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7 Works with Aromantic Representation for Aromantic Awareness Week!

A graphic created with text and book covers overlaying stripes in the colors of the aromantic flag (dark green, light green, white, light gray, black). The text reads "7 Aro Books for Aromantic Week" and this is followed by 7 book covers. The books are: Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace; An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows; Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee; Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard; Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon; Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

Today, February 18th, marks the beginning of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week! To celebrate, we asked our contributors to recommend to us books with aro characters. This was a doubly challenging ask, because we also did a rec list for Aromantic Awareness Week last year, and we didn’t want any repeats this year!

Recommendations contributed by Shadaras (@shadaras on Tumblr), Nina Waters (@unforth on Tumblr), Polls (@not-gwaenchanha on Tumblr), and Shea Sullivan.

What are your favorite aro books? There’s no such thing as too many aro books on our bookshelves!

You can view all the aromantic books we’ve recommended as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

Want to chat your favorite reads with us? Join our Book Lover’s Discord server!

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us! We’ve hit 100 readers, and it’d be awesome to have even more!

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Just a quick note that Hockey Bois fulfillment was sent out yesterday!

If you ordered the e-book, check the e-mail you paid using; if you ordered the print book, be on the look out in your mail.

If you missed the chance to back the campaign, I expect to add the books to our webstore and distribution channels in about a month!

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Announcing the Contributors to “Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica”

There’s always more in the pipeline here at Duck Prints Press, and while we’re still putting the finishing touches on our most recently crowdfunded anthology Aether Beyond the Binary, that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working on what’s coming next! We’re thrilled to be ready to share with y’all the list of 16 authors contributing to our next project – our FIRST erotica anthology! – entitled Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica. We anticipate launching the crowdfunding campaign for this campaign in the early spring.

Don’t want to miss out on the latest information about Many Hands? Make sure you follow us on social media and/or subscribe to our mailing list!

Read on to learn all about these awesome writers!

Alex Bauer

Born and raised in the Wisconsin northwoods, Alex Bauer is a part-time author and full-time menace. When he’s not writing, he can be found communing with his animals via prolonged eye contact and inhuman chittering. Summoning him is as easy as leaving a cup of coffee unattended (or rolling a shiny object past his hidey-hole).

He developed a passion for books and writing in early childhood, concerning librarians and classmates alike with the number of books he could devour in any given week. Ever since, he’s endeavored to channel that passion (and his queer experience) into his own creative work.

He is a proud multifandom multishipper. His favorite characters are mostly powerful, wet-cat-energy protagonists who would rather be anywhere else but their current story. While he started out as a Naruto fiend, his current favorite fandoms include Trigun, Bungou Stray Dogs, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Boku no Hero Academia.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr | Writer Tumblr

enchantedsleeper

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enchantedsleeper is a writer and general fandom enthusiast from the UK who has been knocking around the internet and fandom since 2004-ish. She came to fandom through anime and manga and reading second-person quizzes on Quizilla, before discovering Fanfiction.net and later, AO3. She mainly creates fanfic but has also dabbled in fanart, cosplay, fancrafts, fanvids, and meta throughout her time in fandom.

She previously published an essay in Ofic Magazine, “From Anime to (Quiz)Zilla: A fandom origin story” about her history with fandom and how it has shaped her life. This is her first published original fiction.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Dreamwidth | Tumblr

D. A. Hernández

An author who works as a teacher, reads fanfiction compulsively, gets inspiration from her weird dreams, lives for long naps, and once in a while writes a story or two. Find her original stories in the Duck Prints Press anthologies She Wears the Midnight Crown and Aim for the Heart.

Link: Twitter

ilgaksu

Artwork of a cute blue creature with big floppy ears leaping onto the top of a pink lidded cup of the style often used for milk tea. The colors are evocative of the trans pride flag.

