Anthologizing

I love anthologies.

Anthologies are the place to go when you want to read a lot of really good short stories without hunting through a hundred different magazines. The stories typically represent the cream of the crop for whatever genre you’re talking about. They’ve been through an editorial process at least twice, and they’re often in the anthology because the editor specifically asked for them. Sometimes they’re single-author collections–my first real contact with science fiction short stories was an Isaac Asimov anthology called Nine Tomorrows. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m still passionate about short spec-fic 30-some-odd years later.

So, I get very excited when somebody wants to put one of my stories in an anthology. I’ve had two so far: “Intervention,” a story about an alien imprisoned in a traveling medicine show, one of my first published shorts, appeared in Sand: Strange Tales Year One, and “Little Piece of Cloth,” a flash story about the unintended consequences of UFO salvage, was selected for Best of Every Day Fiction Two.

This year, I’ll be making an appearance in at least two more anthologies. Residential Aliens second anthology, While the Morning Stars Sing, will include my short story, “Mound of Mud,” a lighthearted tale of friendship and magic in the Georgia backwoods. Editor Lyn Perry just released a preview of the cover art, and it rocks. Scheduled release is next month, July 2010.

Finally, I’ve provided an interview to Out of the Darkness and Into the Light, a collection of conversations with Christian spec-fic writers. It’s just been released on Kindle and in paperback. This one is notable for the company I’m keeping–contributors include some prominent authors in the world of Christian SF, fantasy, and horror, including Eric Wilson, Jeffrey Overstreet, Robin Parrish, Michelle Levigne, Maurice Broaddus, Kirk Outerbridge, and Anne Rice.

Yes, that Anne Rice.

The interviews range across a wide variety of topics, focusing on how our faith intersects and inhabits our writing. There are also talks with a variety of lesser-known (which explains my participation), up-and-coming writers, so this might be a volume to put on a high shelf or into the recesses of your Kindle’s memory for a few years after you’ve read it so you can prove that you knew all about these folks before anybody else did.

Just a suggestion.

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