Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Edge of Infinity

Just as I send the edited manuscript of Evening's Empires via the ether to my publishers, the doorbell ring ring rings on this damp darkening November afternoon - it's the Fedex guy, delivering my author's copy of Edge of Infinity, an anthology of stories about the next stage in the space age.  Edited by Jonathan Strahan, it features a baker's dozen of stories by a knockout selection of stellar authors, and, er, me:

  1. Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  2. The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi, Pat Cadigan
  3. The Deeps of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear
  4. Drive, James S.A. Corey
  5. The Road to NPS, Sandra McDonald & Stephen D. Covey
  6. Swift as a Dream and Fleeting as a Sigh, John Barnes
  7. Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler’s Green, the Potter’s Garden, Paul McAuley
  8. Safety Tests, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  9. Bricks, Sticks, Straw, Gwyneth Jones
  10. Tyche and the Ants, Hannu Rajaniemi
  11. Obelisk, Stephen Baxter
  12. Vainglory, Alastair Reynolds
  13. Water Rights, An Owomayela
  14. The Peak of Eternal Light, Bruce Sterling
All the stories have their own take on what it might be like to live out there, in the rich, diverse and dynamic Solar System revealed by several generations of robot explorers, from the Pioneers to Cassini-Huygens, New Horizons, and Dawn.  My story, 'Macy Minnot's Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler's Green, the Potter's Garden', is a little tale of ordinary life set in the Quiet War's solar system, several decades after the war and its aftermath described in The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun.  It's the beginning of a long golden afternoon in history, with peace on Earth and in the heavens, and humanity spreading into the Solar System and heads out towards exoplanets circling near stars.  And a civil servant in Egypt receives an invitation to her father's funeral in a little settlement on Saturn's icy moon Dione . . .


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