Long Hidden

Update: This post is being written LIVE in Daegu, South Korea. After a lot of hand-wringing and gnome-slapping, my wife and I have finally made it across the world. It’s a wonderful experience, even now at the beginning, and I thank you in advance for your well wishes and prayers.

Because it’s been such a long day here (mostly laundry) (and beer), I’ll keep this relatively short.

If you’ve read any of this blog, you know how I feel about representation of people of color in speculative fiction and nerd/geek culture.

My reading and writing choices are directly influenced by my belief that PoC should be better (and more frequently) represented in fiction, especially speculative fiction.

A couple of months back, I got invited by my good man, John Henton look-alike, and superb fiction writer Daniel José Older to submit a story to Long Hidden, an anthology slated to be published by Crossed Genres that aims to highlight speculative fiction historical works written by and featuring authors of color.

From the announcement:

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.

After my own heart.

The list of authors signed up to contribute to this anthology is amazing. I cut my teeth on Tananarive Due’s African Immortals series. Just yesterday, Nnedi Okorafor’s African Sunrise made me shed a couple’a R.N.T.’s. Kima Jones‘ writing burns my skin in the best kind of way.

This promises to be an epic gathering. All that’s needed is your support.

Here’s a link to the anthology’s kickstarter page. If you feel half the way that I do about  the necessity of supporting great literature and art, then you can come up with a small something to support this effort.

That’s all I got for today. Beer is calling and towels need…hanging. Because apparently, dryers aren’t a thing in South Korea.

Y’all be easy!

6 thoughts on “Long Hidden

  1. Hello, I backed Long Hidden earlier today and was just checking out some of the contributors websites that are listed on the kickstarter page. I intend to check out your blog more, but was absolutely floored in that small-world-weird-coincidence way when I saw in this post that you’ve just moved to Korea. I’ve been here quite awhile now (I’m in Gimhae, just outside Busan) and I just wanted to say – welcome! I hope it’s a great experience for you both.

    • Jeff,

      Thanks for stopping by, thanks for backing Long Hidden, and many, many thanks for the welcome! I’m finding that I like Korea so far, and I’m very excited. Are you an English teacher?

      This might be a weird question, but do you have a mobile phone? If so, might you be willing to provide a little guidance on how to get one/carriers to go thru/plans/etc?

      Let me know if you need my email addy. Any help is much appreciated!

      • Troy,

        Yes I am an English teacher and yes I do have a mobile phone. I’m afraid I’m not very knowledgeable on the current going about getting one situation though. I can tell you that my wife and I use alleh and are satisfied with it. Their logo is a black background with red letters. Getting a phone and a plan shouldn’t be too hard – just go to any of those little cellphone stores that I’m sure you’ve seen all over the place. They’ll set you up with a phone and a plan.

        Now, like I said I’m not sure what kind of options are generally available right now, but I know if you want a newest generation smartphone they’re likely to expect you to sign a monthly contract that lasts 1 or 2 years and includes the cost of the phone and plan. If you have no care about particular phone brand or features you can probably find some very affordable deals.

        My current phone is actually under my wife’s name (she’s Korean), but that’s because she bought it as a surprise and it was just easier that way at the time. You should be able to get phones under your and your wife’s names – but you’re probably going to want to bring a Korean friend or co-worker to help sort through things. That’s not a necessity, but would probably make it a lot easier.

        Feel free to email me at jxilon [at] hotmail if you have any other questions. I can’t promise to have any useful answers, but I’m happy to tell whatever I might know.

        Oh – just checked with a friend in Daegu and he says there is a “cell phone street” in the city, but that he also recommends taking along a native speaker to help out.

  2. Congratulations on being in Long Hidden. I backed the project too and I’m glad to see that it’s been fully funded. Clearly I don’t check your blog enough, but why are you and your wife in Korea?

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