There is just a week to go on the Kickstarter for EMBROIDERED WORLDS, a special anthology of Ukrainian and Ukrainian diaspora speculative fiction, to be published by Atthis Arts and all proceeds to go to the Ukrainian writers and artists who need support.
The project is funded at the basic level and now is aiming for the stretch goals, including specially designed bookmarks, digital bonuses, and (I hope) art for each story by a trio of Ukrainian artists.
Here is what the project says about itself:
Embroidered Worlds presents a living snapshot of imaginative fiction in Ukrainian culture today, including stories that span and cross the speculative genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, magic realism, and alternate history. The majority of stories included in the anthology will be from writers in Ukraine, and for most of them it will be the first time their work will be translated into English. Writers of the Ukrainian diaspora have contributed as well with stories that draw upon their heritage, illustrating the complex and diverse ways we celebrate and re-imagine culture. These writers and their stories are wildly diverse: There are ghosts and monsters, there are spaceships and ancient gods, there are battles — real and imagined — as well as time-travel adventures, post-apocalyptic settings, magic and folk motifs. Through all this amazing storytelling, we glimpse the ideas and ideals, the history and future, that the Ukrainian people are fighting and dying for
I consider this a fantastic project and an important use of Kickstarter to support the arts and the international community and Ukraine specifically. If you are so inclined, please consider supporting it.
Today instead of a Finn photo, a snapshot of Khiva, in Uzbekistan, where I am currently traveling.
As always, thank you for reading. I could not do this without you.