Golden Age Taken for Spring by Andromeda’s Offspring

So what, exactly, is that headline about?  Well, ANDROMEDA’S OFFSPRING is an anthology — actually two — though it takes its name from a British fanzine “aimed at raising the awareness and profile of Women in SF” and edited by Theresa  Derwin, who’s also editor of the anthology.  Or to quote from the guidelines:  “We are currently seeking submissions for an anthology entitled ANDROMEDA’S OFFSPRING.  The anthology will be edited by Theresa Derwin and takes its title from the fanzine of the same name ( and www  ANDROMEDA’S OFFSPRING is specifically geared to attracting Science Fiction (SF) stories.  Stories should combine classic SF tropes (alien species, space opera, time travel etc.) with strong female protagonists.  These tropes can be traditional or inverted, so long as the take on the SF sub-genre is oImageriginal.  The important factor is that the main character has a positive female role.  We are looking for new and original twists on this theme with surprising elements.”  Except that, according to Editor Derwin in an email Thursday evening, so many good stories were received that “I would like to produce two volumes of this anthology, one this spring and one autumn/early winter 2014.”  Also, going back to the original guidelines, ten percent of net profit from the anthology(ies) will be donated to TAFF, the Trans Atlantic Fan Fund.*

As a matter of full disclosure, one might note that Derwin is on the ballot herself this year for help getting to WorldCon in San Antonio.  But also that I’m to be in volume one of the anthology according to yesterday’s email with a story called “Golden Age,” originally published in Spring 1994 in science fiction author and Harvard PhD in chemical physics Catherine Asaro’s (then) magazine MINDSPARKS.  So it all seems to fit together somehow.

So what, exactly, is my story “Golden Age” about?  Well, why not plan to buy the anthology when it comes out — and, whether its editor wins or not, it’ll still be going to help a good cause?


*(From the TAFF ballot form:)  The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular [science fiction] fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic.  Since that time TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions.  TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom.  The candidates are voted on by interested fans all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation.. . . .  These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible.


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