During the war that left Earth uninhabitable, refugees from the doomed planet fled to the outer colonies. Many of them found their way to New Ceres, a planet that embraced the Age of Enlightenment almost two hundred years ago, and has not yet let go.
The water may be green and spaceships may be landing on a regular basis, but New Ceres is a planet firmly entrenched in Eighteenth Century culture. Offworld technology is strictly forbidden to anyone outside the government, and powdered wigs are in fashion.
New Ceres initially appeared in 2006 with a second issue of the webzine following in 2007. The New Ceres project is set in a shared world where writers are free to play with genre, characters and worldbuilding. Tansy Rayner Roberts created the eyebrow-raising duo of La Duchesse and Pepin in her story "Scandal at the Feast of Saturn" in Issue 1 which Lucy Sussex picked up and ran with in her award-winning story "Mist and Murder" in Issue 2. This much-loved pair will be back for more scandal, this time in print. Dirk Flinthart's George Gordon from "She Walks in Beauty" (Issue 1) will also reappear, this time with an oriental flavour. Kaaron Warren brings some of the darker shades of New Ceres to light in her offering, "Tontine Mary".
New Ceres isn't just about the characters we have grown to love. It's also about the undercurrent of dissent as an underclass is created through the mass absorption of refugees as seen in Stephen Dedman's "Sufficiently Advanced" (Issue 2) and Cat Sparks' "The Bride Price" (Issue 2). It's about the power and the glory of the Lumoscenti (Jay Lake's "Tower the Sun", Issue 2) and it's about trying to control the unknown (Maxine McArthur's "Tyger Tyger", Issue 1). For me, it's also about the coffee houses and the dresses (as seen in various pieces of 'nonfiction').
New Ceres is an exciting project. Each writer has stamped their own claim on pieces of this world and its story. Where will they take New Ceres next? Find out in New Ceres: the anthology! This book is scheduled to be released at Swancon 2009. A limited hard cover print run of 50 will accompany the standard print run.
Editors: Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely
Queries should be directed to: email@example.com
Submissions will close October 15th 2008
Payment: AUD$50.00 per story and contributor copy.
Rights: First International rights, and exclusivity for one year after first publication. We are not looking to reprint stories that have been previously published in print or online.
All currently submitted stories are automatically being considered for the anthology.
The New Ceres project is being refitted, with the new print anthology playing a major role; the website is currently being overhauled as part of this. Further New Ceres support material usually maintained on the webspace is not available at this time. However this material can be made accessible to authors upon acceptance to the project.
If you always had intentions of submitting to the New Ceres webzine and have a story proposal, please send a query to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org