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An Open Letter to the SFF Community

To all you wonderful, beautiful, diverse SFF people:

In a recent conversation with other authors who are practicing a religious faith, it became apparent that many of us feel social pressure to hide our beliefs. I’m not talking about common politeness and self-censoring during conversations at conventions and on the internet. That’s a no-brainer. I hope anyone who’s met me in person can testify that I’m not the kind of jerk who goes around rubbing other people’s noses in her opinions. I’m talking about something else. I’m talking about feelings of rejection because of who we are and what we believe — independent of any specific actions we have taken. Feelings of invalidation and dehumanization. Fear of being ridiculed or publicly dogpiled if we allow our religious affiliations to be known.

In a follow-up to that conversation, someone asked me to describe any specific actions which were leading to these feelings. I floundered. I’d been feeling subtle pressures for years, but did not have words to describe them.

Well, I’ve spent a few days thinking about it, and I now have words. No one is obligated to fix my problem, but I would appreciate it if people chose to try. I want a SFF community where we can ALL feel welcome. Where we can ALL accept one another’s differences despite the fact that those differences sometimes put us on opposite sides of political conflicts. If you would like to help the writers of faith within the SFF community feel accepted as individuals, just as I hope you would like every other sub-group to feel accepted, here are some things you can do:

  • 1. Please do not ridicule faith in God or equate it with blind obedience. Unless you have spent time interacting with a wide variety of organized religions, you probably have no idea what the word actually means.
  • 2. Please do not express support for me with one breath and emphatically distance yourself from my beliefs with the other. I know you mean no harm, but it makes me feel shunned and villainized. Within SFF, my views on religion are in a stark minority. No one is going to assume you share them. There is no reason to make a big deal about the fact that you don’t.
  • 3. When I make a post like this, please do not tell me to stop whining because other people have it worse. Yes. There are people who have it much, much worse than I do, but my problem is still here. My pain is very real. Please do not invalidate it by claiming I have no reason to be upset.
  • 4. My religious beliefs are part of who I am. No matter what you think, I cannot simply yank out the pieces you find objectionable and toss them aside. Please do not expect that I do so.
  • 5. When, within an appropriate context, I mention a controversial church doctrine, please ask for more information before you start explaining* why that doctrine is wrong. Doctrine is a complex beast. The fact that I accept tenet A does automatically mean that I hold views B, C, D, E, or F. And it certainly does not mean that I approve of actions G, H, or I. I am happy to engage in polite discussion, but I don’t like being talked down to based on imagined opinions that have been invented for me.
  • 6. I realize that many people within SFF have had horrible experiences with members of organized religions. I am not those people who mistreated you. Please do not treat me as if I were. Once we have gotten to know each other, you may conclude that I am a despicable person, or you may decide that I am actually quite reasonable. I can deal with either option, but please do not reduce me to a stereotype.
  • 7. There is a tendency within the SFF community to demonize those who hold controversial opinions even when those opinions are expressed politely. This is divisive. Please stop. The fact that someone disagrees with you you does not make it ok to lob insults.

I love science fiction. I love fantasy. I love all the myriad styles of storytelling in between and I love the people who gather to discuss the craft and business of writing, both in person and on the internet. You are all AMAZING people, and I am honored to walk among you.

Thank you for listening.

Nancy Fulda

*Several readers pointed out that the word I originally used here, ‘mansplaining’, is both derogatory and inaccurate to the situation. I agree. I shouldn’t have used it. Hence the change.

Comments at Livejournal

Selected Title

Award-winning author Nancy Fulda presents six stories of love, heartbreak, humor and dignity. Within these pages, curses transmute into blessings, friends become enemies, possible futures collide with nonexistent pasts, and imaginary friends take on corporeal form. From invisible pets to magical islands, from a child with autism to a dying multimillionaire, these stories will touch your heart and leave your thoughts spinning long after the last page has been read.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

In Carbide Tipped Pens, over a dozen of today’s most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding collection of original stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball. and chaos theory.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections and save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters…but also epic battles.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

[Includes "The Cyborg and the Cemetery" by Nancy Fulda]

Inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review, renowned writers Brian W. Aldiss, David Brin, and Greg Egan join the hottest emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.

This collection features 12 all-new stories, an exclusive interview with science fiction legend Neal Stephenson, and a full-color gallery of artwork by Science Fiction Hall of Famer Richard Powers.

