Michael Damian Thomas is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine and an Associate Editor at Mad Norwegian Press, where he’s worked on numerous books including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea). He is currently co-editing the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis.

What is a Speculative Nightclub Anthology Anyway?

Like many things in my life, this anthology idea came from goofing around on Twitter. (Who says we’re all there to avoid work?)

John Klima and I can get pretty punchy at night on Twitter. We were basking in the post-Worldcon feelings and missing all of our SF/F friends, when John suggested a “glitter party” at LoneStarCon. I didn’t know what a glitter party was (nor did he), but for some reason it made me think of glow roller skating.

After a quick Google search, I found a rink in San Antonio with GLOW PARTIES. Soon, others joined in on the conversation, including my wife, Lynne M. Thomas. Before long, we decided that this party had to happen. We decided that launching a new anthology at this rink was the perfect excuse to throw a party. An anthology filled with Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery co-edited by John, Lynne, and me. We wanted something that captured the party spirit of conventions and our friendships.

Then the fabulous Kat Howard suggested a title: Glitter and Madness – a title that captured the shiny, debauched, ecstatic folly of the project. With that, we began the process of soliciting contributors. A very glamorous and sparkly group said yes including Alan DeNiro, Amal El-Mohtar, Daryl Gregory, Damien Walters Grintalis, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Jennifer Pelland, Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Diana Rowland, Sofia Samatar, David J. Schwartz, and William Shunn. And they’re only the beginning. We also left slots open for submissions. We wanted to fill this party to the rafters!

With such a short production schedule, we decided that the best way to make this book a reality was to co-produce it between the amazing Apex Publications and a Kickstarter. We lined up at ton of amazing Kickstarter perks for people who backed this project, including free books, manuscript critiques, Tuckerizations so you can have your name in the stories, and even a sweet Glitter and Madness jacket.

So, if you want to see some fun, party SF/F from a host of fantastic authors, please take a look at our Kickstarter. And if you’ve already backed it, thanks! We hope your skates are ready for San Antonio!

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