GlitterShip

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US semiprofessional podzine and associated quarterly magazine in Ebook form. Both are produced by Keffy R M Kehrli, who began the podzine in April 2015 in order to provide a further outlet for LGBTQ writers and as a focus for LGBTQ story-lines.

The first podcast, on 2 April 2015, was "How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps" from Scigentasy #4 (March 2014), which the author A Merc Rustad (also known as Marc Fenn Wolfmoor) said "was very autobiographical". The story was selected by John Joseph Adams and Joe Hill for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (anth 2015). The podcast continued fortnightly for 28 episodes until 24 May 2016, followed by a break until 1 November 2016, when it steadily returned to a fortnightly schedule with occasional gaps. Most of the stories for the podcast in this initial period were reprints from a variety of sources including Fantasy Magazine, The Future Fire, Ideomancer, {SHIMMER} and Strange Horizons. The first new story was the fairy tale "Straw and Gold" by Kate O'Connor, broadcast on 5 April 2016. Other early new stories included "Just a Little Spice Will Do" by Andrew Wilmot (#27, 10 May 2016) and "Learned People" (#29, 1 November 2016) by Chelsea Eckert.

The companion magazine was released in January 2017, dated Winter, running a mixture of new and reprint stories which were also broadcast over the podcast for that quarter (covering releases #31 to #36). After the first three issues the magazine's quarterly schedule showed increasing delays the fourth issue being a combined Autumn 2017/Winter 2018. The Summer 2018 issue was not released until March 2019 and the Autumn 2018 issue in June 2019. Thereafter the magazine ceased but the podcast continued until June 2019 with one further broadcast in March 2020 (#77) when it went back into hiatus. The first year of podcasts was issued as a print anthology. GlitterShip Year One (anth 2017), and the first year of the magazine was reissued as GlitterShip Year Two (anth 2018), both edited by Kehrli. Both the magazine and the podcast included much material by writers with multicultural backgrounds. [MA]

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