Bruce, BrisVegas, Book…

As I’ve reported here previously, I will be attending Conjure in Queensland next year. I’m pretty confident this will be my only convention appearance in Australia in 2006*, so I hope you’ll all buy memberships, and then head to BrisVegas for five days of fun in the Sun. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and basically having a ball.

One of the reasons I’m particularly happy to be heading to BrisVegas is that Bruce Sterling is one of the guests of honor. I don’t know how long people have been trying to get Sterling out to Australia, but I know it goes back almost a decade. I’ve loved Bruce’s work ever since I read “Green Days in Brunei” in Asimov’s back in 1985, and think Holy Fire is one of the great science fiction novels of all time, so getting to meet him should be a blast.

And that leads me to my latest project. I’m delighted to announce that I will be editing Ascendancies: The Best of Bruce Sterling for Bill Shafer at Subterranean Press. The idea is to put together a massive collection (around 150,000 – 200,000 words of fiction) that gathers together the best of Bruce’s short work from 1976 – 2006. My guess is it should be somewhere around 500 pages long, in its final form, and will be published in the second half of 2006. I love the books that Bill produces, love ‘best ofs’ as a form, and love Bruce’s fiction, so I’m really excited to be involved. I think it’ll be something very special. I’ll get more information up here when and as I can. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Bruce’s fiction and want to make a recommendation about a story that you think must be in the book, feel free to say so in the comments, or drop me an email.

* I think Conjure will be the only convention I’ll get to in Australia this year. That said, I’d love to go to Continuum in Melbourne, with Charlie, Margo and Shaun, and think Conflux looks great too.

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