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Anthology about ecological uncertainties by international speculative fiction authors.
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The Project - AN INVITE TO ETERNITY - Tales of Nature Disrupted 


Thank you! 

We have reached our goal! Thank you so much for helping us reach our initial target so quickly! We are very excited to be able to announce our first stretch goals of the project: 

* If we reach £3,000, we will add a new story in translation by Sofía Rhei - STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED! THANK YOU!

* If we reach £4,000, we will add a new story by Aliya Whiteley - STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED! THANK YOU!

As you can imagine, the possibility of these two authors joining our anthology would be truly amazing, so please help us make this dream a reality.


The Project

Calque Press is publishing a collection of eco-storytelling curated by Gary Budden and Marian Womack and with a foreword by Helen Marshall. 

An Invite to Eternity - Tales of Nature Disrupted addresses the single most important issue that humanity faces: anthropogenic climate change. 

The editors have worked for a year and a half with a group of authors on the premise that speculative fiction, weird fiction, science fiction and dark horror are in a privileged position to express the new anxieties of global warming, climate change, our new worldwide geopolitical challenges, and ultimately our sense of what is real. 

The result is a collection of ecological short fiction for our times, from an international group of writers, working from a variety of languages, cultures and traditions. 

The anthology includes fiction written originally in English, short fiction in translation, and also stories produced by a new generation of multi-lingual authors working in more than one language, and engaging with more than one culture. Our intention is to offer the greatest possible variety and diversity of voices from among the growing community of writers working with ecological fiction right now.  

This variety and diversity includes you, our backers. Join us in creating this groundbreaking and inclusive anthology! Only with your support we can make sure that these stories and these voices are heard as widely as possible. 

cover art @ Vince Haig
cover art @ Vince Haig

The Anthology

In An Invite to Eternity, eco-storytelling aims to challenge our faulty sense of perception in the face of the new ecological reality: we fail to see that the cycle of seasons is not happening, that crops are dying, that biodiversity is steadily declining. Or rather we see it all, but from the corners of our eyes: the tendency is still to think about this kind of radical change as something that will happen just beyond the horizon of our perception, in a hundred years’ time, or a hundred and fifty, when in fact it is happening now, and here.

An Invite to Eternity represents literary modes and genres including speculative fiction, weird fiction, dark horror or fantasy, science-eco-fiction, folk or environmental horror, the eerie and the uncanny, in order to find a common language to articulate our present challenge. The title of the anthology comes from a poem by John Clare, which is in many ways a summary of our goals, offering as it does both an understanding of the apocalyptic relationship between man and nature, and a despairing kind of recognition of the way all life is incorporated into a holistic vision: 

Where stones will turn to flooding streams,
Where plains will rise like ocean waves,
Where life will fade like visioned dreams
And mountains darken into caves.

[...]

The land of shadows wilt thou trace
And look – nor know each other’s face
The present mixed with reasons gone
And past, and present all as one [...] 


WHAT ABOUT THE TOC? 

We have included one reprint of a story we fell in love with and wanted to have in the collection (we couldn't resist), and one of the translated stories will shortly be published in its original language. But the bulk of the collection consists of newly commissioned short fiction, with a foreword by Helen Marshall, short fiction World Fantasy Award winner and author of climate change science fiction novel The Migration. We wanted to make this project as inclusive as possible, comprising as many languages and diverse visions as we could. Our TOC addresses the importance of counting all voices, the need to collaborate in order to face this most important challenge:

Foreword, by Helen Marshall

Introduction, by Gary Budden and Marian Womack

Naomi Booth - WARNING: Localised Quicksand

Tiina Raevaara - The Birds Always Return 

Timothy J. Jarvis - Brother Burgholt's Charm 

Alexandra Manglis - What Planets Are These, Conjured from the Depths of Our Imagination?

DP Watt - We are the Clay

Vida Cruz - In the Shadow of the Typhoon, Humans and Mahiwaga Cooperate for Survival

Claire Dean - Lichen Storey

Regina Kanyu Wang - The Story of Dao

Malcolm Devlin - My Uncle Eff

Gareth E. Rees - Tyrannosaurs Bask in the Warmth of the Comet

Usman T Malik - Laal Andhi

Camilla Grudova - Jackfruit 

Alberto Chimal - Body

Kathleen Rani Hagen - Snow, Wind and Diesel 


A little about Calque Press

'James and Marian have not only provided us with masterful translations for our anthologies, they have also introduced us to many interesting new authors' - Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, editors of The Big Book of SF.

Who are we, and why are we doing this? Calque Press is the new English-language imprint of Ediciones Nevsky, founded in Madrid in 2009 right after the first wave of the global economic crisis, and called by El País 'a project that reinvigorates Spanish indie publishing'. Conceived as a micro-project to bring Soviet and Russian science fiction to Spanish readers, our double commitment was clear from the outset: to literature as a form of activism and political commentary, and to building bridges between different readerships and cultures. 

Calque Press arises from the same urge to discover underrepresented authors to a new readership, to build links between cultures, and to establish, across languages and countries, an activist community of authors, translators, booksellers, librarians and other specialists. In uncertain economic and geopolitical times, small press publishing offers a chance to build an international community around a collaborative ethos. 

What will we do with your contribution? It will help support the authors, translators, editors and designers involved in this project, but also it will contribute to bringing Calque into being. You will be joining our community, as well as contributing to an exceptional anthology.

If you have always wanted to help diversify speculative fiction, ecological fiction, or poetry, this is the project for you! 

Possible reward! ARAL, poetry by Sonia Bueno.
Possible reward! ARAL, poetry by Sonia Bueno.

THE EDITORS OF THE ANTHOLOGY:

Gary Budden is a writer and co-founder of Influx Press. His book of uncanny psychogeographies and landscape punk, Hollow Shores, was published in 2017 by Dead Ink, and his dark fiction novella, Judderman (as D.A. Northwood) was published in 2018 by the Eden Book Society, and has been recently shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award. His experimental creative essay, illustrated by artist Maxim Griffin, The White Heron Beneath the Reactor – a tale of egrets, climate collapse and Dungeness in Kent – is published in summer 2019. His short story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell. His work has been published widely, including in Structo, Black Static, The Shadow Booth, Elsewhere, Unthology, The Lonely Crowd, The Quietus, Gorse, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction (vol. 4).

Marian Womack is a writer and co-founder of Calque Press. She is the first Spanish graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and her debut English-language eco-fiction collection, Lost Objects, was published in 2018 by Luna Press. She has published speculative and hybrid fiction and poetry in Weird Fiction Review, Apex, LossLit, and the anthologies EcoPunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures, The Silent Garden Collective, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction (vol. 3). Her fiction has been performed, exhibited in Somerset House as part of an installation about activism and ecology, and translated into Italian. Marian's short story 'Kingfisher' was nominated in 2019 for a BSFA Award, and her non-fiction can be read in New Internationalist, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She works as a librarian, and her doctoral research looks at the intersections of eco-storytelling, independent publishing, and activism.

Risks and challenges

We have the stories. We have the translations. We have edited the book. The cover is beautiful. If there are any issues, they may come from factors beyond our control: meteor strike, alien invasion, Brexit. We will address these as best we can if and when they come up.

The editors of Calque Press have a ten-year track record in Spain, and a reputation for producing elegant and interesting books. The editors of the anthology have edited more than one hundred books between them, and they both understand weird fiction and nature.

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