Here’s a great project to back: Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. It’s an “anthology of speculative historical fiction revealing the voices of silenced dreamers” and is already fully backed with $17,436 of $12,000 raised! Long Hidden has stretch goals (first one reached: an original song written and recorded by the editors), and if they reach $20,000 they’ll add an additional ~50,000 words to the anthology.
What exactly is an anthology of speculative fiction from the margins of history and why? Editor’s Rose Fox and Daniel José Older describe it thusly:
“Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center. People with less power, money, or status—enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others—are relegated to the margins. Today, mainstream history continues to perpetuate one-sided versions of the past while mistelling or erasing the stories of the rest of the world.
There is a long and honorable legacy of literary resistance to erasure. This anthology partakes of that legacy. It will feature stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist—an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange—on real past events.
Our plan is to include about 20 stories, or about 100,000 words. The anthology will be released in trade paperback and DRM-free digital formats in the first quarter of 2014.”
Please consider backing this endeavor (funding ends March 31st). “Literary resistance to erasure” – wow, yes! Literature as defiance, as giving voice to those who have been silenced, as well as great story telling. History and speculative fiction together = delicious. I have a non-fiction piece (essay, I believe the word for this is “essay”) about history being manufactured, as are memory and construct of “other”; this goes way beyond that, so of course I think it’s cool, but it is, isn’t it? Yeah, it is. And important. Resisting hegemony always is.