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  • Started 7 years ago by galaxie500
  • Latest reply from MattHughes

  1. galaxie500

    Does anybody know are there any new or planned original SF anthologies?
    It seems that year after year their number diminishes.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. MattHughes

    If sf includes fantasy, Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin are putting together one called ROGUES. It wll be out next year and I'll have a story in it.

    The year after that, they'll have another one called OLD VENUS, with stories set in that Venus of the mind that was swampy and rainy and full of man-eating plants and dinosaurs.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. Chris DeVito

    Our very own Gordon Van Gelder is editing an original e-anthology of novellas; it will include a cracking-good sf yarn by yours truly. I'm not sure when it will be released; maybe Gordon will give us some more info?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. arowhena


    Which story?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. Chris DeVito

    @arowhena: It's called "Final Kill." Previously unpublished.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. StevenLP

    I recently bought the John Joseph Adams edited "Armored" (a Baen mass market paperback - so cheap): military SF is not normally my cup of tea, but new stories by the likes of Alastair Reynolds, Genevieve Valentine and Sean Williams tempted me, as well as Adam's own name. It's pretty good actually - though a few just did not interest me (purely a matter of taste) and a couple (in particular the first) veered very close to self parody - most of the stories were at least enjoyable and several good enough to be considered for the years bests (e.g. the Reynolds, Williams, Campbell). Oddly, the worst story in the book (for me) was the least militaristic and by one of the biggest names (who's other stuff i've read i've liked): the Jack McDevitt - it just went on and on - in the end I gave up, though cat lovers may like it more.

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  7. Gordon Van Gelder

    Sorry, no further info on the anthology just yet. I won't hold back when I have more info.

    ---Gordon V.G.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. Anonymous


    There’s a new anthology entitled A Big Book of Strange, Weird, and Wonderful (eighteen stories, 240 pages), available (from and from Amazon; the e-book versions for Kindle and B&N’s Nook will soon be available or perhaps already are). The stories are not original to this anthology – i.e., they all appeared in Strange, Weird, and Wonderful e-zine over the past few years – but they will probably be new to most readers.

    The stories are all in the speculative fiction genre – horror, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, a few I’d classify as slipstream, and a couple I couldn’t even begin to classify. The contributors are from across the U.S. and beyond. The writing is uneven – several are very well written indeed, while a few are obviously by novices. Having said this, however, I must also say that none of the stories seems hackneyed or telegraphs its ending; they’re all unusual and inventive; several are very funny, always a plus; and (at least in my estimation) taken as a group they are well worth the modest price of this book.

    Full disclosure: I do have a cat in this fight (two cats actually, one very small with a bent tail...), a story entitled “Eating Bugs” that I’m still pleased with, despite the fact that F&SF turned it down flat a few years ago. :-)


    Posted 7 years ago #
  9. Chris DeVito

    More fantasy than sf, but this anthology contains one of my grotesque little stories, as well as Ernest Hogan's brilliant and seminal (no pun intended) "The Frankenstein Penis":

    A paperback is planned for later this year.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. robertbrown

    Going Interstellar from Baen, edited by Les Johnson and Jack McDevitt, is out now, in affordable mass market paperback.

    I think the Bishop novella alone is worth the ticket price. It's about the Tibetans on a slow trip to Gliese 581, and though it's mostly about court intrigue and cultural difficulties, there's enough science in it to make this very jaded reader happy.

    It's also nice to read a new Michael Bishop story. Hooray!

    (There are eight stories and several articles/essays in the book.)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. Greg

    I humbly submit my own little collection, Doctor Ramani's Children and Other Stories. The Amazon page is linked to my name. It's also available from B&N, Powell's, Tower Books, etc. (Don't ask me about the copy in the Unknown Binding for $124.16, because I really haven't got a clue. My current theory involves some sort of money laundering scheme.)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  12. Greg

    The Kindle edition of the aforementioned can be downloaded free from Amazon on July 14 and 15, should anyone want a copy.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  13. robertbrown

    I've finally worked through most of "Going Interstellar" and "Armored" which are both Baen titles. "Armored" is about mech suits, and would seem to be too limited a theme, but with the idea or the editor has brought out everyone's A-game.

