Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

Geek Theater is Coming on November 4, 2014! But why wait to purchase your copy. You can pre-order a copy of Geek Theater now and receive it on November 4th.

Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

The first of its kind, Geek Theater is a groundbreaking anthology of 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays, edited by Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood. Each play challenges what you think you know about science fiction and fantasy theater by doing what SF/F does best…but now you can see it on the stage.

“Dim the lights, raise the curtain, and be transported to worlds strange and wondrous, times far and near, with tales thoughtful and thrilling — and then give this book the standing ovation it deserves.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

Featuring plays by Liz Duffy Adams, Jeanne Beckwith, Cecil Castelucci, F. Brett Cox, Andrea Hairston, Carlos Hernandez, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Chie-Hoon Lee, James Morrow, Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Adam Szymkowicz.

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Get the First Volume of Futuredaze on Kindle for $2.99

FuturedazeFor a limited time, Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, the first book in the Futuredaze series by Underwords Press, is available for only $2.99 on Kindle. Or if you have purchased a print edition of Futuredaze from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version of Futuredaze for only $0.99.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up a Kindle copy of Futuredaze for yourself or buy it for a friend.

And when you’re done, leave a review and let us know what you think.

Happy Reading!!!

About the Book:

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E. Kristin Anderson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Jenny Blackford, and many more!

Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of “What if?” that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it’s time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.

Table of Contents:

FICTION (alpha order):
“Over It” by Camille Alexa
“Driven Out” by Steve Alguire
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by Stephen D. Covey & Sandra McDonald
“String Theory” by Danika Dinsmore
“Larvae” by Gregory Frost
“Clockwork Airlock” by Nancy Holder
“Another Prison” by Rahul Kanakia
“Prospect of a World I Dream” by Alex J. Kane
“Not With You, But With You” by Miri Kim
“Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson
“Out of the Silent Sea” by Dale Lucas
“Unwritten in Green” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt
“The End of Callie V” by Jennifer Moore
“Me and My Army of Me” by Katrina Nicholson
“Spirk Station” by Chuck Rothman
“The Cleansing” by Mark Smith-Briggs
“Powerless” by Leah Thomas
“Hollywood Forever” by Llinos Cathryn Thomas
“The Myriad Dangers” by Lavie Tidhar
“The Fall of Stile City” by William John Watkins

POETRY (alpha order):
“The Ghost Hunter” by E. Kristin Anderson
“Learning How to be a Cat” by Jenny Blackford
“The Alien” by Cathy Bryant
“Ghost Walkers” by Sandi Cayless
“Speech Lessons” by Alicia A. Cole
“King and Queen” by John Grey
“Why” by Evelyn Lumish
“Things to Consider When Choosing a Name for the Ship You Won in a Poker Game Last Night” by Iriving
“Pennies” by Iriving
“The Blue Hour” by Brittany Warman
“The Teenage Years of Ed Nimbus” by Neil Weston
“Market Day” by Anna Della Zazzera

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Join the YA Scavenger Hunt to win TONs of Amazing Books!

scavenger huntUnderwords Press is participating in the YA Scavenger Hunt this fall, which means we’re also giving away a copy of Futurdaze 2: Reprise.

In addition to your chance to win a copy of Futuredaze 2: Reprise, there are dozens of other authors participating on 6 different teams. That adds up to a lot of books for you to win! It’s an amazing opportunity to discover new authors, to win tons of books, and to get access to special content from each of the authors.

Visit the Underwords Press Scavenger Hunt page to join the HUNT! Hurry. It ends on October 5, 2014!

Good Luck!


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Thought of the Day: Friendship

Thought of the DaySometimes
the most difficult friendships
are the most rewarding
because they help you
to become a better person.

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Futuredaze 2: High School Library Giveaway x 10

Underwords Press is giving away Futuredaze 2: Reprise to 10 different high school libraries anywhere in the U.S.

FD2RepriseWhen I was a teenager, my high school library was a refuge, filled with books that contained doorways to thousands of worlds. However, with all of the budget cuts that schools have suffered lately, their libraries are now struggling to make ends meet. So, in honor of the mysterious high school librarian at my former high school (Kelseyville High School), Underwords Press is holding a contest to give away a copy of Futuredaze 2: Reprise to 10 high school libraries within the U.S. The instructions for entering the contest are written below. The contest is open until Saturday, September 20, 2014 at midnight in Hawaii.

Futuredaze 2: Reprise: Fifteen of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, are gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy’s avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China—this is not your mom and dad’s science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures—across all universes!

