Science Fiction and Fantasy Small Indie Presses (Small Press September)

Hey everyone! Hope you are all well.  I am alive just very very busy with school work and there is only so much my eyes can take of staring at a screen.  Between  much needed napping, I have been reading some small press books, however, and I hope to read more before the month is up. I’ve been a little more active on my listy and instagram account if you would like to keep up with my small press shenanigans there both are @bibliosa_

I’ve still been in a Speculative Fiction mood which has lead me to many small indie presses that focus on publishing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and anything that can be labeled “speculative fiction.”  I’ve compiled a master post for you all in case you too are in the mood for some nerdy sic-fi, or mystic fantasy, and everything in between!

Small/ Independent Publishers that publish “Speculative fiction:

“Tachyon is an award-winning publisher of smart science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. For twenty-one years, Tachyon has been saving the world one good book at a time”. -Tachyon

“Subterranean Press is widely considered to be among the finest specialty publishers in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, and has published Stephen King, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Harlan Ellison, Joe Hill, and Peter Straub.”

“Aqueduct Press dedicates itself to publishing challenging, feminist science fiction. We promise to bring our readers work that will stretch the imagination and stimulate thought.”

Resurrection House also has a few imprints: Archie Press, Underland Press, Rota Books,

CZP publishes the same kind of weird, subtle, surreal, disturbing dark fiction and fantasy that ChiZine has become known for since 1997, only in longer form—novels, novellas, and short story collections.

“Night Shade Books was founded in 1997, and has been publishing science fiction, fantasy and horror for nearly two decades.”

“If you are looking for a publisher whose specialty is great book-length science fiction and fantasy literature, produced by people who care about books, readers, booksellers and authors, then you have come to the right place!”

“Golden Gryphon Press was founded in 1997 by Jim Turner, the long-time editor of Arkham House, with the mission to publish handsome, quality books of short story collections by today’s master writers and tomorrow’s rising stars.”

“Damnation Books was born from the hearts of those who love dark fiction and are tired of wading through romance e-publishers and shrinking bookstore shelves to find their horror, dark fantasy, paranormals, thrillers, science fiction, and dark-themed erotica. We’ve heard your cries, “We want our own plane of existence!” Damnation Books was born to serve you lovers of the dark, The Damned Nation, whatever shadows you may occupy.”

“PS Publishing is a limited company based in the United Kingdom. Our aim is to produce high quality, collectable but affordable signed limited editions within the field of science fiction, fantasy and horror.”

 

  • Apex Publicaiton“Apex has had the opportunity to publish some of the most exciting and interesting writers in speculative fiction: Brian Keene, Damien Angelica Walters, Douglas F. Warrick, Nick Mamatas, Jennifer Pelland, Lavie Tidhar, Chesya Burke, Chris Bucholz, and many, many more.”
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    Prime Books

“Prime Books is an award-winning, independent publishing house specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and cross-genre anthologies, collections, and novels mixing highly acclaimed literary works with top-quality commercially appealing fare.”

One of my personal favorites as they publish Angelica Gorodischer!

If I’ve missed any, please let me know!

Currently Reading:

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A Stranger in Olandria by Sofia Samatar  (Published by Small Beer Press)

Small Beer Press already has my heart after reading Trafalgar by  Angelica Gorodischer which has become one of my most beloved short story collections ever. It’s amazing you should really check it out if you’re a fan of science fiction or not. It’s a great collection written by a talented author regardless.

I picked up A Stranger in Olandria  by Sofia Samatar  because I think I’d seen the author’s name somewhere, and the cover intrigued me. I’m not too far in, and the one noticeable is the writing which is spellbinding as is the world. Our narrator, Jevick has grown up on stories of Olandria, a distant land that his merchant father travels to frequently. He is groomed to be his father’s heir, and after his father’s death he finally gets the chance to visit the strange and bemusing land. Will he like it? What’s in store for him? I don’t know, but I’ll find out!

walker-on-water Walker on Water by Kristiina Ehin

Also, along the weird and strange, I picked up Walker on Water by Kristiina Ehin which is published by my favorite  local small press, Unnamed Press.   It’s a very short collection, and it’s lovely in its bizarreness. It makes me think of a cross between Florence and the Machine and the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales. I’m hooked, and I am trying to pace myself, but I’ll most likely have it done by today. 🙂

What have you all been reading? Any strange and weird books you know of that I might like?

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

3 Egyptian Novels Published by Small Presses. (Small Press September)

Happy Labor day to my fellow Americans, and happy Monday to everyone else. Small Press September is in full swing, and today I wanted to talk about 3 books by Egyptian authors who are also published by independent presses!

 

Woman at Point1) Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi Translated by Sherif Hetata (Zed Books)

Woman at Point Zero is published by Zed Books. The small but powerful novel recounts the childhood and adulthood of Firdaus, a woman sentenced to death for killing a man. Firdaus tells her story to our narrator from her prison cell. As she relives every awful thing that has been done to her, we get a glimpse of a wronged but seriously independent woman. The novel gives us a glimpse into the life of a poor girl growing up in Egypt who must forcefully make her way in a society that stunts her and mistreats her at every turn. I picked this up on a recommendation from Claire at Word By Word and I am so happy I did. I finished it in one sitting, and it’s been on my mind ever since.

Zed Books is an independent publishers based in the UK that focuses on publishing diverse voices. They publish fiction and nonfiction, and their catalog boast some very interesting titles that I’m excited to explore.

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From Zed Books:

Zed publishes across a wide range of topics, with writers from across the planet featuring in its line up. It is best know for publishing the work of marginalised individuals and groups, many of them originating in the Global South, others from oppressed elements of ‘Western’ society.

