We are still in the hurry up and wait phase of the shared world Steampunk Anthology Shadow Conspiracy.
So while we’re waiting for stories to come in and require editing, I’m going to talk a little bit about the other anthology project I’m editing for Book View Press.
If all goes as planned, come October 15 we will have a collection of reprinted science fiction short stories from our member authors available as an e-book. (Title and cover art still in the works, though I’m hearing from our art department tales of a half naked space warrior with a ray gun.) Plans are, initially, to have it available for the kindle from Amazon.com, then expand to other e-formats and possibly a print edition. Print is our last variation to be worked on.
I’m getting amazing back up from Maya Kaatherine Bohnhoff as assistant editor. Her offering “Ask Arlen” made me giggle as she poked fun at some current trends in yellow journalism.
In the meantime, I am revisiting the “sensawunder” of truly fine science fiction. On my personal blog on Live Journal (ramblin_phyl) I’ve mentioned before that I’d given up trying to read short fiction. I found too much of it disappointing and down right boring. Most anthologies and magazines become “Don’t make me read another short story!” within 2 or 3 offerings. Even read in short gulps I want to run the other way. I thought I had a personal problem with short form. I don’t think short and rarely write short unless invited to a themed anthology.
Forcing myself to proof read “The Radio Magician and Other Short Stories” by Jim Van Van Pelt now available from Fairwood Press, made me realize I’d been reading the wrong short stories. Author Jim Hines said the first two stories made him wonder why he ever thought he could write short fiction. Jim does it so much better.
Reading the 15 stories for the coming anthology heightened a similar reaction in me. Stellar professionals like Vonda McIntyre, Sarah Zettel, Brenda W. Clough, Judith Tarr, and Katherine Kerr, not to mention my own P.R. Frost entry “Alien Voices, has become a truly enjoyable experience. Throw in Madeleine E. Robins, Nancy Jane Moore, Patricia G. Nagle, Jennifer Stevenson, Amy Sterling Casil and Sylvia Kelso and I find myself wanting to read more, not just edit. These stories delight me and set my imagination running. I’ve suffered a sucker punch to the gut and the serious bad taste in my mouth of borderline horror. I’ve cried with grief. And I’ve danced with joy.
Come October 15, I hope you join me in this exploration of some of the best science fiction short form I’ve read in years.
Phyllis Irene Radford blogs here every other Thursday along with Laura Anne Gilman on the progress of editing the Book View Press anthologies.
Check out her bookshelf on the Book View Cafe for short fiction and a mystery novel or go to one of her websites:
or there’s always her personal blog on Live Journal: ramblin_phyl