Purchase at: MIT Technology Review

[Includes "A Soaring Pillar of Brightness" by Nancy Fulda]

Colonists take to the stars to discover new planets, new sentient beings, and build new lives for themselves and their families. Some travel years to find their destination, while others travel a year or less. Some discover a planet that just might be paradise, while others find nothing but unwelcoming aliens and terrain. It’s not just a struggle for territory but a struggle for understanding as cultures clash, disasters occur, danger lurks and lives are at risk. Eighteen stories of space colonists by both leading and up and coming science fiction writers of today. Mike Resnick spins a tale of aliens who find Earth future diverse and surprising as they plan an invasion. Grandmaster Robert Silverberg examines what happens when Jews tired of fighting for their homeland start over on a planet then must deal with a dybbuk (spirit) and aliens who wish to convert to Judaism. Autumn Rachel Dryden has colonists threatened by alien animals which burst out of shells on the ground like piranhas ready to feed on flesh. Jason Sanford has Amish colonists on New Amsterdam finding their settlement and way of life threatened by a comet and the English settlers who want to evacuate them. And a new story from Hugo and Nebula-winner Nancy Kress.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Fairwood Press

This little book contains four stories that will change the way you think.

From physician David Goldman’s exploration of neurological blind spots to essayist Sandra Tayler’s tale of a child adrift in her own mind… From Nancy Fulda’s vision of autism in the future to Marissa Lingen’s heartrending story of medical intervention gone wrong… This collection will challenge your preconceptions and leave you with a priceless gift: A glimpse of the world through minds that are utterly different than your own.

A must-read for those seeking insight into autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and social-emotional agnosia.

Purchase at: Amazon | AnthologyBuilder

This collection includes eleven stories by award winning author Nancy Fulda, including Phobos Award winning story “The Man Who Murdered Himself” and “Backlash” from Tangent Online’s 2010 Recommended Reading List.

From computers that invent God to minds that travel through time, electronic ghosts to enigmatic extraterrestrials, these stories will jump-start your imagination and leave you awestruck at the boundless possibilities of our universe.

Fans of Orson Scott Card, Lois McMaster Bujold and Timothy Zahn are likely to enjoy this book.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes | AnthologyBuilder


Kittyhawk Gruff never wanted to compete with her sisters. It’s not her fault she’s good at everything from alien artifacts to hyperspace mechanics. She’d far rather be ordinary than deal with her family’s resentment. But when a trans-dimensional entity lures her sisters into an archaeological death trap, Kittyhawk knows she will have to stop pretending and live up to her own potential.

Originally published in Writing for Charity, 2012.

Purchase at: Smashwords | Audible

Norma Jean Goodwyn is 120 years old and the founder of a most unusual space station. She and her peers — healthy, vibrant, yet forced into early retirement — built the Gary Hudson Exospheric Laboratory as a haven for senior citizens who refused to grow idle in their old age.

Now, political opponents are angling to take control of Hudson Exospheric, and Norma Jean won’t have it. Over her dead body, or otherwise.

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | smashwords | Audible

Eugene Gutierez lost his wife, his pride, and part of his sanity during an undercover anti-terrorist operation in South America. When Eugene finds a cryptic message in a restaurant fortune cookie, he thinks his daughter’s boyfriend is pulling a prank. The truth is far more complex, involves time travelers from Eugene’s future, and will offer Eugene a final chance to restore his broken family.

Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, this novelette was listed in Tangent Online’s 2010 recommended reading list and received an Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble | AnthologyBuilder | Kobo | itunes | Audible

Award-winning author Nancy Fulda presents six stories of love, heartbreak, humor and dignity. Within these pages, curses transmute into blessings, friends become enemies, possible futures collide with nonexistent pasts, and imaginary friends take on corporeal form. From invisible pets to magical islands, from a child with autism to a dying multimillionaire, these stories will touch your heart and leave your thoughts spinning long after the last page has been read.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

In a fictional future, a teenage girl faces a devastating choice: accept a medical procedure that will make her just like everyone else, or take the chance that she will never learn to cope with the condition which cripples her. Unable to speak, at least in ways most people can understand, Hannah struggles with the question of who she is, and who she wishes to become.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, “Movement” was marked Highly Recommended by Locus Reviews, was acclaimed as the “best story I have read so far this year” by Mundane-SF, was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and received the Asimov’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2011. It is quite short, easily readable during a half-hour lunch break, and interweaves Hannah’s heartrending narrative with concepts drawn from neurology, entropy, social evolution and chaos theory.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Audible

Six-year-old Jason doesn’t want to be cloned, even if his parents think it’s a good financial investment. Concerned that his second self may not be happy, he secretly plans to violate the rules of his society… with unexpected results.

This story is included in the collection Dead Men Don’t Cry: 11 Stories by Nancy Fulda.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland has gone hideously wrong. Divine manifestations have become commonplace, the fundamental laws of physics are mutating, and only a young Hungarian grad student understands what has happened.

This short story is a 2013 AML Award winner.

Purchase at: Amazon | Audible

Kyle suffers from neurofibromatosis, a crippling disease most famously associated with the Elephant Man. When a shady medical practitioner offers Kyle a chance to cast off his deformed appearance forever, he accepts without a second thought. But does Kyle truly understand what this new treatment will cost him?