Full-time fandom cryptid, Furby enthusiast, and the human embodiment of that one gif of Elmo on fire, ilgaksu was born and raised in an undisclosed location, living in several others, and now currently residing in [REDACTED]. Their interests include collecting haunted toys, using their artistic practice as an excuse to forget to do their laundry, and playing with fictional men like Bratz dolls. They have not unclenched their jaw yet today, but they do remember to drink lots of water.

Mina Kramek

Mina has been looking through archways and in tree hollows for a portal to another world since she was six years old, and discovered along the way that she loves exploring this world almost as much. The first stories she ever told were fairy tale retellings, and she still has a soft spot for them. She’s been writing fanfiction since long before she knew what it was, but finished a story for the first time in 2020 after watching the Untamed three times in a row. Since then, she’s posted about 750k worth of stories on AO3 and modded a Big Bang. She would always rather be sipping wine by a river and learning the history of somewhere she’s never been before, but staying home with her cats, a book, or the occasional crochet project is pretty good too. 

Link: Archive of Our Own

Eliot Lovell

Artwork showing a styled, cute stuffed fox in white, orange, and black.

Eliot (they/them) is a queer author from the UK, whose been obsessed with writing stories for as long as they can remember. Even though they can’t swim, they love living close to the sea and on the rare instance they’re not actually writing, they can invariably found thinking about bees.

Links: Tumblr | Twitter

Lyonel Loy

Lifelong maladaptive daydreamer, finally working up the courage to write those daydreams down. Spends time cosplaying as a Responsible Adult With A Job.

Alec J. Marsh

Alec lives in the Pacific Northwest, where they write romantic adult fantasy and self-indulgent fanfiction. They make candles inspired by their favorite characters.

Links: Etsy | Instagram | Twitter

K. Martin

K. Martin is a queer disabled writer from Canada. She has a degree in English & Contemporary Studies and a gold medal in Faculty of Arts from WLU. Previously, she’s had poetry published in ImageOutWrite Vol. 5, short fiction in Torquere’s Harvest Moon anthology, and erotic flash fiction in NSP’s Erato anthology. When not writing fanfiction or the final draft of her novel, she’s on Tumblr as @queerfictionwriter, or talking about writing over on Patreon.com/K’sCorner. 

Links: Patreon | Tumblr

Cedar D. McCafferty-Svec

Cedar (he/him) lives with his two life partners and their menagerie of animals. He was first introduced to writing original work at the young age of 7 years old and has never stopped chasing that high of sharing the worlds inside his head. His crowning accomplishment in college was making his creative writing professor enjoy a fantasy story after having been told that all fantasy stories were boring. When not writing, Cedar can be found making various handcrafted goods or screaming into the abyss about his latest hyperfixation (currently robots).

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr

YF Ollwell

YF Ollwell (he/him and she/her) is a queer transmasculine writer, artist and graduate student currently located in sunny California. He has been writing both original work and fanfiction for over a decade, posting predominantly in horror and anime fandoms, but has only recently began publishing his original work as well. She’s a sucker for historical settings and loves to read and write strange interactions between complicated queer characters, especially in or about the horror genre she’s devoted most of her life and study to. When not writing for work or play, YF can be found experimenting with new art modes, watching grindhouse movies, or re-reading The Stand for the seventh time.

Links: Archive of Our Own

Taliesin Owens

Taliesin is a queer author who grew up bouncing around Europe and the US and currently calls Chicago home. They’ve been writing stories since they had to pester their mom to help them transcribe their words on the family desktop computer. After half a million words of posted fanfiction and a lot of kind encouragement from friends and strangers, they are delighted to be making their publishing debut with Duck Prints Press. They work as a stage manager, dog walker, bartender, and hold a Master’s degree in Humanities, with a focus in literature. No amount of school or chaotic array of part-time jobs has yet managed to stop them from reading and writing voraciously. They can also occasionally be found doing calligraphy, baking, getting really excited about Shakespeare, or walking out to look at the lake because everything seems a little better when you can stand at the edge of the water for a while.

