Apr 7, 2017 | news

Join the Antifascist Fiction Club

We’ve talked a lot about Fireside’s mission of resisting fascism and far-right populism. We’ve gotten a lot of positive response from our readers to this, and we wanted to give you all a way to show that you’re not lying down in the face of hatred, bigotry, and violence.

So our design and technology director, Pablo Defendini, designed this fantastic hard enamel pin.

Antifascist Fiction Club Pin

Right now, the only way to get a pin is to back a new $20 reward level on our Patreon. (If you’re already a Patreon backer you can upgrade your pledge to get the pin.) We’ll use $5 of every pledge to support the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union each month on your behalf. We think their respective missions of monitoring hate groups and defending our rights in a time of unprecedented attack are essential in the resistance.

We may never get a perfect happily ever after, but this doesn’t have to end in darkness. Donald Trump and Marine LePen and Nigel Farage and all their ilk don’t get to write the end of this story. We do.

Welcome to the Antifascist Fiction Club.

© 2017 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian started Fireside Fiction Company in 2012 as an experiment in crowdfunding and paying speculative fiction writers well above the accepted professional rate at the time. It worked! Thanks, have a great day!

Brian has been informed he has to write more in his bio. Fine! Brian took that experiment through five Kickstarters (and did not die!) and into a subscription model. During his tenure, Fireside published 150 stories, five novels, and one novella, and also published the first #BlackSpecFic report, which examined the massive under-representation of Black short-story writers in the field, prompting conversation, reflection, and change in the speculative fiction community. It remains one of the most important things he has worked on in his adult life. Brian was a 2017 World Fantasy Award finalist in the Special Award, Non-Professional category for Fireside, and Fireside has been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards.

Facing the burnout that is all too common among people who work at small presses, Brian stepped down as editor and publisher in 2017 to regroup and recharge mentally. He returned as interim editorial director in 2020 and resumed full ownership of the company in June 2021 with a great team you can read about below.

In the wider world, Brian is a former journalist who worked as an editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville from 2006–2010 and at the Boston Globe from 2010–2018, where he was part of the staff that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2014 for the newspaper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2014. He still lives around Boston, where he works as an editor for a private company and takes photographs, paints miniatures, and spends time with his amazing wife and various cats.