This story has won a Phobos Award and the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award. It is also included in the collection Dead Men Don’t Cry: 11 Stories by Nancy Fulda.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | itunes


Kittyhawk Gruff never wanted to compete with her sisters. It’s not her fault she’s good at everything from alien artifacts to hyperspace mechanics. She’d far rather be ordinary than deal with her family’s resentment. But when a trans-dimensional entity lures her sisters into an archaeological death trap, Kittyhawk knows she will have to stop pretending and live up to her own potential.

Originally published in Writing for Charity, 2012.

Purchase at: Smashwords | Audible

An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland has gone hideously wrong. Divine manifestations have become commonplace, the fundamental laws of physics are mutating, and only a young Hungarian grad student understands what has happened.

This short story is a 2013 AML Award winner.

Purchase at: Amazon | Audible

Award-winning author Nancy Fulda presents five stories of ghosts, witches, vanishing chocolate, and haunted pumpkins. Two of them are humorous. Two are thought-provoking. And one of them might just keep you up at night.

This collection includes three stories that have never before been released in ebook format.

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Audible

Eugene Gutierez lost his wife, his pride, and part of his sanity during an undercover anti-terrorist operation in South America. When Eugene finds a cryptic message in a restaurant fortune cookie, he thinks his daughter’s boyfriend is pulling a prank. The truth is far more complex, involves time travelers from Eugene’s future, and will offer Eugene a final chance to restore his broken family.

Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, this novelette was listed in Tangent Online’s 2010 recommended reading list and received an Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble | AnthologyBuilder | Kobo | itunes | Audible

When her concerned parents investigate a treatment that could change her life forever, Hannah’s world is thrown into turmoil. Unable to speak — at least not in ways most people can understand — Hannah struggles to face the question of who she really is, and who she wishes to become.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, this brief story was marked Highly Recommended by Lois Tilton of Locus Reviews. Mundane-SF called it the “best story I have read so far this year”, and SFRevu called it “a truly fine story”. It is quite short, easily readable during a half-hour lunch break, and interweaves Hannah’s sincere narrative with concepts drawn from neurology, entropy, social evolution and chaos theory.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes | Audible

Award-winning author Nancy Fulda presents six stories of love, heartbreak, humor and dignity. Within these pages, curses transmute into blessings, friends become enemies, possible futures collide with nonexistent pasts, and imaginary friends take on corporeal form. From invisible pets to magical islands, from a child with autism to a dying multimillionaire, these stories will touch your heart and leave your thoughts spinning long after the last page has been read.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

In Carbide Tipped Pens, over a dozen of today’s most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding collection of original stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball. and chaos theory.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections and save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters…but also epic battles.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

In a fictional future, a teenage girl faces a devastating choice: accept a medical procedure that will make her just like everyone else, or take the chance that she will never learn to cope with the condition which cripples her. Unable to speak, at least in ways most people can understand, Hannah struggles with the question of who she is, and who she wishes to become.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, “Movement” was marked Highly Recommended by Locus Reviews, was acclaimed as the “best story I have read so far this year” by Mundane-SF, was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and received the Asimov’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2011. It is quite short, easily readable during a half-hour lunch break, and interweaves Hannah’s heartrending narrative with concepts drawn from neurology, entropy, social evolution and chaos theory.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Audible

Six-year-old Jason doesn’t want to be cloned, even if his parents think it’s a good financial investment. Concerned that his second self may not be happy, he secretly plans to violate the rules of his society… with unexpected results.

This story is included in the collection Dead Men Don’t Cry: 11 Stories by Nancy Fulda.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland has gone hideously wrong. Divine manifestations have become commonplace, the fundamental laws of physics are mutating, and only a young Hungarian grad student understands what has happened.

This short story is a 2013 AML Award winner.

Purchase at: Amazon | Audible

This sampler pack brings together three stories by Hugo and Nebula nominee Nancy Fulda.

From an isolated telepath who flees her destiny to a sentient computer struggling to behave ethically, this 80 page collection revisits questions initially posed by Asimov and Clarke, and casts the HAL 9000 story in an intriguing new light.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes

This collection includes eleven stories by award winning author Nancy Fulda, including Phobos Award winning story “The Man Who Murdered Himself” and “Backlash” from Tangent Online’s 2010 Recommended Reading List.

From computers that invent God to minds that travel through time, electronic ghosts to enigmatic extraterrestrials, these stories will jump-start your imagination and leave you awestruck at the boundless possibilities of our universe.

Fans of Orson Scott Card, Lois McMaster Bujold and Timothy Zahn are likely to enjoy this book.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes | AnthologyBuilder

Kyle suffers from neurofibromatosis, a crippling disease most famously associated with the Elephant Man. When a shady medical practitioner offers Kyle a chance to cast off his deformed appearance forever, he accepts without a second thought. But does Kyle truly understand what this new treatment will cost him?

