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Strange Divisions and Alien Territories: The Sub-Genres of Science Fiction

Strange Divisions and Alien Territories

Just out from Palgrave Macmillan:

Strange Divisions and Alien Territories explores the sub-genres of science fiction from the perspectives of a dozen top SF authors, combining a critical viewpoint with exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing authors working in SF today.

Explore hard science, deep space and aliens; consider alternate history and time travel; look at utopias, dystopias, superpowers and religion; think about who we are and who we might become in the not-too-distant future, and be guided by authors who, between them, have won Hugos, Nebulas and other major science fiction awards many times over.

Contributors to this volume are Michael Swanwick, Gary Gibson, Alastair Reynolds, Justina Robson, Catherine Asaro and Kate Dolan, John Grant, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, James Lovegrove, Adam Roberts, Keith Brooke, James Patrick Kelly, Paul Di Filippo and Tony Ballantyne.


  • Foreword – Michael Swanwick
  • From Slide–rules to Techno–mystics: hard sf’s battle for the imagination – Gary Gibson 
  • Space Opera: this galaxy ain’t big enough for the both of us – Alastair Reynolds
  • Aliens: our selves and others – Justina Robson
  • The Literature of Planetary Adventure – Catherine Asaro and Kate Dolan
  • Infinite Pasts, Infinite Futures: the many worlds of time travel – John Grant
  • Alternate History: worlds of what if – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • The World of the End of the World: apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic science fiction – James Lovegrove
  • Does God Need a Starship? science fiction and religion – Adam Roberts
  • No Place Like Home: topian science fiction – Keith Brooke
  • Who Owns Cyberpunk? – James Patrick Kelly
  • Beyond the Human Baseline: special powers – Paul Di Filippo
  • Just Passing Through: journeys to the post-human – Tony Ballantyne
  • Postscript – Keith Brooke

Over the coming weeks we’ll be featuring interviews with contributors on this blog.

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Solaris Rising

Solaris Rising

I was very excited a few days ago to see the contents list for the anthology, Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ian Whates. As well as including my latest collaboration with Eric Brown it includes stories by:

  • Ian McDonald
  • Dave Hutchinson
  • Paul di Filippo
  • Ken MacLeod
  • Tricia Sullivan
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Stephen Palmer
  • Adam Roberts
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • Jack Skillingstead
  • Mike Resnick and Laurie Tom
  • Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Ian Watson
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Richard Salter
  • Jaine Fenn
  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Peter F Hamilton

That’s one hell of a mix of established stars, rising names and fine, but overlooked, authors. As the publishers say, “…that’s 19 stories by a host of the most talented SF writers around,” and it’s one of the strongest line-ups I’ve appeared in.

Solaris Rising will be released in November both in paper and e-formats, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

quiet time

Apologies for the low profile, but I’ve been fully taken up with work on my new novel alt.human and final preparations for the Edinburgh Marathon (which takes place on 22 May).

Some quickies:

  • nice blog on my marathon efforts over at my publishers’ site Solaris; as I write I’m tantalisingly close to having raised £1000 for Epilepsy Action, the charity that’s been a huge help to my daughter over the past 17 years;
  • lovely review of my fantasy short story collection Segue at Amazon UK;
  • at infinity plus ebooks we’re taking a bit of a breather after our first 16 or so books; we have some crackers lined up for later this year, though, with work from Molly Brown, Paul di Filippo, Robert Freeman Wexler, Eric Brown and more;
  • and I’m close to 10,000 words into alt.human: the story’s taking shape nicely and starting to twist and turn in ways that surprise me, which is one of my favourite parts of writing; it’s due out from Solaris in summer 2012.

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