    There are some fine stories within, and only one klincker (And I'm willing to admit that even that story might be someone's favorite in the book--it's not bad, just not at all to my taste.) in a 30+ story book. An unbeatable value at the mass market paperback price. And you shouldn't let the theme scare you: there's more than just massacre and harware (though there's plenty of massacre and hardware for anyone's taste).

    StevenLP, I liked the McDevitt story. It's piffle, but it's sweet piffle.

    JJA has very quickly developed into a heckuva anthologist.

    "Going Interstellar" has three very good stories and five interesting ones, and the essays--while skippable--are worthwhile (and brief). Another unbeatable value at mass market paperback price.

    Both editors contribute stories, which is a red flag, but I consider both to be the best stories in the book, and among the most thought-provoking I've read from 2012. The Gannon is also intriguing.

    Soon to pick up a copy of Strahan's "Edge of Infinity" and the new Arc:Finity from New Scientist.

    Not a lot of anthologies of interest to me this year, but quality makes up for quantity.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. Jonathan Strahan's EDGE OF INFINITY (companion to last year's ENGINEERING INFINITY) is just out. Paperback from Solaris, 13 original stories, 350+ pp., with stories by Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, James S. A. Corey, Sandra McDonald & Stephen D. Covey, John Barnes, Paul McAuley, Kris Rusch, Gwyneth Jones, Hannu Rajaniemi, Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, An Owomoyela, and Bruce Sterling.

    It's "pure quill SF" as Gardner likes to say, as Strahan acknowledges in the dedication to Gardner. Just got my copy in yesterday's mail so will be digging into it today.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. dolphintornsea

    This is slightly off-topic, I know, but it's not worth a thread on its own.

    Gardner Dozois has just released the TOC of his 30th Year's Best volume, and there are three selections from Edge of Infinity in it, so chances are that EOI will be worth your money.

    There are also three stories from Eclipse Online, which has just been launched, and since only three or four stories have been published so far, the quality must be exceptional. And it's free!

    On a slightly downbeat note, there wasn't a single selection from F&SF this year, for the first time ever. Disappointing!

    Jonathan Strahan chose four stories from this magazine for his rival volume, though.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. robertbrown

    Three stories into "Edge of Infinity."

    The E Bear sports some very out there ETs, in a kind of inversion of Clarke's "A Meeting with Medusa."

    The Rusch posits a plausible consequence of NEO life I haven't encountered before--this is why we don't have flying cars (and aren't we glad).

    The Owomoyela provides some NEO realpolitik: it's the commies, not the rugged onlies who will thrive in space. About time people came to their senses.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. Am reading the stories in Edge of Infinity in order and only just finished the first one today during a lull in my local delivery gig. Pat Cadigan's story I found creative and inventive, but...I don't know, too cute (in parts) by half. Didn't work all the way for me and am trying to pin down just exactly why.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. And wouldn't you just know it -- one of the three stories Gardner chose for his next Best of the Year from Edge of Infinity is the Cadigan story, "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi."

    If you knew Sushi, like I know Sushi...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. robertbrown

    The Jones is a story about the secret lives of our virtual clones, with a nice bit about a "fellow" who imagines himself a lost starfaring stranger rather than face his actual nature.

    Though I was reminded of Cassutt's VR telefactoring story "More Adeventures on Other Planets," this story struck me as similar to McDevitt's "Lucy" in Going Interstellar, mostly in the way contrived beings (AI in the McDevitt, vr mark-ups in the Jones) behave toward their "mission."

    After decades now of AI/singularity/big brained bullies/robots, I wonder if we haven't come to anthropomorphize our machine progeny a wee too much. Time will tell, but I suspect that the advent of machine self-awareness will be a harrowing experience. I admit I find the visions of Jones and McDevitt in these two stories comforting, but therein lies the danger.

    Also read "The Road to NPS" by McDonald and Covey, a kind of more sensible and gripping "Outland." It's a road picture set on Europa, complete with Hollywood ending.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. robertbrown

    Three very good stories from Edge of Infinity in a row: Cadigan, Barnes and Corey.

    The Barnes is of a piece with the Jones and the McDevitt that I mentioned upthread in its use of an AI behaving in a human manner, in this case as a self-promoting opportunist and emotional manipulator. The other two are plausible portraits of the economic and political realities of an inhabited solar system.