This story has won a Phobos Award and the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award. It is also included in the collection Dead Men Don’t Cry: 11 Stories by Nancy Fulda.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | itunes

When her concerned parents investigate a treatment that could change her life forever, Hannah’s world is thrown into turmoil. Unable to speak — at least not in ways most people can understand — Hannah struggles to face the question of who she really is, and who she wishes to become.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, this brief story was marked Highly Recommended by Lois Tilton of Locus Reviews. Mundane-SF called it the “best story I have read so far this year”, and SFRevu called it “a truly fine story”. It is quite short, easily readable during a half-hour lunch break, and interweaves Hannah’s sincere narrative with concepts drawn from neurology, entropy, social evolution and chaos theory.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes | Audible

In Carbide Tipped Pens, over a dozen of today’s most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding collection of original stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball. and chaos theory.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections and save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters…but also epic battles.

 

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

[Includes "The Cyborg and the Cemetery" by Nancy Fulda]

Inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review, renowned writers Brian W. Aldiss, David Brin, and Greg Egan join the hottest emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.

This collection features 12 all-new stories, an exclusive interview with science fiction legend Neal Stephenson, and a full-color gallery of artwork by Science Fiction Hall of Famer Richard Powers.

Purchase at: MIT Technology Review

[Includes "A Soaring Pillar of Brightness" by Nancy Fulda]

Colonists take to the stars to discover new planets, new sentient beings, and build new lives for themselves and their families. Some travel years to find their destination, while others travel a year or less. Some discover a planet that just might be paradise, while others find nothing but unwelcoming aliens and terrain. It’s not just a struggle for territory but a struggle for understanding as cultures clash, disasters occur, danger lurks and lives are at risk. Eighteen stories of space colonists by both leading and up and coming science fiction writers of today. Mike Resnick spins a tale of aliens who find Earth future diverse and surprising as they plan an invasion. Grandmaster Robert Silverberg examines what happens when Jews tired of fighting for their homeland start over on a planet then must deal with a dybbuk (spirit) and aliens who wish to convert to Judaism. Autumn Rachel Dryden has colonists threatened by alien animals which burst out of shells on the ground like piranhas ready to feed on flesh. Jason Sanford has Amish colonists on New Amsterdam finding their settlement and way of life threatened by a comet and the English settlers who want to evacuate them. And a new story from Hugo and Nebula-winner Nancy Kress.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Fairwood Press

This little book contains four stories that will change the way you think.

From physician David Goldman’s exploration of neurological blind spots to essayist Sandra Tayler’s tale of a child adrift in her own mind… From Nancy Fulda’s vision of autism in the future to Marissa Lingen’s heartrending story of medical intervention gone wrong… This collection will challenge your preconceptions and leave you with a priceless gift: A glimpse of the world through minds that are utterly different than your own.

A must-read for those seeking insight into autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and social-emotional agnosia.

Purchase at: Amazon | AnthologyBuilder

This sampler pack brings together three stories by Hugo and Nebula nominee Nancy Fulda.

From an isolated telepath who flees her destiny to a sentient computer struggling to behave ethically, this 80 page collection revisits questions initially posed by Asimov and Clarke, and casts the HAL 9000 story in an intriguing new light.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes

This collection includes eleven stories by award winning author Nancy Fulda, including Phobos Award winning story “The Man Who Murdered Himself” and “Backlash” from Tangent Online’s 2010 Recommended Reading List.

From computers that invent God to minds that travel through time, electronic ghosts to enigmatic extraterrestrials, these stories will jump-start your imagination and leave you awestruck at the boundless possibilities of our universe.

Fans of Orson Scott Card, Lois McMaster Bujold and Timothy Zahn are likely to enjoy this book.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes | AnthologyBuilder

Norma Jean Goodwyn is 120 years old and the founder of a most unusual space station. She and her peers — healthy, vibrant, yet forced into early retirement — built the Gary Hudson Exospheric Laboratory as a haven for senior citizens who refused to grow idle in their old age.

Now, political opponents are angling to take control of Hudson Exospheric, and Norma Jean won’t have it. Over her dead body, or otherwise.

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | smashwords | Audible

When her concerned parents investigate a treatment that could change her life forever, Hannah’s world is thrown into turmoil. Unable to speak — at least not in ways most people can understand — Hannah struggles to face the question of who she really is, and who she wishes to become.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, this brief story was marked Highly Recommended by Lois Tilton of Locus Reviews. Mundane-SF called it the “best story I have read so far this year”, and SFRevu called it “a truly fine story”. It is quite short, easily readable during a half-hour lunch break, and interweaves Hannah’s sincere narrative with concepts drawn from neurology, entropy, social evolution and chaos theory.

Purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo | itunes | Audible