Collection news continues to tumble in here at Coode Street. I note that, according to the news page on his website, Alastair Reynolds has two collections due out in the second half of 2006: Galactic North from Gollancz/Orion will collect his future history stories, while Zima Blue and Other Stories from the good folk at Night Shade will collect the best of his other short fiction. This is good news, especially when you add in Jeffrey Ford’s The Empire of Icecream and M. Rickert’s Map of Dreams from Golden Gryphon, a cool new Kage Baker collection, Dark Mondays, from Night Shade, Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things, Alan DeNiro’s Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, William Browning Spencer’s The Ocean and All Its Devices, Elizabeth Bear’s The Chains That You Refuse, a bunch of others I need to research, and I even heard a whisper of a rumour that someone out there may be planning a new Howard Waldrop collection. Sweet. All we need now are things like collections by Tom Purdom, William Barton, Wil McCarthy and a bunch of others and the world would be complete.