Vylar Kaftan tells us about her Kaleidoscope story

Posted By on Oct 18, 2013 | 0 comments


Vylar Kaftan is a Nebula-nominated writer, whose work is smart and feminist and lush. We were very excited when she sent us a story we both loved for Kaleidoscope. Here’s what she has to say about it.

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When I heard about Kaleidoscope, I knew I wanted to be part of it.  A kaleidoscope finds its beauty from the whole, in the unified picture.  Without it, we’ve just got scattered pieces of plastic.

Even as a kid, I noticed many YA anthos and reading textbooks pigeonholed their stories.  I saw stories filling one “diversity type” off of mainstream fiction, each neatly in its own place in the book, as if there were slots: “this is our race issues story, and this is our science fiction story”. This meant you rarely saw a story which is both science fiction AND racially diverse. That’s the problem Kaleidoscope is fixing and that’s why it rocks.

My story, “Ordinary Things,” involves a 19-year-old bisexual woman trying to understand why repeated rituals soothe her anxieties, as her world crumbles around her.  It’s what many writers call “a gift from the muse.” I wrote it in about 5 hours, without stopping, and changed very little when I edited it.  I’m delighted that this story will appear in Kaleidoscope.

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We’re also delighted that “Ordinary Things” will appear in Kaleidoscope! We need your help to make sure that happens, though. Please visit our Pozible page and become a backer today!