Friday, January 4, 2019

Anatomy of an Anthology-3

This weekend I need to cut my list of twenty stories down to fourteen for The Year’s Top Robot and AI Stories. This will allow me to start contacting authors next week about acquiring reprint rights to their stories. This is all done fairly quickly these days by e-mail, text, Facebook, and Twitter. When I first started doing this, way back when, it took much longer as it was all done by snail mail. As such I have wonderful letters from many authors. One of the most memorable letters was from Ursula K. Le Guin. Infinivox published “The Shobies’ Story,”part of her Hainish seriesas part of its Great Science Fiction Stories audiobook series. This was way back when audiobooks were published on cassette tapes. Among other things, she gave me a very detailed pronunciation guide to use for her story. She was very gracious and open to my attempts to get the series up and running even though I was new to the field. To be honest, most authors, now and back then, are also gracious and go out of their way to be helpful. The science fiction field is fortunate to have so many wonderful people in it. It’s a pleasure to work with most authors!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Anatomy of an Anthology-2

I’ve got a list of stories that I’m excited about that would make the inaugural volume of The Year’s Top Robot and AI Stories an exceptional anthology. Sales of the inaugural volumes of The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction, The Year’s Top Short SF Novelsand The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories continue to be strong to this day. So the inaugural volume of a series is important as it sets the tone and expectations for the series. No pressure!

I’m shooting for a word count of around 100,000 words for this collection. Word count is an important measuring stick in the anthology publishing business. It is kind of like pounds for a weight lifter or kilowatt hours for an electric utility company.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Anatomy of an Anthology

Happy New Year!
May there be more alternate histories in your future. May you score more space operas. May time travels take you further and may short stories keep you longing for more.
I’ve been putting science fiction collections together for a decade now. My first anthology, mini-Masterpieces of Science Fiction, was published in 2008. It’s only available as an audiobook, as were all my other anthologies until 2010. Starting with the publication of The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2, ebook editions of my anthologies became available, along with the audiobooks. Three year’s ago, paperback book editions also became available starting with the publication of The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8To date, I have cobbled together twenty-five anthologies. My most recent title to come out was The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 2just before Christmas a few days ago.

I’m starting this log to give the curious a sense of how an anthology comes to be. This is a great time to do this as I’m starting a new series this spring. It’s tentatively entitled The Year’s Top Robot and AI Stories although I sometimes think it should be called The Year’s Top Robot, AI, and Tech Stories. We’ll see.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 2 TOC:

1) "Shadows of Eternity" - Gregory Benford
2) "The Chatter of Monkeys" - Bond Elam
3) "Acadie" - Dave Hutchinson
4) "Canoe" - Nancy Kress
5) "The Use of Things" - Ramez Naam
6) "The Proving Ground" - Alec Nevala-Lee
7) "Holdfast" - Alastair Reynolds
8) "Vanguard 2.0" - Carter Scholz
9) "ZeroS" - Peter Watts


Book Summary



Audio CD from publisher

Audio CD from Amazon


Friday, March 30, 2018

TOC for The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 10

  • "My English Name" by R. S. Benedict
  • "Zen and the Art of Spaceship Maintenance" by Tobais Buckell
  • "The Moon Is Not a Battlefield" by Indrapramit Das
  • "Dear Sarah" by Nancy Kress
  • "An Evening with Severyn Grimes" by Rich Larson
  • "The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon Ha Lee
  • "The Martian Obelisk" by Linda Nagata
  • "A Series of Steaks" by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • "The Residue of Fire" by Robert Reed
  • "Night Passage" by Alastair Reynolds

Monday, January 15, 2018

TOC for The Year's Top Short SF Novels 7

Here's the table of contents for The Year's Top Short SF Novels 7 which becomes available tomorrow:

1) "Wyatt Earp 2.0" by Wil McCarthy, read by the author
2) "The Charge and the Storm" by An Owomoyela, read by Nancy Linari
3) "Lazy Dog Out" by Suzanne Palmer, read by Nancy Linari
4) "The Iron Tactician" by Alastair Reynolds, read by Tom Dheere
5) "Einstein's Shadow" by Allen M. Steele, read by Tom Dheere
6) "The Vanishing Kind" by Lavie Tidhar, read by Tom Dheere
7) "The Metal Demimonde" by Nick Wolven, read by Nancy Linari


Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 9 TOC

"The Art of Space Travel" by Nina Allan
"They Have All One Breath" by Karl Bunker
"Patience Lake" by Matthew Claxton
"Touring with the Alien" by Carolyn Ives Gilman
"My Generations Shall Praise" by Samantha Henderson
"Elves of Antarctica" by Paul McAuley
"Red in Tooth and Cog" by Cat Rambo
"Parables of Infinity" by Robert Reed
"Prodigal" by Gord Sellar
"Terminal" by Lavie Tidhar