May 3rd, 2011

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New book! Lesbian space exploration stories

Women on the Edge of Space
Edited by Danielle Bodnar and Cecilia Tan
ISBN: 978-1-61390-019-2
Word Count:20,020
List Price: $3.99

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Space is a place that is full of mystery. Traveling through outer space is a journey unlike any other, letting go of the usual sense of place and time and opening up to new possibilities. Just as one may never find the edge of the universe, one can never truly know why she falls in love with certain people; she can only embrace her feelings, or deny them. To map out the course of a human’s sexuality, as making a complete chart of the universe, is futile, for like space, the capacity for love and desire is infinite.

Space is also a place of escape, where one can let go of all her earthly worries and inhibitions and just drift away, allowing the forces of a more mysterious nature overcome. The space opera combines the improbability of science fiction and the impossibility of fantasy, and when the erotic is added to the mix, our desires can find a place even within the farthest reaches of nothingness. Outside of the earthly limitations of prejudice and discrimination, women can claim space for their own, living how they want and loving whomever they choose, exploring their sexuality in ways they never thought possible.

In these four stories, women explore the uncharted trails of human desire as they rocket through space and transcend time and place. They inspire fear and hope in the face of danger and uncertainty, and the thrills of satiating a hunger for intimacy in a strange new world. Women on the Edge of Space features stories by Elizabeth Black, Shanna Germain, Kaysee Renee Robichaud, and Laurel Waterford.

Table of Contents
Introduction by Danielle Bodnar
The Many Little Deaths of Cicilia Long by Shanna Germain
Fair as the Moon, Clear as the Sun by Laurel Waterford
Adrift by Kaysee Renee Robichaud
Unfolding Her Wings by Elizabeth Black

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Author Chat: Women on the Edge of Space

Hi all,

We are very excited for the launch of our latest ebook anthology Women on the Edge of Space today! To celebrate we have put together a three day chat with some of the authors from the ebook including Elizabeth Black, Kaysee Renee Robichaud, Shanna Germain, and Laurel Waterford. Get to know our authors and the inspiration behing their stories, ask them questions, and explore the outermost reaches of space with us.

We are also giving away a FREE copy of the anthology. To enter, all you have to do is comment on the chat. Each comment equals an entry, so the more you post, the better chance you have of receiving this spectacular anthology for free.
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Author Chat: Women on the Edge of Space author Kaysee Renee Robichaud

Hello everyone! My name is Kaysee Renee Robichaud, and my story "Adrift" is in the newly released Women on the Edge of Space. I've been in a few Circlet anthologies, including Like a Wisp of Steam, Like a Queen, and Only in the City.

Today, I thought I'd talk a bit about why the Women on the Edge of Space anthology is pretty special to me.

You see, I have a crush on David Weber.

Well, at least on Mr. Weber's space opera-tastic Honor Harrington novels. I'm a Manty at heart for-ev-ar. The books have everything I enjoy about space opera. There's high excitement, rich characterizations, complex political systems, nasty machinations, no end of complications, and people who are sexy because of the ways they think and behave. I've read the first book in the series On Basilisk Station more times than almost any other book in my life. Basilisk is a comfort read, since I get to revisit characters I love all over again. However, it's also a well-written book that gives me something new to appreciate each time I pick it up.

Being the saucy, polyamorous creature that I am, however, I also have crushes on quite a few soft-sf authors. I started reading Lois McMaster Bujold in the last year (and now I ask myself "Why did I wait so long?"). By the time I finished Miss Bujold's Shards of Honor (the title could be a lost Honorverse novel!), I was in love with its prose. I secretly hope to be half as cool as Cordelia Naismith/Vorkosigan when I grow up.

When I first heard about Women on the Edge of Space, I realized: "Heeey, this speaks to my writer crushes!" I could aim for the sense of wonder, the huge tapestry, and the rich characters that enchanted me as a Weber reader. I wanted to tell a story about a ship's captain who has experienced trauma. I wanted to write about a scientist with a soul. I wanted to write about the sorts of repressed relationships that can never be spoken aloud while duty calls. I wanted to put my characters in a deadly serious situation with minimal chance to escape with their lives. This would force them to be a little more honest and open.

So, I suppose "Adrift" started life as Honor Harrington meets Cordelia Naismith in The Breakfast Club with an antagonist/conflict inspired by Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon". During the actual writing and revising, the story became something far different.

If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this anthology, leave a comment. And instead of saying, "Hey, did I win?" how about sharing some of your favorite space exploration sf? Or your favorite sexy stories? Tell me what books you crush on, and share the love!
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Author Chat: Women on the Edge of Space author Elizabeth Black

 Good afternoon, folks! Elizabeth Black here. I wrote the story "Unfolding Her Wings" for Circlet's "Women On The Edge Of Space". As soon as I saw the call for this anthology, I knew I had to write something for it. I've been interested in space exploration since I was a kid. I helped run a planetarium at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore before the Inner Harbor was built. I was about twelve years old at the time. So I grew up reaching for the stars.

Although my true loves were mystery and horror fiction, I had always wanted to write a science fiction story. The problem was I couldn't figure out what to write about. A close friend of mine who is an astrophysicist and science fiction writer - and he helped me with the research for my story - has wanted me to write science fiction for a number of years, so when this opportunity presented itself I couldn't turn it down. I've written erotica, erotic romance, dark fiction, horror, and even bizarro ... but science fiction eluded me. Until now.

"Unfolding Her Wings" brought forth my desire to talk about how zero gravity affects biology - especially regarding pregnancy. This story also whetted my desire to discuss social issues in a near distant future as well as taking traditional gender roles and turning them on their faces. I relied on my own pregnancy to create that of my main character, Sun. The changes a woman's body goes through when pregnant are phenomenal and awe-inspiring - if not a little invasive. I noticed when pregnant that my body became a public commodity, and I wasn't entire happy about it. Everyone - especially men - wanted to fondle my growing belly, and these people, including perfect strangers, often did so without asking my permission. And everyone offered advice, whether I asked for it or not. Strangers in line at the grocery store. Women at the park. Mothers old and young at restaurants chiding me about what I chose to eat - or not eat. I  usually nodded politely, but I wasn't entirely happy about being some kind of social experiment. The funny thing was that men found me very sexy when I was "cute" pregnant - only a couple of months into it and barely showing - but when I reached the stage of "Oh My God, PREGNANT!!", those same men avoided me like the plague. It was amusing to watch reactions of men and women who knew I did The Nasty at least one time, and my growing belly was proof of it. This was a time in my life when I was showered with attention, care, and curiosity. It was a curious way to be the center of attention.

So, my love of astronomy and my experience being pregnant colored my vision of "Unfolding Her Wings". This won't be the last time I write science fiction. I'm happy that Circlet published my first attempt. By the way, this isn't my first short story with Circlet Press. My other one is "Mud Licker", which appears in Circlet's "Like A Myth" anthology. That story is based on Japanese folklore. Enjoy "Unfolding Her Wings" and allow my characters Sun, Gatria, and Shira to broaden your world.

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