Map of Dreams

I’ve only just finished proofreading my forthcoming anthology, Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005. It has a lot of terrific stories in it, but one of my favorites is Mary Rickert’s “Anyway”. I love her story “Cold Fires”, and was really disappointed I couldn’t get it into the previous annual, so was particularly pleased I could include one of her stories this year.

I first noticed Rickert’s short fiction in the pages of F&SF, where most of her short fiction has been published, and as one story after another has appeared, have become more and more impressed by what she’s doing. That’s why I was really excited to hear that Golden Gryphon were going to publish her first collection, Map of Dreams, later this year. It’s edited by Marty Halpern, who always does an amazing job on the books he works on (he’s one of the really underappreciated editors working around the place), and, having read many of the stories in the book, I’m sure Map of Dreams is going to be outstanding. What I would say to Coode Streeters is, go read her story “Anyway” over at SciFiction. If you like it, pre-order it with the publisher, an online retailer, or your favorite bookstore. Publishing first collections is always a tricky business, and this is one that really deserves your support.

13 thoughts on “Map of Dreams”

  1. I’m eagerly awaiting this one. Between Map of Dreams and The Empire of Ice Cream, Golden Gryphon already qualifies for publisher of the year.

  2. That’s a big call. Night Shade have some cool books coming, as do PS Publishing. And then there’s the majors. Still, the two books you mention are terrific.

  3. Hey, Jonathan! If Justin wants to give Golden Gryphon Press the title of “publisher of the year,” then you need to let him! It’s certainly okay by me!

    Seriously, thanks for the kind words, Justin, with regards to GGP, and thanks, too, Jonathan, for the kudos regarding Mary Rickert’s short fiction. I think “Anyway” is one of the most underrated short stories of last year, particularly in light of the current US politicial environment — and yet “Anyway” is a story for all time.

    Cheers,
    – marty

    Marty Halpern

  4. Done. I loved “Anyway”, the cover art is gorgeous, and I’ve yet to go wrong trusting your judgment (although I have to admit I’m not much of a Jack Vance fan).

  5. Marty: You’re right. I shouldn’t. Just on the basis of three books: The Empire of Icrecream, Map of Dreams, and The Jennifer Morgue GG is seriously in the running. All three books are outstandingly good.

    Ellen: It is, isn’t it? Sometimes Canty covers seem a bit cliched, but this one is lovely.

    Susan: I’m not going to twist your arm about Vance at all. I’m still finding my way there, though I will blog more about it as we go, so you’ll know if there are any epiphanies. The Rickert, though, is a safe bet.

  6. Well, don’t get too overly fond of the cover . . . Typically what Thomas Canty provides us initially isn’t always what we end up with in the end.

    – marty

  7. Well, no matter. I certainly like this original. I’ll keep my fingers crossed he keeps to it. If not, I’m sure it’ll be lovely.

  8. Jonathan,

    I almost fell off my chair when I read this today. Thanks so much for the kind words. Also, you’re right, Marty Halpern is an amazing editor. I’m a big fan of Thomas Canty as well, and am thrilled to have him doing the cover. This has been a wonderful experience for me and I am so pleased to have my first book be one created with such attention to craft. Thanks for your support and the support of Coode Streeters.

  9. I’m guessing this is the M. Rickert who wrote the lone original in anthology FEELING VERY STRANGE (Jonathan, you have my review of this and the other forthcoming goodies). Nice to know there’s more where that came from, and I hope to see the collection too.

  10. Faren: Yeah, as the biographical note in FEELING VERY STRANGE says, M. Rickert is the author of stories in F&SF and has a new collection MAP OF DREAMS coming. “You Have Never Been Here” is terrific, and the collection has some wonderful stories in it.

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