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Jewish Futures

edited by Michael A. Burstein

cover concept art by Eli Portman

   

Guidelines

Fantastic Books is delighted to announce a new anthology of original science fiction stories that will speculate on the future of the Jewish people. What will Jews be up to fifty years from now? A hundred? A thousand? Will the Jewish people still be mostly living where they are now? Will Judaism still be recognizable in the many forms in which it exists today? Will there be Jewish aliens or Jewish robots? These stories will present the possibilities.

Jewish Futures is edited by Michael A. Burstein, multiple Hugo and Nebula finalist and winner of the Campbell/Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

While stories can be optimistic, pessimistic, utopian, dystopian, or anywhere in between, being Jewish and Judaism itself ought to be portrayed in a positive light. We encourage stories set outside the United States and Israel, and stories that include non-Ashkenazi American Jews, as we want this to be more than just "What will American Jews look like in the future?"

We will be looking for previously unpublished stories of up to 5,000 words, and the pay will be five cents a word (for a maximum total payment of $250).

Stories can be submitted until December 18, 2022 to julia@mabfan.com. December 18 is the hard cut-off; any stories submitted after December 18 will not be considered nor acknowledged. Basically, if you’re lighting Hanukkah candles, it’s too late to submit stories.

Stories should be formatted using proper manuscript format; see here for guidelines. Stories should be submitted as Word documents or as Google Docs (in which case, provide a link to your story and make sure the link will work). Filename should be LastName_StoryTitle, e.g., Asimov_IRobot. Subject line should say “Jewish Futures: [StoryTitle]” with the actual title of the story in the subject line.

And since people have asked, you do not have to be Jewish to submit a story to the anthology.


Publicity

"Brookline Resident Named Editor Of New Anthology Jewish Futures" by Annie Sandoli in the Brookline Patch, October 5, 2022


The Kickstarter Campaign

[The Kickstarter campaign reached its funding goal in a scant four days, and ended on October 20, 2022. This is what we had to say about it while the campaign was still running.]

What will Jews be up to fifty years from now? A hundred? A thousand? Will the Jewish people still be mostly living where they are now? Will Judaism still be recognizable in the many forms in which it exists today? Will there be Jewish aliens? Jewish robots?

Right now, this very moment, we're running a Kickstarter campaign for our soon-to-be-newest anthology, Jewish Futures: Science Fiction from the World's Oldest Diaspora edited by Michael A. Burstein: a new anthology of original science fiction stories that will speculate on the future of the Jewish people. As with our past campaigns, we've lined up a slew of excellent authors, but left several slots open for your submissions (after the anthology is funded). Those who are part of the project include: E.M. Ben Shaul, Leah Cypress, Randee Dawn, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Esther Friesner, Robert Greenberger, MaNishtana, S.I. Rosenbaum & Abraham Josephine Riesman, SM Rosenberg, and Steven H Silver.

The campaign reached its funding goal four days after launching, so this book is a definite! Nevertheless, there's still time to be a supporter, to be listed in the book, to guarantee your hot-off-the-presses first copy, and quite possibly snag some of the other awesome swag (there are a few Tuckerizations still available, a couple of wonderful stretch-goal bonuses available, and more).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/667435382/jewish-futures