GEEK

Geek Mook probes the vulnerabilities of geeks and geek culture. Editors Aaron Mannion and Julian Novitz have chosen both established artists and their emergent siblings to expose the patches and passions that contribute to the uptime—and downtime—of the most awkward and advanced computational device known to humankind: the geek. The moment is upon us.  Signs foretold have been fulfilled: the Stones have tweeted and the status is on the wall. Blessed are the geeks, for they shall inherit the earth.

Contributors:

Adam Ford * Adolfo Aranjuez * Alan Petersen * Alec Patric * Amelia Johns * Anastasia Cox * Andrew Heath * Angela Meyer * Benjamin Solah * Ben McKenzie * Brandon Sutton * Carl Shuker * Corey Wakeling * Damon Young * David Witteveen * Diane Simonelli * Emily Turner * Emma Doolan * Georgia Payne * Jana Perkovic * Joel Matthys * Julian Fleetwood * Kent MacCarter * Laura Jean McKay * Laurie Steed * Liam Pieper * Matthew Lang * Meg Mundell * Melinda Smith * Michael Farrell * Mike Lynch * Nancy Mauro-Flude * Philip Armstrong * Phillip English * Priscilla Clare * Sam Pash * Sarah Stanton * Stephen Orr * Susan Pyke *  Vern Skags * Vic Tietze

Geek Mook is available in hardcopy and as an e-book.

Hardcopy editions can be found in several leading bookstores and magazine outlets. It can also be purchased directly from Vignette Press via our SPUNC page: http://spunc.com.au/members/vignette-press .

E-books are available from Booki.sh, Kobo, Amazon and other major outlets.

As well as containing a smorgasbord of geekery, Geek Mook contains easter eggs. The hardcopy mook has three easter eggs; the e-book contains only one. If you think that you have found one, email Geek Mook (geekmook@gmail.com) with ‘Easter Egg’ in the subject line. In the body text, let us know what you think the easter egg is—hint, it’s a hidden message or something anomalous in the mook. We’ll reply with answers (and small prizes) until at least 2013.

And here’s the call that started it all: Geek Mook’s Original Call for Submissions

mook -
1. A bound hybrid publication issued in a series.
2. Not quite a magazine, not quite a book.
3. A collection of surprising, unconventional new writing.

geek -
1. An awkward or socially inept person.
2. A person obsessed with technical or non-mainstream interests.
3. A carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, such as biting off the head of a live chicken.

Vignette Press is now seeking work for the latest in its acclaimed series of mooks. Following the success of The Death Mook and The Sex Mook, Geek Mook explores the worlds of hackers, gamers, steam punk fashionistas, trekkies, neo-punk trainspotters and obsessives of all the other fixations that give us a reason to stave off death (and quite frequently sex as well). As primarily book and literary geeks ourselves, the editors especially welcome submissions caught in the intersection of geekery and the literary. We’d love to learn about the ways the ways geek, literary and human have crashed up and mashed up in your lives and imagination: explain to us the aesthetics of coding; remember a childhood struggling with the unfair dice rolls of AD&D and ADHD; trace the interconnections between infidelity and Star Trek; show us the human heart beneath the steampunk carapace.

Specs

We are accepting nonfiction, fiction, infographics, poetry, illustration and other art forms which work well in a black and white print format. Submissions may be from 500-3000 words, though we envisage sweet-spots around 1250 words and 2500 words. We will consider longer pieces where the work is so good, we’d feel silly bowing to any word count rule. Geek Mook contributors should not assume specialised knowledge or vocabulary on the part of the mook audience, though they can and should expect intelligence and curiosity. The pieces need not be homogenised, however, and we welcome work that, like A Clockwork Orange, pushes us out a little past our cognitive and linguistic depth, sinking yet strangely still able to breathe.

Vignette Press appreciates the guts, labour and dedication required to produce good writing and art. Unfortunately, at the moment, we are not in position to express this monetarily. Each contributor will receive two complimentary copies of the Geek Mook.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Coding
Conventions
Steampunk
Cosplay
Cinema
Fan fiction
Hacking
Online communities
Collecting
Music obsessions
WikiLeaks
Dungeons and Dragons
Superheroes
Zines
Blogging
Code poetry
Memes
Speculative fiction

Submissions open 1 July 2011 and close 31 July 2011. Please email your submission together with a fifty word bio to geekmook@gmail.com

Live long and prosper.
Aaron Mannion and Julian Novitz, Geek Mook Editors
Amy Espeseth, Publisher, Vignette Press

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4 Responses to GEEK

  1. Paul Hassing says:

    Great to find you on Twitter and intrigued by your call to arms. Do you accept short stories that have been published elsewhere? Best regards, P. :)

  2. vignettepress says:

    Hi Paul,
    We’re looking for work that’s not yet been published. Hope you have a chance to crank out a fresh story.
    Good luck!
    Amy

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