Link: Tumblr

Veronica Sanders

Veronica Sanders has a deep love of modern literature that began in early childhood, when she considered Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin (IYKYK), and Barbara Parks amongst her personal heroes. Later, she added Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, and Julia Alvarez to that list, as well as (begrudgingly) a couple of boys, in the form of Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving. Her initial forays into fanfiction began in preschool, making her dolls act out fix-it scenes from her favorite TV shows. Currently, she is the admin for Artificial Queens, a Tumblr blog for RuPaul’s Drag Race-inspired fanfiction. She would like to dedicate this story to all the Blonde + Brunette couples who have inspired her over the years.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr (Artificial Queens) | Tumblr (Veronica Sanders)

E. K. Victor

E. K. Victor, aka Smehur (they/them), is a queer writer, artist and stargazer. They have been writing fanfiction for fifteen years (mostly for Mass Effect, but also The Elder Scrolls and recently Darksiders), and original fiction for about half as long. Working with Duck Prints Press is their first foray into traditional publishing.

In one way or another, Smehur’s fiction is always about troubled m/m relationships where deception, jealousy, mental illness and/or the barriers in understanding between neurotypical and neurodivergent characters are balanced by love, loyalty, or sometimes, obsession. Their favorite trope is second chances.

Outside their creative pursuits, Smehur is a low-energy creature who shies from company and enjoys reading, gardening and gaming. Increasingly, they worry that the world will end before they get to tell it all their tales.

Links: Personal Webpage | Archive of Our Own | Tumblr

Dei Walker

Dei Walker (she/her) is a queer New Englander abroad, having spent almost half her life overseas. She currently lives with her family in Beijing, China. When she isn’t writing, she can be found knitting, scuba diving, or playing games (video or tabletop). 

Links: Discord: .dei. | BlueSky | Tumblr

Terra P. Waters

Artwork of a light-skinned person looking toward their viewer. They have light brown, shoulder length hair, and they're wearing a v-cut dark pink top. A pendant with a blue stone dangles on their chest.

Terra is a scientist by day who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She has been writing fiction as long as she can remember, and has always told her partner of 17 years that if she wasn’t a scientist, she would be an author. During grad school, she discovered fanfiction and immediately began writing her own. After many years and several fandoms (including Teen Wolf, Hawaii Five-0, and Stranger Things), she returned to writing original fiction. To date, she has self-published two novellas in a 90s-nostalgia polyamory comedy series, and has drafted two YA/NA sci-fi novels. When not doing science or writing, you can find Terra indulging her yarn addiction and knitting.

Links: Archive of Our Own | Tumblr | Twitter

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Created Works Round-Up: January 2024

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Duck Prints Press’s monthly “created works round-ups” are our opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing work that people working with us have done that ISN’T linked to their work with Duck Prints Press. We include fanworks, outside publications, and anything else that creators feel like sharing with y’all. Inclusion is voluntary and includes anything that they decided “hey, I want to put this on the created work’s round-up!”

Check out what they’ve shared with us this month…


cruel forgiveness by Cedar McCafferty-Svec

art || transformers || m/m || idw rodimus prime/armada megatron || teen & up || no major warnings apply || complete

summary: Digital drawing of IDW Rodimus and Armada Megatron based off a scene from a roleplay server on dreamwidth. Megatron is faking his own death and making Rodimus watch.

other tags: self harm, canon mashup, based on roleplay

TUMBLRLINK


Stay by Smehur

art || baldur’s gate 3 || m/m || astarion/tav || mature || no major warnings apply || complete

TUMBLRTWITTER


Astarion by Smehur

art || baldur’s gate 3 || no ships || general audiences || no major warnings apply || complete

summary: This started as a silly colored pencil doodle and ended up my best drawing so far. Anyway, I love him.

