“The Tale of the Wicked” in the 21st Century Science Fiction anthology

I would be remiss if I did not note that my story “The Tale of the Wicked” is in the new anthology 21st Century Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, which came out this week and is in available in North American bookstores (and maybe other places in the world; honestly I get confused about all that at this point).

Who else is in the book? Here’s the table of contents:

  • “Infinities” by Vandana Singh
  • “Rogue Farm” by Charles Stross
  • “The Gambler” by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “Strood” by Neal Asher
  • “Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Tale Of The Wicked” by John Scalzi
  • “Bread And Bombs” by M. Rickert
  • “The Waters Of Meribah” by Tony Ballantyne
  • “Tk’tk’tk” by David Levine
  • “The Nearest Thing” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Erosion” by Ian Creasey
  • “The Calculus Plague” by Marissa Lingen
  • “One Of Our Bastards Is Missing” by Paul Cornell
  • “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Finisterra” by David Moles
  • “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “The Education Of Junior Number 12″ by Madeline Ashby
  • “Toy Planes” by Tobias Buckell
  • “The Algorithms For Love” by Ken Liu
  • “The Albian Message” by Oliver Morton
  • “To Hie From Far Cilenia” by Karl Schroeder
  • “Savant Songs” by Brenda Cooper
  • “Ikiryoh” by Liz Williams
  • “The Prophet Of Flores” by Ted Kosmatka
  • “How To Become A Mars Overlord” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “Second Person, Present Tense” by Daryl Gregory
  • “Third Day Lights” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • “Balancing Accounts” by James Cambias
  • “A Vector Alphabet Of Interstellar Travel” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “His Master’s Voice” by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • “Plotters And Shooters” by Kage Baker
  • “The Island” by Peter Watts
  • “Escape To Other Worlds With Science Fiction” by Jo Walton
  • “Chicken Little” by Cory Doctorow

Yeah, that’s a line-up that does not suck. The collection has also gotten some stellar reviews, literally in the case of this starred review from Kirkus. It’s a fine survey of the current state of science fiction, and it’s nice to be part of showcase like this. Need I note it will be a fine gift for the holidays? I thought not.

19 Comments on ““The Tale of the Wicked” in the 21st Century Science Fiction anthology”

  1. I’m not familiar with Paul Cornell’s work, but the title “One of our Bastards is Missing” may just sell me the anthology all by itself.

  2. Donna Leonard – Southern California – I like to write, read, knit, crochet, watch movies, watch way too much television, listen to music and play Drawsomething 2 somewhat obsessively, not necessarily in that order. You can find my irregular blog at: http://manicmeanderings.blogspot.com/ 3 kids: Twenty-three-year-old boy/girl twins, and a thirteen-year-old girl. 3 cats: fourteen-year-old female, three-year-old female, and a two-year-old male
    Donna Leonard

    Bought the hard copy, so I won’t have people in my household fighting over my Nook…just the book.

  3. barbrowe – Texas – I live in Texas, am married and spend most of my time writing and painting. I have a poetry book out, three Children's books and one Non-fiction-humor book of short stories coming out soon. I write Romance novels as well. I love cooking so much I have a baking business on the side. It inspires me to continue doing what I do when I can. My hope is to touch even just one person with my work. I look forward to getting to know my readers and would appreciate any input, good or bad, they may have pertaining to my work.
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  4. It’s got Kowal’s evil robot monkey story, might buy it for that alone. She’s talked about it a lot on Writing Excuses. I like that it has a good admixture of non SWM as well.

  5. It’s available as an (undated) Pre-Order from the Australian iBookstore!

    Looks like someone got the international rights on time. And there’s a sample…

  6. You had me at “Rogue Farm”. Darn fine Stross story that I have lost track of the book containing it. Everybody else is just a wonderful bonus. I’m looking forward to shoving aside the rest of my reading list and pulling this anthology to the top. Thanks!

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