And another lovely review for The New Space Opera, this time in Library Journal:
Award-winning editors Dozois (editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine) and Strahan (reviews editor of Locus and co-editor of Science Fiction: The Best of . . . and Fantasy: The Best of… anthology series) have put together an exceedingly fine set of stories written specifically for this collection by some of the best sf authors writing today. These 18 tales run the gamut from technologically centered hard science (think exploding comets and artificial intelligence) to character-driven soft science (settling on new worlds). Alien perspectives are balanced by humanistic introspection. Many of the stories mine the genre’s favorite nuggets by exploring political and ethical questions from varied and unusual points of view. In the great tradition of space opera-not to be confused with soap opera, although there is some similarity in the epic sprawl of the underpinnings-the collection shows both remarkable diversity and cohesiveness. Standouts from Kage Baker, Paul J. McAuley, Nancy Kress, Gregory Benford, and Dan Simmons, among others, make this a solid purchase for public libraries with sf and/or short story collections.
Just heard that my friend and Locus colleague Liza Trombi had a beautiful baby girl on Friday. Apparently Kyra Paige was born at the civilised hour of 2.30pm and was 7 pounds 3 ounces. She is, of course, perfect. My warmest wishes to Liza and Matt. Kyra is the third June girl at Locus, following Teddy and Jessica. A trio!
Gary Kemble over at ABC’s Articulate blog has a piece about Orbit Australia and the appointment of new publisher Bernadette Foley. I provided a comment, which you should feel free to ignore. The rest is excellent, though.
Another nice review of The New Space Opera, this time over at The Green Man Review.
I should give you guys a real update on Eclipse (aka the book that almost fell apart). We’re running a little late for reasons beyond our control, but should still be on sale at World Fantasy with just a little luck (which make me wonder if I need ‘Eclipse has a posse’ t-shirts?).
Things are still not quite final, but so far the book includes great new stories by Peter S. Beagle, Lucius Shepard, Maureen F. McHugh, Gwyneth Jones, Terry Dowling, Jack Dann & Paul Brandon, Jeffrey Ford, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Margo Lanagan, and others. There’s also a possibility of one story coming in late that I’m very excited about. All in all, the book should include about fourteen stories totalling about 80,000 words, and will make a great start to the Eclipse series. Any book that includes non-themed stories is going to surprise you, and this one twisted and turned and ended up being something delightfully unexpected. I can’t wait to see what everyone will think of it. More news soon!