Now Capricious has been up and running for over a year, it’s time to add some new projects into the mix. First up is a very special issue featuring stories with gender diverse pronouns. And we need your help to get there.
Gender diverse pronouns – like ze and hir, 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, actual 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.
We 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.
In order to produce this special double issue – which will be available in both electronic and print formats – we need your support. Check out our IndieGoGo page where you can choose from a number of perks, including ebooks, print copies, story critiques, and even some fuzzy fuzzhogs.
Whether or not you can support us financially, we’d love it if you could spread the word using the sharing buttons below. And if you’re interested in writing for this issue, we’ll have submission guidelines available from the beginning of November.
Thank you so much for all your support! We’ll keep you updated on our progress as we go.