To begin with, I’m over at Galactic Journey again today, talking about Conan the Warrior, the second of the Lancer reprints of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories that revived the character and sent the already smouldering sword and sorcery revival of the 1960s into overdrive.
The Lancer reprints are controversial these days, because series editor L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter tried to force the stories into a questionable chronology, mucked about with the original Howard stories (and not just to remove the occasional bit of egregrious racism either), completed unfinished fragments and inserted their own stories into the series to fill the gaps. All of these complaints have merit, however, you can’t level them against Conan the Warrior, which is pure Howard with De Camp only providing the introduction and the bridging bits. The collection also includes two of the all-time best Conan stories, “Red Nails” and “Beyond the Black River” as well as a lesser story that’s still a lot of fun.
Which brings me to the main part of this post, namely the IndieGoGo campaign for Volume 7 of The Long List Anthology: More Stories from the Hugo Award Nomination List.
Now there is a dedicated section for crowdfunding campaigns in the weekly link round-up at the Speculative Fiction Showcase, but I rarely have dedicated posts about crowdfunding campaigns. In this case, I’m making an exception, partly out of pure self-interest, because I will have a story in this anthology, when it funds. The fact that this story is called “The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” is doubly appropriate. That said, it’s also a great anthology with an amazing line-up of stories and authors that I’m honoured to share a TOC with.
Also, look at the amazing cover art by Elaine Ho:
About Volume 7 of The Long List Anthology:
The Hugo Awards are one of the most prominent awards in speculative fiction publishing. Nominations are cast by the fans to decide the few stories that end up on the final ballot. After the Hugo Award ceremony every year, WSFS publishes a longer list of nominated works, works that were loved by many fans who chose to use their votes on this story. For many years I personally used this longer list of nominated works as a recommended reading list and always found some really great and memorable stories in there. The purpose of this anthology is to get those stories to more readers by collecting them together in a book for easy perusal. The anthology is a collection of eclectic tastes, rather than from the tastes of an individual editor, and so has a more varied flavor than a typical “Best Of” anthology.
By contributing to this campaign, you can help get these stories out to more readers and help the writers of the stories as they get a share of the royalties.
This project is not endorsed by nor affiliated with the Hugo awards, WSFS, WorldCon, or any associated entities. The Hugo name is used with permission. Please note that the anthology’s correct name is “The Long List Anthology”, or the full wordy title: “The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List.” I note this because it’s commonly referred to, incorrectly, as “The Hugo Long List Anthology”; please use the correct title!
Which Stories Will Be Included?
Short Stories (Base Goal: $2000)
- “The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” by Cora Buhlert
- “This Is New Gehesran Calling” by Rebecca Fraimow
- “The Ransom of Miss Coraline Connelly” by Alix E. Harrow
- “50 Things Every AI Working With Humans Should Know” by Ken Liu
- “A Being Together Amongst Strangers” by Arkady Martine
- “Sunrise, Sunrise, Sunrise” by Lauren Ring (Astounding Award nomination)
- “The Eight-Thousanders” by Jason Sanford
- “AirBody” by Sameem Siddiqui (Astounding Award nomination)
- “In This, At Least, We Are Alike” by Caitlin Starling (Astounding Award nomination)
- “My Country is a Ghost” by Eugenia Triantafyllou
- “Sinew and Steel and What They Told” by Carrie Vaughn
- “The Salt Witch” by Martha Wells
- “Open House On Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell (Hugo Finalist)
- “Lone Puppeteer of a Sleeping City” by Arula Ratnakar
Novelettes (Stretch goal for $3500)
- “The Bahrain Underground Bazaar” by Nadia Afifi
- “If You Take My Meaning” by Charlie Jane Anders
- “On Safari in R’lyeh and Carcosa With Gun and Camera” by Elizabeth Bear
- “An Important Failure” by Rebecca Campbell
- “Exile’s End” by Carolyn Ives Gilman
- “City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat” by Usman T. Malik
- “Yellow and the Perception of Reality” by Maureen McHugh
- “Color, Heat, and the Wreck of the Argo” by Catherynne M. Valente
- “To Sail the Black” by A.C. Wise
- “A Stick of Clay, In the Hands of God, is Infinite Potential” by Neon Yang