A Larger Reality: Speculative Fiction from the Bicultural Margins / Una realidad más amplia: Historias desde la periferia bicultural is an anthology brought to you by The Mexicanx Initiative (with a little help from Fireside). The anthology, edited by Libia Brenda, includes 14 stories, presented in both Spanish and English, showcasing a variety of talent in The Mexicanx Initative, an effort spearheaded by John Picacio to sponsor Worldcon attending memberships and award them to fifty Mexicanx artists, writers, filmmakers, culture shapers, and fans.
Contributors include: José Luis Zárate, David Bowles, Julia Rios, Felecia Caton Garcia, Iliana Vargas, Angela Lujan, Raquel Castro, Pepe Rojo, Alberto Chimal, Gabriela Damián Miravete, Andrea Chapela, Verónica Murguía, Libia Brenda, and Richard Zela.
Our goal is to raise $1,600 to cover printing and shipping costs. Any funds raised above the goal will be split evenly among all the authors and artists who graciously donated their time and words. The anthology has been edited and laid out and features a beautiful cover by Mexicanx Initiative founder John Picacio.
We plan to print 200 copies of the anthology; 80 will be held for members of the Mexicanx Initiative and contributors, and 120 signed and/or numbered will be available as backer rewards. All copies will be brought to Worldcon 76 in San José, California, where they will be signed and available for pickup. If you are not attending Worldcon we will ship your copy and any other rewards you purchase.
The anthology will also be released as an e-book, though it will not include Verónica Murguía's story.
About the Editor
Libia Brenda (Puebla, 1974) studied Hispanic Language and Literature, has spent the last twenty years making books, and writes science fiction and fantasy short stories. She is the co-founder of the Cúmulo de Tesla collective (@Cumulodetesla), a multidisciplinary working group that promotes the dialogue between the arts and sciences, with a special focus on science fiction. She has published stories, reviews, and essays in online and printed magazines, as well as various anthologies. She has a secret identity dedicated to gastronomy. She’s on Twitter @tuitlibiesco.
The Mexicanx Initiative is a sponsorship program aimed at boosting Mexicanx representation in the science fiction and fantasy communities by bringing Mexicanx creators to Worldcon 76. Created by Artist Guest Of Honor, John Picacio, the Initiative has provided memberships for more than 50 Mexicanx creators.
Risks and challenges
Deadlines are the enemy of many projects, especially publishing projects.
Thankfully, our team of authors, designers, and editors from the Mexicanx Initiative and Fireside have plenty of experience dealing with them and troubleshooting others.
The anthology has already been edited and designed — we are just waiting on funds to print.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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