Author and editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt is running a Kickstarter project for a new science fiction anthology called Beyond the Sun. The anthology will include about 20 stories centered around space colonists interacting with alien planets and worlds. The headliners for this anthology include Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, and Nancy Kress. As a point of disclaimer, I’ve been invited to submit to the anthology as well, as have many other talented science fiction writers.
You can find all of the details for this Kickstarter project here:
Beyond the Sun anthology Kickstarter
I’ve pledged some money to the project–after all, there is no guarantee that Bryan will buy the story I sent him, and I want to see the anthology happen either way. If you’d like to see this anthology come alive, please consider contributing to the project.
It has become a kind of year end ritual, at least for the last 3 years or so, for me to pick up a big anthology or two and spend time reading stories. It started with David G. Hartwell’s The Hard SF Renaissance, which I read 3 years ago at this time and absolutely loved.
In the time since, I’ve picked up one or two of Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best anthologies, but I’d found that where Hartwell and Dozois didn’t overlap in their choices, I tended to like Hartwell’s picks more. That has changed, but to explain, I’ll need to provide a little background.
I started reading science fiction when I was 8 or 9 years old. The first science fiction book I think I read was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. Sometime in the early 80s I also recall obtaining a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, but I don’t recall the stories in it. My interest waxed and waned, but by the time I was in 7th grade, I read science fiction and fantasy almost exclusively. The problem was that I read almost nothing but Piers Anthony, having discovered his books accidentally at the library. My first Anthony book was not a Xanth book, but instead a novel called Race Against Time, which was a kind of Philip K. Dick-esque thing. It wasn’t until college until my reading reall broadened beyond Anthony and furthermore, broadened from novels into short fiction. Much of that change came when I discovered SCIENCE FICTION AGE magazine (because I saw Piers Anthony’s name on the cover.)