Citizens of Nowhere: An Anthology of Utopic Fiction — Rowan B. Fortune (ed.)
Thomas More’s no-place that might be anywhere, anywhen, Utopia, has haunted our imaginations for over 500 years. Dismissed as a lost realm in this Age of Despair, Citizens of Nowhere offers route maps to this place where our ideals and our lives can coincide. Now more than ever, we need the hope of utopia. Citizens of Nowhere reminds us that it is never far away.
Finding utopias within sci-fi, horror, romanti fantasy and modernist fiction, Citizens of Nowhere brings together stories from: Nina Anana, Fiona Ashley, Sonya Blanck, Rowan B. Fortune, Ben Jacob, George Lea, Greg Michaelson, Jez Noond, James Perrin, Diana Powell, Omar Sabbagh and Robin Lindsay Wilson.
For me, to be a citizen of nowhere is to be uncertainly poised between those challenges [we face today] and a defiant hope that, five hundred years on from More’s great contribution to literature, can rightly call itself utopian.
from Rowan B. Fortune’s Forward
Rowan B Fortune is an author of strange utopias and gothic parables, a philosophical optimist in love with fiction’s capacity to expose — paraphrasing Pascal — the extraordinary in the ordinary. Currently a denizen of London, they haunt occult bookshops (when lockdowns allow) host reading groups and run the editing service, Rowan Tree Editing where Rowan also blogs about writing and issues of justice and change.
A former editor and current writing mentor for Cinnamon Press, Rowan has a PhD in creative writing, specialising in utopian fiction.They co-wrote the activist guide, System Crash (Resistance Books) and their book on how to write utopian fiction, Writing Nowhere, is forthcoming with Cinnamon Press.
They hold a PhD in English and Creative Writing and have over 15 years experience in small publishing (Cinnamon Press), teaching (Bangor University), freelance writing (The Tablet, Envoi), and mentorship. They have edited and written a long list of manuscripts that successfully went on to secure publishing contracts.
You can also support Rowan on Patreon and receive early access to blogs as well as writing tips and discounts on editing services.