TUMBLRTWITTER


A Godsdamn Kraken by Smehur

fiction || baldur’s gate 3 || m/m || astarion/tav || mature || no major warnings apply || 7,760 || complete

summary: Astarion and Tav met before the events of the game – and immediately got in trouble.

AO3


Self Help & Writing Advice by Tris Lawrence

blog post || original work || no ships || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 781 || complete

summary: I don’t like self-help books. Which means I often don’t like writing advice books.

Which sucks because I really want to like both of them. I am positive there are things I could learn from them.

TUMBLRPILLOWFORTLINK


ND Creative: Time, Focus, Organization by Tris Lawrence

blog post, nd creative series || original work || no ships || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 957 || complete

summary: Time, focus, and organization can be complicated things as an ND creative.

TUMBLRPILLOWFORTLINK


Things I Thought Were Mine by enchantedsleeper

fiction || fence comics || m/m || nicholas cox/seiji katayama || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 9,235 || complete

summary: Nicholas, Seiji, and the King’s Row team are invited by Jesse Coste to join him at an exclusive summer retreat for elite fencers at the Coste residence. Surrounded by reminders of the life he could have had, and with Jesse determined to pick up where he and Seiji left off, can Nicholas survive the week without some closely-held secrets bubbling to the surface?

other tags: Canon divergence AU, hurt/comfort

AO3


a dream or two (away from you) by enchantedsleeper

fiction || fence comics || m/m || aiden kane/harvard lee || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 8,845 || complete

summary: Everyone knows that magic isn’t real. Never mind that Aiden, crown prince of Feldhaven, has been having strange dreams from a young age in which he meets and plays with a young boy from a far-away kingdom.

He can’t explain it, but he isn’t concerned – until years later, when an eighteen-year-old Aiden is suddenly introduced to the new Captain of the Guard: Harvard Lee. The boy from his dreams.

other tags: mediaeval fantasy AU, slightly handwavey dream magic, friends to lovers

TUMBLRAO3


You Make Sense of the Devil by Hermit

fiction || mcu, criminal minds || m/m, f/m, poly (multiple genders) || james “bucky” barnes/emily prentiss, james “bucky” barnes/steve rogers || mature || rape/non-con || 15,772 || complete

summary: A ghost from the BAU past reappears and drags up unfinished business for Aaron Hotchner. The ripples are enough to call back missing team members and spread well beyond the circle of his influence.

other tags: Timeline What Timeline, MCU fusion, Criminal Minds fusion, liberties were taken with the legal system, Case Fic, No One Is Okay, canon typical trauma, Past Rape/Non-con, Flashback, discussion of trauma, Implied Polycule

AO3


Tremble by Tal

fiction || link click || m/m || cheng xiaoshi/lu guang || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 2,096 || complete

summary: Cheng Xiaoshi has a bad time in a photo. Lu Guang is there in the aftermath.

other tags: Hurt/Comfort

AO3


Phase Shift by Terra P. Waters

fiction || original work || platonic or familial, f/m || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 99,500 || ongoing series

summary: Despite being a self-professed science geek, high school freshman Camilla Mitchell has had a secret imaginary friend for years. It comes as quite a shock when said friend, Emma, accidentally drags her into a dimension full of hostile telepathic creatures. Cam’s friends, her brother, Oliver, and her mother, Kathryn, work furiously to solve her disappearance and bring her home. Other members of their small Minnesota town disappear, one after the other, including Lizzy Becker’s best friend, who is ripped from her arms. Lizzy badgers loner Oliver into working with her to rescue their missing loved ones. They discover a bridge between the two worlds—a bridge that allows the hostile creatures from Cam’s newly-discovered dimension into ours. If there’s a bridge, there’s a way to rescue the people taken. Right?

other tags: Tags: science fiction, alternate dimensions, teen characters, friendship, bisexual main character (minor references), lesbian character, nonbinary character, aliens; Content warnings: disordered eating, emetophobia, child abuse mention, homophobic bullying, teen characters in danger, gun violence, physical violence, abduction

