When I first launched Capricious, just over a year ago, I decided that if I made it to a year, I'd start shaking things up and doing some things a little differently, create some special projects or spin-offs.
Well, we made it to a year and that means there's a special issue in the works. I've just set up a crowdfunding campaign to try and make it happen. Here's a little more about what's planned:
Gender diverse pronouns - like the "ze" and "hir" used above, or singular they, or any of a number of possibilities - are an increasing part of many people's vocabulary. They can be used to describe people for whom "he" or "she" are not a good fit, or to refer to a person, real or hypothetical, of unknown gender.
But - with some notable exceptions - they’re under-utilised in science fiction and fantasy - despite the fact that they’re necessary just to depict our world accurately, let alone the myriad worlds of the imagination. While some editors are welcoming, others are dismissive, meaning authors are taking a risk in writing these stories, and readers don’t see enough of them.
As the editor of Capricious magazine (and a non-binary person myself) I want to create a special issue of speculative stories which not only use gender diverse pronouns, but embrace them. Stories with gender diverse characters, in worlds where gender is conceptualised in many different ways - or not at all.
We’ve published two such stories: “The Need for Overwhelming Sensation” by Bogi Takács and “Moments of Light” by Toby MacNutt, both of which use multiple sets of gender diverse pronouns - and such pronoun usage is very welcome in every issue of Capricious. Now we want to specifically celebrate it and showcase the possibilities it allows.
This is my first attempt at crowdfunding and it's all very nerve-wracking, but it's something I really want to be able to produce, so I'm just hoping it will all come together.
Please do head over and check it out, spread the word, and consider supporting the campaign - there are some great rewards, including handmade Capricious fuzzhogs, like the one above.
In other news, I'm also over at Angela Slatter's blog, talking about my At The Edge story, and other writerly things. Have a read!