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Letter supporting Black Lives Matter

“Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom.”


― Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch

Dear Broad Universe,

Broad Universe is an organization devoted to promoting women and other underrepresented gender identities in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. As an inherently feminist organization, the Motherboard cares deeply about and is affected by other progressive causes.

We affirm that Black Lives Matter.

We support the people who are seeking changes from centuries of white supremacy, injustice and the resulting disenfranchisement, assaults and murders.

As an organization focused on an underserved community, the Broad Universe Motherboard is committed to actively engaging in efforts related to equity, diversity, inclusion and access (EDIA.) We recognize the importance of taking action to increase awareness among BIPOC writers of the support available in our organization.

We will demonstrate our commitment to these important values through the adoption of policies and practices to address disparities and social ills, and by providing access to resources that provide opportunities BIPOC authors to thrive.

We will not allow those who speak up for the need for change to be drowned out. We want BU to be a place where BIPOC writers know they are welcome, heard and supported.

In the future we will:

  • Commit to working with and donating to the BIPOC-led speculative fiction groups, including the Carl Brandon Society and the Black Science Fiction Society,
  • Invite BIPOC writers and editors to teach and talk at Broad Universe events in person and on-line,
  • Invite and promote BIPOC owned publishers and their submission calls to our community,
  • Offer anti-racism and diversity equity, inclusion and access classes for our Supporters.
  • Evaluate the structure of Broad Universe's dues and fees to aid BIPOC writers who can't join BU or participate in classes or other resources because of costs.

A list of places where you can learn more, donate, or get support follows below.

If any Supporter has suggestions or idea for how to further Broad Universe's equity, diversity, inclusion and access, we welcome your comments.

Sincerely,

Broad Universe Motherboard

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WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for 2017 Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for 2017 Award
for stories published in 2016.

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce the
finalists for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award:

“Foxfire, Foxfire,” by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);

"Jupiter or Bust," by Brad R. Torgersen, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, ed. by Scott Roberts, (March/ April 2016);

"The Mytilenian Delay," by Neil James Hudson, in Hyperpowers, ed. by Bascombe James, published by Third Flatiron Publishing (May 2016);

"Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left," by Fran Wilde, published in Shimmer Magazine, ed. by E. Catherine Tobler, (September 2016);

"Radio Silence," by Walter H. Hunt in Alien Artifacts, ed. by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, published by Zombies Need Brains, (2016);

"A Salvaging of Ghosts," by Aliette de Bodard, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);

"The Tomato Thief," by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, ed. by Jason Sizemore, (January 2016);

"Vengence Sewn With A Fey Cord," by Christine Lucas, published in The Future Fire, ed. by Djibril al-Ayad, (April 2016);

"The Witch's Knives," by Margaret Ronald, published in Strange Horizons, ed. by Niall Harrison, Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela, and Vajra Chandrasekera, (October 2016).

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2016). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction
Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at their annual
convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 6-8, 2017 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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Cathy Green
for WSFA Small Press Award Committee
Award Sponsored by Washington Science Fiction Association and
Capclave -- Where Reading is not Extinct

Lancelot and Guinevere Published!

Carol Anne Douglas's novel Lancelot and Guinevere, the sequel to Lancelot: Her Story, has been published by Hermione Books (ISBN: 978-0-9967722-2-8). In the sequel, the female Lancelot and Queen Guinevere face dangers that test their mettle. The books is available in print and e-book versions on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Lancelot-Guinevere-Carol-Anne-Douglas/dp/0996772227/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488396628&sr=1-1&keywords=lancelot+and+guinevere

Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel and many other fantasy books, says, "The poignancy of the end was far more satisfying to me than the doom in many Arthurian poems and tales. Altogether an excellent read."

Rising for Autumn Release

Book three of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles by Katherine McIntyre releases today! Get your copy of Rising for Autumn now: www.loose-id.com/rising-for-autumn

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington. After all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws amongst the supernatural. Which means when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim, happens to be the best-suited guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to for safekeeping, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred turns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.

Laurel Ann Hill Interview at Worldcon 74

At World Con 2016, SciFi4Me Genre News requested to interview a member of Broad Universe. A couple of the volunteers at the BU table elected Laurel Anne Hill to respond. While she had no statements prepared, she was happy to  promote BU and did a terrific job! Thanks, Laurel Anne!