TUMBLRPILLOWFORTLINK


The Last Drop Cafe by Terra P. Waters

fiction || stranger things || poly (multiple genders) || jonathan byers/chrissy cunningham/steve harrington/nancy wheeler || explicit || creator choses not to use warnings || 77,500 || complete

summary: Nancy Wheeler is in her last year of college, about to graduate with her journalism degree. She’s just working as a barista at The Last Drop Cafe until she can find a real journalism job. She loves her boyfriend, Jonathan, though there’s been some tension lately, and she’s not quite sure how long the relationship is going to last. At least she lives above the coffee shop, which makes rolling out of bed at five in the morning to go to work slightly more tolerable. Her upstairs neighbors, Steve and Chrissy, are newlyweds eager to start their family. When a case of sleep deprivation and mistaken identity ties the two couples together, things quickly get complicated. But maybe complicated is just what Nancy was looking for.

other tags: Coffee Shop AU, College AU, Mistaken Identity, Polyamory, Somnophilia, Accidental Non-con, Unplanned Pregnancy, Birth, Hospitals

AO3


Phase Shift by Terra P. Waters

fiction || original work || platonic or familial, f/m, f/nb || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 99,500 || complete

summary: Despite being a self-professed science geek, high school freshman Camilla Mitchell has had a secret imaginary friend for years. It comes as quite a shock when said friend, Emma, accidentally drags her into a dimension full of hostile telepathic creatures. Cam’s friends, her brother, Oliver, and her mother, Kathryn, work furiously to solve her disappearance and bring her home. Other members of their small Minnesota town disappear, one after the other, including Lizzy Becker’s best friend, who is ripped from her arms. Lizzy badgers loner Oliver into working with her to rescue their missing loved ones. They discover a bridge between the two worlds—a bridge that allows the hostile creatures from Cam’s newly-discovered dimension into ours. If there’s a bridge, there’s a way to rescue the people taken. Right?

other tags: Science Fiction, Horror, Aliens, Teen characters, Alternate dimensions, Friendship, LGBTQ+ characters, Hearing Impaired Character, Eating Disorder, Child Abuse, Gun Violence, Kidnapping, Teenaged Characters in Peril, Minor Character Death

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Prayers of Descent by unforth

fiction || tian guan ci fu || m/m || hua cheng/xie lian || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 1,648 || complete

summary: After 800 years in the Heavenly Court, Xie Lian receives a prayer with a simple request: “can I see you, your highness, just one more time?”

other tags: Canon Divergence, Jun Wu/Xie Lian

AO3

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Upcoming Event: Boskone!

A black square with the word BOSKONE on it, underlined by the exhaust from a stylized rocket ship.

We’re a week and a half out from Duck Prints Press’s next vending appearance – we’ll be back at the Westin Boston Seaport District, this time in the vendors room for Boskone on February 9th through 11th! Boskone is the flagship convention for the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA), and special guests at this year’s convention include Ben Aaronovitch, Emily Hurst Pritchett, and John Scalzi. There’ll also be over 30 vendors, an author’s alley, an art show, and of course scads of cool panels!

One of the authors we work with, Tris Lawrence, will also be in attendance, participating in panels and signing books. You can check out her schedule here.

We’re really excited to be heading back to Boston again, and hopeful that we’ll see some familiar faces from Arisia and meet some new folks too. If you’re gonna be there, make sure you come and say hi!

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Ongoing Pre-Order Campaigns: Updates!

Now that we’ve finished our month-long push for our Kickstarter campaign for Aether Beyond the Binary, we have space and time to talk about literally anything else on our social media (lol). We’ve gotten a couple private inquiries about the status of our other projects, so here’s an overview of progress on our current publishing projects (we’ve also got a couple art projects in the works, but that’s a topic for another day).

