The second and third volumes of the “Worlds Enough” anthology series are now in the planning stages. The series was always envisioned to span the different sub-genres of the speculative fiction field. Since the first volume, Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders, covered fantasy, the second is targeted at military steampunk and the third is targeted at the science fiction realm.
The theme for the second volume will be “Iron and Steam.” We’re looking for fiction that combines steampunk with military action in innovative ways. Give us stalwart heroes, daring soldiers, strange mechanisms and realistic tactics given strange technologies. As always, there should be at least the glimmer of hope.
The theme for the third volume will be “Future Crimes.” We’re looking for works of fiction about crimes in futuristic SF settings, ranging from the near future to the far future. The subject of crimes can obviously lead to some dark stories, which is fine, but there should be at least a little ray of hope somewhere in each story.
With these volumes, we’re adding more variety to the story lengths, so stories may range from 5K to 20K words. Since we’re targeting a 100K words for the entire volume, longer stories are welcome, but will need to hold up under harder scrutiny.
Note that this is a pre-announcement. The official Call for Stories have not yet been released, though the schedule for the Call for Stories, submission deadlines and anticipated publication dates are already available on our Schedule page.