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Queer Sci Fi's Ninth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

by J. Scott Coatsworth

Clarity anthology
Editions:ePub - First Edition: $ 4.99
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 in
Pages: 246
Paperback - First Edition: $ 19.99
ISBN: 978-1-955778-46-6
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 in
Pages: 246
Hardcover - First Edition: $ 24.99
ISBN: 978-1-955778-47-3
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 in
Pages: 246

Clarity (noun)

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:

1) Coherent and intelligible
2) Transparent or pure
3) Attaining certainty about something
4) Easy to see or hear

Clarity features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Publisher: Other Worlds Ink
Cover Artists:
Fantasy, Fantasy - Comedy, Fantasy - Contemporary, Fantasy - Dark Fantasy, Fantasy - Faery & Fae, Fantasy - Fairy Tale / Folklore, Fantasy - Heroic, Fantasy - High & Other World, Fantasy - Historical, Fantasy - Knights & Castles, Fantasy - LGBTQ+, Fantasy - Low Fantasy, Fantasy - Mythic, Fantasy - Paranormal, Fantasy - People of Color, Fantasy - Romance, Fantasy - Steampunk, Fantasy - Urban & Magical Beings, Fantasy – Gods and Heroes, Horror, Horror - Angels & Devils, Horror - Comedy, Horror - Fairy Tale/Folklore, Horror - Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Horror - Gothic, Horror - LGBTQ+, Horror - Man-Made Horrors, Horror - Monsters, Horror - Mythic, Horror - Occult, Horror - People of Color, Horror - Post-Apocalyptic, Horror - Psychic Talents, Horror - Psychological, Horror - Shifters, Horror - Witches, Paranormal, Paranormal - Angels & Devils, Paranormal - Comedy, Paranormal - Dark, Paranormal - Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Paranormal - LGBTQ+, Paranormal - Magical Beings, Paranormal - Monsters, Paranormal - People of Color, Paranormal - Psychic Talents, Paranormal - Reincarnation, Paranormal - Romance, Sci Fi, Sci Fi - Aliens, Sci Fi - Alternate / Parallel Reality, Sci Fi - Apocalyptic Fiction, Sci Fi - Artificial Intelligence, Sci Fi - Colonization, Sci Fi - Comedy, Sci Fi - Distant Planet, Sci Fi - Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic, Sci Fi - Hard Sci Fi, Sci Fi - Immortality, Sci Fi - LGBTQ+, Sci Fi - Mind Uploads, Sci Fi - Mutants, Sci Fi - Near Future, Sci Fi - Nowpunk, Sci Fi - People of Color, Sci Fi - Robots/Androids, Sci Fi - Romance, Sci Fi - Social, Sci Fi - Space Exploration, Sci Fi - Steampunk, Sci Fi - Virtual Reality

Tropes: AI Uprising, Alien Artifacts, Alien Invasion, Aliens Among Us, Antihero, Bad Robot, Becoming a Monster, Body Modifications, Burial Ground/Cemetary, Dying World, Dystopian Governments, Evil Megacorporation, Haunted House, Humanity is Dangerous, Humanity is Good, I See Dead People, Immortality, Mad Scientist, Magic Talisman, Mirror Shows True Self, Person in Distress, Portals, Post-Apocalyptic, Reluctant Hero, Sentient AI, Ultimate Evil, Uploaded Consciousness

Languages Available: English


About the Author

Scott lives with his husband of 25 years in a leafy Sacramento, California suburb, in a little yellow house with a brick fireplace and a couple pink flamingoes out front. He has always inhabited the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up and read the golden age classics and more modern works as well, he began to wonder where all the people like him were.

After he came out at twenty three, he decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t many gay characters in his favorite genres, he would reimagine them himself, populating them with a diverse universe of characters. He would subvert them and remake them to his own ends. And if he was lucky enough, someone else would want to read the things he wrote.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. Although he was born an introvert, he learned to reach outside himself and connect with others like him.

Scott writes stories that subvert expectations, that seek to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something new and unexpected. He also runs both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring people like them together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

His writing, whether romance or genre fiction (or a little bit of both) brings a queer energy to his stories, infusing them with love, beauty and power and making them soar. He imagines a world that could be, and in the process, maybe changes the world that is, just a little.

He was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and his debut novel “Skythane” received two awards and an honorable mention.

He runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, and is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

You can find him at Goodreads here, on Amazon here, on QueeRomance Ink here, and on Facebook here.