A magnificent tribute to Tanith Lee

It has been a year since Tanith Lee passed away. She died on May 24. I just read a stunning tribute to her by a fan on Tumblr.

Take a moment to read A Year Without Tanith Lee

Tanith used to correspond to me every now and then. I will share a brief note she sent me along with a copy of her then new release TURQUOISELLE. She sent both because I was recuperating from a minor surgery. She was kind as she was talented.

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SIGNAL BOOST: Sibling Rivalry Press Crowdfund

My pals at Sibling Rivalry Press are running an Indiegogo funding campaign to raise the profile of the press. This small, indie LGBTQ publisher has a proven track record,releasing  books that have won awards;  the debut collections of emerging poets Saeed Jones and Ocean Vuong are among SRP’s notable publications. They are doing important and exciting work.

Sibling Rivalry Press founder Bryan Borland says:

With our mission and vision in place, it’s time to look to the future, and the future starts now. Thanks to the wonderful people at McSweeney’s and Heyday Books, two successful publishing ventures who’ve walked a similar path, we’ve mapped out a plan to shift the publishing operations of SRP, the for-profit company, to the nonprofit Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation. The road starts today as we partner with Fractured Atlas and Indiegogo to begin accepting tax-deductible donations to support the books we publish, and we’ve secured a matching donation of 25K if we can raise the same amount over the summer.

If you are able, please contribute. You can learn more directly from SRP!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/disturb-and-enrapture#/

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Recap of Sci-Fi Alien(ation) Panel on GeeksOut

There’s a good summary of the  panel I was on last month (about bigotry in Speculative  Fiction, the puppy factions, etc.) over at the GeeksOut blog. The piece highlights the points made by my co-panelists, Andre Carrington and Jennifer Marie Brissett.

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From the article:

Keeping the topic of literary awards going, Craig Laurance Gidney took the first deep dive into the 2015 Hugo Controversy. He opened his remarks by reading an excerpt from Sad Puppies leader Brad R. Torgersen, in which Torgersen admonishes today’s Science Fiction for containing too much subtext. He glamorizes the days when books with spaceships on the cover were just books about space adventure, and not allegories for slavery or other things he’d rather not think about. Gidney then tore into this short-sighted logic for its fundamental flaw: there has always been subtext in Speculative Fiction.

Be sure to check out the rest of the article here.