When the world is endangered, there’s no point in sparing the spangles, spilling the drinks, or withholding the glitter. In this collection of whimsical stories of fierce femmes and brave butches, the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron is a phone call away.
To read the first story in the book, click here.
Who are the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron? If you need to ask then you have not been anywhere near a television, computer, or disco recently. No other superheroes are as dedicated or dazzling as these gals. Some of them tuck, some of them are pure trout, but they kick ass in high heels and rollerskates. A.C. Wise’s debut collection of heroic tales is half whimsy and half 1950s pulp reborn for the 21st century.
Q: The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again is a tender presentation of the well-dressed personalities behind some really effective ass-kicking. The sexual orientation of the team members is on a wide spectrum. Why did you choose to tell the story with sexual identity at the forefront?
Wise: Part of it is the way the stories turned out, who the characters revealed themselves to be as they made it to the page. The other part is the idea that you should write the kind of stories you would want to read. Basically, I want to see stories that reflect the best parts of the world as it is, and that includes the whole spectrum of gender, sexuality, race, background, and so on. There’s a tendency in a lot of mainstream media to focus on a very narrow part of that spectrum as if it represents the entirety of human experience. There are so many stories out there, and I did my best to tell a few of them. Read on
“The squadron is a gang of gender outlaws who take on the universe’s toughest jobs and come through without chipping a nail. They find solidarity, sisterhood (with an asterisk for drag queen Butch and gender-eschewing M), and courage, as well as a greater understanding of self, as they face off against evil and triumph in style…. This groundbreaking collection will leave readers breathless with delight.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“I didn’t realize how much I needed these women and their stories in my life until I started reading, at which point I found it very difficult to stop. Thank you, A. C. Wise!” – Jim Hines, Hugo Award winning author of the Magic ex Libris books
To read an interview with Wise with Shimmer magazine, click here.
Table of Contents
- “Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron”
- “How Bunny Came to Be”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: White Velvet Rabbit
- “Roller Girls Have More Fun”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: Blushing Rosebud
- “Jewels Beyond Compare”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: Passion Between the Sheets
- “Penny in the Air”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: Copper Top
- “The Devil Comes to the Midnight Café”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: Why Bother?
- “The Story of M”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: No
- “City of the Dead”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: Persephone’s Kiss
- “The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again or, The Great G-String Men Team Up Extravaganza”
-From Sapphire’s Little Black Book of Cocktails: Sapphire’s Summer Sangria
About the Author
A.C. Wise was born and raised in Montreal, and currently lives in the Philadelphia area. Her first professionally published piece of fiction was printed on the label of a coffee can, which seems strangely fitting. Since then, her short stories have appeared in Apex, Uncanny, Shimmer, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 1, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, among other places. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly column to SF Signal. She blogs sporadically at her website, www.acwise.net, and tweets slightly more than sporadically as @ac_wise.