Monday, December 20, 2010

The View From Monday - December 20, 2010

It's Monday... again. The Qwillery is going to be taking it easy over the next couple of weeks. We'll still be posting on most days, but will not be keeping to a rigid schedule except for the End of Year Giveaways on Wednesdays. If it's clear tonight I will get up to watch the total eclipse of the moon. I intend to both film and take photos... if I can stand the cold. Winter starts astronomically tomorrow at at 23:38 pm UTC, which is 6:38 pm US Eastern Time. Happy Winter to all. So far we haven't had any significant snow. I'd like one big storm rather than many small annoying storms like last winter.

I've been spending a lot of time looking at the books that are coming out next year as well as in January 2011. Look for my January 2011 release list over the next few days. Please note that I am still not including Dorchester books on the list until I see the Trade Paperbacks in the book stores.  Sometimes seeing is believing. I'm considering including ebooks on the list soon. I did spot a few anthologies being published next year that are on my must by list.

Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories
John Joseph Adams, Editor
Nightshade Books
Paperback, 489 pages
January 2011


Your every movement is being tracked, your every word recorded. Your spouse may be an informer, your children may be listening at your door, your best friend may be a member of the secret police. You are alone among thousands, among great crowds of the brainwashed, the well-behaved, the loyal. Productivity has never been higher, the media blares, and the army is ever triumphant. One wrong move, one slip-up, and you may find yourself disappeared -- swallowed up by a monstrous bureaucracy, vanished into a shadowy labyrinth of interrogation chambers, show trials, and secret prisons from which no one ever escapes. Welcome to the world of the dystopia, a world of government and society gone horribly, nightmarishly wrong.

In his smash-hit anthologies Wastelands and The Living Dead, acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams showed you what happens when society is utterly wiped away. Now he brings you a glimpse into an equally terrifying future -- what happens when civilization invades and dictates every aspect of your life? From 1984 to The Handmaid's Tale, from Children of Men to Bioshock, the dystopian imagination has been a vital and gripping cautionary force. Brave New Worlds collects 33 of the best tales of totalitarian menace by some of today's most visionary writers, including Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

When the government wields its power against its own people, every citizen becomes an enemy of the state. Will you fight the system, or be ground to dust beneath the boot of tyranny?

Includes stories by:

Shirley Jackson
S. L. Gilbow
Joseph Paul Haines
Ursula K. Le Guin
M. Rickert
Kate Wilhelm
O Geoff Ryman
Charles Coleman Finlay
Neil Gaiman & Bryan Talbot
J. G. Ballard
Carrie Vaughn
Paolo Bacigalupi
James Morrow
Alex Irvine
Ray Bradbury
Cory Doctorow
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Geoff Ryman
Harlan Ellison (R)
Genevieve Valentine
Sarah Langan
Kim Stanley Robinson
Matt Williamson
Philip K. Dick
Heather Lindsley
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Robert Silverberg
Orson Scott Card
Jeremiah Tolbert
Joe Mastroianni
Adam-Troy Castro
Tobias S. Buckell
Vylar Kaftan

Night Shade Books

Boondocks Fantasy
Jean Rabe, Editor
Martin H. Greenberg, Editor
DAW Books
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
January 2011

From vampires in the Appalachians and leprechauns in the Smokies to mermaids in the Mississippi and bloodthirsty trolls in an Alabama trailer park the South makes a unique setting for the 20 stories in this anthology of redneck vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, and other creatures.

Featuring original stories by Gene Wolfe, Timothy Zahn, Chris Pierson, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Steven Savile, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, Jay Lake, Anton Strout, and many more.

DAW Books

Stephen L. Antczak, Editor
James C. Bassett, Editor
Martin H. Greenberg, Editor
DAW Books
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
February 2011

From a tropical resort where visitors can become temporary zombies, to a newly-made zombie determined to protect those he loves, to a cheerleader who won't let death kick her off the team, to a zombie seeking revenge for the ancestors who died on an African slave ship-- Zombiesque invites readers to take a walk on the undead side in these tales from a zombie's point of view.

DAW Books
Teeth, Vampire Tales
Ellen Datlow, Editor
Terri Windling, Editor
HarperCollins Publishers
Paperback, 480 pages
April 2011

This is a YA anthology. I'll post more information as it becomes available.
Coming up in July 2011 is Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy which is edited by Ellen Datlow. I'm a huge Datlow fan. Any anthology that she edits is a must buy for me. More on this anthology later in the year.