Woman at Point Zero is my first Zed Book, but it certainly won’t be my last!

 

Queue The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz Translated by Elisabeth Jaquette (Melville House)

The Queue is a science fiction/dystopian tale set in an unknown Middle Eastern city that is ruled by the “Gate.” The Gate is an unknown authoritarian ruler that took power after a failed coup known now as the”Disgraceful Events.” The Gate dictates what its citizens can and can’t do by granting permissions. These permissions allow its citizens to undergo surgery, obtain permits, and the likes. The catch, however, is that it never opens. Instead its citizens queue at its doors for undetermined amounts of time awaiting their turn.They wait in shifts,  go to work, and school, and then line up again. The novel is surreal, and very reminiscent of classic dystopian  novels like 1984. Its depiction of complete totalitarianism, and its allusion to real events and governments in our society, will give you chills.

Melville House is an indie publisher based in New York. They have been around since 2001, and started as an attempt from  Valerie Merians, the publisher’s founder attempted  to publish Poetry After 9/11, a collection of works by poets and authors  post 9/11.The company has been churning out fiction, non-fiction, and poetry books ever since.

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From Melville House:

Melville House is also well-known for its fiction, with two Nobel Prize winners on its list: Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll. In particular, the company has developed a world-wide reputation for its rediscovery of forgotten international writers — its translation of a forgotten work by Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone, launched a world-wide phenomenon. The company also takes pride in its discovery of many first-time writers — such as Lars Iyer (Spurious), Tao Lin (Shoplifting from American Apparel), Jeremy Bushnell (The Weirdnessand Christopher Boucher (How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive) — all of whom have gone on to greater success.

 

 

Taxi Taxi by Khaled Al Khamissi Translated by Jonathan Wright  (Aflame Books)

Taxi is a collection of very short stories( each one  two or three pages)  about taxi drivers in Cairo. Each chapter follows a different taxi driver, and his clients as they drive around different parts of Cairo.  We get a glimpse into every day events of  both the people of Cairo, and the Egyptian culture. From the upper class, to woman, to the working class each chapter offers insight and commentary on Cairo,both its history and its people.

Aflame books publishes book from around the world.

Aflame Books

 

From Aflame Books:

AFLAME BOOKS has a mission: to provide you with the finest English translations of literature from across the world hitherto hidden by barriers of culture and language.

Since 2005, we have been publishing fiction and poetry fired with the passion and originality that abounds in what was once called the “Third World” and is now more positively referred to as the Warm World.

Sadly, I think  (correct if I am wrong), but I believe the company closed down. This website  and this website   were the only links I was able to find for it as well as their Facebook. Hopefully, I was just not able to find a working site, but if they are closed it’s still worth supporting them and their authors.

Hope you enjoy these recommendation. Have you read any Egyptian authors published by Small Indie Presses? Please let me know!

Happy Reading 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Small Press Resources

Happy  September! Can you believe it’s fall already. Personally, I am happy to see the summer go. I love fall even though we don’t get much of one here in LA.   September is  also the  official start to my month long challenge of reading  books published by small/ independent publishers. Over the past few days, I’ve researched  every nook and cranny of the bookternet to find fun books to add to  my small press TBR for the month.Guys, there are soo many, and I kind of went crazy with the ordering…how many I’ll get to read, who knows since I also find myself in one of the busiest months of the year. When you’re busy, start a challenge. (Bibliosa’s brain logic)

As I mentioned before,  I’ve been pretty busy researching small presses, and I thought I would share the wealth with those of you who are also interested in finding small indie presses. This list is by no means exhaustive- I will add to it as I find more-however, it’s a pretty good start.

Flavor wire wrote a piece on the 25 best indie publishers. 

Independent Publisher is a monthly digital publication for indie publishers. Their website has a list of publishers as well  as resources for indie publishers.

Poets and writers also has a list of small indie publishers on their site. What’s really cool about their site is that it lets you search the list by genre and sub-genre.

Another list by Bookmarket.com

 

As for my first read, it is Lament for the Afterlife by Lisa L. Hannett.

Lament for the Afterlife
Lament for the Afterlife by Lisa L. Hannett

 

Book Summary:

THE GREYS ARE COMING AND THEY ARE ALREADY HERE. No one knows when the war against the greys began. Not precisely. There are theories, speculations. Everyone agrees, though, that airborne doombringers appear along with their invisible bombs—and disappear just as mysteriously. Governments, while they still can, launch investigations into the waves of energy sweeping from continent to continent, bringing human mutation and environmental destruction. They shepherd refugees from country to country. They do whatever they must to put an end to the fighting. Whispers have circulated for centuries: Where are the greys? When will they next strike? How many men remain true and how many are turncoats? How can you attack something you can’t see? And secretly, fearfully: Are the greys even real?

Lament for The Afterlife by Lisa L. Hannett  is published by ChiZine Publications a Canadian Based Publisher that specializes in   “embracing the odd.”  I was all over this publisher  when I saw that tagline.

ChiZine’s Philosophy:

ChiZine Publications is willing to take risks. We’re looking for the unusual, the interesting, the thought-provoking. We look for writers who are also willing to take risks, who want to take dark genre fiction to a new place, who want to show readers something they haven’t seen before. CZP wants to startle, to astound, to share the bliss of good writing with our readership.

I am about 40 pages into Lament for the Afterlife, and it is indeed quite odd in the best way possible. I’ve been craving a good sci-fi/fantasy, and hopefully this scratches that itch. It’s a Labor Day weekend here in the States which means a long weekend of bookish delights, after I finish my mountain load of work,  that is. I can’t wait to  sip some wine and sink into  this one.

What are you reading this weekend?