The post-apocalyptic rebuilding of society, and adaptation of people, is the felicitous subject of a new anthology of science fiction short stories from Australian boutique publisher Twelfth Planet Press, currently seeking pledges to its crowdfunding appeal.
Award-winning Australian independent publisher TWELFTH PLANET PRESS have just launched a crowdfunding appeal for an anthology of short fiction, titled REBUILDING TOMORROW, spotlighting stories of adaptation to a world changed fundamentally by apocalyptic scenarios. Some characters in these stories have faced changes in the environment, others drastic changes to society; by overcoming these obstacles, they can refashion new and sustainable futures. REBUILDING TOMORROW will be the follow up anthology to the Ditmar award-winning DEFYING DOOMSDAY, which featured apocalypse-survival fiction focusing on protagonists living with disabilities and chronic illness.
Edited by TSANA DOLICHVA (co-editor of DEFYING DOOMSDAY) and published by independent Australian publisher TWELFTH PLANET PRESS, the upcoming anthology will feature stories from JANET EDWARDS, BOGI TACKÁS, TANSY RAYNER ROBERTS, S.B. DIVYA, KATHARINE DUCKETT and FRAN WILDE, some of which are sequels to the stories these authors wrote for DEFYING DOOMSDAY. Among the stories already commissioned are an inclusive community’s battle for their corner of a transformed New York city; Hungary reshaped in the aftermath of alien invasions; a mother learning how to make penicillin to save her child’s life; teenagers growing up in a world without parents; and one woman’s fight to protect her ancestral seed bank from encroaching kudzu weeds. The anthology’s cover art is illustrated by GENEVA BOWERS (Hugo Best Artist Award Winner 2018).
“This anthology has been in the planning stages since early last year, a fact that now seems eerily prescient in light of the challenges we have all faced over the past few months,” said editor TSANA DOLICHVA. “We hope that these stories will provide solace to anyone struggling to adapt to the new situation in the wake of COVID-19, while offering inspiration for the design of new and sustainable futures that work for everyone.”
REBUILDING TOMORROW will be available in paperback and DRM-free ebook in multiple formats. The exclusive hardcover edition will be available only to Kickstarter backers. Readers have until Monday 31 August 2020 to back the crowdfunding campaign and pledge their support for the project. Crowdfunding rewards will be delivered from November 2020.
For more about the Rebuilding Tomorrow crowdfunding campaign and the Defying Doomsday anthology, visit the Twelfth Planet Press website.
Notes for Editors:
Editor of Defying Doomsday and Rebuilding Tomorrow TSANA DOLICHVA is an astrophysicist and science fiction writer who grew up in Melbourne. Through her blog, Tsana’s Reads and Reviews, she reviews various subgenres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, including young adult fiction. She has been awarded three Ditmar nominations for Best Fan Writer (2014-2016) and Defying Doomsday, the anthology she edited with Holly Kench, received a Ditmar Award in 2017.
Independent Australian Publisher TWELFTH PLANET PRESS seeks to challenge the status quo with books that interrogate, commentate and inspire. While showcasing the depth and breadth of Australian fiction to a wider audience, Twelfth Planet Press aims to provide opportunities for a diverse range of writers, and raise awareness of women’s voices in science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime genres.
Twelfth Planet Press is committed to supporting diverse voices in speculative fiction and has gained recognition for its efforts: Defying Doomsday is the recipient of the 2017 Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work, and was shortlisted for multiple Aurealis, Tin Duck, Ditmar and Norma K Hemming awards. In 2018, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler won the Locus Award for Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Hugo Award, British Fantasy Award and William Atheling Jr Award.
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