My Favorite Bit: Lynne M. Thomas talks about Glitter & Mayhem

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With a line-up of allstars, you expect great things. The sparkle-fest inside Glitter and Mayhem does not disappoint. In fact, just saying that it’s a science-fiction, fantasy, and horror anthology inspired by roller discos ought to be enough to make any reasonably interesting person run out and buy a copy. And it’s not just roller discos, it has night clubs, velvet ropes, and every glam scenario you can think of, all with a speculative twist.

Sounds groovy? It is. But here, let’s have Lynne Thomas, one of the Hugo-award winning editors who brought you this anthology, tell you about her Favorite Bit.

What’s Lynne’s favorite bit?



While we’re rather partial to glow skating, our favorite bit of Glitter & Mayhem is the sheer variety of parties that readers will find in this book.

We sought stories that would fit in a roller rink or a club: drugs, sex, glitter and debauchery, nightlife with an SF/F twist. We wanted to create the best party you’ve ever been to–even if you’re not quite sure you’re going to make it out alive, given the life-altering substances, alien invasions, and bone-rattling music. And we certainly got them. With stories ranging from sentient cocktails to deadly roller derby, to funkadelic space battles and glam aliens, to selkies and mermaids and princesses at the underground club (oh my!), we’re pretty sure you’ve never seen anything like this.

Twenty stories, twenty authors, creating an epic party floor, just for you. You’ll find Seanan McGuire exploring her New York Times Bestselling InCryptid universe, as well as stories by Christopher Barzak, Maurice Broaddus, Daryl Gregory, Maria Dahvana Headley, Tim Pratt, Diana Rowland, and more. Amber Benson provided a floor-rattling introduction, and Galen Dara created our amazing, eye-catching cover art.

Your party hosts are the Hugo Award-winning editors John Klima (Electric Velocipede) and Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine), and the Hugo-nominated editor Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine).

All because we think glow skating is awesome.

After the 2012 WorldCon in Chicago, John Klima, Michael Damian Thomas and myself were chatting on Twitter with some authors about how we missed everyone terribly after the convention ended. We needed an excuse to get everyone together again, preferably for a party, because we like those a lot. Book launch parties, in particular, are something we enjoy, as they combine two of our favorite things: books and parties. Michael noticed that San Antonio, the site of this year’s WorldCon, has a retro roller rink that does GLOW SKATING. Which we all agreed would be an ideal site for the Best. Book. Launch.Party. Ever.

Of course, a book launch party requires a book. We went from wanting an excuse to go glow skating to trying to create an SF/F anthology where glow skating seemed perfectly reasonable, so long as you understand that the cocktails may be alive, and the people skating with you may be aliens or something else entirely.

We went to Kickstarter back in February to find other folks to join (and fund) the party. In partnership with Apex Publications and through the generosity of our backers, we are now publishing Glitter & Mayhem. When the Kickstarter ended, we had no fiction in hand (yet). Glitter & Mayhem, like the most memorable parties, was put together in a bit of a creative frenzy, from reading submissions to finalizing stories, and submitted to the publisher in about six weeks. Total.

Since the launching point of Glitter & Mayhem was to create an anthology that would go well with a glow skating launch party, we are of course hosting one in San Antonio at WorldCon for our anthology contributors and Kickstarter backers.

Glitter & Mayhem the most glamorous party in the multiverse, is available for purchase via Apex Publications and other fine purveyors of books on September 1, 2013.

We sincerely hope you’ll join the party. We’ve brought the glitter.



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