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FuturedazeFor a limited time, Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, the first book in the Futuredaze series by Underwords Press, is available for only $2.99 on Kindle. Or if you have purchased a print edition of Futuredaze from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version of Futuredaze for only $0.99.

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About the Book:

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. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E. Kristin Anderson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Jenny Blackford, and many more!

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?” that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it’s time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.

Table of Contents:

FICTION (alpha order):
“Over It” by Camille Alexa
“Driven Out” by Steve Alguire
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by Stephen D. Covey & Sandra McDonald
“String Theory” by Danika Dinsmore
“Larvae” by Gregory Frost
“Clockwork Airlock” by Nancy Holder
“Another Prison” by Rahul Kanakia
“Prospect of a World I Dream” by Alex J. Kane
“Not With You, But With You” by Miri Kim
“Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson
“Out of the Silent Sea” by Dale Lucas
“Unwritten in Green” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt
“The End of Callie V” by Jennifer Moore
“Me and My Army of Me” by Katrina Nicholson
“Spirk Station” by Chuck Rothman
“The Cleansing” by Mark Smith-Briggs
“Powerless” by Leah Thomas
“Hollywood Forever” by Llinos Cathryn Thomas
“The Myriad Dangers” by Lavie Tidhar
“The Fall of Stile City” by William John Watkins

POETRY (alpha order):
“The Ghost Hunter” by E. Kristin Anderson
“Learning How to be a Cat” by Jenny Blackford
“The Alien” by Cathy Bryant
“Ghost Walkers” by Sandi Cayless
“Speech Lessons” by Alicia A. Cole
“King and Queen” by John Grey
“Why” by Evelyn Lumish
“Things to Consider When Choosing a Name for the Ship You Won in a Poker Game Last Night” by Iriving
“Pennies” by Iriving
“The Blue Hour” by Brittany Warman
“The Teenage Years of Ed Nimbus” by Neil Weston
“Market Day” by Anna Della Zazzera

Nominating Books for the Andre Norton Award and the Nebula Award

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction Released: February 2013 Edited by Hannah Strom-Martin & Erin Underwood

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction
Released: February 2013
Edited by Hannah Strom-Martin & Erin Underwood

With the end of 2013, the fiction award season is upon us as people scramble to submit nominations for their favorite books and stories of the year. For those of you who are eligible to submit nominations for an award and you are thinking of nominating Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Ficiton, here is the information for the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book as well as the Nebula Awards.

If you have other books and short stories that you’d also like to nominate, we encourage you to nominate those as well since more diversity in awards is something that Underwords likes to encourage.

If you’re wondering how to submit a nomination and what requirement a work has to meet to be eligible, here’s some information from the SFWA Website:

2013 Nebula Awards Nominations

nebulaawardlogoThis is the area to nominate works for the Nebula Awards. Nominations may be submitted by Active, Lifetime Active, and Associate SFWA members in good standing. The nomination period opens November 15, 2013 and runs through February 15, 2014, 11:59pm PST.  The Nebula Award rules are available here.
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How to Nominate
You will need to sign in to these forums to access the online ballot. The sign in link is located on the top right corner of this page. Your login and password can be found in the email reminder recently sent to you. If you have trouble signing in please contact office@sfwa.org for assistance.

And here is the specific section pertaining to the Andrew Norton Awards:

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  1. The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, established in 2006, is awarded in tandem with the Nebula Awards. This award is not a Nebula, but shall follow all Nebula rules and procedures except as follows:
    1. Eligibility: The eligibility period shall be the calendar year. Any book in its first appearance in the English language published as a young adult science fiction or fantasy (or related genre) novel during that period shall be eligible, including graphic novels. Nothing shall preclude a work’s being eligible for both a Nebula Award and an Andre Norton Award. There shall be no word limit. Any questions of eligibility shall be decided:
      1. By the Andre Norton Award Jury, in consultation if possible with the author, for purposes of determining whether or not a work is a young adult novel, or
      2. By the Nebula Awards Commissioner, in consultation with the SARC and subject to an appeal to that committee, for purposes of determining other aspects of eligibility according to the rules.
      3. In the event of a disagreement over jurisdiction, the SARC shall determine whether the eligibility question at issue falls under the jurisdiction of the Jury, the Nebula Awards Commissioner, or the SARC.
  2. Andre Norton Award Jury: In consultation with the Nebula Awards Commissioner, the President shall appoint an Andre Norton Award Jury. The jury shall consist of at least three (3) and not more than seven (7) members, to consider works published during the calendar year for possible inclusion on the Final Ballot. The jury may add up to three (3) works to the Final Ballot. The jury may not add a work written by a member of the jury or a spouse or domestic partner of a member of the jury to the FINAL BALLOT.
  3. Nominations: Nominations may be made by any Active or Associate members of SFWA in good standing, and shall be tallied in accordance with the Nebula Awards® rules for novels. Nominations shall be tracked by the Nebula Awards Commissioner and included as a separate category on the FINAL BALLOT.
  4. FINAL BALLOT: The top six (6) works nominated shall reach the FINAL BALLOT, according to the procedures established for novels. The FINAL BALLOT shall be appended to the Nebula Awards Final Ballot, voted upon by the Active members and counted in accordance with the Nebula rules.
  5. Winner: The winner shall be the work which receives the most votes during the FINAL BALLOT. Ties shall be handled in the manner established for novels.

8 Futuredaze Make the Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List

We just found out that eight stories from Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction made the Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List. Special congratulations to the authors who made the list as well as thanks to Tangent Online for their terrific review.

Futuredaze stories included on Tangent Online’s 2013 Recommended Reading List (in alpha order):

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  • “A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt
  • “Another Prison” by Rahul Kanakia
  • “Driven Out” by Steve Alguire
  • “Me and My Army of Me” by Katrina Nicholson
  • “Not With You, But With You” by Miri Kim
  • “Out of the Silent Sea” by Dale Lucas
  • “The Cleansing” by Mark Smith-Briggs
  • “The Myriad Dangers” by Lavie Tidhar

Announcing Futuredaze 2: Reprise

Underwords Press is pleased to announce that we will be publishing Futuredaze 2: Reprise, a reprint anthology of young adult science fiction written by 15 of today’s top authors, co-edited by Erin Underwood and New York Times bestselling YA fiction writer Nancy HolderFuturedaze 2: Reprise is scheduled for publication in mid 2014.

Underwords Press is a small press that specifically focuses on science fiction for young adults as well as unique science fiction publications. Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, the original book in the series, was conceived to “challenge 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?’ that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century.” We continue this mission with Futuredaze 2: Reprise.

More publication information and a cover reveal will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is the list of contributing authors (listed in alphabetical order):

  • 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
  • Jane Yolen

Please direct questions, interview requests, and book review requests to Erin Underwood.

Futuredaze-cover-hi-resPraise for Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction:

  • “Fun for fans familiar with adult sf, and an enticing gateway for those new to the genre.” –Booklist, Lynn Rutan
  • “Futuredaze is a fantastic choice for YA (and older) readers who enjoy science fiction and fantasy.” -–ForeWords Reviews, Leia Menlove
  • “[Futuredaze] 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, Barbara Melville

Read the “Introduction” – Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction

Futuredaze-cover-hi-resUnderwords Press presents the “Introduction” to Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, edited by Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood.

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

“All of the stories are refreshingly short, 10 pages or fewer, encouraging readers to read the next and the next until the book is gobbled down. Fun for fans familiar with adult sf, and an enticing gateway for those new to the genre.”Booklist, Lynn Rutan

“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

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Introduction
by Hannah Strom-Martin & Erin Underwood

The Hunger Games isn’t the only reason that the young adult section is the coolest place in the bookstore. (And we’re talking any bookstore, mind you, from brick and mortar to digital cache.) From future dystopias to good old-fashioned teen romance that’s light years beyond Sweet Valley High or Hogwarts, young adult fiction (also known as YA) is experiencing a publishing boom. Teen fantasy and paranormal romance in particular have emerged as the dominant YA genres du jour—but, like a certain Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collins has a bead on Stephenie Meyer, and the science fiction works of Scott Westerfeld (the Uglies series), Beth Revis (Across the Universe series), and Dan Wells (The Partials Sequence) have further opened the possibilities for the adventurous reader in the ever-expanding realm of YA. (Interestingly, estimates by publishing experts suggest that as much as a third of all YA fiction is bought by adults, further contributing to the YA upswell.[1])

It’s an exciting time for young adult fiction—though the careful observer may have noticed one downside. While fantasy or paranormal romance anthologies (edited by such authors as P.C. Cast and Melissa Marr) have proliferated, when it comes to the search for short science fiction for young adults, you could be in for a bit of a trek. However, we are pleased to see the recent anthologies by editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (After) and Tobias Bucknell and Joe Monti (Diverse Energies) hit the market in late 2012, but these anthologies primarily tackle the science fiction subgenres of post- apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. And with a noticeable lack of a wider selection of short science fiction for young adults in the market, the genre has had few opportunities to formalize itself.