A graphic featuring book covers over a background with a gradient from dark blue to pink (reminiscent of the bisexual pride flag). Text at the top says "Project Updates from Duck Prints Press," with the "Duck Prints Press" part inserted as the Press logo with a rainbow of duck prints and our Dux mascot standing beside it. There are five book covers shown below this: "To Drive the Hundred Miles" by Alec J. Marsh (depicting two people walking hand-in-hand against a snowy forest background), "Aim For The Heart" (which shows a person in historical Musketeer-esque clothing baring their chest as three swords are aimed at the center), "Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance" by A. L. Heard (which shows two men in hockey helmets and jerseys embracing), "Aether Beyond the Binary: A Duck Prints Press Anthology" (which shows two people of indeterminate gender doing science, studying a floating flower), and "Many Drops Make a Stream" by Adrian Harley (which shows a giant bird carrying a woman high in the sky, a fantasy/historical style city far beneath them.)

To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh

Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers

  • fulfillment on the crowdfunding campaign for our most recent anthology is complete
  • as of January 20th, the book and leftover merch are now available on our webpage!
  • you can also get the e-book through major retailers and can request it through your library
  • we’re working on reformatting the book to a slightly different size so that we can also offer it print-on-demand to major retailers, local bookstores, and libraries everywhere

Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard

  • all merchandise has been received and prepared for distribution
  • trade paperback books have been received
  • the proof of the hardcover edition has been approved, and the hardcover edition is in production
  • according to our book printer, BookLogix, we should expect delivery of the hardcover edition in roughly a month (around the end of February)
  • once we’ve received all items necessary for fulfillment, we will send out everyone’s orders as quickly as possible

Aether Beyond the Binary

  • the crowdfunding campaign for our next anthology successfully concluded yesterday!
  • we are putting finishing touches on stories
  • we are preparing templates suitable for printing our merchandise
  • we’ve begun to gather information from backers necessary fulfillment
  • most fulfillment activities are on hold until the funds clear and we can actually place orders; this will take roughly three weeks

Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley

Other Projects

  • Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica: stories for this collection are being edited, with progress ranging from “barely started” to “almost done.” We’re just beginning to discuss the books internal appearance, and are waiting on the final cover from the artist we’re working with. We expect to release the contributor list in the next few weeks and hope to crowdfund the anthology during the spring.
  • Untitled Best Of Anthologies: we’ll be doing two anthologies – one general imprint and one explicit imprint – featuring stories published to our Patreon and webpage before September 31, 2023. Most of the stories have been set, and we’ll beginning work on the cover and campaign features soon. We expect to launch this during the summer of 2024.
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: recruitment for this anthology closed on January 15th, and we will be selecting contributors and notifying them by January 31st. We expect this campaign to be ready for launch in roughly a year (late 2024 or early 2025).
  • Untitled General Imprint Anthology: we’re in the very preliminary stages of discussing a theme for our next general imprint anthology, and we expect to open recruitment for it in the late spring, with an expected publication date of summer, 2025.
  • Scrap Metal Angel by Nicola Kapron: our next novella project, we are working on final editing, and once that’s done we’ll begin work on a cover, artwork, and other campaign aspects. We don’t yet have a time frame on pre-orders, but definitely during 2024, before the fall.
  • The Twinned Trilogy by Tris Lawrence: we still have a great deal of editing to complete on this project, but covers are done and the pre-launch page is on Kickstarter. We’re aiming for spring or summer 2024 for crowdfunding.
  • We have several other novellas and novels in the pipeline, but none that we’re ready to announce yet. Be on the look-out!

Want to always know the latest on what we’re working on? Want a say in what we work on next? Want behind-the-scenes access, more information, awesome extras, free stories, and more? Want exclusive extra merch for supporting our future campaigns? Best yet: want the joy of supporting queer independent publishing? If you said “yes” to any of these, there’s no time like today to become a backer of our Patreon!

