Renewal: Queer Sci Fi’s latest anthology of flash fiction is here


Each year, Queer SciFi partners with Mischief Corner Books to produce an anthology of flashfic – each a mere 300 words – giving the year’s theme an LGBT slant. This year’s prompt was a simple “renewal”, and the work of 110 authors made it into the anthology.

I can only stand by enviously, because 300 words? Not in my universe, babe. I am never that concise!

 

Re.new.al (noun)
1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out,
run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Various – see Authors section below
Cover Artist: Gus Li
Length: 196 pages
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 9/13/17
Pairing: Various – covers many pairings and identities
Price: 4.99, 16.99 paperback (b/w illus); 28.99 (color illus – avail 9/16)
Series: SF Flash Fiction Anthologies – Book Three
Genre: Sci Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mainstream

 

E-Book:  Mischief Corner | Amazon.com  |  Kobo  |  24Symbols  | Playster

Print (B&W illustrations) : Amazon.com

Print (Colour illustrations) :  Amazon.com

 

Not a traditional excerpt – hard when each story is only 300 words! – but as a taster, here’s the opening line from several of the stories, to whet your appetite:

Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop. —The Witches’ Garden by Rie Sheridan Rose

I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.Bluebonnets by Emily Horner

The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.The Return by Andrea Speed

Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share. —Rejuvenation by Christine Wright

When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields. —Below the Hill by Matthew Bright

The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.Sunrise by Brigitte Winter

Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them. —Rainbow Powers by Dustin Karpovich

The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne

Intwir’s twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.In a Bind by S R Jones

‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three…’Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know. —I Will Be Your Shelter by Carey Ford Compton

‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’When Light Lef, by Lex Chase

My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work. —Miss You by Stephanie Shaffer

‘Nathan Burgoine
A.M. Leibowitz
A.M. Soto
Abby Bartle
Aidee Ladnier
Alexis Woods
Andi Deacon
Andrea Felber Seligman
Andrea Speed
Andrea Stanet
Anne McPherson
Bey Deckard
Brigitte Winter
Carey Ford Compton
Carol Holland March
Carrie Pack
Catherine Lundoff
CB Lee
Christine Wright
Colton Aalto
Daniel Mitton
Dustin Blottenberger
Dustin Karpovich
E R Zhang
E.J. Russell
E.W. Murks
Ell Schulman
Ellery Jude
Eloreen Moon
Elsa M León
Emily Horner
Eric Alan Westfall
F.T. Lukens
Fenrir Cerebellion
Foster Bridget Cassidy
Ginger Streusel
Hannah Henry
Irene Preston
J. Alan Veerkamp
J. P. Egry
J. Summerset
J.S. Fields
Jaap Boekestein
Jackie Keswick
Jana Denardo
Jeff Baker
Jenn Burke
Joe Baumann
John Moralee
Jon Keys
Jude Dunn
K.C. Faelan
Kelly Haworth
Kiterie Aine
Kristen Lee
L M Somerton
L. Brian Carroll
L.M. Brown
L.V. Lloyd
Laurie Treacy
Leigh M. Lorien
Lex Chase
Lia Harding
Lin Kelly
Lloyd A. Meeker
Lyda Morehouse
M.D. Grimm
Martha J. Allard
Mary E. Lowd
Matt Doyle
Matthew Bright
Mia Koutras
Michelle Browne
Milo Owen
Mindy Leana Shuman
Naomi Tajedler
Natsuya Uesugi
Nephy Hart
Nicole Dennis
Ofelia Gränd
Patricia Scott
Paul Stevens
PW Covington
R R Angell
R.L. Merrill
Rebecca Cohen
Redfern Jon Barrett
Reni Kieffer
Richard Amos
RL Mosswood
Robyn Walker
Rory Ni Coileain
Rose Blackthorn
Ross Common
S R Jones
Sacchi Green
Sarah Einstein
Shilo Quetchenbach
Siri Paulson
Soren Summers
Stephanie Shaffer
Steve Fuson
Tam Ames
Terry Poole
Tray Ellis
Vivien Dean
Wendy Rathbone
Xenia Melzer
Zen DiPietro
Zev de Valera

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