Includes Stories by:
Paolo Bacigalupi * Libba Bray * Cassandra Clare * Neil Gaiman
Kat Howard * Hugh Howey * N. K. Jemisin * James Patrick Kelly
Ken Liu * Malinda Lo * Beth Revis * Will Shetterly
Scott Westerfeld * Connie Willis * Jane Yolen

Futuredaze 2: Reprise, edited by Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder

TO ENTER: Enter for your high school library’s chance to win a copy of Futuredaze 2: Reprise by posting your high school’s name and city in the comments area below by midnight on Saturday, September 20th. One entry per person.

MAKE YOUR ENTRY COUNT TWICE: **You can get a double entry by posting the link for this contest on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, or somewhere else. Be sure to mention in your contest entry  below that you “boosted the signal” to have your entry counts as two entries – doubling your chances to win.**

RULES: The contest is open to all high school libraries located within the United States. Each person is only allowed to enter once, but a high school’s name may be submitted by multiple people. The 10 winning schools will be randomly chosen from all entries received. The person who entered on behalf of the school will be contacted via email for mailing instructions. To enter, you must be at least 14 years old. If you are under 18, please get your parent’s permission to enter.


“Thoughtfully organized to maximize enjoyment, this sci-fi collection introduces YA readers to exciting subgenres and authors.” —Carolyn Bailey, Foreword Reviews, Fall 2014
“Drawing on a diverse selection of the short science fiction of the last 30 years, the authors have created a solid work through which younger readers can explore the world of SF.” —James Davis Nicoll, RT Book Reviews
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“For YA,” a Response to Slate’s Article “Against YA”

The 1980s were my teen years, and I read like a voracious book maniac. However, there wasn’t much of a YA category at that time so I was left with going to the adult shelves or to the children’s section in the bookstore. That’s it. It was embarrassing to read “children’s” fiction back then (almost as embarrassing as revealing my love of science fiction and fantasy), and I often had to hide the fact that I was reading “adult” books. This frustrated me to no end.

Since then, a robust selection of young adult SF/F literature has been written by a  talented group of authors, most of whom would have been shelved in the adult section 20 years earlier. The exciting thing about young adult (YA) literature is that it can do what no other category can can easily accomplish. It brings together children, teens, and adults into a shared reading experience.  When you think about how arbitrary these categories are and how easily publishers shift titles from adult to YA to middle grade and back to adult, you realize that good fiction is good fiction despite the age category, and we all get something out of it…and that something should not be embarrassment.

Just ReadWhy should anyone feel embarrassed by reading a good book? I realize that the term “good” is fairly subjective. So, let me define “good” as being a book you enjoy or a book that gets you to pick it up, sit down, and READ. Reading is a mentally active pasttime that engages the reader’s intellect, it stimulates emotion, it generates empathy, and it builds the imagination…not to mention it keeps a person’s vocabulary, reading skills, and writing skills fresh. I don’t see anything embarrassing there.

So, I get annoyed when I read an article like Slate’s “Against YA,” which claims that adults should be embarrassed to read YA fiction and that they should stop reading it. Yeah, I get REALLY annoyed. Statements like this are the statements of bullies who shame others into acting in a manner they think is more appropriate. “Adults should be embarrassed to read YA fiction.” This roughly translates to “there is something wrong with an adult who reads YA because they would otherwise be reading adult fiction.”

Even worse, this ridiculous shaming of adults who read YA establishes the presumption that young adult books are not on the same literary level as adult books. It also ignores the fact that publishers and bookstores use the YA category as a marketing tool to reach readers, not as a litmus test for the quality of the writing, concepts, language, and issues that comprise the book.

As a reader, I am offended by anyone shaming another person for his or her reading choices. As a small press publisher of young adult science fiction, I am equally offended that Slate would publish an article that shames adults for reading books they enjoy. Humans are complex creatures. We do not fit in a finite literary box or category. Our reading lists are diverse and varied. They challenge us, and that challenge comes from the content within the book not the bookshelf title.

If adults become embarrassed of reading YA fiction, the next group to be embarrassed of it are the young adults themselves because they are too smart to hold themselves to a separate standard. Sadly, the author of Slate’s “Against YA” article is so busy shaming adults, that she never once thinks about the affect of her words on young adults. Teens are smart.

Ultimately, both teens and adults deserve a lot more credit than this article affords them. While the author of “Against YA” acknowledges that some YA fiction is well-written, her argument that adults should be embarrassed to read YA fiction only succeeds in rebuilding old walls that divided categories, genres, and readers. I say, stop the shaming and start the reading. Pick up a good book and read. Just Read.

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Guest Post and Futuredaze 2: Reprise Giveaway at Reading Teen

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Futuredaze 2: Reprise, Reading Teen is giving away two copies. So, this is your chance, but remember … you have to enter to win. Here’s the link to my guest post and to the contest:

Futuredaze is Featured at Reading Teen! -- Plus a contest!

