiliated with the Hugo awards, WSFS, WorldCon, or any associated entities. The Hugo name is used with permission. Please note that the anthology is NOT called "The Hugo Long List Anthology". It is called "The Long List Anthology", or the full wordy title: "The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List". (I'm noting this because it's pretty commonly referred to by the wrong name)
The cover art was created by Amanda Makepeace (who you remember as the cover illustrator for Volume 3).
WHAT STORIES WILL BE IN THE ANTHOLOGY?
Short Stories (base goal)
"Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue" by Charlie Jane Anders
"Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance" by Tobias S. Buckell
"The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom" by Max Gladstone
"Paradox" by Naomi Kritzer
"Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty's Place Cafe" by Naomi Kritzer
"Utopia, LOL?" by Jamie Wahls
"Confessions of a Con Girl" by Nick Wolven
Novelettes (stretch goal at $2900)
"Angel of the Blockade" by Alex Acks
"Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics" by Jess Barber and Sara Saab
"The Fisher of Bones" by Sarah Gailey
"Crispin's Model" by Max Gladstone
"The Worshipful Society of Glovers" by Mary Robinette Kowal
"A Human Stain" by Kelly Robson
"The Dark Birds" by Ursula Vernon
"Waiting on a Bright Moon" by JY Yang
The authors will be paid 1 cent/word advance with pro-rata share of 50% of the royalties.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
Long List Anthology Volume 1 Ebook
This was the first in the anthology series, Kickstarted and published in 2015, with stories by Elizabeth Bear, Annie Bellet, Aliette de Bodard, Tom Crosshill, Amal El-Mohtar, Ruthanna Emrys, Eugie Foster, Max Gladstone, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Rachael K. Jones, T. Kingfisher, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Scott Lynch, Carmen Maria Machado, Usman T. Malik, Sam J. Miller, Rachel Swirsky, Kai Ashante Wilson, Xia Jia, with cover art by Galen Dara.
Long List Anthology Volume 2 Ebook
This was Kickstarted and published in 2016, with stories and a couple pieces of nonfiction by Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Megan Grey, Nicola Griffith, Rose Lemberg, David D Levine, Usman T. Malik, Seanan McGuire, Tamsyn Muir, Sarah Pinsker, Martin L. Shoemaker, Catherynne M. Valente, Ursula Vernon, Kai Ashante Wilson, Alyssa Wong, and with original commissioned cover art by Galen Dara.
Long List Anthology Volume 3 Ebook
This was Kickstarted and published in 2016, with stories and a couple pieces of nonfiction by Aliette de Bodard, P. Djèlí Clark, S.B. Divya, Theodora Goss, Gu Shi, Joseph Allen Hill, Rebecca Ann Jordan, Cassandra Khaw, Mary Robinette Kowal, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ian R. MacLeod, Seanan McGuire, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo, Jason Sanford, Lavie Tidhar, Ursula Vernon, Caroline M. Yoachim, and with art by Amanda Makepeace.
Diabolical Plots: The First Years
This anthology collects all 25 stories that were first published in the first two years of Diabolical Plots. Stories by Daniel Ausema, Davian Aw, Thomas Berubeg, J.D. Carelli, Chloe N. Clark, Lee Budar-Danoff, Andy Dudak, Rebecca Fraimow, Joshua Gage, Adam Gaylord, Tina Gower, Rachael K. Jones, PC Keeler, Emma McDonald, Coral Moore, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Kate O'Connor, Suzan Palumbo, Rachel Reddick, H.E. Roulo, Alex Shvartsman, Matthew Sanborn Smith, Hope Erica Schultz, Henry Szabranski, and with original commissioned cover art by Galen Dara.
Diabolical Plots: Year Three
This anthology collects all 24 stories that were first published in the third year of Diabolical Plots. Stories by Marcy Arlin, Daniel Ausema, Elizabeth Barron, Thomas K. Carpenter, Seth Chambers, Gwendolyn Clare, Aidan Doyle, Tamlyn Dreaver, G.H. Finn, José Pablo Iriarte, Rachael K. Jones, Theo Kogod, Chris Kuriata, Jon Lasser, Jo Miles, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Willem Myra, Wendy Nikel, Aimee Ogden, Charles Payseur, A. Merc Rustad, Paul Starkey, Andrew G. Stewart, Xinyi Wang, and with original commissioned cover art by Amanda Makepeace.
Diabolical Plots: Year Four
This anthology collects all 25 stories that were first published in the current year of Diabolical Plots (half first appearing in the ebook itself!). Stories by Michael Anthony Ashley, Benjamin Blattberg, Derrick Boden, Matthew Claxton, Ryan Dull, R.K. Duncan, Benjamin A. Friedman, Sahara Frost, Paul R. Hardy, Amanda Helms, Rhys Hughes, M.K. Hutchins, Benjamin C. Kinney, Anaea Lay, Aaron Fox-Lerner, Jim Moss, Aimee Ogden, James Van Pelt, Sean R. Robinson, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Cislyn Smith, Jesse Sprague, John Wiswell, Christie Yant, and with original commissioned cover art by Amanda Makepeace.
Risks and challenges
I expect the risks of Volume Four to be very similar to the risks of the first three volumes. I already have a list of enough authors for the book, already have cover art arranged, and already have established relationships with others to do interior layout and cover layout. I don't expect the challenges to be much different than past volumes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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