In 2002, the Polyphony anthology series debuted. Conceived as a short fiction venue for stories that would skate gracefully across the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and literary fiction, it was quickly recognized as the standard bearer for cross genre work. Since then, the series' six volumes have become a vital, unique collection of voices in literature of the fantastic.
Polyphony has been twice nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the stories therein have been featured in several "Year's Best" anthologies, along with garnering accolades from several award judges and committees. Polyphony authors range from multiple-award-winning seasoned writers to the previously unpublished. The series is truly a melodic interweaving of many voices: old and new, speculative and literary, heralded and unknown. Polyphony has not merely crossed literary boundaries, it has reformed and redefined them.
The harsh economic climate threatens to kill this vital series. Wheatland Press is asking for your help.
The authors have graciously made concessions to make Polyphony 7 a reality. They've agreed to a reduced pay rate to see the volume published. Now we need readers.
In order to publish Polyphony 7, Wheatland Press must receive 225 paid pre-orders via the website by March 1, 2010. If the pre-order quantities cannot be met, Polyphony will cease publication. It's that simple. The preorder link is here: http://www.wheatlandpress.com/
If the preorder number is met, then Polyphony 7 will be published on or about July 1, 2010.*
We have heard from many in the SF/F literary community that Polyphony is a vital part of landscape. We agree, but we cannot continue without your support. We hope that you will support our fine authors and their art by becoming part of the Polyphony community and pre-ordering a copy of Polyphony 7.
*The fine print: If we do not receive enough orders by March 1, then all preorders will be refunded immediately.
Polyphony is a very good anthology series. I appeared in the previous volume, and my story, 'There is Something so Quiet and Empty Inside of you that it must be Precious' is set to appear in the new book. Since it has such an awesomely long title, you obviously want to read it.
On a more personal level, Deb Layne is a really awesome person, with really fine taste in literature, and it would be nothing but a shame should her hard work have to end because of the economic climate we find ourselves in. Go, support her, buy a few books, pre-order this book in particular, and lets keep things alive.