Drunk with power after successfully raising the funds necessary to destroy science fiction in a mere seven hours, the Lightspeedteam has put our heads together to try to figure out where we should aim our fury next. Thus:
If We Reach $25,000: WOMEN DESTROY HORROR!
If we reach this funding level, then clearly the destruction of science fiction will not be enough so satiate you people, so another genre must be destroyed. And, after carefully considering all of our options, we all agreed: Horror has it coming.
So, if we raise more than $25,000, in addition to Women Destroy Science Fiction! we will also publish Women Destroy Horror!, a special issue of Lightspeed's sister-magazine, Nightmare. And we are pleased to announce that Women Destroy Horror! will be guest-edited by the legendary editor-queen of the dark and the macabre: ELLEN DATLOW!
Women Destroy Horror! will be a double issue of Nightmare, and thus will consist of 8 pieces of fiction (4 originals and 4 reprints), plus assorted nonfiction.
Everyone who pledges $5 or more will also receive a copy of Women Destroy Horror!
If We Reach $35,000: WOMEN DESTROY FANTASY!
If we reach this funding level, then … then we’re really getting ridiculous! But if we do, then clearly the destruction of science fiction AND horror is STILL not enough, and thus another genre must be destroyed. After again carefully considering all of our options–
No, wait! This is unprecedented: Fantasy has volunteered as tribute!
OK, OK, so women are pretty well represented in fantasy, thus it doesn’t really have it coming the way horror and SF have it coming. On the other hand, anyone remember the Gor novels? Or what about all those ridiculous sexist depictions on book covers of scantily clad women wearing armor that wouldn’t protect you from a mosquito bite. Or what about–
You know what? It DOES have it coming! DESTROY ALL GENRES!
So, if we raise more than $35,000, in addition to Women Destroy Science Fiction! AND Women Destroy Horror!, we will also publish Women Destroy Fantasy!, a special issue of Lightspeed’sOTHERsister-magazine, Fantasy Magazine. (Well, Fantasy was merged into Lightspeed, so technically I guess they’re not sisters anymore. [More like a fetal resorption? Aren’t you glad you clicked through to that link? You’re welcome.] But never mind that, it’s not important!)
But anyway! Rather than replace a second issue of Lightspeed’spublication schedule with another special issue, we decided we’d revive dear-old Fantasy Magazine for this special issue. Like Women Destroy Horror!, it will be a double issue, and will include 8 pieces of fiction (4 originals and 4 reprints) plus an array of nonfiction.
And we are pleased to announce that Women Destroy Fantasy! will showcase the return of the whimsical editorial stylings of none other than long-time Fantasy Magazine editor, CAT RAMBO!
Everyone who pledges $5 or more will also receive a copy of Women Destroy Fantasy!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
Not more stretch goals–at least not yet!–but in the title of this post we mentioned something about new rewards. We’re sure this isn’t quite as exciting as our awesome, amazing, destructive stretch goals, but we added a bunch of new rewards. Given we’ve got our target set on horror and fantasy, we figured we might as well offer up some horror and fantasy as rewards. So now you can choose from a selection of Fantasy Magazine and Nightmare Magazinerewards, in addition to all of the Lightspeed goodness we already had available.