Welcome to the first issue of Fireside. I am still amazed and thrilled that we pulled this off. Back in October, a stew of ideas in the back of my brain congealed into a crazy idea: I want to make a fiction magazine. I wanted to publish short stories and comics, with a focus on good storytelling without regard to genre. And I wanted to pay the writers as well as I could. And thanks to Kickstarter, to a great team of writers and artists and designers, and to all the crazy love and support and generosity of ...
Welcome to the first issue of Fireside. I am still amazed and thrilled that we pulled this off. Back in October, a stew of ideas in the back of my brain congealed into a crazy idea: I want to make a fiction magazine. I wanted to publish short stories and comics, with a focus on good storytelling without regard to genre. And I wanted to pay the writers as well as I could. And thanks to Kickstarter, to a great team of writers and artists and designers, and to all the crazy love and support and generosity of everyone who helped in the past few months, the magazine is real.
And it’s not just real. It’s really good. The first story, To the Moon by Ken Liu, follows the struggles of a young lawyer and the stories we tell ourselves to validate our illusions. Next is Chuck Wendig’s Emerald Lakes, a prequel to his Atlanta Burns novella Shotgun Gravy. In our story, Atlanta is dealing out more justice with a mix of brains and blood. Our comic Snow Ninjas of the Himalayas, written by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride, drawn by Michael Lee Harris, and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic, is a story about why some secrets are best left unrevealed. Then we have Christie Yant’s Temperance, a story about a drunk, an intolerant town, and a mysterious woman. And we close with Press Enter to Exit by Tobias Buckell, a near-future sci-fi thriller set in a world where someone is finally doing something about all that spam in our inboxes.
Enjoy! And from everyone involved in putting out Fireside, thank you for reading.
Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. He has published some 50 stories in various magazines and anthologies. His latest novel is Arctic Rising.
Besides being a writer, Ken Liu is also a translator, programmer, and lawyer. His fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife are collaborating on their first novel.
Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. His “vampire-in-zombieland” novel, Double Dead, is out now, and the first two Miriam Black novels (Blackbirds and Mockingbird) release in 2012. He has several e-books on writing available, the newest being 500 Ways to be a Better Writer. He lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and newborn progeny.
Christie Yant is a science fiction and fantasy writer and habitual volunteer. She has been an Assistant Editor for Lightspeed Magazine, occasional narrator for StarShipSofan and remains a co-blogger at Inkpunks.com, a website for aspiring and newly-pro writers. Her fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and the anthologies The Way of the Wizard, Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011, and Armored. She lives on the central coast of California with her two amazing daughters, her husband, and assorted four-legged nuisances.
D.J. Kirkbride won an Eisner and a Harvey as an editor and a contributing writer for all four volumes of the Popgun comic book anthology from Image Comics. He has also contributed to the Titmouse and Outlaw Territory comic anthologies and is an editor for the SmarterComics line of business books. D.J. also wrote a book of ninja poetry called Do You Believe in Ninjas? from Creative Guy Publishing.
Adam P. Knave is a Eisner and Harvey writer and editor who has written fiction (Crazy Little Things and Strange Angel, Stays Crunchy in Milk), comics (Agents of the W.T.F. and Things Wrong With Me) and columns for sites such as thefoonote, TwoHeadedCat, PopCultureShock and MamaPop. He is also one of the editors of Image’s Popgun anthology as well as other comic projects.
(D.J. and Adam are launching the adventure/fantasy webcomic Amelia Cole (ameliacole.com) with artist Nick Brokenshire this year.)