The First Half of the Year

The New Space Opera 2 | Wild Thyme, Green Magic | The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3
The New Space Opera 2 | Wild Thyme, Green Magic | The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3

The year is rushing by and, as always, I’m failing to take stock as often I should of all of the great things that are happening. With June almost over, we’re half way through 2009 and I’m about to have three books come out in a rush.

Each is different, and I’m very proud of them for similarly diverse reasons. First up is The New Space Opera 2. As regular readers know, it’s the second in The New Space Opera series of anthologies that I am co-editing with Gardner Dozois. This volume is different from the first – lighter and more adventurous and perhaps even pulpy. There are great stories from many cool people, and you should check it out.

Next up is Wild Thyme, Green Magic. This is the third of the four books of Jack Vance’s work that I’m co-editing with Terry Dowling. This one collects, at its simplest, the rest of Vance’s best short fiction (think of it as the Treasury Vol. 2). Lovely cover, and just out from Subterranean.

And finally, the year’s best. It seems like a year ago that I finished this one (I delivered it in October, I think). Beautiful cover (thank you Jeremy and Fred!) and some wonderful, wonderful stories. It was a good year and I think you can see that in this book. I’m very happy to have signed up to do the next two volumes in the series and am slowly getting down reading for the next one.

Where to next? Well, this is just the first half of the year, however wonderful. Godlike Machines IS coming, as is my special issue of Subterranean and Eclipse Three, all before the end of the year. Not sure what else. Busy, busy.

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