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Teen Literature Event: Futuredaze Reading at Spirit of ’76 Bookstore

Futuredaze-cover-hi-resSpecial Event featuring Science Fiction for Young Adults

Join us at Spirit of ’76 Books for a fun filled event in which teens read excerpts of science fiction short stories and poetry from Futuredaze! A reception and book signing will follow with Marblehead resident Erin Underwood, the anthology’s co-editor and publisher.

“Futuredaze is a fantastic choice for YA (and older) readers who enjoy science fiction and fantasy.” –ForeWords Reviews

“This is a great anthology, offering some of the strongest YA fiction I’ve seen in years. There’s something for everyone here, and not just young adults, but the not-so-young adults too.” Tangent Online

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of “What if?”

Spirit of 76 Books

Date: April 6, 2013
Time: 11:00 am
Location:  Spirit of ’76 Bookstore
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

Young adults aged 12 to 18 are encouraged to drop off in advance or write a one-paragraph statement at the event on “why they like to read science fiction” to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of Futuredaze. Two winners will be chosen at random.

Interested in being one of our teen readers?

If you’re a teen in the Marblehead, MA area and you’re interested in reading a story excerpt or a poem from Futuredaze at the reading on April 6th, please contact Erin Underwood at erin.m.underwood@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!


Directions to the Spirit of ’76

Spirit 76 Map107 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

From the south, take Rt 95/Rt 128 North. At the split, stay on Rt. 128N towards Gloucester. Take exit 25A (Rt 114 East, Salem/Marblehead). Follow winding Rt 114 east through Peabody and Salem, approx. 6.5 miles to Spirit of ‘76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., Marblehead. (Pleasant St. is Rt. 114 in Marblehead). The bookstore is located at the intersection of Pleasant and School Streets, the 7th traffic light after crossing the townline into Marblehead on Rt. 114.

From the north, take Rt. 95 south to Rt. 1 south at Danvers exit. Follow Rt. 1 approx. 1.5 miles to Rt. 114 east exit. Follow Rt. 114 east past North Shore Shopping Center then winding through Peabody and Salem to Marblehead where Rt 114 becomes Pleasant Street. The bookstore is located at the intersection of Pleasant and School Streets, the 7th set of traffic lights after crossing into Marblehead on Rt. 114.

Bitten by Books Q&A for Futuredaze

Thank you to everyone who stopped by Bitten by Books site to ask our Futuredaze authors and editors their questions about the anthology. Putting together a science fiction anthology for young adults has been a wonderful experience. I have to say, the whole publication process has been great so far. I am so pleased with the positive responses that we’ve had to Futuredaze, but getting to interact with readers and answer their questions was a delight. futuredaze-cover-hi-res2

If you’d like to stop by Futuredaze’s live chat page, the Q&A session hosted by Bitten by Books is still up. The contest is over, but you can still ask questions and read along to hear what our authors had to say.

You can also pick up a copy of Futuredaze onAmazon.comBarnes & Noble, or at your local bookstore.

[Repost from Erin Underwood’s blog.]

RSVP for the Futuredaze Event & Contest at Bitten by Books

We mentioned previously that we were going to be holding an ONLINE event with Bitten by Books to help promote Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction. We now have the details in case you would like to participate.

The Bitten by Books event is an online discussion between readers, the co-editors (Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood) and several of the Futuredaze authors. Plus, there will be a contest in which two lucky winners will each receive a $20 Amazon gift card. To participate, I highly recommend that you RSVP for the event today in order to get some extra points toward winning the gift card. You can RSVP via this link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=62201


The event (hosted by Bitten by Books) is basically an online discussion in which readers ask questions or make comments, and the editors and the authors respond. These events are usually a lot of fun because they are so interactive. You can get the full contest details at the Bitten by Books website, but the gist of it is that the person who acquires the most points through posting comments, etc is the winner. That said, there are other ways to acquire points, and the most significant way is to RSVP for the event. Bitten by Books will then send you the URL for the LIVE online event.

If you’re available, we’d love to have you there! Also, we could use some help spreading the word about the event. Here’s the general information, including the date, time and RSVP information. Please help us spread the word.



  • Hosted by: Bitten by Books
  • Event Date: Tuesday, March 12th. 
  • Start Time: 12:00 Central Time (US) 
  • RSVP TODAY!: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=62201 
  • Contest Open: Worldwide
  • Prize: Two $20.00 Amazon Gift Cards (two winners)

Thank you so much!

Futuredaze Reviewed by ForeWords Reviews

We have received a new review for Futuredaze. This one is from ForeWords Reviews,  a trade review journal that covers “the rapidly growing independent, alternative, university, and self publishing industries.” You can read the whole review via this link, but here’s a quick look at the summary.

ForeWords Reviews

Futuredaze is a fantastic choice for YA (and older) readers who enjoy science fiction and fantasy. Of interest and possible inspiration to young writers is the fact that many of the authors featured in this anthology are themselves quite young.” — ForeWords Reviews

Thank you ForeWords!

Futuredaze-cover-hi-resYou can pick up a copy of Futuredaze here:

International readers can find stores via this link.

For those of you who have read Futuredaze, we would be grateful if you left a review on any of the sites listed above.

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