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  21. robertbrown

    Chairman Bruce doesn't attend many meetings these days, but when he does show up, he still presides. His story in Edge of Infinity is quite fine. Maybe my favorite short work of 2012. it's about culture and the individual, art and commerce: the usual Sterling stuff.

    The Edge of Infinity is a swell book, better than Engineering Infinity, which was itself pretty good.

    Though technically a magazine, their distribution is such that they feel more like anths, so I'll mention them here. Arc from New Scientist. Simon Ings editing, so you know there's going to be something crunchy and tasty.

    Started Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins. Four stories, plus an array of articles and essays. Sterling again, in glib post-hyper-aware futurist apologist mode, and sharp.

    Mieville on benthic beasties.

    I've read two stories so far. Another wyrd travelogue by M John Harrison, and a bit of telefactoring morality play from A Reynolds. Much more to come.

    Before 2012 lapses, I want to mention The Future Is Japanese. I hope to get to it in the coming week. Several stories by Japanese writers, as well as a dozen or so familiar bylines.

    More Sterling, more Cadigan: woo-hoo!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. Robert, I just finished EDGE OF INFINITY and agree that Bruce Sterling's novelette "The Peak of Eternal Light" is the best story in the book. It's also one of my best from 2012.

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  23. robertbrown

    Lois Tilton notes the relative dearth of sf anthologies in her annual roundup on locus online, but she mentions neither "Going Interstellar" nor "Armored." Both are worthy volumes and good values. She calims to like "hard sf" so the absence of "Going Interstellar" seems peculiar.

    I note that her taste and mine diverge significantly, so HMMV.

    She's right that there weren't many sf anthologies, but those few which appeared are pretty good. I count four of interest to me, containing 50+ stories.

    I believe non-fiction is the cutting edge of sf in these days of publishing chaos. The real money's always been there, and now the markets are opening up too.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. robertbrown

    I wanted to note that McAuley's "Macy Minnot's..." is a terrific little story, a travelogue of a a fabulous and enticing future in the dark, icy wastes of the outer solar system, the sort of story that makes me sad I won't see it all happen.

    Born too soon.

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  25. Mark Pontin

    "Born too soon."

    Mmm. Maybe.

    We overrate change over the very short term. But we underrate it over the long term, and it's now 2013 and things keep chugging along. (Also, putting a familiar user-friendly GUI on everything can hide how much technologies are changing and advancing under the hood.)

    1. Quadriplegic Uses Her Mind to Control Her Robotic Arm
    2. DARPA Robot Can Traverse an Obstacle Course
    3. Genetically Modified Silk Is Stronger Than Steel
    4. DNA Was Photographed for the First Time
    5. Invisibility Cloak Technology Took a Huge Leap Forward
    6. Spray-On Skin
    7. James Cameron Reached the Deepest Known Point in the Ocean
    8. Stem Cells Could Extend Human Life by Over 100 Years
    9. 3-D Printer Creates Full-Size Houses in One Session
    10. Self-Driving Cars Are Legal in Nevada, Florida, and California
    11. Voyager I Leaves the Solar System
    12. Custom Jaw Transplant Created With 3-D Printer
    13. Rogue Planet Floating Through Space
    14. Chimera Monkeys Created from Multiple Embryos
    15. Artificial Leaves Generate Electricity
    16. Google Goggles Bring the Internet Everywhere
    17. The Higgs-Boson Particle Was Discovered
    18. Flexible, Inexpensive Solar Panels Challenge Fossil Fuel
    19. Diamond Planet Discovered
    20. Eye Implants Give Sight to the Blind
    21. Wales Barcodes DNA of Every Flowering Plant Species in the Country
    22. First Unmanned Commercial Space Flight Docks with the ISS
    23. Ultra-Flexible “Willow” Glass Will Allow for Curved Electronic Devices
    24. NASA Begins Using Robotic Exoskeletons
    25. Human Brain Is Hacked
    26. First Planet with FOUR Suns Discovered
    27. Microsoft Patented the “Holodeck”

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  26. robertbrown

    I agree that there are marvels aplenty in our world today, Mark, but the fact remains that I will be dead long before humans (or our inheritors) inhabit the outer solar system, and the story made me wistful at that prospect (or lack thereof).

