I first came across Athena Andreadis online after I read something of hers at the Singularity Hub. I like to hang around the fringe of the Singularity just so I won’t miss out when it happens. I mean that only slightly sarcastically because, although I’m not sure I buy the theory, I like to keep up with news and gossip just the same. I want to know who has signed up for SmartBlood transfusions and where to get the freshest organs for transplant.
The Singularity is strange and not for everybody. People like me prefer to occupy a spot somewhere between the conservatives who believe heaven makes a good enough afterlife, and the cheerleading transhumanists who do not. Us fringeheads watch from the rim of the event horizon with our cryogenically frozen heads stuck in the sand.
I’m pleased to announce my participation in THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY, a science fiction anthology slated for publication spring, 2013. The stories in this collection will feature female protagonists against a backdrop of space opera. They will include contributions from such writers as Martha Wells, Nisi Shawl, Joan Slonczewski, Ken Liu, and Jack McDevitt.
Athena Andreadis, one of the editors along with Kay Holt of Crossed Genres magazine, has a complete list of the contributors at her blog. She’s also posted opening paragraphs for the stories there. Take a look, leave a comment, put aside a little cash to buy the thing when it comes out next year.
For those that need to know: new kids on the publishing block, Candlemark & Gleam, are doing the honors. Watch their site for news.
And while you’re waiting, here’s the opening from Finders, by Melissa Scott:
“A thousand years ago the cities fell, fire and debris blasting out the Burntover Plain. Most of the field was played out now, the handful of towns that had sprung up along the less damaged southern edge grown into three thriving and even elegant cities, dependent on trade for their technology now rather than salvage. Cassilde Sam had been born on the eastern fringe of the easternmost city, in Glasstown below the Empty Bridge, and even after two decades of hunting better salvage in the skies beyond this and a dozen other worlds, the Burntover still drew her.”
Stay tuned! More to come.