Funny story: I got a package of books from Eos and Avon yesterday, the biggest of which was an ARC of The New Space Opera 2, an upcoming anthology of (you guessed it!) space opera stories. About which I thought, hmmm, I wonder who’s in it. So I turned it over to look at the back cover list of contributors and discovered that among others, I am a contributor. At which point I felt really stupid, because, duh, I’ve actually written here about the fact I’ve got a story in it. Note to self: too much artificial sweetener is turning your brain to mush.
Incidentally, the anthology looks good. Aside from me, it’s got stories by Robert Charles Wilson, Cory Doctorow, Neal Asher, Garth Nix, Justina Robson, Bruce Sterling and the proverbial And Many More. Also, my story in the anthology, “The Tale of the Wicked,” doesn’t suck. So that’s nice, too. The whole thing drops in July.
Speaking of getting piles of books from publishers, I’m going to start doing the “Book Haul” entries again, since there are a ton of good books that are coming in, and even though I am posting a fair number of Big Idea pieces, I do feel guilty about getting all these cool books and not saying anything about them — and also, I figure you might want to know what’s out there these days. I was going to start posting them earlier in the year, but as noted my memory isn’t what it was, and besides, rumor is I’ve been busy (it’s just a rumor; even so). So let’s say beginning next week I’ll start doing a better job of letting you know what’s coming across the transom, all the better to suck money out of your pocket and to support authors, publishers and bookstore, who, hell, kinda need the cash right about now, don’t you think? I think so too.