It gives me great pleasure to announce that Aqueduct Press will be launching a new series, Heirloom Books, at WisCon next month. This new series aims to bring back into print and preserve work that has helped make feminist science fiction what it is today—work that though clearly of its time is still pleasurable to read, work that is thought-provoking, work that can still speak powerfully to readers. The series takes its name from the seeds of older strains of vegetables, so valuable and in danger of being lost. Our hope is to keep these books from being lost, as works that do not make it into the canon so often are.
The first title is at the printer now, and the second title is about to be sent to the printer. It Walks in Beauty: Selected prose of Chandler Davis, the first title in the series, is edited by Josh Lukin, who also provides three meaty essays about Chandler Davis and his work. The second title, Dorothea Dreams, is a novel by Suzy McKee Charnas, originally published by Arbor House in 1986; Delia Sherman provides a lively, insightful introduction for this volume.
Anna Tambour designed the template for the series's covers. Here are the covers for the first two:
I'll be posting more about each book shortly.