Lara Elena Donnelly writes, "The Clarion class of 2012–known as the Awkward Robots–want to tell you a story. Or, more precisely, 17 stories. About post-singularity dreamscapes, gentrified haunted houses, and redcaps in the trenches at Verdun."
The Red Volume is a collection of stories largely written and revised during the Clarion Foundation's fundraising write-a-thon, which runs concurrently with the workshop. The anthology is available on a pay-what-you-can basis. Readers can snag a copy for free, or donate any amount from 99 cents up. All proceeds, after Gumroad fees, benefit the Clarion Foundation.
AwkBot Luke R. Pebler, whose fiction most recently appeared in the Sword and Laser anthology, proposed the idea to his cohort following a successful reading at WisCon 38. Awkward Robots Read was so well-received, Pebler wanted to put that momentum to good use. The result is a a collection of stories by writers previously published in Lightspeed, Shimmer, Strange Horizons, The New Yorker, and more. The table of contents includes Carmen Maria Machado, winner of the Richard Yates Short Fiction Prize, and Sam J. Miller, recent recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award.
But it takes more than good writing to build an anthology; AwkBot Emma Cosh holds down a day job in graphic design, and Sarah Mack (whose latest story appears in Gone Lawn 15) is a master of eBook distribution. Together, the 'Bots have created a slick, stylish anthology packed with arresting prose.
Jeffrey Ford, winner of the Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Awards, wrote The Red Volume's introduction. Ford taught week one of Clarion 2012, and fondly refers to the AwkBots as 'a bunch of chuckleheads.' You couldn't ask for a better endorsement.