The New Space Opera 2 hits bookstore shelves all across the US of A today.Â I’m tempted to say ‘Calloo, callay, oh, Frabjous day!’, but instead I’ll focus a little and tell you that it’s a spiffy new book filled to bursting with brilliant new stories of space(!) with adventure(!) and humor(!) and spaceships(!).Â It’s an edifying mixture of ‘Ye Olde Spacey Opera-ey’ and new, spiffy titanium plated ‘New Space Opera’.
It features stories by Neal Asher, John Barnes, Cory Doctorow, John Kessel, Jay Lake, John Meaney, Elizabeth Moon, Garth Nix, Mike Resnick, Justina Robson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Scalzi, Bruce Sterling, Peter Watts, Sean Williams, Tad Williams, Bill Willingham, Robert Charles Wilson, and John C. Wright.
Each and every story is written to enlighten, edify, delight and amuse. What more could you ask for in a startlingly handsome book? Nope. I can’t think of anything else either.Â If you’ve ever loved a story where a paper spaceship is launched into the darkest heart of the imagination, then this one might be for you.
I know Gardner would join me in thanking all of the contributors for their stories. No-one writes short stories for the money, and we’re very grateful. We’d also thank the brilliantly talented Stephan Martiniere for the cover and, of course, the wondrous Diana Gill at HarperEos and Stephanie Smith at HarperAustralia for publishing the book!
And yes, we’re hoping to do a third one.
Oh, and reviews are coming in!