Terra Nullius: editing an anthology

terra nullius coverHave 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!

New Anthology: You Are Here

you are here coverI’ve got a short story published! If you’ve met Ghost (which you have, briefly, in No Man’s Land snippets) and you want to see more of what she’s like….well, go and have a read of Mapping Out The Future. It also involves sarcastic protagonists, Gods, fairyland, thefts and a tattoo if any of those catch your interest!

This entire episode really started when I got a note from a certain Molly Parsons. I knew her by reputation – could be a model for the M&S catalogue as long as their criteria is “owns most of their clothing already”, do-good charity supporter, definitely-not-wicked sorceress, and soccer mom who drives a minivan and supports her kids with all the ferocity of a maternal dragon who’s just had her clutch threatened. That sort of reputation.

Information on the anthology can be found on the website, or you can get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US or Smashwords. It’s also on GoodReads if you want to add to your TBR pile!

There’s also a short from (amongst others) Lindsay Buroker in the collection, who is a rather awesome self-pub indie author. If you want a review copy, let me know and I can have an e-copy winging your way asap.

Maps define our lives as they define our world. 
 
What were once the priceless resources of a brave and lonely few as they set off into the unknown are now carried in the pockets of billions around the globe. But they were never merely lines on paper – while depicting our geography we infused them with our intelligence, our desires, our imagination, and our memories.
 
Yesterday, we mapped the world only after we discovered its secrets. Today we map the mind and the body and slowly unveil the universe before we set off into its infinite domains. Maps may have changed, but they are also changeless: they will always guide us.
 
This anthology charts eighteen worlds which are beautiful, frightening, alien, familiar – sometimes none of these, sometimes all. These stories cover every corner of the speculative map, featuring horror, science fiction, steampunk, high fantasy and more, in styles ranging from the literary and the lyrical to the pulpy and the thrilling.
 
Wherever you find yourself, there’s only one thing you can ever know for sure:  
YOU ARE HERE
 
Now go explore…