GaryWhitehouse has given The New Space Opera a really nice review over at The Green Man Review. The book was such a big project that it’s reallly gratifying to see it getting great early responses like this. And, of course, Gardner and I are really hopeful we’ll get to do a second volume in a year or two.
I have notes going back ten years, to some time in 1997, for a book to be called The New Space Opera. It was going to be completely different than it turned out to be, and my dear friend Simon Brown was originally going to co-edit, but today it all came to fruition. I went to the post office box on the way home from work and there were two bright, sparkling copies of the Australian edition of The New Space Opera. I literally could not be happier. It’s been a real trip working with Gardner, all of the authors, Stephanie in Australia, Diana in the US, Marianne (who proofed it beautifully), and literally everyone else. A big shout out to Stephan Martiniere for the cover, and to the folk at Harper for such great design. I’m pleased as punch! It should be in the shops in three weeks or so. I hope you all like it as much as I do!
Just got the Publishers Weekly review for The New Space Opera. It’s a starred review, which is great! My fourth in the past twelve months, which is amazing.
The New Space Opera
Jonathan Strahan & Gardner Dozois. HarperCollins (www.harpercollins.com), $15.95 paper (528p) ISBN 978-0060846756. Cover by Stephan Martiniere.
The New Space Opera shares with the old the interstellar sweep of events and exotic locales, but Dozois and Strahan’s all-original anthology shows how the genre’s purveyors have updated it, with rigorous science, well-drawn characters and excellent writing. Many of the 18 stories play with the scope that characterizes classic space opera. In Greg Egan’s “Glory”, creatures embody themselves as aliens to perform archeological research, only to get caught up in a struggle between two worlds. Robert Reed’s “Hatch”, limited in locale to the hull of a giant ship, proves that the scope of the struggle for life is always epic. Stephen Baxter’s “Remembrance” walks a line between the personal and the global as resisters against Earth’s conquerors remember one man’s struggle against the alien invaders. Kage Baker’s humorous “Maelstrom”, in which an acting troupe on frontier Mars puts on a Poe story for the miners there, tells a personal story in an epic setting. The New Space Opera teaches us that despite the bizarre turns humanity may take to conquer these outré settings, a recognizable core of humanity remains. (June.)
Late last year we began to discuss the cover options for The New Space Opera, the anthology that I’ve co-edited with Gardner Dozois for HarperCollins. Harper in the US were interested in using some very cool astronomical art, which would have been fine. But, around the same time I got a call from Stephanie Smith at HarperAustralia, who asked who they should use for the cover. I recommended Stephan Martiniere, who is probably the best big spaceship guy out there right now. Stephanie looked into it and said Stephan was going to do it, and then Harper in the US decided they’d use the same cover, which was great. I got a first look at Stephan’s remarkable artwork earlier this year, and at the US design a little while ago (see their design below). Here’s the Australian version, which I think totally rocks! Many thanks to Stephanie, who made it all happen, and to Stephan for doing such a great cover. I really could not be happier with it.