The excellent Polyphony anthology series is in danger of going away if we don't support it. My story "Chasing America" appeared in volume 6 and now volume 7 is pending publication with my story "Avoiding the Cold War" and stories from a cast of awesome folks. Unfortunately, the times they are a hard, and Wheatland needs your support to get the book published. Here's what Deb has to say:
In 2002, the Polyphony anthology series debuted. Conceived as a short fiction venue for stories that would skate gracefully across the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and literary fiction, it was quickly recognized as the standard bearer for cross genre work. Since then, the series' six volumes have become a vital, unique collection of voices in literature of the fantastic.
Polyphony has been twice nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the stories therein have been featured in several "Year's Best" anthologies, along with garnering accolades from several award judges and committees. Polyphony authors range from multiple-award-winning seasoned writers to the previously unpublished. The series is truly a melodic interweaving of many voices: old and new, speculative and literary, heralded and unknown. Polyphony has not merely crossed literary boundaries, it has reformed and redefined them.
The harsh economic climate threatens to kill this vital series. Wheatland Press is asking for your help.
The authors have graciously made concessions to make Polyphony 7 a reality. They've agreed to a reduced pay rate to see the volume published. Now we need readers.
In order to publish Polyphony 7, Wheatland Press must receive 225 paid pre-orders via the website by March 1, 2010. If the pre-order quantities cannot be met, Polyphony will cease publication. It's that simple. The preorder link is here: http://www.wheatlandpress.com/
If the preorder number is met, then Polyphony 7 will be published on or about July 1, 2010.*
We have heard from many in the SF/F literary community that Polyphony is a vital part of landscape. We agree, but we cannot continue without your support. We hope that you will support our fine authors and their art by becoming part of the Polyphony community and pre-ordering a copy of Polyphony 7.
*The fine print: If we do not receive enough orders by March 1, then all preorders will be refunded immediately.
Do feel free to buy another Wheatland Press title while you are stopping by the website! Those will, as always, ship immediately.
So, that's the scoop. I urge you order a copy, but in case you're on the fence, dig this great table of contents:
The Bravest Girl I Ever Knew - by Howard Waldrop
Dr. Black at the Red Demon Temple - by Brendan Connell
The Snow Queen - by Chris Clarke
Strange Mammals - by Jason Erik Lundberg
The Afterlife of Sorrow - by Mikal Trimm
Breaker of Thresholds - by George Zebrowski
The Seven Deadly Motels - by Bruce Holland Rogers
The Monster in the Field - by Steve Rasnic Tem
There is Something So Quiet and Empty Inside of You that it Must be Precious - by Ben Peek
A Problem in Five Clocks - by Stephen Bush
Bear in Contradictory Landscape - by David J. Schwartz
Automata - by Eric Schaller
The Klepsydra - by Micheala Roessner
Captain Kid - by Kristin Livdahl
Loose Ends - by Jerry Oltion
The Possibility of Love - by Stephanie Campisi
Grief-Stepping to the Widower's Waltz - by Ken Scholes
A Sip from the Cup of Enlightenment - by Sarah Totton
The Dust and the Red - by Darin C. Bradley
A Joy Forever - by Celia Marsh
The Heart of the Rail - by Mark Teppo
Mirages - by Eric M. Witchey
Avoiding the Cold War - by Josh Rountree