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Founded by Holly Lyn Walrath, Interstellar Flight Magazine is an online SFF and pop culture mag devoted to essays on what’s new in the world of speculative genres. With interviews, personal essays, rants, and raves, the authors of Interstellar Flight Magazine explore the vast outreaches of nerdom. Our 2020 anthology covers a wide range of topics from books to anime to film to television to feminism to queerness to racism and beyond.
This year's anthology also includes seven stories from the 2020 Alternate Endings submission call, guest edited by Jamileh Jemison. This call asked writers to reimagine our world for the better, giving us the alternate endings to 2020 that reinvisioned the future. Their work is a bright light in the grim darkness of 2020.
Table of Contents
Escapism as a Way of Coping: Diving into New Realms of Fantasy to Process Emotions by Allison Hunt
Your Critique Group's Feedback on Covid-19: Thanks for sharing this really interesting story! by Erin Becker
The Pixel Campfire: Indie Horror in the Age of the Internet: How Marginalized Creators are Reshaping Horror by B. Narr
Final Girl: A Life in Horror: The Making of a Horror Writer by Christina Sng
Women's Roles in Norse Stories: From the Edda to Tolkien to Marvel to Contemporary Fiction, Women Kick Ass in Norse Legends by John Tuttle
Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television: 70 Years of Reaching for the Stars by Karen A. Romanko
The Spectre of Trauma: How Ghost Stories Reflect Humanity's Struggle with Mental Health Laura Díaz de Arce
Oppression and Slavery in Speculative Short Fiction: Contemporary Black Writers Dive into History by Nathan Elias
In Defense of Bad Horror Movies: Lesbian Vampire Films & Re-Examining the Problematic by Holly Lyn Walrath
Netflix's Dark and the Art of Letting Go: Untangling the Labyrinth by Archita Mittra
Eternally Controversial: Doom Eternal and It's Place in a Controversial Franchise by B. Narr
Remnant: From the Ashes is a Metaphor for Climate Change: Reconciling Colonialism, Hyperconsumerism, and the Fun of Fighting Badass Monsters by Corey J. White
Double Visions: Two Mysteries for Today's World: Reading Frankie Y. Bailey and Claire O'Dell's all too-near futures by Jamileh Jemison
In 21st-Century America, Who Gets to be Magic?: The Magicians and Representation by Jamileh Jemison
Goblin Slayer and the Importance of Hope in Grimdark Fantasy: In a world of darkness and suffering, He Does Not Let Anyone Roll The Dice by Kyle Tam
Grunge, Metal, and AP Chemistry: Review of Rosebud Ben-Oni's 20 Atomic Sonnets by Leslie Archibald
On Watching Every Episode of Hellier in One Week: Kentucky goblins, UFO Sightings, and High Strangeness in the Heart of Appalachia By Cassandra Rose Clarke
New England Gothic: A Review of Josephine Decker's Shirley by Annika Barranti Klein
Every Queer Story is Not a Fairytale: Review of Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass by Presley Thomas
Queer Vampire Relationships in What We Do in the Shadows: In Revisiting Vampire Tropes, this Retelling Breaks New Ground by Sydney Richardson
The Blair Witch Project and The Terror of The Unknown: Why a Fake Documentary from the 90s Still Captivates Audiences Today by Sydney Richardson
Beastars is Weird Anime at its Best: A World of Furries Asks: Can We Overcome Our Deepest, Darkest Natures? by Holly Lyn Walrath
Queer Futures: An interview with Sarah Gailey, author of Upright Women Wanted by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Artificial Intelligence, the Gender Binary, & Being Human: An Interview with Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries by Michael Glazner
Ballet, Suburbia, & Death Metal: An interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, Author of Sacred Summer by T.D. Walker
Bog Bodies, Moors, and Ghost Girls: An Interview with Catherine Moore, Author of Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht by T.D. Walker
Dancing Princesses, Fairy Tales, and Portal Fantasies: An Interview with Andrea Blythe, author of Twelve by T.D. Walker
#NotAllHeroes: An Interview with Tochi Onyebuchi, Author of Riot Baby by Jamileh Jemison
No Polar Bears in the Antarctic But Plenty of Women in Space: An Interview with Laura Lam, author of Goldilocks By JT Morse
One Song to Ruin Us All (in a Good Way): Interview with LGBTQ+ Romantic Fantasy Author Julia Ember by JT Morse
Slashers, Carnivals, & Urban Legends: An Interview with Jessica Guess, Author of Cirque Berserk by vanessa maki
2020 Alternate Endings
The Wake-Up Call by Suhaila Sundararajan
Not the Knife Today by Natachi Mez
For You, 2000 Quarantines From Now by Andrea Kriz
A Timely Mistake by Archita Mittra
Unwilled by Nisola Jegede
Saving Grace by Justin C. Key
Season of Safety by Tlotlo Tsamaase
"Interstellar Flight Press is an indie speculative publishing house and Best of Year One: Interstellar Flight Magazine is their first collection of essays, interviews, and excerpts. This anthology features innovative works from the best new writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF). It is clear from the first essay that Ursula K. Le Guin is a well-respected voice within the SFF community and is at the heart of the core mission of Interstellar Flight Press. This mission is best summed up with a quote by Le Guin, in which she says:
"Writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real ground for hope."
SFF provides a safe place for minorities and other marginalized groups to find a voice. The first entry in Interstellar Flight Magazine parallels an analysis of Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" and the current sufferings of children at the Mexican border. An interview with Hungarian agender-trans writer Bogi Takacs discusses their poetry that crosses boundaries on the topics of the body, disability, and politics. Other voices included the struggles of growing up as a girl who loves video games, as well as the personal struggle of coming out to your family. What is so special about SFF that Interstellar Flight Magazine highlights for readers are that it "causes us to question why things are the way they are and how things could be." This kind of impact encourages social-political discussions and shows that literature has always been a powerful tool for change.
Interstellar Flight Magazine does have a lighter side full of fun discussions about the writing process, as well as dozens of recommendations readers from space operas to horror novel that readers will not want to miss. Picking up this one-of-a-kind collection will be sure to lead you to your next favorite indie Science Fiction and Fantasy book."
Review by Warp Speed Odyssey
"Unsure what’s going on in contemporary speculative fiction? Learn about modern voices in genre, both through their own words and criticism. Interstellar Flight Magazine’s first Best of Year One collection covers a wide variety of topics from today’s authors."