Have you heard “The Story”? It’s the massive collaboration between Reddit’s r/fantasy and 33 SFF authors, telling a collaborative story. Kameron Hurley, Ann Leckie, and many, many others contributed bits and pieces to this story, which is still unfinished. And it could be yours if you win the Worldbuilders auction! Find out more here and place your bid if you’re so moved.
Also in this morning’s publishing roundup: the future of Clarkesworld, The Fifth Season in the real world, and—who you gonna call? Mannequins!
- Binti: Home author Nnedi Okorafor is named one of the 100 most influential Nigerians alive today.
- With Clarkesworld having celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, Neil Clarke talks how his vision for the magazine has evolved and will continue to change.
- The New York Public Library ambitiously undertook the Mannequin Challenge, full of frozen pageturners, selfies, plenty of “shh!”s… and as a bonus, famous visitors to the NYPL!
- N.K. Jemisin answers the question of “what if The Fifth Season happened for real?” by exploring prepper communities, i.e., those who believe that at some point civilization will end.
- This year was a banner year for queer YA fantasy; if you didn’t know, let Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy recommend some holiday reading for you.
- Already read every book Rory Gilmore has ever flipped through? Check out the new (and slightly less daunting) Gilmore Girls reading challenge, based on the new episodes.
- Jacqueline Carey shared photos from the first-ever Longest Night Masquerade fan event, recreating the fictional holiday in her Kushiel series.