Founded by Holly Lyn Walrath, Interstellar Flight Magazine is an online SFF and pop culture mag devoted to essays on what’s new in the world of speculative genres. With interviews, personal essays, rants, and raves, the authors of Interstellar Flight Magazine explore the vast outreaches of nerdom. Our 2020 anthology covers a wide range of topics from books to anime to film to television to feminism to queerness to racism and beyond.
This year's anthology also includes seven stories from the 2020 Alternate Endings submission call, guest edited by Jamileh Jemison. This call asked writers to reimagine our world for the better, giving us the alternate endings to 2020 that reinvisioned the future. Their work is a bright light in the grim darkness of 2020.
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Interstellar Flight Magazine
Best of Year One
From space opera to weird fiction to indie games and NaNoWriMo, this collection represents the best in nonfiction dedicated to geekery. Founded by Holly Lyn Walrath, Interstellar Flight Magazine is an online SFF and pop culture mag devoted to essays on what’s new in the world of speculative genres. With interviews, personal essays, rants, and raves, the authors of Interstellar Flight Magazine explore the vast outreaches of nerdom.
In the words of Ursula K. Le Guin, we feature “writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope.”
This anthology also features excerpts from three new Interstellar Flight Press books: The Manticore’s Vow by Cassandra Rose Clarke, a world of dangerous magic and thrilling adventures with this trio of gorgeous, swashbuckling tales, Twelve by Andrea Blythe, a luscious and fae poetry chapbook based on the fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Local Star by Aimee Ogden, a polyamorous space opera with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s sure to punch you in the feels.
Table of Contents:
The Ones Who Walk Away by Holly Lyn Walrath
Monsters Under the Bed (and Outside the Window) by E.D. Walker
The Greatest Arsenal: Science Fiction Libraries and Archives by Jeremy Brett
Boundary Crossing, Liminality, & the Hungarian Literary Fantastic by T.D. Walker
Indie Games and Accessibility: A Personal Odyssey by Archita Mittra
Diverse Space Opera, Fight Scenes and NaNoWriMo by E.D. Walker
Phantom Fares by Piper J. Daniels
Riverdale, Writer’s Block, & Naval Warfare by Holly Lyn Walrath
Cats in Science Fiction Films by John Tuttle
Unabashedly Hopeful, Heartbroken, & Silly by J.T. Morse
Strange Bodies by Presley Thomas
Spinning Tales, Chinese Embroidery, & Musical Composition by E.D. Walker
Perception, Uncertainty, and Dread: The Horror of Perspective by Caitlin Starling
Space Opera Is Having a Moment and We Love It by E.D. Walker
Goth Weirdness, Slavic Folklore, & Ohio by Jody T. Morse
No Room in Narnia by Erin Becker
Korean Folklore, Big Space Explosions, & Mathematics by Michael Glazner
What Else is there to Say about the Joker? by Archita Mittra and Kaylee Craig
Excerpt: The Manticore’s Vow by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Excerpt: Twelve by Andrea Blythe
Excerpt: Local Star by Aimee Ogden
Featuring Interviews with:
Christian McKay Heidicker
Emily A. Duncan
Yoon Ha Lee
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5-Star Review, Reedsy Discovery
"Interstellar Flight Press is an indie speculative publishing house and Best of Year One: Interstellar Flight Magazine is their first collection of essays, interviews, and excerpts. This anthology features innovative works from the best new writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF). It is clear from the first essay that Ursula K. Le Guin is a well-respected voice within the SFF community and is at the heart of the core mission of Interstellar Flight Press. This mission is best summed up with a quote by Le Guin, in which she says:
"Writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real ground for hope."
SFF provides a safe place for minorities and other marginalized groups to find a voice. The first entry in Interstellar Flight Magazine parallels an analysis of Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" and the current sufferings of children at the Mexican border. An interview with Hungarian agender-trans writer Bogi Takacs discusses their poetry that crosses boundaries on the topics of the body, disability, and politics. Other voices included the struggles of growing up as a girl who loves video games, as well as the personal struggle of coming out to your family. What is so special about SFF that Interstellar Flight Magazine highlights for readers are that it "causes us to question why things are the way they are and how things could be." This kind of impact encourages social-political discussions and shows that literature has always been a powerful tool for change.
Interstellar Flight Magazine does have a lighter side full of fun discussions about the writing process, as well as dozens of recommendations readers from space operas to horror novel that readers will not want to miss. Picking up this one-of-a-kind collection will be sure to lead you to your next favorite indie Science Fiction and Fantasy book."
Review by Warp Speed Odyssey
"Unsure what’s going on in contemporary speculative fiction? Learn about modern voices in genre, both through their own words and criticism. Interstellar Flight Magazine’s first Best of Year One collection covers a wide variety of topics from today’s authors."