Broads in the time of COVID-19

Broad Universe, an international non-profit organization promoting, encouraging, and celebrating the writing of women and alternatively gendered persons in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror, invites you to visit the virtual stores of the writers who were unable to attend
HELIOsphere WonderCon and Norwescon this spring due to the current public health crisis. We hope to have the opportunity to connect with you in the future! 

WonderCon​ Dealers Room Table Broads:

HELIOsphere Rapid Fire Reading Broads:

Norwescon Rapid Fire Reading Broads:

New Release – Alien Redemption

This week saw the release of "Alien Redemption," a science fiction novel by Gloria Oliver. The publisher is Zumaya Publications, LLC.

What if the savior was the one who needed saving?

All Claudia wanted to do was escape the mistakes of the past and start over. But when she answers an ad for a medical officer on a merchant ship in the Fringes, the captain recognizes her and blackmails her into taking the job.

The Holiday's Captain Bennet is amoral and has a short fuse. Claudia steers clear of him as much as possible, while trying to care for the crew he lashes out on. Then the rumors start that their latest mission is to a location Bennet won't even share with the pilot.

The secret coordinates take the ship and crew to an uncharted system in the Fringes. To a planet that holds intelligent life, and despite the odds, also a humanoid one.

Bennet plans to use these aliens to climb up the power ladder at the borders of the Dominion. Even if it means placing the Avians into brutal servitude for the rest of their lives.

Can Claudia stop the impending exploitation of this newly discovered sentient species all on her own? Or is there a worse fate than blackmail waiting for her if she tries?

Sample chapters and more info at www.gloriaoliver.com/alien-redemption
Kindle and Nook are currently available, with trade paperbacks soon to follow.

Statement from Our President

The Motherboard would like to clear up some of the recent confusion about the focus of Broad Universe and who benefits from our various services. Since Broad Universe was founded nineteen years ago, our mission has been and continues to be, to promote, celebrate, and encourage women writers in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This mission has been stated in multiple places on every version of our website and all of our promotional literature. At this time, we are looking to expand that mission to include alternatively gendered writers because we recognize a similar challenge for this group.

Misinterpretation of our website and other printed material including instructions for signing up members, participating in BU programs, and other BU support documents have inadvertently contributed to this confusion and may have prompted members to pass on misinformation to others, adding to the confusion. Updates are coming to all of these areas.

We’ve reviewed our Bylaws, history, and policies, are talking to an attorney, and we will be making changes to our website, social media, and literature to ensure we communicate our long-standing mission, purpose, and goals as an organization as clearly as possible. Should anyone wish to review our by-laws, they can be found on the Broad Universe website, under the "About Us" tab.

Broad Universe Statement about Arisia 2019

Broad Universe has been watching the developments and changes with the leadership of Arisia since the public notice of Crystal Huff’s moving blog post. BU had a long and supportive history with Arisia, both with members attending and sitting on panels as well as having a table in the dealer room and hosting events. We watched with concern and interest as events unfolded, especially given our policy on attending conferences with sexual harassment issues. At this time, Broad Universe is planning to attend the Arisia in January 2019 because of the changes we have seen to the Board and the policies they are looking to implement. Knowing that transformation takes time, we will evaluate the results of these changes before committing next year to ensure that true systematic shifts are still ongoing to prevent, effectively investigate, and effectively deal with harassment and assaults as well as clear steps toward creating a safe environment for attendees.

Book Giveaway

Get a free copy of Storm Forged by Patrick Dugan. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

https://claims.instafreebie.com/free/7hoQ1BQP