“Time Travel is Not for Everyone” is an anthology in the works focused on unlikely time travelers from underrepresented communities who end up in at best unwelcoming situations. Recently writers Heidi Durrow and Koji Steven Sakai announced they are accepting proposals for short stories from writers who would like to be included.
January 11, 2015 Los Angeles, CA–Time travel is the ultimate imagined adventure for many. But for people from underrepresented and minority communities time travel could be more of a disaster than an adventure. An Asian American from 2015 who lands in the United States during World War 2, a gay married couple dropped in the middle of the conservative South in the 1950's, or a mixed-race person transported to Africa during the slave trade would face substantial challenges in those times. This is the founding idea behind an anthology conceived by writers Heidi Durrow and Koji Steven Sakai, Time Travel is Not for Everyone, who recently announced they are accepting proposals for short stories from any writers who would like to participate.
“Before this, time travel has been limited to only a few people, we hope this book allows everyone to travel through time,” said Koji Steven Sakai, who has written four feature films that have been produced, and expects his debut novel to be released in Spring. “This is a great twist on the time travel concept and we know some amazing writers are going to be as excited about contributing, as we are to be working with them.”
According to Sakai and Durrow, the deadline for the proposals is March 1, 2015. Each proposal should include: 1) a one-page proposal featuring a main character from an underrepresented community traveling back in time; 2) a writing biography or resume; and 3) a writing sample of no more than 25 pages.
Science fiction fans have responded to the news of the coming anthology with enthusiasm.
“It's about time that one of the classic science fiction plot lines gets explored in non-traditional ways," said a popular Boston blogger known as Emily G. "We need science fiction to be more inclusive and Time Travel is Not for Everyone sounds like it's going to be a huge leap in that direction,” she said.
Sakai and Durrow have enjoyed success as screenwriters and novelists. Sakai has written the feature films Haunted Highway, The People I’ve Slept With, Monster & Me, and Chink, and another screenplay for Romeo, Juliet, & Rosaline, which was recently optioned by Amazon Studios. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and is a screenwriter of Passing (adapted from Nella Larsen's novel), a finalist in several international film festivals. She is also and the founder of the Mixed Remixed Festival which celebrates stories of multiracial experience and identity.
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Proposals and questions can be sent to Time.Traveling.4.All.of.Us@gmail.com