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Far Orbit: Perigee
[Closed] Submission window opens January 1, 2017]
Anthologist: Bascomb James
Our journey continues… The Far Orbit anthology series has a new home here at Pushpin Books. We are once again looking for modern space adventures crafted in the pulp fiction style popular in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. No, we’re not looking for slavish imitations of past classics. Rather, we want to receive stories that establish a new tradition in this much maligned SF adventure genera — smart, modern stories built around the classic traditions.
We are looking for adventure stories that are creative, readable, and memorable. We are also looking for midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied. All adventure-based sci-fi genera are welcome but stay away from fantasy elements unless they are genetically engineered or cybernetic. Stories can begin on Earth but the major action should happen out there, beyond the edges of our blue marble. Dystopia (Mad Max) and fantasy-like adventures (John Carter of Mars) have to be very special to be included in this anthology. Please, no fan fiction.
Because adventure stories often take more space to develop, Pushpin Books is accepting stories up to 12,000 words in length. Yes, we like longer stories.
Previously published stories are acceptable but we will not publish stories that have been previously anthologized.
Want to know more about my preferences? Check out the link at the bottom of this post or pick up a copy of the previous Far Orbit volumes, Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures and Far Orbit Apogee.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $0.01/word. All contributors will receive a paperback copy of the anthology. For previously unpublished works: seeking first world rights in English and exclusive rights to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date after which, the publisher retains nonexclusive rights to continue to publish your story in the anthology. For reprints: seeking non-exclusive right to publish in print and electronic formats.
Unpublished stories preferred; reprints will be considered. No previously anthologized stories.
Open submission period: January 1 – March 15, 2017.
Length: Under 12,000 words
Submission Information can be found on the Pushpin Books website.
Simultaneous submissions = OK. Multiple submissions = No.
Hints for authors.
- I prefer upbeat, fun-to-read stories with a positive message. Check out my intro to the first Far Orbit volume for more information.
- I’m not a fan of the “everyone dies horribly” ending unless you can really move me.
- I’m looking for subject diversity in the anthology. If you’ve written something different in this genre, I want to read it.
- I love escapist adventures, mind candy, and thoughtful integration of technologies and aliens.