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Rosalind’s Siblings Table of Contents!

Since Frankenstein, science fiction’s relationship to science has been an uneasy one: at times embracing the idea of scientific progress as an unalloyed good, at others seeing it as a route into hardship and inevitable decline. But in a world of global warming and renewable energy, of greater connectivity and troll botnets, of medical advancements and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, what does science mean? And why is it still so often seen being done by cis white men in (cis) white coats?

Bogi Takács has selected 17 stories and 6 poems by writers from across the world showcasing a range of scientists, and a range of scientific disciplines and narratives, beyond the usual tropes. From a poetic life of Ynés Mexia to the tale of an investigation by a diverse group of biologists. From a prose poem from the perspective of an artificial intelligence to the story of the drive to improvement… and how far it can lead scientists. We’re delighted to announce the full table of contents of Rosalind’s Siblings, forthcoming from Galli Books this autumn, with a beautiful cover by Grace P. Fong!

Introduction by Bogi Takács
Collecting Ynés by Lisa M. Bradley
Rewilding Nova by Polenth Blake
Render Raze Revise by Stefani Cox
Cavern of Dreams by Julie Nováková
The Vanishing of Ultratatts by D.A. Xiaolin Spires
The Starship Ariel by CJ Lamere
Singing Goblin Songs by Leigh Harlen
The Tightrope Walker by Celia Neri
Circle Packing by Ursula Whitcher
Animal Behavior by Emma Johnson
The Elusive Plague by Santiago Belluco
Blood and Iron by Jennifer Lee Rossman
The Android That Designed Itself by Julian K. Jarboe
Now I Know In Part by Phoebe Barton
Possible Discontinuity and Unusual Secondary Structure of Okazaki and Okazaki by Kanika Agrawal
Leech Clinic by Laura Jane Swanson
Quietus by Premee Mohamed
Great Things Of Which To Speak Of by Osahon Ize-Iyamu
LDR by Cameron Van Sant
Morning Star Blues by Tessa Fisher
The Astronomer Aspiring by Hal Y. Zhang
Prakriti by Isha Karki
The Broken Bough by Vajra Chandrasekera

Call for Submissions

Call For Submissions: Rosalind’s Siblings

Deadline extended to December 31 2018!

Rosalind’s Siblings is an anthology of speculative stories about people of marginalized genders/sexes who are scientists: scientists doing good, changing the world, or just getting on with their work of expanding human knowledge in a speculative context, presented in a positive light. This anthology is named for Rosalind Franklin, the so-called Dark Lady of DNA, one of the most famously erased female scientists in history, and a direct relation of the founder of Galli Books. The anthology is being edited by Bogi Takács.

The stories do not need to problematize gender/sex, though this is also welcome, and we would like to publish a mix of approaches. We are generally interested in positive portrayals of science and the protagonists doing research, but this can include a critical reappraisal. (E.g., we would very much like to see stories in which science is decolonized and/or Indigenized, or in some other ways incorporates approaches beyond Western neo-positivism.) We are not interested in “mad scientist” tropes or “evil science.” We are also not interested in disability cure narratives and related tropes, unless they are actively subverted / deconstructed.

Stories must contain a speculative element. We are happy to read works from any speculative subgenre: science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, magical realism, fabulism, mythic work, Weird fiction and so on. Any amount of science detail is welcome with thoughtful engagement.

Protagonists can be trans and/or nonbinary people, women (trans or cis), intersex people, genderqueer or gender-nonconforming people, people of culturally specific genders/sexes, and any combinations thereof. They do not need to identify as women, feminine or femme specifically, but those stories are particularly welcome; as are stories with trans, nonbinary and/or intersex men or masculine protagonists. Protagonists can have any sexual orientation and gender presentation (e.g., we would love to receive stories with butch trans women or femme trans men protagonists, and so on).

You do not need to belong to any marginalized group to submit, but we are very happy to consider submissions from people who belong to underrepresented / marginalized groups in speculative fiction, including Black, Indigenous people and/or people of color, non-Western and/or non-Anglophonic people, migrants, QUILTBAG+ people, disabled, chronically ill and/or neuroatypical people. We welcome people from all letters of the QUILTBAG+, including trans (transfeminine, transmasculine and any kind of trans), intersex, asexual, aromantic and bisexual people, who are more commonly ignored. It is not a requirement for stories to be #ownvoices (i.e., about your own marginalization), but we are very happy to read your #ownvoices stories.  Please don’t self-reject!

You do not need to disclose your marginalizations in your cover letter, but you are welcome to do so. Please send submissions to galli-books@galli-books.co.uk with “ROSALIND” in the subject line and the story title. Format submissions reasonably close to Standard Manuscript Format, and send them in .doc, .odt, .rtf formats, or .pdf if the story has unusual formatting that needs to be preserved. Please do NOT send .docx files.

Submissions open on 1st November and close on the 31st of December. Please do not submit outside that window.

We pay £0.08/word upon signed contract and are interested in previously unpublished short stories between 500 and 7500 words, nonfiction essays, and poetry on our theme. We pay a flat rate of £50 per poem.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. First-round responses will go out in December 2018, at which point authors whose stories are held for final consideration will also be notified. Limited multiple submissions: you are welcome to submit one of each kind of material (one poem, one essay, one short story), but no more than that.