I have so many things to say! For one thing, Kelly & Kessel have announced the ToC for a new anthology, Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, a sort of omnibus of the singularity back to Stapledon, Asimov, and Pohl and forward to Doctorow, Robson, Stross, and Rajaniemi... and my story "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe," originally written for the Scalzi-edited "Sci-fi Cliches" issue of Subterranean, is... er... holding down the anchor slot.
Here's the whole insane list!
The End of the Human Era
- “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov
- “The Flesh” by J. D. Bernal (Excerpted from The World, The Flesh and the Devil: An Inquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul)
- “Day Million” by Frederik Pohl
- “Thought and Action” by Olaf Stapledon (Chapter Six from Odd John)
- “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era” by Vernor Vinge
- “Hive Mind Man” by Eileen Gunn & Rudy Rucker
- “Sunken Gardens” by Bruce Sterling
Across the Event Horizon
- “The Six Epochs” by Ray Kurzweil (Chapter One from The Singularity Is Near)
- “Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan
- “Firewall” by David Levine
- “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge
- “Cracklegrackle” by Justina Robson
- “Nightfall” by Charles Stross
- “Coelacanths” by Robert Reed
- “The Great Awakening” by Rudy Rucker
- “True Names” by Cory Doctorow & Ben Rosenbaum
- “The Server and the Dragon” by Hannu Rajaniemi
- “Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe” by Elizabeth Bear
...dude. How can you not want that?
In review news, and speaking of Subterranean, they have a couple of early reviews of ad eternum on the web page, and word is that the book is going to the printer as soon as the undoubtedly to-be-gorgeous Patrick Arrasmith cover is in house.
"Ad eternum is, indeed, an argument in favor of writers producing more novellas."
--The New York Journal of Books
And in more review news, Kirkus has listed Range of Ghosts as a must-read book for March! (Along with Stina Leicht, Jonathan Strahan, and six brilliant others.)
"If there's one author who can't be pinned down, it's Bear, and her versatility as a writer only seems to make her stronger."
Totally unrelated, but that boy I like wrote something awesome, and you could read it, if you have somehow managed to miss it so far:
"Against Big Bird, The Gods Themselves Contend In Vain."
And but also! My friend Leah Bobet has her first novel out more or less today (at least, in Canada. The drop date is later in March, but we all know how those are observed, and Bakka Phoenix Books (home of at least two of my launch parties!) has copies. Out in April in the U.S.).
It's called Above, and I have read it in several versions, and it's as awesome as its cover art. There is Toronto, and people who live in the dark underneath it, and girls with wings, and true love, and mortal peril, and loyalty to your friends, and all like that.
...So a pretty good day, all in all. And now it's time for a snowpocalypse and some mulled wine, dammit.