The Truth is Out

Altered Fluid at Ease

Contrary to popular belief that Altered Fluid is in fact a writers group, this photo proves once and for all that AF is in reality a snack-festival-slash-cosplay-adventure where we all pretend we are Samurai, Geisha, or attorneys (see the books?). Lauren McLaughlin is conspicuously absent from this picture because she did not have her costume dry-cleaned yet.

Another Sale

James Trimarco sells his “The Sundial Brigade” to the Glorifying Terrorism anthology.

The genesis of the anthology in the words of Från Farah Mendlesohn:

‘The British Government is attempting to pass a Bill which will make illegal “the glorification of terrorism”. This week, the Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons. It will return again to the Lords (who may vote it down, as they have already done twice) and then to the Commons. If it passes, it will become law sometime in the Spring.

This Bill is opposed by people from many political parties. It is an attack on free speech. Government protests that it will only be used if someone “directly incites” have been regarded as implausible by lawyers who point to the many other laws which currently cover this action.

There is growing concern that the Act (if it passes) may be used to clamp down on political dissent. There is currently very little discussion about what it might do to artistic expression (although journalists are finally catching on to what it might do to history books).

Science fiction is a political genre. There are many science fiction writers who have already written novels and stories which could be considered in contravention of the proposed law. As a historian I fear a return to the days of the Hays code, when movie makers were reluctant to show a gangster surviving to the end of the film.

As a protest I have decided to edit an anthology of short stories. I intend to self-publish using a political press used to taking this kind of risk and will put up my own money to cover costs.

Andrew McKie of the Daily Telegraph (and a huge science fiction fan) has agreed to write the introduction.

I invite submissions of stories (up to 8,000 words) by May 1st (the time scale is so short because of the need to remain timely). A flat fee of £200 will be paid for each story accepted.

The working title of the anthology is: Glorifying Terrorism.

Stories do not have to tackle the issue head on, but must in some way break the law.

(Although I am keen to have the best stories I can get, people should be aware that for legal and political reasons I will need at least 50% of the stories to come from the UK.)’

Sales Galore

Eugene Myers sold another flash story to Flashquake for their Summer 2006 issue (appearing online June 1).

James Trimarco tells us his “How Lonesome My Life Without Nerve Gas” will be the lead story next month in Afterburn SF, and his “Gravitational Simulations for Three Invisible Things” sold to Flashquake. Both will appear in the June issues.

Congrats to both authors!