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The Reading Guide for Futuredaze 2: Reprise is Available for Free

Futuredaze 2: Reprise now has a Reading Guide for educators. The Reading Guide adapts to the Common Core Curriculum that schools in 43 states are now using. We invite teachers, schools, librarians, students, parents, and reading groups to download the reading guide for free.

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About the Book:
Futuredaze 2: Reprise: Fifteen of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, are gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy’s avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China—this is not your mom and dad’s science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures—across all universes!

“Thoughtfully organized to maximize enjoyment, this sci-fi collection introduces YA readers to exciting subgenres and authors.” —Carolyn Bailey, Foreword Reviews, Fall 2014

“Drawing on a diverse selection of the short science fiction of the last 30 years, the authors have created a solid work through which younger readers can explore the world of SF.” —James Davis Nicoll, RT Book Reviews

Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Hugh Howey, Kat Howard, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Will Shetterly, Scott Westerfeld, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.

Futuredaze: 2 Reprise is now available for purchase online at:

Title: Futuredaze 2: Reprise
Editor: Erin Underwood and Nancy Hodler
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Underwords (August 12, 2014)
Language: English
Price: $15.95
ISBN-13: 978-0985893422

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Science Fiction that Pulls New People Into the Genre

I have always believed that science fiction is for everyone. After all, it’s truly the most “forward” facing genre and you would think this should obligate it to be more diverse and open than it has been in the past. Still, for a long time, it was challenging to find stories about people or stories written by a person who wasn’t white, male, and heterosexual. A genre like science fiction, which  is for everyone, really ought to be about everyone, and diversity should be represented in the fiction and in the authors who are in the industry.

So, when Nancy Holder and I were working on Futuredaze 2: Reprise, these were all things that were on our mind. However, while we were in the reading stage (and when you’re putting together a reprint anthology, that is one huge stage of the process!), we picked the best of what we found. We figured we would look at diversity issues after we selected the stories that we most wanted in the anthology. At the end of our reading stage, we ended up with 16 stories–15 of which are in the book. When we looked at that group of stories, which really were all of our favorite stories, we were pretty shocked that the selection was naturally diverse. If they weren’t great, they weren’t for us. The fact that diversity happened naturally was incredibly gratifying since it touched on my early belief that science fiction is for everyone.

The reason I bring this up is that I just read a review on Goodreads that said this about Futuredaze 2: Reprise:

“…it’s aimed at a younger audience who probably shouldn’t start chronologically. I think that anyone who believes that people need to approach science fiction starting with the older stuff, even from the “Greats” will find that modern readers demand a bit more, and a bit less crap. While many people might be willing to overlook offensive crap in older science fiction as “just part of the times,” there is something to be said for not having to deal with that. And here is a set of stories that are great and original and show real diversity and a view of the world that isn’t just white and male. It’s refreshing, and it is how science fiction is going to end up pulling more and newer people into the genre, which is what it needs.”FD2 on Goodreads

Yes! This is exactly how I feel about science fiction, and seeing someone write that in a review of my book was like winning the lottery. Thank you Charles Payseur. I don’t know you, but I hope that someday we get to meet because I have a feeling we’d have a fantastic discussion about the history and future of science fiction.

For those of you who don’t review books that you’ve read, I can guarantee you that the authors and publishers read them. To those of you, like Charles, who take the time to write down your thoughts, thank you!

Sometimes writing and publishing feels like throwing words into a vacuum. It’s so nice to see what people think, no matter what they have to say. Seeing those reviews is rewarding because it’s an acknowledgement that someone cared enough to share their thoughts about your work. That’s what it’s all about. So, again, thank you!

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Excellent Review for Futuredaze 2: Reprise from Foreword Reviews


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We just received a really great review from Foreword Reviews, which is included in their Fall 2014 issue. Thank you Foreword Reviews!

The entire review is so complementary that I couldn’t just pick one thing to share here. So, I’m including a few different snippets for you to enjoy:

“Thoughtfully organized to maximize enjoyment, this sci-fi collection introduces YA readers to exciting subgenres and authors….Underwood and Holder follow up Futuredaze, their collection of original science-fiction stories and poetry, with this sequel featuring fifteen previously published stories by well-known YA authors like Scott Westerfeld and Cassandra Clare….The editors’ respect for their teen audience is apparent and adds to the appeal of the collection. The previously mentioned stories, like all of the others chosen for this book, incorporate issues of identity, independence, and relationships that are hallmarks of YA literature….At just under 300 pages, the length provides a nice taste of some of the best science-fiction writing for teens without being overwhelmingly long.” — Carolyn Bailey

Futuredaze 2: Reprise is available for purchase in storesonline, and from Underwords Press. Feel free to share with the YA readers in your life.

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