The most remarkable thing about me is I have twelve fingers and twelve toes; six fingers on each hand, six toes on each foot. And I don’t mean unsightly nubs that can be shorn off in a hospital with a scalpel and some alcohol. I mean bone, knuckles, nails, sensation. So perfectly formed that if I shook your hand, you wouldn’t notice. It might even take you a week, maybe longer. Not a casual thing. It would take a moment of intimacy.
As you might imagine, I’ve read quite a bit about my remainder. The medical establishment has the most to say, but I find science so dull. I prefer history, poetry. A doctor diagnoses a “condition.” A poet marvels at divinity. Continue reading “The Founder Effect – no. 1”
We are delighted to announce that David A. Colón, Assistant Professor of English at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a publishing deal with Elsewhen Press for his first work of fiction, The Lost Men. Described as literary speculative fiction, The Lost Men is an allegory of the relationship between the human condition and the perception of fate. David’s work in poetry and poetics has appeared in many respected publications over the past decade, but The Lost Men is his first published fiction. We are very pleased that David has chosen Elsewhen Press to publish this work. It will be a significant addition, not only to our own catalogue, but to the speculative fiction genre.
David had the idea for the story while teaching an undergraduate course in rhetoric at Stanford University. “It got me thinking about a literary utopia,” he said, “I envisioned a world in which every individual was completely self-reliant, and to create this I imagined that such a place would have to be far less populated than the world is now. So, I created this scenario, placed it historically in an alternate future, and went from there. All the circumstances flowed from this premise.”
The Lost Men will be published in a digital edition just before Easter this year and in a print edition in the summer.
Four of our authors: Neil Faarid, Robin Moran, Alexander Skye and Peter Wolfe -contributors to [Re]Awakenings, an anthology of new speculative fiction – are recent graduates from the English and Writing degree course at Leeds Trinity University College. When the university heard about their debuts in the book they asked for more details and featured their graduates’ achievement on the university website, along with a comment from Professor Paul Hardwick, one of the inspirational teachers on the course. The news has also been featured on the Leeds students’ website Leeds Live it Love it, and in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Our first trailer for [Re]Awakenings is now on our YouTube channel. It is not too serious and will hopefully entertain anyone who watches it. You can visit our YouTube channel at:
Amazon have launched new Kindle Stores in Italy and Spain. [Re]Awakenings, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction is available in both of the new stores, as well as all the existing Kindle Stores.
I expected this to be an exciting week. We officially launched the imprint Elsewhen Press, with our first title [Re]Awakenings bringing some new authors to the attention of fans of Speculative Fiction. Monday morning [Re]Awakenings went straight into the UK Kindle bestsellers charts for Fantasy Short Stories and Science Fiction Short Stories. By lunchtime we were in the top 10 in both charts and by tea time we were at no 3 in Fantasy Short Stories. Not bad for a first day! We crossed our fingers and hoped that the rest of the week would be as good. Tuesday was much quieter but we were still feeling quite happy when, in the evening, we heard the sad news that Anne McCaffrey had died. That rather wiped the smile from our faces. For most of us in the editorial team Anne had been a significant formative influence on our tastes in reading. She was a fixture in our bookshelves and our hearts; someone that we never imagined being without. The best we could do was sit down with a mug of Klah and tell Harper’s tales. It helped.
So we are ending this week much less cheerful than we started it. We are, however, immensely proud to have produced a great book; to have started an imprint catering for people who, like us, love science fiction and fantasy; and to have launched the writing career of some new, young (and not so young) authors whom we whole-heartedly believe will go on to become firm favourites with many readers.
[Re]Awakenings an anthology of new Speculative Fiction was launched today. As part of the Elsewhen Press digital-first policy, it has been published in a digital edition today and will be published in a print edition in March next year. It is available on all four of Amazon’s Kindle stores (US, UK, Germany, France) and all 32 of Apple’s iBookstores (UK, US, Canada, Australia, most of Europe). It should be on Kobo too but hasn’t appeared on their store yet (but it’s not even breakfast time in Ontario yet).
[Re]Awakenings is an anthology of new short stories from seven different authors. It includes science fiction, fantasy and paranormal stories; some are serious, some are not. The authors are: Alison Buck, Neil Faarid, Gingerlily, Robin Moran, PR Pope, Alexander Skye and Peter Wolfe. PR Pope was also compiling editor.
A taster of [Re]Awakenings an anthology of new Speculative Fiction is available as a pdf download (here) for those of you who can’t wait until next monday when the eBook edition is published. The taster includes the foreword and the first page of each story. Each of the online bookstores that will be selling the eBook edition of [Re]Awakenings (see a list here) will provide a sample which will consist of an extract from the start of the book, perhaps providing a taste of one or two of the stories but not letting you experience the variety of styles and stories from our galaxy of talented authors. So, at the request of some of our more impatient potential readers (just kidding), we have produced this taster. It enables you to have a taste of all of the stories in the book, but without spoiling any of them for you before you buy the eBook next week 😉
If you’re not planning on buying the eBook but want to wait for the print edition next year, then this taster is even more apposite.
I was recently asked to contribute to, and act as compiling editor of, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction being published by Elsewhen Press. The book, [Re]Awakenings, contains a collection of short stories from a number of authors, with examples of science fiction, fantasy and paranormal stories, some quite serious, some satirical, and some downright funny. In the process of selecting the stories, choosing the running order and eventually trying to write the foreword, I thought long and hard about the distinctions between the different stories and whether they should be labelled in some way. I decided to avoid giving each story some sort of restrictive tag, on the grounds that a reader should have the opportunity to enjoy the story without preconceived notions of what to expect. As it is, the readership will already have self-selected as fans of one or more of the flavours of Speculative Fiction. Continue reading “Speculative Fiction – isn’t all fiction speculative?”
Elsewhen Press is an independent publisher of Speculative Fiction based in the South East of England. An imprint of Alnpete Limited, a small privately owned company, we are a sibling to Alnpete Press, a publisher of general fiction. We were established in 2011 to concentrate on the themes and genres that most interested our editorial team. We have adopted a digital-first publishing policy. We are open to both UK and non-UK authors of science fiction and fantasy fiction, writing in English (whether or not they have been previously published); but we are especially keen to discover and promote new authors. Our plans include novels, anthologies of short stories from invited contributors, as well as anthologies of short stories from open invitation, and we will consider other interesting new projects.