Fugitives the fifth book in the Stars Edge: Nel Bently Books, from international bestselling SFF author, V. S. Holmes, is finally here!
LGBTQIA supporting cast
Snark, Science, and Sex
Queer archaeological science fiction with a side of horror and romance.
The body count is rising, and so is Nel's temper.
Archaeologist Dr. Nel Bently has spent her life avoiding clingy exes, but she never dreamed she’d be escaping across the stars. Now she and a fleet of refugees are hunted at every turn by the only woman she ever made the mistake of loving. And Nel, used to outrunning everything, just lost a leg.
Facing her life’s new trajectory is hard enough, but when Nel starts hearing the deadly signal they tracked on Earth, she is forced to team up with the two men who were once her greatest enemies. Then, a grisly discovery on an abandoned hauler sheds horrific light on the voices in Nel’s head–and what, exactly, Lin is after.
Their hold is full of bodies, their plans are full of holes, and bad-tempered Dr. Nel Bently, avoidant-extraordinaire, is sick of running.
You can read the first chapter with this FIRST LOOK on V. S. Holmes's website.
Bringing their own experiences as a marginalized author to the page with flawed and genuine characters, O.E. Tearmann’s work has been described as “Firefly for the dystopian genre.”
Tearmann lives in Colorado with two cats, their partner, and the belief that individuals can make humanity better through small actions. They are a recipient of the 2023 Feathered Quill award, a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and the Queer Scifi group. In their spare time, they teach workshops on writing GLTBQ characters, plant gardens to encourage sustainable agricultural practices, and play too many video games.
Rimi B. Chatterjee is a screenwriter and novelist currently working on the Antisense Universe, a storyworld focused on climate action, social justice and civilisational redesign. She is writing a number of animated feature films set in this universe for a YA audience. She is also a career academic and lives in Kolkata, India.
Joanna Michal Hoyt is a community volunteer, farmer, and freelance writer currently living and working in Massachusetts. As a celibate bisexual Christian who enthusiastically supports marriage equality, she fits oddly in most political groups but has good connections with a wide variety of friends and neighbors. This story was inspired by that, and by her time living and working with migrants and asylum seekers, and also by her relationships with preppers and her wish to envision a more communal and generous response to disaster.
Her labor-history novel Cracked Reflections was published by Propertius Press in 2021. Her short speculative stories have appeared in publications including Mysterion, On Spec, and Daily Science Fiction, and also in the single-author collection Believing Is Seeing, published by WolfSinger in 2022.
Something that has been so rewarding about working on WE CAME TO DANCE, is seeing how many different, beautiful stories were born from our simple request for queer joy. Though many are set in worlds that, like our own, are shadowed with fear and uncertainty, each piece shows how even in the darkest places, joy--our joy, the joy of authenticity, of truth, of diversity--truly shines.
Adam Gaffen is the author of the near-future, LGBTQ-inclusive science fiction series The Cassidy Chronicles. The heart of the universe is the indomitable Kendra Cassidy and her wife, Aiyana, as they struggle to drag humanity to the stars. The series The Artemis War consists of four books, concluding with the award-winning “Triumph’s Ashes.” A prequel, a memoir (written by Kendra), and a collection of stories round out the Cassidyverse. A new series in the universe has been launched with “The Ghosts of Tantor,” which was recognized as one of the top 25 Indie Books of 2022. He lives in Colorado with his wife, five dogs, five cats, and wonders where all the time goes.
V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the BLOOD OF TITANS series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the award-winning first book in their fantasy quartet, became an international bestseller in 2018. Travelers is also included in the Peregrine Moon Lander mission as part of the Writers on the Moon Time Capsule. In addition, they write game content for Stone Blade Entertainment. As a disabled and non-binary human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S.
We've been teasing the character art for a while now, and we're finally ready to share! The lovely Olivia Wylie--author of "Paradise City" and half the duo of O. E. Tearmann--put together these amazing retro-style character cards for each of the stories in We Came to Dance.
Not only that, but the anthology will feature the art as title pages for each of the pieces in black and white.
Those who support We Came to Dance at $25 or more will receive postcards versions of some of the art, so be sure to check out the project.
K.L. Noone teaches college students about superheroes and Shakespeare by day, and writes LGBTQ+ romance – frequently paranormal or with fantasy elements, and always with happy endings – when not grading papers or researching medieval outlaw life. She has been a Rainbow Award winner and a Queer Indie Book Award winner, and a runner-up in the Good Sex Awards. She also likes cats, craft beer, and the sound of ocean waves.
We've known Jason's work for some time now, and we were thrilled to have him join us for this project! Jason writes speculative fiction with a literary bent, always taking aim at the human condition. His autism gives him a unique outsider perspective, a position from which to ask questions others might not have thought of. When he isn’t turning blank space into prose, Jason teaches psychology at a local community college, trains Chinese psychotherapists in Beijing, and lives an otherwise quiet life with his wife and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado.