Brought together by a ubiquitous desire to help two-time cancer survivor Shawn Speakman pay his onerous medical bills, Unfettered is a mishmash of stories from a host of the most well known authors in the genres today (or yesterday). The collection opens with a foreword by Patrick Rothfuss, which is rather forgettable, but sets an appropriate tone for the book. To paraphrase the author of The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear: this is a collection of stories donated for a good purpose and hot damn there’s some good writers in here. Unfortunately, good writers and intentions do not a great anthology make, and Unfettered is too often bogged down by its own attempts at marketability.
The first writer is Speakman’s friend (mentor? employer?), Terry Brooks, who offers ‘Imaginary Friends’, a reprinted short story from Lester Del Rey’s 1991 anthology Once Upon a Time. Brooks tells of a young boy diagnosed with a life threatening disease who exorcises his real and imagined demons with help from the elf who guards the park next to his home.… Read the rest
We have news(!) – Speculative Fiction 2012 is now available on Amazon.
This collection contains over fifty of the year’s best online essays and reviews, from Tansy Rayner Roberts on Supergirl to Lavie Tidhar on China Miéville to Aishwarya Subramanian on My Little Pony to Joe Abercrombie on, er, himself. It is a diverse collection of some of last year’s best and most interesting writing. We fully expect – and hope – it will cause discussion, debate and a bit of a ruckus.
The book also contains a foreword from Orbit author Mur Lafferty, an introduction from this year’s editors (Jared Shurin and myself) and an afterword from the 2013 editors, Ana Grilo and Thea James of The Booksmugglers. Not to mention the beautiful cover from the talented Sarah Anne Langton.
All proceeds from sales of this book are donated to Room to Read, supporting literacy and gender equality in education around the world.… Read the rest
Last year, I began a partnership with Jared Shurin, co-owner/editor of Pandemonium Fiction, to release an anthology titled Speculative Fiction 2012, The Years Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, with proceeds to be donated to charity.
Our goal, if any such thing can be claimed, is to create a record of all the incredibly rich content being created on the web. We put out a call for submissions from the community at large and received over 200. Accounting for our own finds, that means well over 300 pieces of non-fiction that range from reviews, to essays about the field, to what it means to live the genre life (or something to that effect).
Over the next few weeks we’ll be narrowing that down under fifty, contacting authors to get rights, and writing our witty and charming introduction that will both highlight our complete capability as curators of taste and impugn our credibility with self aggrandizing adjectives.… Read the rest