John Joseph Adams: Anthologist

Most of the people who come to the experience know The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF). Most of them also know that Gordon Van Gelder (GVG) is the editor of said magazine. And I would even bet that some of them know that John Joseph Adams (JJA) is the assistant editor at F&SF. What you may not know, is that JJA is the editor of some kick-ass anthologies: Seeds of Change, Wastelands, and The Living Dead (coming soon).

Seeds of Change is nine stories that present changes that could be made to our planet/way of life which would benefit our future. They cover a range of topics including the Middle East, cancer research, and energy resources. There are stories from newer writers like Blake Charlton, Jeremiah Tolbert, Ted Kosmatka, and Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu as well as pieces from more established writers like Jay Lake, Ken MacLeod, Tobias Buckell, K. D. Wentworth and Mark Budz.

From the Wastelands website: “[the anthology gathers] together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction—including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King.” There are also stories from the anthology which have been posted online including work from Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, M. Rickert, Cory Doctorow, James Van Pelt, and Richard Kadrey.

I really enjoyed both of these books. But Wastelands is a reprint anthology, and there was a lot of material that I had read before. There are quite a few big names in the book and fans of those writers will definitely find the anthology and pick it up so that they can get a bunch of great stories together in one place.

Seeds of Change, on the other hand, is all original work, and gave me new things to think about and consider in every story. JJA has done a great job of pulling together an anthology of quality material. I want to make sure that people go take a look at the anthology’s website, and read the stories that are online:

The Future by Degrees by Jay Lake
PDF | HTML | Mobipocket

Arties Aren’t Stupid by Jeremiah Tolbert
PDF | HTML | Mobipocket

Resistance by Tobias S. Buckell
PDF | HTML | Mobipocket

There’s a page of bonus material featuring information about all the authors as well as a few interviews. I think this is one of the strongest original anthologies I’ve seen so far this year, and I don’t want it to fly underneath people’s radars so they miss out on it. Oh! And just so you don’t miss it, there is a very cool trailer for the book, too.

[Image from Flickr user preciouskhyatt; CC licensed for commercial use]


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