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Aether Beyond the Binary: Final 48 Hours

The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for our anthology Aether Beyond the Binary, featuring 17 stories of non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, bigender, and other outside-the-binary characters living in modern aetherpunk settings, has entered our final two days of funding! And we’ve crossed our funding goal (after a scare with a fake pledge that has made things…uh…interesting)!!

It’s not too late to get your copy of this awesome collection made by our very queer press by our very queer contributors. We wrap on January 25th at 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

Learn more about Aether Beyond the Binary now by visiting the Kickstarter campaign, or read on for more info…

A graphic entitled "Aether Beyond the Binary." It shows the cover of the anthology (two people of indeterminate gender doing science, one with a flower hovering over their hand, the other holding a tablet), the sky whale enamel pin (a green whale flying through a cloudy purple night sky, the non-binary symbol balancing from its mouth), the aether dux sticker (a duck with a blue mohawk, choker necklace and a harness securing crystal wings to their torso), the plant-watering robot holographic sticker (a cute flying robot watering a tropical potted plant), and the aether musician bookmark (a young white person playing the guitar, magical swirls in the non-binary pride colors dancing around them).

What would the Earth look like if the very atoms that compose the planet were suffused with magical aether? How would our lives in the modern world be different if this aether was discovered last year, or last decade, or last century, or last millennia? How might the people who inhabit this oh-so-different but still modern Earth explore their gender identities? These are the questions we posed to the 17 authors chosen to contribute to Duck Prints Press’s newest anthology Aether Beyond the Binary. Their diverse answers are bound together in this must-not-miss collection of stories about magical worlds, adventures and mysteries, new chances and well-earned endings, and characters as gender-diverse as the worlds they inhabit. 

Aether Beyond the Binary features 17 stories, each up to 7,500 words. We aim to publish it as an e-book (ePub and PDF), and to print it digest size, 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 cm x 21.5 cm) in both trade paperback and hardcover formats. Aether Beyond the Binary also features a spectacular wrap-around cover by non-binary artist Mar Spragge; this will be printed as a lovely gloss dust jacket for the hardcover edition. 

Curious about the project? You can learn way more by visiting the campaign page or by checking out our other blog posts about it to learn more about our merch and contributors and read excerpts, creator interviews, and more:

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Aether Beyond the Binary Merch Spotlight: Bookmark

For our final Aether Beyond the Binary spotlight, we’re taking a peek at the campaign bookmark! This will be produced by UPrinting on sturdy paper with a gloss finish, and completed with a golden tassel. We’ve produced six past bookmarks with them, and they’ve all turned out gorgeous (you can see them all here).

A bookmark front showing a young white person playing a guitar. Magical swirls emanate from where they play. The colors resemble those on the non-binary flag.

The gorgeous campaign bookmark features art by non-binary artist Pippin Peacock, who has also done bookmark art to accompany our anthologies She Wears the Midnight Crown and He Bears the Cape of Stars. The color palette is inspired by the non-binary pride flag (yellow, white, purple, black) and the genderqueer pride flag (purple, white, green). The back will include the signatures of the anthology contributors: we can’t gather everyone together to get all 17 people to sign the book, but we CAN compile reproductions somewhere at least!

Close up on the aether musician:

A young white person of indeterminate gender playing a guitar. Magical swirls emanate from where their hand strums the strings.

For backers at the “+ Merch” backer levels of the Aether Beyond the Binary Kickstarter, this bookmark is included in what they’ll receive! It can also be added to any backer level that includes a physical item, so if you’re interested in ordering the book but don’t want all the merch, you can get just the book plus picking and choosing what you’d like!

In case you missed them, here are the other merchandise spotlights we’ve done for this campaign:

Become a Kickstarter backer today, and get an amazing book of stories starring outside-the-binary characters and a bunch of gorgeous merch! Win-win!