Have I mentioned that I’m editing an anthology for Kristell Ink? With Ellen Crosháin? That’s a sci-fi collection focusing on life at the edge of the universe, with fabulous cover art by Nele Diel? And after a LOT of reading we’ve finally picked 12 amazing stories for it?
Well, I am, and we have.
Land belonging to no-one. An anthology of speculative fiction that explores the colonisation of our Solar System and far beyond, where pioneers carve out a new existence under other stars.
New worlds and new challenges bring the potential for rich stories filled with alien races and strange technology, but against this backdrop we want to experience the many facets of human emotion during the struggle to make a new home. Show us human life on the final frontier.
The contents list is…
Regolith – Nina Johnson
A Salt Moon – Jessica Reisman
Reaper – Matthew Pederson
Terra Incognita – Jessica Rydill
The Chlorophyll Run – Erica Eastick
Countdown to Deliverance – Thomas Spargo
My Sister’s Grave – Jonathan Oliver
Tap – Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe
Wind and Stars and All Creation – Gregor Hartmann
No-Name – John Bayliss
The Brides of Rack and Ruin – Jill Hand
First Contact – Will McMillan-Jones
It was SO HARD to choose. Seriously. We managed to get the list down to about 20 stories, and then went “Sammy’s going to kill us if we ask her for a 200k anthology. Or a 150k one. We gotta shorten this.” So Ellen and I sat down and hammered it out…we both had some favourites, and the compromised on the rest – which I actually love, as it means it’s a mix of both of our favourites. The stories range from horror to humour to pure sci-fi, and I love them!
We’ve got a bit of tweaking to do, but the anthology is due out later this year. Keep an eye on the Kristell Ink Facebook page for news!