It’s launch day! Yay! We’ve sent out all the backer copies of Kaleidoscope now, so if you backed the Pozible and are expecting an ebook or print book, but don’t have one, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a collection of links to interviews and essays about Kaleidoscope that have gone up on the web for our launch:
Julia is over at Diversity in YA today talking about how the Kaleidoscope project came about and what diverse storytelling means to her.
As a bisexual Mexican-American woman, I didn’t see myself reflected very often in books I read as a child or teen. To be honest, I still rarely see characters who are just like me. As a teen, especially, I really longed for some kind of affirmation that my being attracted to other girls was okay. I didn’t believe it was.
E.C. Myers writes about the need for diversity in middle grade and young adult fiction over at The League of Extraordinary Writers blog. He also gives a review of Kaleidoscope (disclaimer: E. C. Myers wrote one of the twenty stories in the book!):
More than most books, there is something here for everyone. And while diverse characters were a necessity in each story, emphasizing that diversity is not the focus of the stories. The diversity also extends to a whole range of types of stories, all under the speculative fiction umbrella… as I work my way through the collection, but each one becomes my favorite in the moment that I read it.
Shveta Thakrar is over at Visibility Fiction talking about her story “Krishna Blue” and growing up different in a small town. She says:
I wished so fervently to be white with blue eyes so there would be a place for me. When I started writing, I wrote about characters like that, because they were the ones stories happened to. It never occurred to me that I had made my own brown skin an issue to be addressed in the novel of my life. Looking back, it tears my heart in two. No one should ever feel like that about any part of their identity. And for that to change, we have to change the stories we tell, to stop putting emphasis on the wrong things and framing them as weird and strange. We have to turn the spotlight onto the characters we usually leave in the shadows.
Julia has done a My Favorite Bit about “Walkdog” by Sofia Samatar on Mary Robinette Kowal’s site.
When Sofia Samatar turned in a paper by a student named Yolanda (complete with section headings, footnotes, and copious misspellings), I instantly fell in love. I thought, “Yes! This is a person who remembers being in school, being clever and lonely, and using homework as a dialogue with the teacher.”
Holly Kench wrote about her Kaleidoscope story for the SF Signal Special Needs in Strange Worlds column.
Invisible disability has its own confining tropes. I mention this specifically because my character Mandy, in my Kaleidoscope story “Every Little Thing”, is invisibly disabled. Typically, invisibly disabled characters become divided in fiction and media into two categories: they either recover or they die.
I also wondered how far we would go, as Filipinos, in order to sacrifice ourselves in order to make sure that our loved ones would have a better life; how far the Philippine government might go in encouraging Filipinos to pursue work abroad and contribute to the country’s economy.
Finally, Alisa and Julia talked to the Book Smugglers about every single story in the anthology. We’re also giving away two copies over there (giveaway open until the 9th), so check it out, and enter to win!