May 7, 2016 | announcement

Issue 33 — May 2016


It’s been a busy month at Fireside. We took story submissions all last month, and got a record number, closing in on 2,000 while I am writing this a few days before this issue comes out. We’re sifting through those stories with guest editor Daniel José Older and will have a whole new crop of stories for the second half of Year 4.

June is going to be a skip month, for two reasons. One, we need a little time to regroup. And two, this will finally allow the Fireside Year to line up with the calendar year, so Year 5 will start in January. (Patreon backers will not be charged in June.)

But you’re here for stories! And this month we have five fantastic ones for you.

We open with Caroline Yoachim’s third story in Fireside, a nanobot piece called An Army of Bees. It’s a gut-wrencher. Next is a gorgeous little cyberpunk story, Minerva Zimmerman’s Sparrow. R.L. Thull follows with The Forever Girl, about a little girl who never grows up, and her mother who does. Our fourth story is Mari Ness’ The Middle Child’s Practical Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale, which is funny, smart, and exactly as advertised. It’s got another Galen Dara illustration. And we close with If X is a Real Number by Sofie Bird, aboard a starship that is in a lot of trouble.

Thank you for reading, and for your support.

© 2016 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.