Posted by Michael Damian Thomas on Feb 7, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments
It began with Chicks Dig Time Lords (co-edited by Apex Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea), a collection of essays by female SF/F writers, actors, and fans about the best show in the galaxy, Doctor Who. Lynne and Tara created a book that changed the way people looked at Doctor Who and its fandom; SF/F professionals and amateur fans told their stories and shared their viewpoints about their television love. I was honored to work on it as an associate editor and thrilled when it won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work in 2011.
Since the success of Chicks Dig Time Lords, Mad Norwegian Press has released more Geek Girl Chronicle books, including Whedonistas (co-edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (co-edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis). I worked on both as associate editor. As we were wrapping up Chicks Dig Comics, Sigrid Ellis sent me an email about a new project. Would I like to co-edit Queers Dig Time Lords? I had to say yes.
The project began when Doctor Who podcaster Erik Stadnik fell in love with Chicks Dig Time Lords and thought a queer version should exist. But he didn’t want to edit it, so he pitched the idea to Mad Norwegian Press, and the publisher asked Sigrid Ellis to edit. She then decided that she would only do it if I co-edited it with her, due to my knowledge of Doctor Who and my experiences working on the other books.
And 18 months later, the book is off to the presses. We gathered an amazing group of contributors including fabulous SF/F writers Tanya Huff, Melissa Scott, Rachel Swirsky, Hal Duncan, Amal El-Mohtar, Jennifer Pelland, Brit Mandelo, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Jed Hartman, Julia Rios, and Susan Jane Bigelow, Doctor Who tie-in writers Paul Magrs, Nigel Fairs, and David Llewellyn, Outland (Australian TV series about LGBTQ SF/F fans) co-creator John Richards, and Doctor Who and Torchwood script editor Gary Russell. Plus we have an introduction by John Barrowman (Captain Jack!) and Carole E. Barrowman and a cover by Colleen Coover.
Each contributor brought their unique and diverse viewpoints about the series to the book. We included tales of coming out, discovering your heroes, how a show can inspire careers, transformations, odd friendships, romance, loss, cosplay, and following Doctor Who actors around a car park.
Sigrid and I are very proud of this phenomenal collection. We can’t wait to share Queers Dig Time Lords with the world.
Queers Dig Time Lords will be released on June 4th and is available from all major booksellers.