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Press Release: Futuredaze 2: Reprise

Underwords Press Presents

An exciting reprint anthology of young adult science fiction.

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (July 26, 2014) — Underwords Press announces the publication of Futuredaze2: Reprise, a reprint anthology of science fiction short stories for young adult readers, edited by Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder, and available in trade paperback and ebook August 12, 2014.futuredaze2-cover-pcsize

  • “[Futuredaze2: Reprise] succeeds at showcasing the strengths of young adult science fiction by revealing the incredible diversity of voices present in the genre.” —Tangent
  • “Fifteen modern master storytellers present classic tales of creepy dread and tales of stirring hope. Are you ready for tomorrow?” —David Brin, author of Earth & The Postman
  • “Ambitious in scope and compulsively readable, these stories redefine the boundaries of science fiction.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unbreakable & coauthor of Beautiful Creatures
  • “Haunting, unforgettable. The ills of the present are laid bare in these sharp tales of future possibilities!” —Tamora Pierce, author of Mastiff and Battle Magic
  • Futuredaze2: Reprise is a new anthology filled with tales that are exciting, stimulating and brilliant.” —Ann VanderMeer, editor of The Weird and The Time Traveler’s Almanac

Futuredaze2: Reprise includes fifteen of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy’s avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China—this is not your mom and dad’s science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures—across all universes!

Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Kat Howard, Hugh Howey, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Will Shetterly, Scott Westerfeld, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.

Erin Underwood is the co-editor of Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction. Her fiction, non-fiction and interviews can be found online and in print.

Nancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling YA author (the Wicked saga, the Wolf Springs Chronicles.) She also edits anthologies, comic books and graphic novels.

Underwords Press is a small press whose mission it is to publish short science fiction for young adults and unconventional literary projects within the science fiction and fantasy fields.

Publication Date: August 12, 2014 | Science Fiction / Young Adult
$15.95 U.S. trade paperback | ISBN: 9780985893408
$9.95 eBook | ISBN: 9780985893415
Publicity/Reviews: editor@underwordspress.com
Information: www.underwordspress.com | Distribution: Ingram Content Group


Underwords Press at Loncon 3 in August 2014

LONCON3_logo_270w Erin Underwood will be at Loncon 3 this year, which is more commonly know as “WorldCon”. It’s a rotating convention held in a different host city every year, and this year it’s in London.

August 14-18, 2014

London, England
At the ExCel Campus in the Docklands area. . . FD-postcard.indd

Here is Erin’s final program schedule. If you’re attending Loncon 3, be sure to stop by and say hello. She will be handing out glow in the dark wristbands to celebrate the launch of Futuredaze 2: Reprise (Aug 12th)!

The Retrofuturism of JJ Abrams
Thursday 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)
From Super 8 to Star Trek to Almost Human, JJ Abrams-developed projects often seem to take particular delight in updating or simply inhabiting the futures of days gone past. To what extent is this nostalgia, and to what extent can elements of critique or challenge be identified in his work? What are the implications for the upcoming third Star Wars trilogy, and other Abrams-driven franchises?
Val Nolan (M), Pawel Frelik, Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Ashley Pollard, Erin M. Underwood

Wholapalooza – Doctor Who Party
Thursday 22:00 – 02:00, Fanac Tent (ExCeL)
A Doctor Who party for one and all to come and celebrate a great British – and science fictional – institution. There will be games and prizes!
Erin M. Underwood (M), Galia Bahat

Cover Art for Young Adult and Middle Grade Books
Saturday 16:30 – 18:00, London Suite 3 (ExCeL)
With the explosion and evergreen popularity of science fiction and fantasy for young adult and middle grade readers, the need for artwork is constant. What books have the best covers? What are some of the key elements within YA and MG cover art? Which artists are actively making and selling art for these readers? How have the styles and elements within YA and MG cover art changed over time and what trends are coming in the future?
Ann VanderMeer (M), Christopher Gibbs, Klaus Æ. Mogensen, Erin M. Underwood

Staging the Fantastic
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Is this a golden age for genre theatre? On both sides of the Atlantic, fantastical theatre has seen notable successes in recent years – from ‘blockbuster’ productions at the National Theatre of His Dark Materials and the original Tori Amos/Samuel Adamson musical, the Light Princess, to smaller, thought-provoking independent work from groups such as The Alchemist Theatre Company, Unlimited Theatre, Luna Theatre Company, and the BFG Collective. Earlier this year, Stage the Future was the first international academic conference on SF theatre; and the forthcoming anthology Geek Theater collects genre theatre by numerous playwrights and other SF authors. So what are the challenges and opportunities of putting SF and fantasy on stage? How does SF theatre use special effects, which are so central to other forms of visual SF? And how is the audience for SF theatre growing and changing?
Erin M. Underwood (M), Susan Gray, James Patrick Kelly, Geoff Ryman, David Wake

On The Blogs: Bloggers Discuss their Roles in the World of YA
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Bloggers have become an integral part of YA book promotion. How do authors find these bloggers? Why should readers trust their opinions? What are the best book blogs out there right now and what makes them so useful?
Foz Meadows (M), Patricia Ash, Liz de Jager, Shaun Duke, Erin M. Underwood

Futuredaze 2: Reprise – Check out the Review from Tangent

FutureDaze2-Cover-pcsizeTangent Online recently reviewed  Futuredaze 2: Reprise, featuring it with a double-review. Here’s a clip from the review by Charles Payseur.

The entire collection is paced well, organized so that it starts light with Neil Gaiman‘s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” a story about two friends happening upon a different kind of foreign exchange party. And while I thought the first half of the collection was a bit packed with darker, more serious stories, the second half had me smiling again. And ending with “I Never” by Cassandra Clare brought the whole package back to where it began, with two friends at a very strange party.

And in the end I believe that the collection succeeds at showcasing the strengths of young adult science fiction by revealing the incredible diversity of voices present in the genre. Regardless of what flavor science fiction you have a hunger for, Futuredaze 2 satisfies, and might just offer up a few tastes and stories you never knew you were craving.


Thank you so much Tangent Online!!!





Announcing the Shiny New Underwords Press Web Site

UPHomePageWelcome to Underwords Press and our brand new website.

Along with the new look and feel for the site, we now have the ability to sell and ship books to readers within the US and Canada. Even better, you can now pre-order your very own copy of Futuredaze 2: Reprise for delivery on August 12th.

Come check out the new site. Visit our book page. Sign up for the newsletter. Find out where we will be appearing next, read the reviews, and stay in touch!


Special thanks to Matt, Deena, and Lori at Deena Warner Design for their help with the new site.

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