We created Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction to help fill the void. (If the anthology helps to better define the burgeoning genre, we’re okay with that, too.) At a time when the YA market is dominated by novel-length fantasy, we hope to inject the short- fiction market with a measure of rocket fuel, a dash of dystopia, and an extra serving of undisguised wonder at the possibilities that the future may hold.

Since the inception of the science fiction genre, young readers have been given adult science fiction that was considered “safe” for them to read. However, books like The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl helped to pave the way for the emergence of a new genre: young adult fiction. As YA literature came into its own through works such as Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, and Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, YA became synonymous with teen-centered stories that are usually told from the unique viewpoint of a teen protagonist (a la close first person narratives of The Hunger Games and Twilight). Of course, adult science fiction novels like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dune, I, Robot, and other classics by the likes of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Ray Bradbury remain staples of young adult reading lists—which may explain why the subgenre of YA science fiction has been slower to emerge in its own right.

Whatever the subgenre (fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance), YA at its best is far from “safe,” and is frequently constructed with the same level of emotional honesty and intensity that is found in the best adult fiction. The work of the late Maurice Sendak, author of such children’s classics as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, provides us with a good example of this. Presenting Sendak with the National Medal of Arts in 1996, President Bill Clinton noted that: “His books have helped children to explore and resolve their feelings of anger, boredom, fear, frustration and jealousy.” Sendak himself admitted an “obsession” with the “heroism of children” and with their urge toward “survival” in an often hostile world.[2] In this respect, Sendak’s work offers us a window into our own obsession with the exploits of such enduring YA protagonists as Harry Potter, Bella Swan, Artemis Fowl, Ender Wiggin, and the aforementioned Miss Everdeen.

The level of violence and adult themes found in much of YA literature continues to be a topic of discussion—but the ability to tackle thematic material is the badge of any story worth reading. Indeed, it is YA’s refusal to talk down to its audience that makes it so appealing to people of all ages—and the lens of youthful experience that makes it so relatable: whether you’re sixteen or sixty, who among us can fail to relate to the (often fraught) experience of growing up?

If the sales figures for The Hunger Games are any indication, the answer to the above question is “not many.” It is therefore puzzling that Suzanne Collins’s novel, with its basis in such classic future dystopias as Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale, has yet to revive the science fiction genre for younger audiences the way the Twilight and Harry Potter series revived paranormal romance and fantasy. Despite science fiction’s endless possibilities (near and far futures, alternate timelines and planets, for a start) there is nothing in current YA science fiction on par with the cultural phenomenon of The Hunger Games. And while today’s speculative fiction writers have drawn inspiration from such classic short stories as Ray Bradbury’s “The Veldt,” Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” (and, dare we say, “little known” author Richard Bachman’s novel The Long Walk), there seems nothing comparable for today’s younger readers wishing to explore short science fiction from their own perspective.

With Futuredaze we hope to give the next generation of speculative readers and writers a taste (as it were) of the infinite possibilities inherent in both the science fiction genre and the short story form. Short fiction, with its suppleness and experimentation, is a great way for new readers to experience any genre—and, as we’ve seen a wave of epic fantasy and paranormal fiction on the market, we thought it was time to ask: where’s the short stuff ?

Also, where’s the diversity? “There Need to be More Nonwhite Protagonists” was the title of a recent New York Times “Room for Debate” piece by YA author Sharon G. Flake (Pinned). Like many of today’s writers she was expressing the need for more diverse YA characters. More nonstraight and other underrepresented minority protagonists could also help today’s readers to—as Ms. Flake has suggested—“find their voices, [and] share their insights and questions.”[3]

When developing Futuredaze, we too wished to represent a wider range of viewpoints than is typically seen in American popular culture, and to attract culturally diverse stories that reflect an equally diverse readership. This was, in all honesty, easier said than done as the majority of submissions we received did not venture beyond a white/Western perspective. Still: we remain hopeful that we’ve made a positive start and that the stories collected herein will prove wide ranging enough to begin awakening readers to the possibilities of viewpoints and experiences beyond their own. Ideally, literature should be for everyone, and science fiction in particular, with its themes of progress, should strive to provide new perspectives even as it allows us to encounter new frontiers.