    I refer you to Tech Review's current issue, on the cover of which an admonishing Buzz Aldrin wonders why his plan to occupy the solar system has been usurped by facebook.

    It's a good issue of that venerable mag, by the way.

    I hope the Tech Review people produce another sf special issue, but I suspect they will not since they haven't yet. The first one had some fun stories in it.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  27. Mark Pontin

    There is going to be another TECH REVIEW SF issue this year.

    "Buzz Aldrin wonders why his plan to occupy the solar system has been usurped by facebook."

    The answer to that one is the same as it's been all through history -- as it was when, for instance, the Chinese closed down their incipient industrial revolution in the 14th-15th centuries. The progress of human civilization ultimately always has, besides general human inertia, the same two enemies.

    That is, firstly, elites who benefit materially from keeping things the way they are; and, secondly, religious ideologies that are determined to subordinate and limit human behavior to whatever it is that they prescribe.

    The religion could be Rome or Confucianism or Aztec priests doing mass sacrifices or, as in our contemporary case, the green ideology that emerged in the latter third of the 20th century and that promoted a view of humanity as a cancer on the face of Mother Earth and powerful technologies -- biogenetic, nuclear, spaceflight -- as being Faustian and inherently evil.

    I don't think it's unfair to characterize green ideology in this way. Religions have arisen everywhere among us descendants of the African plains ape because of our primate propensity to create dominance hierarchies, which the symbol-forming human mind – unsatisfied with raw apish feeling – has extended into abstract realms. Our deities are merely hyperdominant if invisible members of the human group. Seen in this light, Mother Earth as it is venerated in Green ideology is clearly just another imagined effigy created by this primate urge to see the universe in a hierarchical way.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  28. robertbrown

    Agreed, MArk. Well put. I'd say it also results from the capitalistic-democratic structure of the society most likely to put people in space to stay: namely, US.

    One one hand, businesses have to show a profit in the near term, likewise R&D budgets are pegged to ROI. On the other hand, citizens enjoy government largesse...if they are the recipients. It is invariable that everyone cries foul if and only if someone else is the beneficiary. Cries foul loudly.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  29. MattHughes

    It's a hobbyhorse of mine, I admit, but one big change I've seen in my now fairly long life has been our transformation from being citizens of a society to becoming consumers in an economy. Going to the moon was a social goal, achieved by citizens. Consumers would never have found a reason to do it, there being no credible economic rationale (and don't tell me about Tang and Teflon). On the other hand, the same rationale means that we'll never have conscription again.

    Still, I preferred being a citizen. There was more to life than getting and spending. Instead of asking, "What does it cost?" people would ask, "What does it mean?"

    Posted 6 years ago #
  30. Mark Pontin

    'Going to the moon was a social goal, achieved by citizens. Consumers would never have found a reason to do it, there being no credible economic rationale'

    Eh. Let's not get too carried away.

    True, many smart, hard-working people dedicated the best years of their lives -- and sometimes gave their lives -- to landing men on the moon.

    Apollo was a military and nationalist project driven by the Cold War, nevertheless, whose specific aim was to reach the higher ground in that war -- literally -- before the Soviets and to demonstrate American technological superiority.

    While that enabled the project to happen in the first place, it also deformed it in a very real way, since Apollo was conceived as a race simply to place men on the Moon before the USSR and thus the quick slingshot approach with the LEM was favored, rather than doing it the way Wernher von Braun originally planned. To whit --

    In the long term, we'd have gone further and faster doing it von Braun's way.

    The same thing happened with nuclear power, not incidentally. Because Hyman Rickover was driving to get nuclear reactors working for the U.S. Navy and because the Atomic Energy Commission was basically seen then as the civilian plutonium-manufacturing annex of the Pentagon's bomb-building efforts, the kind of nuclear reactors we -- and then the world -- got as a result were not the best path we could have taken.

    That has been more of a tragedy than our slow pace in space, frankly.

    Space was always going to be a hard, long-term slog, given the inimical conditions for life in transolar space (because of cosmic radiation, the effects of long-term zero gee on human physiology, etc.) and the enormous expense of launch. The turn away from nuclear power in the late 1970s-1980s enabled global climate change, on the other hand, which might in the worst scenarios decimate human civilization.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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