Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The Pride StoryBundle Launches!

I've been sitting on the news that my novel In The Deep has been chosen to be included in this year's Pride StoryBundle. If you're not sure what a storybundle is, it's like it says on the tin -- you get a bundle of novels for one low, low price (in this case, $5 for any five books, or $20 for all 17). These are all books with LGBGTQIA characters and themes -- in my novel, we have a polycule, with one gay cis man, one bisexual cis man, and one aromantic cis woman, and also an AI. They form a family and crew of the Susan Calvin.

To quote our curators, Melissa Scott and Catherine Lundoff, 

We're back with another queer-themed bundle to celebrate Pride! This year, we have a total of seventeen books on offer, with eight in the main bundle and another nine in the bonus. It's a big bundle, but it was still hard to narrow it down: every year, there are more and more writers out there who are creating intelligent, nuanced, and queer SF/F.

Because this is for Pride, we looked for books that depicted queerness in all its aspects. You'll find profoundly hopeful work as well as darker themes, but what you won't find is stories in which being queer means you're evil, nor any in which it's a purely doomed and tragic fate. Instead, these are stories that showcase the myriad ways that queerness manifests — the many ways that we have chosen to be.


StoryBundle has always allowed its patrons to donate part of their payment to a related charity, and once again we're supporting Rainbow Railroad, an NGO helping LGBTQ+ people escape state-sponsored persecution and violence worldwide. Their work is desperately needed, now more than ever, and if you choose, you can designate a portion of the bundle's price to them at no extra cost to you— a gift that can help save a life. Thank you for joining us to help celebrate Pride and queer voices! – 

More information, including how to get your own bundle, here! 

Books available:

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of five books in .epub format—WORLDWIDE.

·         The Unbalancing by R. B. Lemberg

·         Martha Moody by Susan Stinson

·         Uncommon Charm by Kat Weaver and Emily Bergslien

·         The Silences of Ararat by L. Timmel Duchamp

·         Queer Weird West Tales edited by Julie Bozza

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $20, you get all five of the regular books, plus twelve more books for a total of 17!

  • The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia
  • Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller
  • Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
  • Our Fruiting Bodies by Nisi Shawl
  • We're Here - The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021 edited by L.D. Lewis and series editor Charles Payseur
  • Night Sky Mine by Melissa Scott
  • The Feast of Panthers by Sean Eads
  • The Gusty Deep by Lee Morgan
  • The Dragon Eater by J. Scott Coatsworth
  • Perishables by Michael G. Williams
  • Unfinished Business by Catherine Lundoff
  • In the Deep by Kelly Jennings 

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