Diversity for Futuredaze also includes the diversity of form. Outside the speculative fiction niche not many people have experienced science-fiction poetry. Gleefully, we correct this phenomenon—and then some. Having originally planned for a mere twenty pieces, we were quickly inundated with more quality submissions than we had dared hope to receive.

Futuredaze contains twelve poems and twenty-one amazing tales that run the gamut from heartbreaking to hilarious, interstellar to terrestrial, and “hard” to subtle. In “A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt, a young Alex Benedict takes his first step toward becoming the inquisitive antiquarian of the award winning Alex Benedict novels. In “String Theory,” Danika Dinsmore takes the idea of time travel and mines it for its comic and tragic potential. Dale Lucas’s “Out of the Silent Sea” is both a pulse-pounding tale of military combat and a meditation on love. And (with a nod to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange) Chuck Rothman takes a day at the mall and uses it to reinvent teenage speech in the ultra-funny “Spirk Station.”

Speech itself, whether inventing new languages or struggling with current modes of expression or self-identity, has become a kind of theme for this anthology both on and off the page: Our co-editor, Erin Underwood, recently met a delightful twelve- year-old Hunger Games fan at a dinner party.

“So you like science fiction?” Erin asked.

The girl wrinkled her nose and gave an emphatic, “No!”

“But … you know the Hunger Games is considered science fiction?”

“No, it’s not,” the girl said. “It’s Future Fantasy.”

Future Fantasy? We like that: a term once applied to early works such as Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom novels is given new life by a young reader who re-envisions science fiction as a more elastic and welcoming genre. It is this sort of elasticity that we have tried to represent in Futuredaze. While we haven’t been able to include examples of every possible subgenre, we feel the stories within these pages provide a solid overview of what science fiction has to offer. Future fantasy, dystopian fiction, alternate history, speculative fiction, slipstream, steampunk, space opera—whatever we call the branches, they all derive from the same literary tree. In Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction we embrace those gnarled, yet sturdy roots and allow the new buds to keep growing, reaching upward toward the skies.

Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood
—August 2012

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Copyright Acknowledgments
“Introduction” copyright © 2013 by Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood.


[1] Thomas, Liz. “Boom in young adult fiction as sales jump 150 percent in six years thanks to hits like Twilight and The Hunger Games.” The Daily Mail. July 2, 2012.

[2] Krystal, Becky. “Maurice Sendak dies; author and illustrator wrote about children’s survival.” The Washington Post. May 8, 2012.

[3] Flake, Sharon B. “There Need to Be More Nonwhite Protagonists.” The New York Times. March 28 2012.

Behind the Scenes: An Interview about the Futuredaze Kickstarter

Hannah Strom-Martin and I were interviewed by Linda K. Sienkiewicz about our Futuredaze Kickstarter. Check out our interview in which we discuss everything from how we approached the Kickstarter project to how we came up with our ideas and what inspired our editorial choices.futuredaze-cover-hi-res2

Linda is a terrific writer herself, and it was an honor to be interviewed by her. We hope you enjoy The Art of Anthology, with the editors of Futuredaze, a YA Science Fiction Collection. We had a great time with this interview. Thank you Linda!!!

We definitely have some new projects in the works. So……. stay tuned.

Booklist Reviews Futuredaze

Booklist has reviewed Futuredaze. Here’s a quick snippet from the review, but you can read the entire piece on Booklist Online’s website.

Booklist

Standout stories include “Spirk Station,” by Chuck Rothman, in which a space-station Valley Girl learns a lesson; “A Voice in the Night,” by Jack McDevitt, featuring a youthful Alex Benedict; and a novel solution to bullying in “Me and My Army of Me,” by Katrina Nicholson. All of the stories are refreshingly short, 10 pages or fewer, encouraging readers to read the next and the next until the book is gobbled down. Fun for fans familiar with adult sf, and an enticing gateway for those new to the genre. –Lynn Rutan, Booklist

Thank you Booklist!

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?”

FUTUREDAZE — TEEN READING EVENT
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!

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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.]

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